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1 hr 44 min
Nov. 18-Dec. 30
Content Warning: Some violence
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Directed by Steve Wilson
Music Directed by Donna Debreceni
Choreographed by Debbie Stark and Ronni Stark

Jack Kelly and his newsboy pals dream of a better life than the hard streets of New York City, where they earn 26 cents a day for their grueling physical labor. Selling “papes” has been a challenge since the end of the Spanish-American War. When wealthy industrialists raise the price of paper bundles, cutting further into the Newsies’ meager profits, they decide to stand up for themselves; through song and dance, of course!
This uplifting stage musical is based on the movie of the same name and is a fictionalized account of the real newsboy strike of 1899.

Cast & Crew

Steve Wilson

Steve is an award-winning director, actor, teacher, and administrator with more than 30 years of experience serving several arts organizations in various capacities. He is currently the executive artistic director for CenterStage Theatre Company in Louisville, CO. Directing Credits include: The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong (Vintage Theatre); The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Sound of Music (Candlelight Dinner Playhouse); Fiddler on the Roof (Ovation West); An Ideal Husband (The Naples Players); Urinetown, Man of La Mancha, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Phamaly Theatre Company); Twelfth Night (Theatre Group); Poignant Irritations, The Little Prince, Sleeping Beauty (Mizel Arts and Culture Center). Select Awards include: Best Direction/Musical (Four Henry Awards, Best of Westward); Achievement in Children’s Theatre (Two Henry Awards), and Theatre Person of the Year (True West Award). Mr. Wilson has a Master’s of Fine Arts in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Drama from the University of Southern California. Look for him online at

Donna Debreceni

Music Director
Donna is a proud third generation Denver girl, who is delighted to be reunited with Steve, Debbie, and Ronni for this production. Most recently, Donna music directed and played for THAC’s production of Xanadu the Musical. She is looking forward to bringing in the new year with I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! “Thanks to Todd for the love and support; to Milt for the lessons and inspiration; and as always, thanks, again, Mom, for making me practice!”

Peter Dearth

Assistant Director
Peter is a Colorado native who has had the privilege of working with some wonderful local theatre companies in addition to THAC. They include OpenStage Theatre, Bas Bleu Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Denver Center Attractions, Opera Colorado, Phamaly Theatre Company, and Curious Theatre Company. Directing Credits include: Cherry Docs (Bas Bleu Theatre); The Fall of the House of Usher, Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens and The Laramie Project (Colorado State University Theatre); Dreamgirls and Nevermore (Ignite Theatre); On the Rocks (Phamaly Theatre Company); and for the Curious New Voices Festival (Curious Theatre).

Ronni Stark

Ronni is beyond honored to be working with THAC again — and with her mother, Choreographer Debbie Stark. She last was seen on the Town Hall stage as Anita in West Side Story. She has choreographed for many organizations, including Phamaly Theatre Company, Boulder’s Dinner Theater, Lone Tree Arts Center, Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center, Starkey Theatrix, and Cherry Creek High School. Ronni is the very proud owner of Dance Trax Entertainment, and she is crazy about her three boys, Kale, Cole, and Aaron. “Mom, you are my friend, my mentor, my teacher, and you continue to show me what it means to create from the heart.”

Debbie Stark

Debbie is thrilled to be back at Town Hall Arts Center. She has choreographed and taught dance in Colorado for 50 years. The mission of her studio, Dance Kaleidoscope, is to provide a safe, loving environment for all students to study the art of dance. She has received numerous Ovation and Henry Award nominations and has been recognized over the years for her choreography, including for her work here at THAC on Little Women and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Debbie is proud to share her choreographer position on this production with her talented daughter, Ronni, who has been her “lighthouse.”

Sierra Corbin

Production Stage Manager
Sierra is excited to work on her first show at Town Hall Arts Center, and she is especially delighted it has a large cast filled with talented theatre artists. She couldn’t be more grateful to her family, Patti, and Natalie for their constant support.
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