The Actors Guild of Parkersburg presents ‘Newsies’ as their final production of the 2022-2023 theater season

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PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – The Actors Guild of Parkersburg to concludes the 2022-2023 theater season with a three-week run of Newsies. 

A black and white promotional image of the cast of the Actors Guild of Parkersburg's "Newsies." The people in the photo are in a large group and are dressed in turn-of-the-century clothing.
Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the 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 & 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) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

Robin White, Director, is excited to be back at the Guild to direct this production with the help of Assistant Directors Natalie Bradley and Hannah White. “The drive of this cast is amazing to watch and I can’t wait for audiences to experience their efforts,” he said.

Pete Sour, music director, has worked tirelessly with the cast on the catchy songs.
Nathan Arnold, technical director, has been busy for months with the design and construction of the set to tell the story of the 1899 Newsboys strike in New York City. This production is further brought to life visually with the skilled work of costumer Trish Swaney, providing period costumes for the entire cast, and choreographer Morgan Parsons.

The production stars Garrett Honse as Jack Kelly, Gwen Sour as Katherine Plumber, Sam Bartlett as Davey, Conner Medendorp as Crutchie, Zach Gaston as Les, Tom Lodato as Joseph Pulitzer, Heather Hepburn as Medda Larkin, George Litman as Wiesel (or Weasel), Antigone Lawter-Hall as Snyder, Tru Hill as Hannah, and Charlie Matthews as Governor Teddy Roosevelt.

Returning to the Guild stage as passionate leader Jack Kelly, Garrett Honse said, “It has been an honor working on this Goliath of a show. Out of every show I’ve had the privilege of working on, I can truly say this one I will forever hold dear to my heart.”

“Newsies” opens Friday, August 4 and runs through August 20. Curtain time is 8 p.m. on August 4, 5, 11, 12, and 18; 6 p.m. on August 6; and 2:30 p.m. on August 13 and 20. Please note that there is no performance on Saturday, August 19. Tickets cost $22 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Tickets are available for purchase online at or you may contact the Box Office at 304-485-1300 (please leave a message and your call will be returned).