Theatre Puts on Newsies During Pandemic


John Robert , Writer


After getting canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Southwest Theatre is putting on its production of “Newsies.” “Newsies” is based on the film of the same name that’s based on the real events of the Newsboy Strike of 1899.

 “I’m happy that we at least get to do it and we get to perform. It’s disappointing that people can’t come and watch unless their family, I’m still happy we get to do it. I’m glad people can watch from and I hope they do because we’ve been working pretty hard on it,” sophomore Ryan Richert, who is an actor in the show, said.

Only pre-approved family of the cast and crew can watch it in person on December 3rd,4th,5th,10th,11th, and 12th at 7:00 p.m.,  and the 5th at 2:00 p.m.

“Stage managing during the pandemic can be quite challenging at times. In the lead up to the show, I take on a variety of roles ranging from moving sets, taking notes to distribute to other crew members, and even reading lines for actors stuck in quarantine. When we start dress rehearsals, I’ll take up residence in the booth and call lights, sound, and scenery cues and direct the crew portion of the show,” senior Ian Hogeland said.

If you are not in the pre-approved family of a cast or crew member you can watch the live stream on December 4,5,11,12  at 7 p.m.  For more streaming, it is $15 per person for up to four people. It’s $65 for a group viewing with 5 or more people. Tickets can only be purchased through