Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art
— Konstantin Stanislavsky

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All of our remaining performances are currently SOLD OUT but a wait-list for each performance will begin 1 hour prior to the performance (11:30 am for matinee performances and 6 pm for evening performances).

The box office calls the names from the wait-list as tickets become available.  You must be present when your name is called to buy your ticket(s) (cash or check only).  No credit card purchases are available at the box office.  If you are not there when your name is called, the box office moves on to the next name.

Click here to buy tickets for newsies, beginning Feb 4, 2019

Click here to buy tickets for newsies, beginning Feb 4, 2019

  • March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at  7:00 PM

  • March 9, 10, 16, 17 at 12:30 PM

  • Tickets go on sale ONLINE on Feb 4, 2019 and the BOX OFFICE will open Feb 11, 2019

  • Admission is $15.00. 

  • Special discount price of $12.00 on March 7 and 14

  • North Theatre Box Office: 997-3994,

  • Buy an ad in the special newspaper playbill!! All ad revenue directly supports the show. Ad form pdf.


  • Cast A

    • Jack Kelly—Jack Cain

    • Katherine Plumber—Grace Molter

    • Davey—Miles Borkowicz

    • Crutchie—Michaela Frichner

    • Les—Katie Espinosa

    • Medda Larkin—Carlyn Davis

    • Pulitzer—Mark Woznicki

    • Hannah—Meg Cain

  • Cast B

    • Jack Kelly—Sean Flanagan

    • Katherine Plumber—Emily Tesch

    • Davey—Dylan Schang

    • Crutchie—Jando Valdez

    • Les—Ruby March-Torme

    • Medda Larkin—Kelly Cline

    • Pulitzer—Demitri Magas

    • Hannah—Julea Brinkman

The Appleton North High School theatre and music departments will present the Broadway musical NEWSIES March 7-17 in the Orlyn A. Zieman auditorium, 5000 North Ballard Road.  Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right!   Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots) and includes the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe.” 

North’s production features a cast, crew, and orchestra of more than 100 students as well an elaborate set, state of the art projection technology, period costumes, jaw-dropping dance sequences, a powerful, energetic musical score, and a moving message for our times.  North theatre director, Ron Parker, states, “We are so excited to be able to bring this incredible work of musical theatre to the Fox Valley.  Newsies will be one of the biggest productions ever staged at North, and we’re pulling out all the stops to make this an unforgettable experience for actor and audience alike.   For example, we have been able to arrange a one day vocal and dance workshop for our cast with New York actor Ben Fankhauser who originated the role of Davey in the Broadway production.  We are also bringing in a special dialect coach to work with students on perfecting their turn of the centuryNew York accents.  Students have been engaged in once a week tap dance sessions since October in preparation for the performances. This is a show families will definitely not want to miss!    But the most wonderful thing about Newsies is what it teaches:  when faced with injustice and overwhelming odds, there is a hero in all of us who is ready and able to fight and win if we believe enough in ourselves and each other.”  

Newsies is inspired by real life events:  the newsboys’ strike in the summer of 1899 lasted two-weeks and resulted in a considerable decline in circulation of the two most powerful papers in the country. The strike drew rallies of more than 5,000 as the young newsboys called on the public to boycott newspapers The World and The Journal. Shortly after the strike began the public showed their support and stopped buying the offending papers.  Newspapers at that time were sold in bundles of 100 at a cost of 50-cents to the newsboys who would hawk them throughout the city. When the publishers raised the price to 60-cents and refused to buy back unsold papers it was a massive hardship on the group of poor orphans that largely comprised the child labor force of newsboys.  In the end, Hearst and Pulitzer, though not lowering prices, did agree to buy back unsold papers as a compromise. The newsies’ strike spawned similar actions in other parts of the country as well. The strikes would eventually lead to the introduction of laws protecting children in the workplace.

Cast and Crew


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Upcoming shows:

  • April 13, 2019 at 7:30 PM (date changed)

  • May 17, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Price:  $5 general admission

Location:  Appleton North High School Commons, 5000 Ballard Road, Appleton (2 miles north of Hwy 41)

Concessions Available!

Improvedy presents hilarious games and sketches based on audience suggestions, performed in the style of the hit television show Whose Line Is It Anyway?   This popular performance group began in 2000 and is comprised of students ranging from freshmen to seniors.  They are the only high school improv comedy troupe in Appleton. .

Improvedy is available to perform for your party or lead an improv workshop at your business or club meeting.  For more information or to book a performance contact Ron Parker at

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  • Grades 6-8 - May 18, 2019 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • Cost: $25 Includes lunch, snacks, group photo and certificate!


Middle School Program

Learn how to Improv!

Improv comedy is one of today’s hottest forms of entertainment. Discover the tricks to effective improv and have fun playing hilarious games based on audience suggestions. Members of North’s popular improv troupe, IMPROVEDY will lead the workshop.

Learn How Actors Fight on Stage

Whether you are performing in Shakespeare or the latest martial arts movie, creating realistic yet safe fight scenes is a skill every actor needs to know.  Learn the basics of unarmed stage combat from simple slaps to fancy falls. 


Drama Day will conclude with a public performance for family and friends on the North High School stage.  The show will include a choreographed stage combat routine and comedy improv show

Contact Information

  • Ron Parker, director


  • ANHS Theatre Department, 5000 Ballard RD, Appleton, WI 54913 

  • 920-832-4300 (school main office)

  • Ticket Box Office 920-997-3994


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