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Don Gingold / Wednesday, October 19, 2022 / Categories: Coming Soon


Weekends July 21 - August 6, 2023, Naperville Central HS Auditorium

Event date: 7/21/2023 7:30 PM - 8/6/2023 3:00 PM Export event

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Fierstein

Based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White

Originally produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions

It's time to carry the banner on our stage with Disney's Newsies! Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right!

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of HorrorsSister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

Lots of dancing and acrobatics will bring the youth - high school through post-grad - out for auditions, and there are some great lead roles for adults including supportive ladies and male villains! Perfect for our theatre community.

We're taking applications for our production team -   Lighting, Sound, and Set Designers.

Auditions are slated for the week of May 22. Exact dates, times, and locations will be posted on our Audition page. Rehearsals are expected to start on May 30.

Performances will be held over 3 weekends - July 21 through August 6, 2023 - at the Naperville Central HS Auditorium.

Tickets are on sale now, and make a great stocking stuffer. Buy a season ticket for both The Pajama Game and Newsies and save some money - you KNOW you're going to want to see both!

Ticket Information

NEWSIES is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre Intermational (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


Mike Frale (Director) Mike is thrilled to be making his Summer Place Theatre debut directing "Newsies." He is a graduate of Lewis University with a B.A. in Theatre and is currently working towards his Master's in Organizational Leadership. Select directing credits include the Lou Award Recommended, 12-time BroadwayWorld Award-nominated production of "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" (Theatre 121), "The Guys", "A Night in the Theatre" and "Constellations" (all with Heritage Theatre Company) and "Deathtrap" (Theatre 121). He has also served as the Production Manager for Schaumburg Summer Theatre, where he has assistant directed multiple shows including this summer's "The SpongeBob Musical". Some acting credits include Ted in "Peter and the Starcatcher" and Peter in "Company" (both with Wheaton Drama), Bobby Strong in "Urinetown" (Philip Lynch Theatre), and Paul/General Howell in "Kiss Me, Kate" (ECC). Mike is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and also serves as the Board Secretary for the Lou Awards. He can't wait to get started carrying the banner on this incredible production!


Kitty Karn (Music Director) is a singer/actor and voice teacher who has musically and/or vocally directed over 30 shows at the community, college and professional level since 2002. She moved to the area in 2019 after 15 years as Professor of Musical Theatre/Voice at Western Illinois University. Currently, Kitty is an Adjunct Professor of Voice the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as the Music Director for Unity of Fox Valley in Batavia. Kitty maintains a private voice studio with students of all ages and skill levels. As a performer, some of her favorite roles include Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, Chaperone in ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’, Marmee in ‘Little Women’, Florence Foster Jenkins in ‘Souvenir’ and Phoebe in ‘The Yeomen of the Guard’.

Savannah Sinclair (Choreographer) is a Chicago based performer, director and choreographer originally from Sarasota, FL. She started her choreography career where anyone does, in the living room at every sleepover. Surrounded by an arts community growing up, Savannah started teaching dance/theatre classes by the time she was 15. She continued to teach and direct multiple Broadway Juniors for Spotlight Theatre Productions. During her time in college, she had the opportunity to stage “Testimony”, conducted by Judith Clurman, a number for DGF: Toasts Celebrating Stephen Schwartz 70th Birthday at the Hudson Theatre in NYC. In 2020, she graduated with a degree in Musical Theatre from Manhattan School of Music. A pandemic later, she started her career in Chicago directing two productions with Great Works and is excited to start teaching for American Eagle Productions this January. Sentimental for a lost boy/underdog story, Newsies has always been a dream show for her to choreograph. She can’t wait to seize the day with this amazing team!

Ali Kordelewski (Vocal Director for "Newsies") Ali is excited to be joining the Summer Place team for their production of Newsies! This is her Summer Place debut, though she is not new to Naperville community theatre. She music directed at North Central College for many summer productions including Disney's The Little Mermaid, The Music Man, and Peter Pan. Ali is a graduate from North Central College with a BA in Music Education and a Theatre Endorsement. She also earned her Masters in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music. Ali teaches choir at Plainfield East High School and directs the madrigals and the spring musicals, most recently Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. She also teaches classes for the Children's Theatre of Western Springs. Ali loves spending time with her family and friends, and she cannot wait to "seize the day" this summer.

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