Behind the Scenes of "Newsies the Musical"

By Peyton Spriester

The printing press used in NESA's production of Disney's "Newsies the Musical."

A 10 foot-tall set, a moving printing press, three sets of stairs, a giant arch, and over 500 newspapers--all components of the demanding technical requirements of this year’s Fall production of Disney’s Newsies the Musical. As the musical goes into its second weekend of performances, the Tech department is still hard at work to make this massive production possible.

“It’s the most demanding [show] we’ve ever done--at least in terms of props,” said Piper Ferguson, a senior Technical Theatre major and the stage manager of the show.

The difficulty is clear with the over 50 different props the Technical Theatre majors have altered or made for the production. Senior Tech Major Sydney Dudley, props mistress of Newsies, even constructed a life-sized printing press.

“It has to look like it’s moving and printing papers,” Dudley said. “It took a while.”

Assembling the props is only half of the story. The crew has to make quick fixes and repairs to all of the broken props, constantly thinking on their feet.

“Things keep breaking,” Ferguson said. Crutchie’s crutch, one of the flats, and a platform have all been broken and then quickly repaired, she elaborated.

The Technical Theatre majors have been working tirelessly on the props, set, lights, and sound for Newsies since the first day of school, working many late nights.

“A lot of people don’t know how hard we’re working, but we put a lot into the show,” said senior Tech major Frankie Guerra.

Newsies the Musical is playing one more weekend on November 8-11. For tickets, go to the box office in the auditorium lobby from 4:15pm-6pm Tuesday through Friday.


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