The SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem is taking Disney’s “Newsies” to another level, literally.

Performers in the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre production will be on platforms that extend 14 feet in the air, according to director Michael Carrasco.

“We will take it side to side, in and out, and up and down,” Carrasco said of the production in a SCERA press release. “The scene will be filled in all dimensions. I realize this wholesome production has made it a top choice for many area groups, but I appreciate the showmanship and scale that the SCERA will contribute to a show I am absolutely certain our audiences will love.”

The musical, based on the 1992 Disney film of the same title, features a beloved Tony-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, energetic dancing, and a story inspired by the newsboys’ strike of 1899 in New York City.

“I love, love, love ‘Newsies,’” Carrasco said in the release. “It’s a great script based on a real story, and to do it on a large stage in an outdoor setting makes it even better.”

The play is set to open Friday and run through June 22 with performances Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre at SCERA Park, 600 S. 400 East, Orem. Tickets, priced from $10-$18, and more information are available at the SCERA main office, by phone at (801) 225-ARTS and online at

Sarah Harris

Features Reporter

Sarah Harris writes about arts and entertainment for the Daily Herald.

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