Newsies, GA’s winter Belfry musical, had the largest cast of any Belfry Show to date, with more than 80 Middle and Upper School students showing off their talent in acting roles, in stage crew, and playing in the pit band during four sold-out shows in the Arts Center. Led by director and Middle School drama teacher Joanna Rominger, Newsies was a dazzling display of collaboration between students and faculty, including assistant directors Upper School theater teacher K. Richardson, Middle School English teacher Kristen Donches, and special guest teacher Emma Hearn ’14. Hearn, taking a break from her Broadway pursuits, created original choreography along with choreographer Maria Jackson and dance captains Morgen Zighelboim ’23 and Brianna Geist ’24 that led to spectacular and large dance scenes throughout the show.
Senior Will Cooper ’22 and sophomore Madison Quinter ’24 led an all-star cast that many audience members returned to see night after night. In addition to developing the show from an acting perspective, the production crew created a fantastic set of mostly steel which required extensive welding. It was designed and produced by students, including set designers Bethany Matje ’22 and Candice Medina ’22, and overseen by production director and technical theatre teacher Paul Moffitt. See more photos of Newsies here.