KIDSTAGE: Disney’s Newsies
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White
Directed by Pauls Macs
Choreography by Rico Lastrapes
Music Directed by Aaron M. Davis Norman
Performances: August 19 – 28, 2022
Seize the day and see the Tony Award-winning Disney Musical, Newsies! Set in 1899 New York, Disney’s Newsies is based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a real-life David and Goliath story. A scrappy yet optimistic band of young people fight for what is right when New York City’s newspaper tycoons try to cut costs at the newsies’ expense. Newsies from across the city rally together and embrace their differences to stand up against the greedy publishing giants. Will the newsies win the day?
Newsies celebrates the optimism of youth and the importance of fighting for what is right and equitable. People of all demographics, societies, cultures, financial standings, genders, sexual orientation, and all levels of society should and must have a place at the table. Activism is perseverance. The Newsies embrace and celebrate their differences to fight for change in the world, no matter how daunting the task may seem. The show challenges audiences to rise up and fight for a better world and does through some of the catchiest songs and iconic choreography in musical theatre today.
PAULS MACS (He/Him) (Director) is a New York/Seattle-based director, producer, and educator. He graduated with his MFA in Directing: Theatre and Film from The New School in New York City. While working in New York, he has directed world premiere plays, films, operas, and musicals. Selected directing credits include King Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I Would Consider Giving Up (world premiere), The Dark Don’t Hide It (world premiere), Jack and Jill (world premiere), Petronilla (world premiere), The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Urinetown: The Musical, Gutenberg! The Musical!, The Prince and The Pauper, and The Musical of Musicals: The Musicals. Pauls has served as the Executive Assistant to the Artistic Directors of The 5th Avenue Theatre. Also at 5th Avenue, he directed The Concert For America, and worked as the Writing Assistant to Tony Award Winner Rupert Holmes on the world premiere musical, Secondhand Lions. Pauls recently joined the team at New York Theatre Barn as Artistic Associate. New York Theatre Barn is an anti-racist non-profit theatre company that serves as a home for original culture shifting musicals during incubation.
RICO LASTRAPES (He/Him) (Choreographer/Associate Director) is a Seattle based actor-musician who has been fortunate enough to perform internationally. He toured the United States co-hosting SeaWorld Kid’s Generation Nature LIVE with Bindi Irwin and performed in numerous events at the Walt Disney World Resort. Rico moved to Washington in 2015 after receiving his BFA in Acting from the University of Central Florida. Rico teaches acting and dance classes at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE and Tacoma Little Theatre. He is the creator of Break the Table, an online stream dedicated to original fantasy stories by BIPOC creatives. Regional credits include Newsies (Village Theatre), West Side Story (5th Avenue Theatre), In the Heights, Peter and the Starcatcher (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre), Godspell, Elf the Musical (Alhambra Theater& Dining), Dreamgirls (Mad Cow Theater).
AARON M. DAVIS NORMAN (They/Them) (Music Director) has a background in vocal performance and vocal health/technique. Aaron has performed in a wide range of musical arenas from singing the lead role of Cesare in Handel’s Giulio Cesare to singing backup for Stevie Wonder, and now currently works as the director of music at Emerald City Bible Fellowship in Seattle. In his years with KIDSTAGE, Aaron has worked on many shows, including: Hairspray, The Lion King Jr., Les Misérables School Edition, Willy Wonka Jr., and Aladdin Jr. Aaron looks forward to future productions and classes with Village Theatre.
SADE ASET (She/Her) (Associate Choreographer) graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Acting/Directing. Her recent credits, ranging from dance films to staged theater, include Songs for a New World, Into the Woods, and RENT at Village Theatre, , but why, and A Piece of My Heart at PLU. More of her work can be found at sadeasetcd.com.
JOSH ZIMMERMAN (He/Him) (Associate Music Director/Conductor) is thrilled to be part of this wonderful program! He is a recipient of Broadway World Seattle and Gypsy Rose Lee awards for music direction. Recent credits include Assistant Music Director/Keys 2 for GREASE: das Musical (Musical Tommy GmbH) and Children’s Music Director for the first national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock (Troika). He maintains a private studio and accompanies for Cornish College of the Arts and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
ARIONA THOMPSON (She/Her) (Associate Music Director – Vocal) is graduating this June from the University of Washington Seattle with a Bachelor in Music Education (Vocal Emphasis), a minor in Education, Learning, and Societies, and her K-12 teaching certificate. She has previously worked with youth in multiple capacities, including student teaching at Kamiak High School and Adams Elementary School. She has music directed TYA and summer camp programs for community theater. Ariona is also a private voice and piano lesson teacher, as well as a performer. She is so excited to be working on her first show with KIDSTAGE and to continue teaching with KIDSTAGE in the future!
