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Review by Mila Vincent, Johannah Luza, Nancy Churnin.

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Eight-year-old Mila Vincent, Dallas’ youngest theater critic, loves Newsies, the Disney musical based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, at The Firehouse Theatre. Mila and her grandmother, co-reviewer Johannah Luza, think you and your young ones will, too. Here’s what they have to say:

Actress Ruby Chabot with Mila

Mila: I couldn’t wait to see Newsies! I learned one of the songs, “King of New York,” this summer and sang along when the cast sang it. Newsies is a musical about a real-life strike by newspaper boys in 1899 in New York City. In the old days, young kids sold newspapers on the streets but didn’t make much money and had to buy the newspapers they were to sell. So the newspaper companies made a lot of money, but the kids didn’t!

The kids decided to go on strike and stop selling newspapers so the companies would listen to them. You’ll have to see the musical to find out what happens, but I’ll give you one hint: those brave kids stood up against adults— But it was for a good reason.

My favorite actor was Ruby Chabot, who played one of the newsies. I took a theater camp at The Firehouse Theatre this summer, and Ruby was our choreographer. She was so nice, and she is an excellent actor too. She can sing and dance and remembers all her lines! All the actors were great, and you should take your kids and grandkids to see Newsies. I’m eight, so it’s a good show for eight and above.

Mila waiting for the show to begin

Johannah: Mila was so excited to see this production of Newsies, especially since she knew one of the actors. The actors did a phenomenal job. I especially loved the dancing. It was a fast-moving show and entertaining for the whole family. The message emphasizing that everyone must stand up for the oppressed resonates today!


Where: The Firehouse Theatre | 2535 Valley View Lane, Dallas

When:   Continues through Monday, August 14




Mila Vincent with Nancy Churnin

Mila Vincent is our official "kid book reviewer." Her favorite things to do are playing on a soccer team her Dad coaches, giving to others on "be kind" days that her mom created, practicing new hairstyles, reviewing children’s plays with her grandmother Johannah Luza, and cuddling during home movie nights with her French bulldog, Penelope. Nancy Churnin is an award-winning author with ten children's books and more on the way. Find free teacher guides, resources, and projects for each of her books on

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