skip to main content
Chester County High School theater department gets seven Orpheum nominations for NEWSIES
Posted On:
Wednesday, May 01, 2019
News Image

For the second year in a row, one of the productions by the Chester County High School theater department has received nominations for the Orpheum High School Musical Theater Awards. The awards are to be presented at the Orpheum in Memphis on May 23.

CCHS received the nominations for their most recent production – NEWSIES: The Broadway Musical, which ran April 12, 13 and 15. The show was so popular with audiences that the last night was sold out. More than 2,200 audience members attended the three performances which featured 80 cast members and crew. In addition, three CCHS faculty members, Jeff Haltom, Derald Swaim and principal Dr. Ricky Catlett made cameo appearances.

NEWSIES is about a rebellious newsboy named Jack Kelly. He, along with other newsboys, decide to go on strike after the big newspaper owners increase the price of newspapers (at the newsboys’ expense).

“We had an amazing run here my first year,” said theater director Mary Hicks, “(and) we had so much help here from the community it was amazing.”

Hicks had assistance from assistant director Emily Humphry and assistant stage manager Jonathan Patel.

The HSMTA program supports, promotes, and enhances high school musical theatre throughout the Mid-South. Modeled after the Tony Awards®, the High School Musical Theatre Awards recognizes achievements in all areas of high school musical theatre and brings together hundreds of students from all over the region to share their talents and collaborate with one another.

Awards nominations for CCHS are:

• Outstanding Large Ensemble

• Outstanding Hair and Makeup

• Outstanding Choreography

• Outstanding Dance Execution

• Outstanding Featured Actress – Jaiden Hickman

• Outstanding Lead Actress – Kaitlyn Moore

• Outstanding Direction as a Teacher – Mary Hicks

Freshman Jaiden Hickman played the role of Les Jacobs.

Hickman said auditioning for her part was difficult, especially since she did not think she would get the part. The best part of the show for Hickman was the ending. “It just all came together. With everyone cheering and all it was fantastic.”

For junior Kaitlyn Moore, Newsies was her fourth performance, having previously appeared in Grease, The Taste of Sunrise and Murder Me Always. In Newsies she played the part of Katherine Plumber, the reporter who spoke up about the newsies strike. Moore says that her favorite part of working with the theater department is the relationships that are made and the old relationships that are made stronger. “It’s just one big family,” she asserted.

Moore concluded by saying, “Newsies had a really amazing story line behind it. And the crowds were amazing – lots of energy.”


Article courtesy of the Chester County Independent