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Judson alumni to direct 'Newsies' musical Oct. 24-27:

  • Judson University alumni Joshua and Melissa Hoegh codirect the fall production of the musical "Newsies" playing Oct. 24 through 27 at the Elgin university.

    Judson University alumni Joshua and Melissa Hoegh codirect the fall production of the musical "Newsies" playing Oct. 24 through 27 at the Elgin university. Courtesy of Judson University

By Madhu
Posted10/19/2018 2:04 PM

Judson University's Theatre Department will present its version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Newsies" this week.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, through Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Thulin Auditorium of Thompson Hall on Judson's campus, 1151 N. State St., Elgin. A bonus 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled for Saturday.


The musical is an adaptation of the 1992 Disney film based on a true story about New York City's newsboys in 1899 seizing the day when they strike against unfair working conditions. This is the first Disney production Judson Theatre has mounted.

Directed by Judson alumni Joshua and Melissa Hoegh, the show will feature a cast of 27 students and a faculty member. It includes more than a dozen musical numbers, of which half will feature the entire cast.

"Newsies is a Tony Award-winning musical packed with energy, song and dance and is the largest-scale production that Judson has taken on in nearly 10 years," said Joshua Hoegh, who has been vocal director for seven Judson productions.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and employees, $8 for seniors and groups of 10 or more. For information, call the box office at (847) 628-2625 or email

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ECC to host Halloween celebration Oct. 26:

Elgin Community College will host its annual family-friendly Boo Bash from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in the Building J Events Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

The free event will feature kids' activities, indoor trick-or-treating, free food and costume contests.

"Our goal is to provide a safe place for our community to celebrate Halloween and the tradition of trick-or-treating," said Amybeth Maurer, ECC director of orientation and student life. "We welcome anyone who is in the Halloween spirit."

Attendees are encouraged to wear appropriate, kid-friendly costumes. For information, contact Gaea Atta Moy, coordinator of student life, at (847) 214-7425 or

Heineman Middle School Presents Disney's "Mulan Jr." Oct. 26-27:

Students from Heineman Middle School in Algonquin will perform Disney's "Mulan Jr." on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27.

Heineman's production features a cast of 100 students from sixth through eighth grades. It is codirected by the school's choir teacher Emily Moore and band instructor Pam Jorgensen. Nathan Knapke, Huntley High School's Performing Arts Center technical production manager, did the lighting, sound and set design, and construction. He will oversee a crew of 14 students involved in bringing the production to life.


The musical score includes fan favorites "Reflection," "Honor to Us All" and "I'll Make a Man Out of You," as well as new songs.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Huntley High School Performing Arts Center, 13719 Harmony Road, Huntley.

Tickets cost $5 for general seating and can be purchased online at or at the door an hour before show time. For more information, contact Jorgensen at, Moore at, or Lorie Woods, Performing Arts Center director, at (847) 659-6107.

This article is sponsored by Elgin Community College.