Young Playwrights 2019

Young Playwrights Project 2019 Authors & Directors

This weekend, Gibson Southern Theatre presents the Young Playwrights Project 2019.  Each student below wrote and directed their own one-act play.  The Young Playwrights Project‘s mission is to facilitate the use of playwriting, encourage creative expression and improve literacy, and to support its writers through student driven acting, directing, and designing culminating in public performances.

The Young Playwrights Project is presented in the Gibson Southern Studio Theatre.  Performance times are 7:00PM on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, as well as 2:00PM on Sunday, April 7.  General Admission tickets (first-come-first-serve) are available … READ MORE

Logan Clark – NEWSIES Senior Spotlight

What is your name? Logan Clark

What is your cast role or crew position in Disney’s NEWSIES? Mayor of New York City

What is your favorite Disney’s NEWSIES quote, song or scene — and why? “It’s a compromise we ALL can live with” – Jack Kelly

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Disney’s NEWSIES) have you been a part of while in high school? 10

What is your favorite role, act, or show that you have been a part of in high school? Sister Act was MY JAM, it was such an amazing time that I’ll cherish forever.

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Mayi Reyes – NEWSIES Senior Spotlight

What is your name? Mayi Reyes

What is your cast role or crew position in Disney’s NEWSIES? I play Crutchie and I’m on sound crew.

What is your favorite Disney’s NEWSIES quote, song or scene — and why? “Once and For All” is definitely my favorite scene and song. I’m a huge music geek and the way the harmonies and dissonances work in the song and mesh together is incredible. The lyrics are so moving and have such a compelling message. The song makes me feel so empowered and it honestly gives me chills every time I hear it.

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Alex Harper – NEWSIES Senior Spotlight

What is your name? Alex Harper

What is your cast role or crew position in Disney’s NEWSIES? Crew: spotlight

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Disney’s NEWSIES) have you been a part of while in high school? Seven

What is your favorite role, act, or show that you have been a part of in high school? Guys Being Dudes, who I played bass for

Do you have a favorite story from your time spent in theatre? The night after the first show for Vaudeville 2017, when we went to Hooters, even after setting a reservation they didn’t save us … READ MORE

Caleb Goodson – NEWSIES Senior Spotlight

What is your name? Caleb Goodson

What is your cast role or crew position in Disney’s NEWSIES? I play Darcy

What is your favorite Disney’s NEWSIES quote, song or scene — and why? MY favorite song from Newsies is King of New York because it is a very high energy song.

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Disney’s NEWSIES) have you been a part of while in high school? This is my first one.

What is your favorite role, act, or show that you have been a part of in high school? This is the only role i have … READ MORE

Sierra Samuel – NEWSIES Senior Spotlight

What is your name? Sierra Samuel

What is your cast role or crew position in Disney’s NEWSIES? Dancer

What is your favorite Disney’s NEWSIES quote, song or scene — and why? “Courage cannot erase our fear, courage is when we face our fear” because it tells how we can’t simply make our fears disappear, but we can obtain the strength to conquer our fears

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Disney’s NEWSIES) have you been a part of while in high school? 1

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Abigail Kramer – NEWSIES Senior Spotlight

What is your name? Abigail Kramer

What is your cast role or crew position in Disney’s NEWSIES? I am a dancer.

What is your favorite Disney’s NEWSIES quote, song or scene — and why? “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground. You can do this.” It’s very encouraging.

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Disney’s NEWSIES) have you been a part of while in high school? This is my first musical, but I was in the last three years of vaudeville.

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Brooke Berry – NEWSIES Senior Spotlight

What is your name? Brooke Berry

What is your cast role or crew position in Disney’s NEWSIES? Dancer

What is your favorite Disney’s NEWSIES quote, song or scene — and why? My favorite scene is King of New York because it’s such a fun scene all around. All the characters are so happy and on cloud nine because they’re on the front page of the newspaper. In King of New York I get to tap dance, also, and it is a blast!

