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Everybody Loves Gratuitous Acrobatics

Posted by Miranda Mier on February 11, 2016 at 11:52pm 0 Comments

The 1992 Disney cult movie…



Posted by Matthew Maxam on February 11, 2016 at 11:45pm 0 Comments

Disney’s Broadway adaption of the famous and beloved movie Newsies was one of the best musicals I have seen in quite a while. Currently showing at the Orpheum to nearly sold out, enthusiastic audiences, its engaging story, enjoyable songs, and incredible dancing make for an unforgettable, entertaining show. Newsies tells the story of the Newsboys’ Strike of 1899, a real historical event. The plot of Newsies is a fictionalized telling of the real strike, following strike…


Newsies Does Not Disappoint

Posted by Heidi Wiese on February 11, 2016 at 11:41pm 0 Comments

“Incredible”, “Amazing”, “Breathtaking”. These were just a few of the adjectives I heard people using to describe the performance we had just witnessed as I exited the Orpheum theater after seeing Broadway’s smash hit musical Newsies; and I would have to agree. From the scaffolding that set the scene for New York City, to the precise and astounding dance numbers and iconic songs, to the lighting design, the show came together perfectly to create a…



Posted by Alexis Langenfeld on February 11, 2016 at 11:10pm 0 Comments

Disney’s musical ‘Newsies’ is a wonderfully written show about the newsboys strike of 1899. Unfortunately, the Broadway adaptation is not all it’s made up to be.

Watching the show is a bit like looking at a black and white photograph, while technically flawless there seems to be something lacking. The first scene started wonderfully, two boys-Jack and Crutchy-asleep with a beautiful New York background behind them. Their costumes fit the scene…



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Newsies' "Extra! Extra!" Energy and inspiration

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Emma MeentsNewsies' "Extra! Extra!" Energy and InspirationSimple stories about the "little guy" can be so much bigger than what lies beneath the surface. This is what one is left with as the stage…Continue

Dirty Dancing

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Do you think Dirty Dancing the stage play would work as a stand alone? I'm curious if you think it's strong enough and has enough of a plot by itself to carry people through without having seen the…Continue

Are Critics Too Snobby?

Started by Dudley Voigt in Uncategorized May 17, 2012. 0 Replies

TC Daily Planet 5/16Jay Gabler, Front Row Seat,When a movie critic says something my dad doesn't agree with, Dad will grunt. "Those critics see too many movies! They have no idea what the average…Continue


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    What is SpotLight's Critical Reviewer Program?

    SpotLight's Critical Review Program gives high school students the opportunity to attend and review touring Broadway productions and SpotLight school productions. Critical Review is part of a larger curriculum that teaches communication skills, and enhances critical thinking and creative response. As part of this program, students receive study guides and press kits before the show, learn from experts including local theatre critics, playwrights and actors who discuss topics from lighting design to choreography, and in some cases, have expanded access to the Broadway touring cast and crew. 

    This program is funded through the generous support of Fred and Ann Moore.



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