Theatre Arts Program Presents Newsies

Posted: February 12, 2019

Rehearsals are well underway for our Theatre Arts production of Disney’s Newsies, the hit Broadway musical about the Newsboys Strike of 1899, when child labor unionized to demand fairer treatment from the likes of publisher Joseph Pulitzer. Based on the Disney film, the production features songs by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty & the Beast) and Tony-winner Jack Feldman.

Disney’s Newsies is the 30th show directed by Mr. Peter Canavese, 23 of which have been Bellarmine productions. An alumnus of Bellarmine and Santa Clara University, Canavese is now in his 22nd year of directing at Bellarmine. “I see Newsies as the heir to West Side Story because it’s a very athletic, dance-intensive show and because New York City is so deeply imprinted on its DNA as the show’s proud setting and birthplace,” noted Canavese. “We have a terrific choreographer in Pauline Locsin-Kanter {whose impressive dance credits include Promises, Promises, A Chorus Line, and work on the Disney animated feature Mulan} and a great vocal director in Gina Adams {whose previous vocal direction of Bellarmine productions include The Who’s Tommy, Shrek The Musical, and Spamalot}. All three of us have had designs on this particular show for years. The rights just became available, so we were ready at our earliest opportunity to ‘seize the day’ and ‘carry the banner,’” added Canavese, referencing two songs from Disney’s Newsies.

In addition to Bellarmine students, featuring junior JP Micallef in the lead male role of Jack Kelly, the cast of 32 performers includes several female students from Presentation, Notre Dame, and Los Gatos high schools; a home school student; and 6th grader Donovan Cozort from St. Lucy’s. The design team and crew of 40 includes Gregg Carlson, technical director; Maren Alessandri Lane, lighting director/designer; Ryan Stohs, orchestra director; Kathleen O’Brien, costume designer; and Bellarmine senior Tristan Foster, stage manager.

Disney’s Newsies is presented March 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and March 3 at 2:00 p.m. All performances occur in the Main Stage Theatre of the Sobrato Center for Humanities and the Arts on the Bellarmine campus, 960 West Hedding Street, San Jose. Attendees are asked to please park on campus and to bring a can of food, which will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. Tickets are available online at:

Related Articles

  • Team 254 Reaches Finals of FIRST Championship

    Posted April 22, 2019

    Team 254, the Cheesy Poofs, spent the days leading up to spring break participating in the FIRST Championship in Houston, TX. After winning the Turing subdivision, the Poofs moved through round-robin matches to qualify for the championship game. Although they did not win the world championship this year (Team 254 holds four championship titles), the team put forth amazing effort, and represented Bellarmine well, displaying tremendous dedication and sportsmanship throughout the four-day tournament.

  • Smash Hunger! Support the Spring Food Drive

    Posted April 8, 2019

    Our annual Spring Food Drive, benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, runs Monday, April 8 through Thursday, April 18. With one in three local children at risk of hunger, our goal this year is to provide enough food and funds to provide 16,500 meals.

  • K-Bell Turns 35

    Posted March 19, 2019

    The 35th annual Kiwanis-Bellarmine track meet, i.e., K-Bell, was held on March 9th at Westmont High School. The joint venture between Bellarmine and the Kiwanis Club of West San Jose has become one of the premiere track and field events in the area, the proceeds of which go entirely to charity.