After months of preparation, Newsies will hit the stage this week as Brampton Music Theatre’s first mainstage production of 2019.

It’s 1899 in New York City, and the city gets its news from an army of ragged orphans and runaways called newsies. One homeless New York City newsboy, Jack Kelly, befriends two newcomers to his trade, Davey and Les.

All three dream of a better life, one without hardship on the streets. But when publisher Joseph Pulitzer raises distribution prices at the newsies’ expense, the boys go on strike.

With the help of the beautiful female reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of this band of orphans.

The production team and troupe of actors have been hard at work rehearsing since November of last year. The production will include 54 actors ranging from age 12 to 70.

“You can expect a talented and energetic cast telling the story of the real-life 1899 newsie strike. The stage performance is based off the Disney film of the same name,” says Director Malaki Viera.

“Everyone involved has committed to a heavy schedule of music [and] choreography as well as off stage volunteering to bring these loveable characters’ story to life. Of course, it is all supported by a great crew behind the scenes that will bring theatre magic to the stage.”

BMT’s production of Newsies is based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story. The show 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).

The production will feature the classic songs “Carry the Banner”, “Seize the Day” and “Santa Fe”.

Newsies opens March 28 at the Rose Theatre and will run until March 31. Tickets are available here.

Check out some behind-the-scenes photos below.