By Evelyn Grosso

Our August excursion with Thriving In Place was a memorable and uplifting day! On Sunday, August 4, 2019, our Thriving In Place members set out to see Newsies at Osceola Arts. Upon arriving, we were escorted into a private room where we enjoyed a delicious and leisurely lunch, which included pulled pork, baked beans, and macaroni salad from Big John’s Rockin’ BBQ, that Rachel arranged for us.

After lunch, we entered the theater and were immersed into the musical story, which is loosely based on the real-life New York City Newsboys Strike of 1899 and is an inspiring musical story of a band of young impoverished “newsies” banding together to take on the most powerful men in New York. The show’s optimism and physicality made it a hit on Broadway. It received eight Tony Award nominations and was a winner of two 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography!  We enjoyed the acting and singing very much, but the amazing SHOW-STOPPING choreography was an explosion of song and dance, mingling acrobatics, tap and ballet, and it’s difficult to believe that these kids were not “professionals.” The dancers work on a volunteer basis through Osceola Arts!

To top off our afternoon, Rachel arranged for us to step ON STAGE and mingle with these talented performers. We had a photo of us taken with the cast! Thanks to Rachel for planning this interesting and enjoyable afternoon!

Thriving In Place is a community-based membership program under the umbrella of the Celebration Foundation. Our members are Celebration residents who are at least 55 years of age, or a person with a disability of any age, who want to stay in their own homes and lead a healthy, safe, independent and productive life. For questions regarding Thriving In Place, please call Rachel McIntee at 407-572-9850, e-mail Thriving@celebrationfoundation.org, or visit the office at 690 Celebration Avenue.