LINDSAY KUJAWA (She/Her) (Dramaturg) is an educator, researcher, and creator passionate about creating artistic opportunities that invite, entertain, and challenge communities to engage in meaningful, change-inspiring dialogue. Her current research focuses on developing community-framed definitions of “equity, inclusion, and justice” that respond to the needs of a specific community, and drive education and political policy. Artistically, she continues to pursue her passion for creating stories that foster accountable empathy through her dramaturgical work at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Village Theatre, and Normal Ave. Lindsay also travels across the country speaking and hosting workshops through her education and consulting company, RE:THEATRE, most at the International Theatre Festival, AATE, and EdTA National Conference. Lindsay has a Masters in Education Theatre in Colleges and Communities from NYU Steinhardt.
NEVE MAZIQUE (They/Them) (Accessibility Artist) is a multigender, multiracial, multiply Disabled, multidimensional, multidisciplinary terpsichorean artist of the stage, street, field, stream, and screen. They are an Indigenous African living in Duwamish and Coast Salish lands and traveling wherever they have access and an invitation. (S)He is a 2020 Pina Bausch Fellow, a 2022 Arc Artist Fellow, and now a 2022 Disability Futures Fellow! Neve loves life, the delights and pains of embodiment and love, the sparkle-ache and promise of growth, the higher power inside all of us, the earth’s lullabies and war cries, drinking color, and kissing/thinking/dreaming/learning/winning with their local and international queer family (especially their cat child Caravaggio). They are currently a contributing writer for the South Seattle Emerald and collaborate with their confidante in arms, fellow Seattle multidisciplinary artist Saira Barbaric as themselves, and as Mouthwater. Visit them online at nevebebad.com, and on social medias at @nevethoh.
KUO-HAO Lo (He/Him) (Scenic Designer) Kuo-Hao is a freelance scenic designer and a member of United Scenic Artists. His designs received Theatre Bay Area Awards for Outstanding Scenic Design for It’s Only a Play (2018), Mothers and Sons (2016), Die Mommie Die (2015), and August, Osage County (2014). He won the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics CIrcle Outstanding Achievement Award for Set design for Dames at Sea (2009) and Sugar Witch (2010). In 2013, He was a Faces of Theatre Bay Area Honoree. He received his MA in theatre from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. kuohaolodesign.org
JOCELYN FOWLER (She/Her) (Costume Designer) has designed for Taproot Theatre (The Spitfire Grill, Babette’s Feast, Steel Magnolias, Arsenic and Old Lace, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Civil War Christmas), Shakespeare Company (Arms and the Man, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Titus Andronicus, Richard II), Book-It Repertory Theatre (Howl’s Moving Castle, Jane Eyre, Treasure Island, Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, Anna Karenina), ArtsWest (Head Over Heels, The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion, Office Hour), Harlequin Productions, Vashon Opera, Youth Theatre Northwest, SecondStory Repertory, Bellevue College, Overlake School and others. She is the recipient for the 2016 Gregory Award in Outstanding Costume Design.
RYAN A. DUNN (He/Him) (Lighting Designer) is a Seattle-based lighting and scenic designer for theatre, dance, and events. Previous KIDSTAGE shows include Les Misérables, Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, and Urinetown. Other recent credits include work at Book-It Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre Festival, On the Boards, Pacific Northwest Ballet, ArtsWest Playhouse, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, and Café Nordo, among others. Ryan graduated from the University of Washington, is the resident designer for The Horse in Motion, a company member of Washington Ensemble Theatre, and an affiliate artist with Umbrella Project.
LENE PULVE (She/Her) LENA PULVE (She/Her) (Properties Designer) The last time Lena was at KIDSTAGE, she was a student designer and actor. After graduating with a BA in theatre arts from Western Washington University this past March, she is so excited to be coming home to KIDSTAGE and designing alongside such an amazing team. She has previously designed props for The Glass Menagerie as part of Western’s Theatre and Dance Department, and an assortment of operas, including a production of Kiss Me Kate for Western’s music department. Special thanks to Aaron, Matt, Dana, and mom.
JOSHUA BLAISDELL (He/Him) (Sound Designer) Joshua is thrilled to be back for another season with Village Theatre KIDSTAGE. Previous KIDSTAGE credits include: The Lion King Jr., Oliver!, Shrek Jr. Les Misérables, Chicago, Willy Wonka Jr., School of Rock, In the Heights. His recent work outside the Village Theatre family includes: Secret in the Wings and Guys & Dolls with Bishop Blanchet High School, and Ay Carmela with Latino Theatre Project.
