‘Newsies’ ignite CCCC stage

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

‘Newsies’ ignite CCCC stage“Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society productions always have ambitious dance numbers, and ‘Newsies’ is no exception!” said Cate DeMin, artistic director of Sierra Academy of Dance and choreographer for the upcoming production of “Newsies: The Broadway Musical.”

“Our first run-through [on Tuesday night] was terribly professional for two-dozen teens,” said DeMin. “I was thoroughly impressed, and I can’t wait to see the final product with all the finishing touches!”

“Newsies” tells the story of the newsboys’ strike in 1899 New York City. Under charismatic strike leader Jack Kelly and his brainy advisor Davey, the cast of mostly young people lead the audience through a song-and-dance-filled evening that captures both the epic celebrations of their early successes and the grim realities of the lives of working children of that era.

Although RMES was founded 10 years ago by a group of vocalists who wanted to invest in performing arts education, the partnership with Sierra Academy has helped channel the onstage energy into impressive visual feats.

Cate and her assistant choreographers, Britney Brown and Megan Anderson, lean on six experienced dancers from their studio to help anchor the footwork of the ensemble.

“But I think one of the most impressive things is the number of people who have no dance background,” said Director Bill Farris.

“I have been amazed at how hard these young people work night after night to put together this presentation.”

DeMin and Farris both have the same two favorite dance numbers — “The World Will Know,” a militant march that announces to the world the newsies’ fight for fair treatment; and “Seize the Day,” a rallying cry for support from the working boys [played also by a robust number of ladies] of New York.

“Both of these songs capture some of the more moving moments in the show,” said Farris.

“These kids make me look good,” said DeMin. “I adore them all.”

“Newsies” opens Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at Cerro Coso Community College Lecture Center. Subsequent performances will be Sept. 28, and Oct. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12.

Tickets are available now at Red Rock Books.

Story First Published: 2019-09-06