Newsies 2023

Christine Rouse

By Christine Rouse on October 11, 2023

On Sunday, October 1, 2023, the AWB Sr. actors performed Newsies at Centennial Hall at The Haverford School. Newsies, based on the Newsboy strike of 1899, was turned from a movie, first released in 1992, into a musical by Disney. The performance was amazing! The hard work and effort that the actors and staff put in were evident on stage: The costumes were beautiful, highlighting the time period and the lives that the Newsies led – the actors really popped on stage thanks to our costume designer, Connie Koppe. The scenery, designed and built by Heidi Swartz, helped to bring each scene to life and the final touch was when newsboys caps were offered to the volunteers to help blend in with the actors.

At AWB, we strive to make the performing arts accessible to all people from all walks of life. To do so, we have started to include open captioning for all of our productions. By doing so, AWB not only made it more accessible for both patrons and actors, but was also able to provide an example of what inclusive theatre programming truly looks like. This is not the end though, as AWB is currently looking for ways to make our shows even more accessible. The performance certainly proved to be a success and the audience members loved every second of it!

AWB is already gearing up for our 20th year anniversary in 2024. Stay tuned for more details as more exciting news awaits!

A group of AWB actors on stage rehearsing for a performance.

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