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Production of Newsies goes ahead thanks to community support

May 21, 2019

TDCIdrama_news.jpgThe show must go on despite a devastating act of vandalism to the theatre at Tommy Douglas Collegiate.

A fire extinguisher was discharged inside the school's theatre Wednesday evening and due to the time required to restore the facility, the school's production of Newsies: The Musical was quickly relocated to the theatre at Centennial Collegiate for its May 22-25 run.

"We are so proud of the cast and crew of Newsies for how they have handled this unfortunate situation. They have been positive, resilient, and determined," said Principal Colleen Norris. "We are grateful for the many offers of support from the community and from our friends and colleagues at Centennial Collegiate. 

"Our students have used music and lines from the show as motivation to move forward and 'seize the day.' It has been beautiful to see them come together in solidarity during this time."

The performances of Newsies run May 22-25 with a 7 p.m. show each evening and a Saturday matinee at 1 p.m.

Norris said everyone involved in the production appreciates the support from Centennial Collegiate and the willingness to accommodate the performances, as well as the staff from both schools for their patience and assistance during the quick transition.

The cast, crew, teachers and Tommy Douglas community wish to share their appreciation for the efforts and contributions of many people in ensuring that students will have the opportunity to enjoy the result of their hard work and dedication.

  • Jason Dubray and Joel Dietrich at Centennial Collegiate for their time/resources to set up the theatre
  • Glenn, Laura, and the crew at Saskatoon Fire and Flood for their prioritized recovery of tech products and props
  • Dustin, Royen, and the staff at Breck Construction for their work in transitioning the scaffold system at the drop of a hat
  • Katie Blackburn, Andrew Forsberg, Rory Jewiss and Emily Rempel for their help re-doing the productions tech and the chalk mural 
  • Persephone Theatre and the University of Saskatchewan drama department for reaching out offering help where needed and the offers services, supplies, etc. from countless members of the theatre community and Saskatoon teaching community
  • Donation of $200-300 from Jeff Bernath – the employer of one student's family members
  • The Saskatoon media for helping make the public aware that the show is now in a different location/community.

If any guests need assistance with transportation to the show at Centennial due to the distance, please get in touch with Community Coordinator Deidra Evans by contacting the school. The school has received have many offers of support to assist with transportation needs from the school community.