The Leavenworth High School theater department will perform the musical “Newsies” beginning this weekend.

Show times will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Performing Arts Center on campus. Other showings of the play will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 16-17.

The play is based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White.

The story tells the tale of the real-life newsboy strike of 1899. Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy, dreams of a life as an artist away from the city.

After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action.

With the help of the beautiful female reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.”

The theater department will also have a special dedication of its new performance stage on opening night immediately after the show.

The stage is a result of the theater department receiving a $10,000 R.I.S.E. America grant from the Educational Theatre Foundation.

R.I.S.E. stands for Recognizing and Inspiring Student Expression.

Special guests attending on opening night include representatives from the Educational Theatre Foundation, Kansas Thespians, Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education, Kansas Department of Education board of directors, Starlight Theatre, Omaha Film Festival and USD 453 administrators.

Rep. Jeff Pittman, the Educational Theatre Foundation’s Legislator of the Year, will also attend.

“We will celebrate not only the opening night of ‘Newsies’ but also thank those who made our new Leavenworth High School auditorium stage possible,” Jennifer Morgan said in an email. Morgan is the director of theater at Leavenworth High School.

Last year, Leavenworth High School was one of 50 high schools in the nation to receive a R.I.S.E. America grant from NBC and the Educational Theatre Foundation.

“Newsies will feature not only our student performers but also our award-winning student designers for costumes, set, lights, hair and makeup,” Morgan said in an email.

Tickets are $4.25 for students and $7.25 for adults. Tickets also are available online at www.lvhs.booktix.com