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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENT to PERFORM in DISNEY’s NEWSIES at NATIONAL THEATRE
METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENT  to PERFORM in DISNEY’s NEWSIES at NATIONAL THEATRE

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ (MSA) student, Ben Cook, 17, of Lorton, Va. will perform in the Tony Award®-winning production of Disney’s NEWSIES at National Theatre in Washington, D.C. from June 9 to June 21. Cook is an alumnus of Lorton Station Elementary School in Lorton, Va., where his family still resides. At age 7, Cook began theatre and dance training at Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria, Va., and began to regularly audition for professional theatre at 9 years old. For more information on MSA, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.
 

“From the beginning, we knew that Ben was a natural performer with innate passion and determination… our programs allowed him the guidance, tools and training to help him fulfill his dream of being a national performer,” said Melissa Dobbs, president of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Lorton and Alexandria, Va. “We are so proud of Ben and look forward to seeing him shine in NEWSIES,” said Dobbs.
 

Cook was most recently featured as the title character in the 2011-13 national tour of the Tony Award®-winning musical “Billy Elliot.” He also played Michael, the second young male lead, on the tour and is one of only two boys in North America to perform all three young male roles in the show. He trained at MSA from 2005-09 and then again last year in preparation for the NEWSIES open call and audition.


He moved to New York in 2009 for the Broadway revival of “Ragtime,” then performed in the “Billy Elliot” Broadway ensemble for 15 months while attending the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City. Cook also performed at The Kennedy Center, Folger Shakespeare and Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., and has been on episodes of “30 Rock,” “Veep,” and “House of Cards.” He is on the road with a guardian and is tutored for school through the MSA Academy.
 

ABOUT DISNEY’s NEWSIES:  DISNEY’s NEWSIES will play an exclusive two-week engagement at National Theatre in Washington, D.C. The Tony Award®-winning production will begin performances June 9 for a limited two-week engagement through June 21.  NEWSIES, the new American musical, features a Tony Award®-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, and a book by four-time Tony Award® winner Harvey Fierstein, and is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. NEWSIES is directed by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award® for his work. The entire creative team has reunited to bring the break-out smash musical to audiences across North America.  Go to www.newsiesthemusical.com.


ABOUT METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (MSA): Lorton, Va.-based, Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) is the first Washington, D.C. area, private, secondary performing arts school, founded in 2013 by Melissa Dobbs. The MSA performing arts studios in Alexandria and Lorton, Va. have taught dance, music and theater to more than 10,000 students since 2001. Noted for its world-class instructors, MSA offers high quality performing arts training in a ground breaking, holistic learning environment that cultivates creativity, builds community and empowers students. The organization was featured in Dance Teacher magazine, FOX 5 Morning News, WUSA9, Northern Virginia Magazine, Washington Business Journal and Washington Families magazine. Many students from MSA studios go on to perform in prestigious arenas including Broadway, National Tours, The Julliard School, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Washington Ballet, The American Academy of Ballet, Universal Ballet Academy, The Kirov Ballet, The Hartt School, Marymount University (New York), Ford’s Theater and Mark Morris Dance Company. MSA offers a performing arts school, two performing arts studios, a youth tap ensemble, a youth ballet, a jazz company, community theatre program, as well as MetroClub and MetroRide, as part of their arts-focused, after-school program. Call 703.339.0444 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org, Facebook or Twitter.

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