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Joshua Pohl – NEWSIES Senior Spotlight

What is your name? Joshua Pohl

What is your cast role or crew position in Disney’s NEWSIES? My role in Disney’s Newsies is spotlight operator.

What is your favorite Disney’s NEWSIES quote, song or scene — and why? My favorite song from Newsies is King of New York. I like hearing everybody sing the amazing words to this song.

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Disney’s NEWSIES) have you been a part of while in high school? I have been apart of eight Gibson Southern productions.

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Eislin Tolley – NEWSIES Senior Spotlight

What is your name?  Eislin Tolley

What is your cast role or crew position in Disney’s NEWSIES?  I am one of the Newsies, JoJo

What is your favorite Disney’s NEWSIES quote, song or scene — and why?  My favorite Newsies song would have to be World Will Know, because it is an incredibly moving song that tells the story of the horrible circumstances child laborers experienced during the late 1800s. I believe that us Newsies all love this song because the choreography has a lot of intricate pieces to it as well as it just pumps everyone up, displays our … READ MORE

Josa Kerns – NEWSIES Senior Spotlight

What is your name? Josa Kerns

What is your cast role or crew position in Disney’s NEWSIES? Dancer

What is your favorite Disney’s NEWSIES quote, song or scene — and why? My favorite song is Seize the Day because it is a song that everybody on stage gets excited about and it has a really cool dance with it.

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Disney’s NEWSIES) have you been a part of while in high school? 6

What is your favorite role, act, or show that you have been a part of in high school? Deck the Halls… READ MORE

Auberi Grubb – NEWSIES Senior Spotlight

What is your name? Auberi Grubb

What is your cast role or crew position in Disney’s NEWSIES? Dancer

What is your favorite Disney’s NEWSIES quote, song or scene — and why? My favorite scene is Act I Scene VIII when the Newsies sing ‘Seize the Day,’ it’s such a motivating song with many inspirational quotes in it. Some of my favorite quotes from this song are: “Courage cannot erase our fear. Courage is when we face our fear.” and “And say to the others who did not follow through, you’re still our family, and we will fight for you.” These … READ MORE

Sarah Perkins – NEWSIES Senior Spotlight

What is your name? Sarah Perkins

What is your cast role or crew position in Disney’s NEWSIES? Mic crew head

What is your favorite Disney’s NEWSIES quote, song or scene — and why? My favorite quote is, “Just look around at the world we inheriting and think of the one we’ll create. Their mistake is they got old, that is not OUR mistake” because, it’s saying that we are the future, we should share our voices and not repeat the past.

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Jenna Hornby – NEWSIES Senior Spotlight

What is your name? Jenna Nicole Hornby

What is your cast role or crew position in Disney’s NEWSIES? Stage Manager and Technical Director

What is your favorite Disney’s NEWSIES quote, song or scene — and why? “The things we do today will be tomorrow’s news,” because even the little things that we do will change tomorrow’s plan.

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Disney’s NEWSIES) have you been a part of while in high school? 6, 8 counting Young Playwrights

What is your favorite role, act, or show that you have been a part of in high school? My … READ MORE

Olivia Shelby – NEWSIES Senior Spotlight

What is your name? Olivia Shelby

What is your cast role or crew position in Disney’s NEWSIES? Specs (Newsie)

What is your favorite Disney’s NEWSIES quote, song or scene — and why? My favorite song from Newsies is “The World will Know” because it perfectly displays the emotions the Newsies are feeling and the energy of that song is indescribable!

How many Gibson Southern Theatre productions (including Disney’s NEWSIES) have you been a part of while in high school? I have been apart of 6 GSTD productions. (Vaudeville 2015:Haunted Hotel, Vaudeville 2016: Deck the Halls, Vaudeville 2017: The Muppets, Cinderella, … READ MORE

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