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NewArts & the 1214 Foundation present NEWSIES!

July 6, 2018
July 6, 2018 TJ Garvin

NewArts & the 1214 Foundation present NEWSIES!

Get ready to join the talented students of NewArts and “Seize the Day!”  Coming to the Masuk High School Theatre, August 3 – 12, is NewArts’ production of Disney’s Newsies The Musical – the Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon. The musical is based on the historical newsboy strike of 1899 that shook the ivory towers of William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. The history lesson leaps onto the stage with soul stirring music, amazing heart, and stunning choreography.

Auditions for NewArts production of Newsies took place this past May in Newtown, CT and the cast includes over 100 area performers ranging in age from 5-20. Under the direction of Michael Unger, this production features many local talents from Newtown, Southbury, Danbury and other area towns. 

Since Newsies The Musical opened on Broadway in 2011, the show has played 1,711 performances to more than 2.5 million audience members across the nation and now the musical is coming to a theater near you! The 2018 NewArts summer production of Newsies involves over 100 local Connecticut children under the direction of Michael Unger with choreography adapted from the Christopher Gattelli’s Tony Award-winning, Broadway production.

NewArts production of Newsies takes cast members on a journey beyond the show itself. Interwoven within the rehearsal schedule is a custom designed character development curriculum designed by volunteers from the Yale School of Management as well as the University of Pennsylvania Masters of Applied Positive Psychology. This challenging character development curriculum equips the cast and tech crew members with essential life skills such as grit, resilience and post-traumatic growth which extend well beyond the stage into everyday life to help the thespian flourish as individuals and members of their community.

The NewArts experience is unique from any other performing arts program. Michael Baroody, MD, founder of the 12.14 Foundation explains “the participating children will be entertaining the community with a Broadway-quality performance, but more important, throughout the rehearsal process, they are learning how to overcome obstacles, work as a team and realize the best versions of themselves.”

Whether you are performing onstage or helping behind the scenes, the NewArts mastery experience in combination with the 1214 Foundation’s flagship character development curriculum ARC (Aspire, Reach, Combination) guides students through the pathways of self-efficacy, self-regulation and self-awareness to improve students overall well-being.

The 12.14 Foundation was formed in 2013 in Newtown, CT by a local parent named Dr. Michael Baroody who had a mission: To equip students with life tools to flourish in a challenging world through a custom-designed character development curriculum enhanced by a mastery experience in the performing arts. Dr. Baroody is the Founder of the 12.14 Foundation and Executive Producer of NewArts. He is a plastic surgeon and lives in Newtown, CT, with his wife and two young daughters. Dr. Baroody makes time to lead the foundation’s empowering ARC Character Development sessions twice a week.

MICHAEL UNGER, NewArts Producing Artistic Director, has directed ten musicals for the 1214 Foundation’s NewArts program over the past five years. He is also the Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education for Off Broadway’s York Theatre Company in New York City where he recently directed Milk and Honey and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.  Other directing credits include A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre – 1998-2015), Two Point Oh (Off-Broadway – NY Times Critics Pick – 59 E 59th), The Happy Time, The Rink, My Sister in this House, Grease, Crimes of the Heart, Pippin and a dozen operas, one of which, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, has just been released on DVD. World premieres include: Caligula, A ROCKIN’ Midsummer Night’s Dream, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Retribution (Off-Broadway).

Newsies ran for 8 shows over 2 weekends and attracted an audience of over 3,000 people! 

  • August 3rd – 7:00pm
  • August 4th – 2:00pm & 7:00 pm
  • August 5th – 2:00pm
  • August 10th – 7:00pm
  • August 11th – 2:00pm & 7:00 pm
  • August 12th – 2:00pm
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