Woodminster Kicks Off Its Summer Season with Newsies

Woodminster Kicks Off Its Summer Season with NewsiesWoodminster Summer Musicals have been presented for over 50 years in Oakland’s Joaquin Miller Park. Three musicals are presented each summer, and each musical is accompanied by a live professional orchestra and professional actors, along with dozens of talented local performers.

Woodminster Amphitheater is a large historic outdoor amphitheater, a WPA construction surrounded by a redwood forest.  A picnic before the show is an essential part of the Woodminster experience for many ticket holders. And, it makes the experience extra fun for audience members.

Newsies from July 5 through 7th and  11th through 14th
Inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long strike. Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of Newsies addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices, and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment.

They delivered the papers until they made the headlines… Newsies is a smash-hit, crowd-pleasing musical from Disney. A two-time Tony Award-winning show, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it “a musical worth singing about!” (The New York Times).

To purchase tickets, visit the Woodminster website.

Upcoming Performances
Billy Elliot from August 2 through 11
Set in a northern English mining town, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and, community, and changes his life forever.

Into the Woods from August 30 through September 8
The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child and set off on a journey to break a witch’s curse; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

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