“Newsies” performance available online every night until March 12

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Those who missed the live performances of “Newsies” from the Department of Theater and Dance at Troy University can view a free stream of the production online March 10-12 at 7 p.m. each evening.

This event is TROY’s first foray into online streaming of complete productions. Tori Lee Averett, assistant dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts and director of “Newsies,” said the idea behind the decision to offer the screening online was to continue to meet the needs of their audience and student performers while assessing interest in streaming productions online for future events.

“As we return to the idea of ​​live performances and in-person audiences and crowds, we want to consider the many different needs and comfort levels of our audience members. We also know that many of our students have family members who may not be able to travel to Troy for every show, so we wanted to provide the experience for them as well,” she said. “The free stream was a way to give a ‘welcome’ gift to our Troy University audience. It is also a way to check the public’s appetite for the idea of ​​streaming theater and dance performances online. We want to see if people are interested in it first, and then we can assess things like cost of entry and ticket sales to help offset the costs. production and streaming.

The performance was filmed by TROY TrojanVision, and Averett said the partnership was another way TROY is trying to keep abreast of current technology and social trends.

“We are always experimenting with theater trends and technologies as they evolve, and working with our talented TrojanVision team has allowed us to experiment with filmed performances and stream theater and dance online,” he said. she declared. “We have a responsibility as an educational institution to expose our students to all the creative ways we can create, produce and share the performing arts with our audiences and communities.”

Free tickets to streaming events can be claimed here. For more information, call 334-808-6142 or email [email protected]

About “Newsies”

Loosely inspired by the 1899 New York Newsboys Strike, Disney’s hit 1992 musical “Newsies” chronicles the plight of 17-year-old journalist Jack “Cowboy” Kelly and his friends Davey and Katherine. When a major newspaper publisher sets new rules that make it harder for young vendors to make money, they go on strike. Along the way, aspiring journalist Katherine works against the industry to tell her story as the battle of the newsboys grips a booming city hungry for information in the midst of America’s Industrial Revolution.

“It’s about this unlikely group of underdogs, basically fighting for justice and humanity. They want to be treated with fairness, not equality,” Averett said. “They want to be treated fairly. humanity. It was a show that mattered. It wasn’t just a fun Disney show with really great singing and dancing and all these likable characters.

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