• Newsies

  • Seize the Day – ticket sales for “Newsies” underway

    Ticket sales are underway for this year’s Upper St. Clair High School musical, “Newsies.” Catch one of four shows March 14-16 in the school’s theater:

    • 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14
    • 7 p.m. Friday, March 15
    • 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16
    • 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16

    Ticket prices are currently $12 for adults and $6 for students. Adult ticket prices will increase to $15 starting on March 4. Online ticket sales can be accessed at www.usctheater.org.

    For those who prefer in-person ticket sales, the theater box office, located within the high school’s arts entrance, will open beginning March 2 during the following days/times:

    • Saturday, March 2, from 10:30 a.m. - noon
    • Saturday, March 9, from 10:30 a.m. - noon
    • Monday, March 11, and Wednesday, March 13, from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    • At the door, beginning one hour prior to showtime

    Admission for Upper St. Clair’s senior citizens is free with a USC Gold Card. Gold Card holders must obtain their free theater tickets in person at the box office.

    This year’s show is directed by Dr. Stephen Torquato, USCHS social studies teacher. He and the show’s creative team selected “Newsies” for its large cast and the upbeat message of the show.

    “With nearly 40 speaking roles and a large ensemble that is the heart of the production, we are able to showcase students throughout the entire show,” Dr. Torquato said. “Additionally, ‘Newsies’ is a fast-paced show with a timeless message of teamwork, dedication, and empowering student voice.”

    Nearly 130 students are involved with this year’s musical production, including on stage, on the crew, or in the orchestra pit.

    “Students are involved throughout the entire creative process – from building and painting sets, to fitting/designing costumes, and teaching blocking/dancing to their peers,” Dr. Torquato said.

    Students have the opportunity to take on leadership roles that include Student Director, Student Stage Manager, Student Producer and Dance Captains. As a member of the Student Leadership Team, students work with and learn from the adult members of the creative team throughout the process.

    “It was important to the creative team that we develop an educational experience for our students that teaches them not only the love of being on stage but also the love of the process of bringing a show from page to stage,” Dr. Torquato said. “It is our hope that we continue to foster a love of the performing arts in all of its forms in the students at the high school.”

    Based on the classic 1992 Disney film of the same name, “Newsies” is even bigger and brighter on stage! With a humorous and heartfelt book by Harvey Fierstein and an energized and engaging score by icons Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, “Newsies” is a family-friendly show that will have everyone from 8 to 80+ tapping their feet and humming along with the students on stage! With key numbers from the film, including the show-stopping “Seize the Day,” the power ballad “Santa Fe;” and fun new songs like Katherine’s “Watch What Happens,” Medda’s “That’s Rich,” and Pulitzer’s “the Bottom Line,” “Newsies” is a classic with the power to inspire!

    View the cast list

  • Newsies

    Cast List

    Director: Dr. Steve Torquato


    • www.usctheater.org
    • $12/adults (before March 4)
    • $15/adults (beginning March 4)
    • $6/students


    • Thurs., March 14 @ 6 p.m. (family show)
    • Fri., March 15 @ 7 p.m.
    • Sat., March 16 @ 2 p.m.
    • Sat., March 16 @ 7 p.m.

    Thursday's Family Show

    Enjoy the show, and then join the cast, crew and creative team for a chance to get your favorite characters’ autographs, explore the set and see behind the curtain and what it takes to bring a show to life!

    USC Gold Card

    Upper St. Clair School District residents who are age 62 or older are eligible to receive a Gold Card – entitling them to FREE admission to plays, musicals as well as home athletic events and activities sponsored by the Upper St. Clair School District.

    To obtain a Gold Card, please visit the high school main office. For more information, please contact Nancy Dunn at 412.833.1600 ext. 2236 or ndunn@uscsd.k12.pa.us.