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Two Disney Musicals come to life on stage at the Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy

By Christy Jepson
Two Disney musicals that you don't want to miss are being performed at Hale Center Theatre in the Mountain American Performing Arts Center in Sandy now through the end of the summer.

Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical, is being performed now, through September 1, on the newly named Young Living Essential Oils Centre Stage. My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto's Musical Tale, is a heartwarming story that comes to life on the Sorenson Legacy Jewel Box Stage from now until August 27.

The 1992 Disney movie, Newsies, was the inspiration behind the 2011 musical that premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. In 2012, Newsies made its Broadway debut where it ran for 1,000 performances.

Newsies is based upon a true story of the Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. It tells the story of Jack Kelly, a newsboy and the leader of the band of teenaged 'newsies.' When publishers Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices, which affect the newsies' cost, Jack and his band of boys, fight back and rally other 'newsies' to strike for what is right.

Hale Centre Theatre's Newsies is filled with talented Utah actors: Preston Taylor and James Bounous as Jack Kelly; Jeremy Egan and Peter Reid Lambert as Davey; Carter Walker and Gunnar Russell as Crutchie; Kelly Hennessey Pulver and Bre Welch as Katherine Plumber; and Neal C. Johnson and Ric Starnes as Joseph Pulitzer.

Audience members will recognize the popular toe-tapping songs from the 1992 movie, such as: "The World Will Know, Seize the Day, King of New York, and Once and for All." The singing, dancing and acting in this show is Broadway-quality and the choreography is precise and energetic. With the advanced built-in technology that this Centre Stage has, audience members will feel like they are actually in the streets of New York City.

Sally Dietlein, HCT vice president and executive producer, mentioned in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly named Young Living Essential Oils Centre Stage that she has always wanted to bring Newsies to Hale Centre Theatre and it is a dream come true for her.

"Our cast of newsboys are extremely talented and energetic. They have been working hard to bring this important story to life, and it's all coming together to give audiences top-notch music and choreography," said Dietlein.

The second Disney musical, My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto's Musical Tale is now playing in the Sorenson Legacy Jewel Box Stage. For this production, Hale Centre Theatre has lowered the minimum age from five years old to three years old so younger children can enjoy this classic story of the wooden boy, PInocchio.

The costumes, the musical numbers, fabulous sets, and the special effects are just some of the things that make this a magical production for the entire family. Guests will enjoy the popular songs: "I've Got No Strings, When You Wish Upon A Star, Bravo Stromboli and Pleasure Island. Eighteen talented children are the stars in this production, which makes it even more fun for children to watch.

My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto's Musical Tale, is based upon the Disney's made-for-television movie, Geppetto. The stage production is based upon the book by David Stern and music by Stephen Schwartz, the composer of Wicked. Working together Stern and Schwartz created a stage musical adaption that premiered in Kansas City in 2006.

"Pinocchio is a family musical that tells the story of a father and son learning to accept each other, flaws and all," said Dietlein. "And Hale Centre Theatre has a few tricks up its sleeve with eye-popping set pieces and stage props. We even brought in a designer specifically for Pinocchio's nose and the result is spectacular. I cannot tell a lie!"

You won't want to miss either one of these incredible summer shows that leave you singing and dancing and wishing upon a star all the way home.

For ticket information and performance dates for Newsies or My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto's Musical Tale call 801-984-9000 or visit My Son Pinocchio is open to children ages three and up, Newsies is open for children ages five and up. The ticket price for each show is $40 for adults and $20 for children.
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