ANDRE BURMAN (He/Him) (Technical Director) Bio coming soon!
IAN BOND (He/Him) (Fight Director/Intimacy Director) Bio coming soon!
JOSHUA LEGATE (He/Him) (Projections Technician) was raised in Kalispell, Montana where he grew up hiking, camping, and producing theatre with a family that was heavily involved in educational and community theatre. When he is not busy putting up a show, Joshua can usually be found exploring the countryside with his dog, Penelope. Theatre work includes collaborations with numerous institutions including Galumpha Dance Company, Castleton Opera Festival, Valley Musical Theatre, Central Washington Dance Ensemble, Bare Bait Dance company, The Crystal Theatre, Montana Repertory Theatre, The Ellensburg Opera, Dorset Theatre Festival, Village Theatre, Utah Lyric Theatre, and many more. Joshua is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Design at Utah State University’s Theatre Arts Department, where he is teaching and mentoring in Scenic, Lighting, and Projection Design.
AYANA URIU (She/Her) (Stage Manager) Ayana is proud to be part of the KIDSTAGE family. A graduate of Everett HS, Ayana attended Western Washington University where she earned a BA in Theatre Arts. In her eight years at KIDSTAGE, she’s worn many hats, working with Institute/Pathway, classes, camps, and productions. Ayana has also had the honor of stage managing many KIDSTAGE shows. Favorites include: The Addams Family, Hairspray, The Lion King Jr., Les Misérables School Edition, and In the Heights. Ayana also works with the Evergreen MS and Whittier ES Drama Clubs. She is living the dream every day here at KIDSTAGE!
CHRIS COLBURN (He/Him) (Assistant Stage Manager) is delighted to be returning to Village Theatre KIDSTAGE having previously worked on Les Miserables School Edition and Chicago (High School Edition). Originally from Sacramento California, he has worked all over the country as a stage manager and performer including New York City, Seattle, Sacramento, and San Francisco. Some of his stage management credits include The Magic Flute, Mansfield Park, The Race (Opera Modesto), Zabelle (Egg & Spoon Theatre Collective), Not Medea (B Street Theatre), Inferno, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Island Shakespeare Festival), and My Fair Lady and West Side Story (Broadway at Music Circus). He has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Sonoma State University. Chris is excited to be working on this production and would like to thank Village Theatre for this opportunity.
JACOB STEARNS (He/Him) (Stage Management Apprentice) Jacob just finished his sophomore year at The Overlake School in Redmond. He is so excited to work with Village Theater KIDSTAGE this summer and learn all he can about production and stage management. Jacob has been a part of the tech theater world since the 5th grade, as part of the running crew and backstage team for a variety of productions, but more recently has had the chance to stage manage several shows, including 12 Angry Men, The Spitfire Grill, and Honk, Jr. Outside of the theater, you can find him watching and analyzing movies, taking pictures, working out, or playing Spikeball. Enjoy the show!
AARON ALONSO (He/Him) (KIDSTAGE Production Manager – Everett) was a KIDSTAGE kid before joining the Village Theatre family, working at theatres including: The 5th Avenue Theatre, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, The Kennedy Center, and his alma mater of Western Washington University, where he holds a BA in theatre arts with an emphasis in stage management and technical theatre. Some favorite productions at KIDSTAGE include: A Christmas Story, In the Heights, School of Rock, Les Misérables, The Lion King Jr., and Hairspray. Aaron thanks his family, friends, and mentors as he valiantly attempts to put his theatre degree to use. Member of Village Theatre’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Committee, the City of Everett’s Cultural Arts Commission, the Mukilteo Schools Foundation Board of Directors, and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology. His motto: “MacGyver it!”
GARRETH FREESE (He/Him) (KIDSTAGE Production Associate – Everett) – Bio coming soon!
SummerStock provides an opportunity for over 40 young people, ages 10–18, to come together to perform on the Francis J. Gaudette or Everett Performing Arts Center stage with the support of Village Theatre professionals. SummerStock is the perfect answer for the passionate performer looking to stay happy and busy in the summer. The musical is fully directed and designed by theatre professionals and features a live orchestra, beautiful sets, costumes, lighting, and sound. SummerStock also provides several non-acting opportunities for students through the Technical Theatre Program (TTP) in Orchestra Performance, Direction, Design, and Management.
*Graduated seniors are able to participate, but college students are not eligible.
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