Theatre Arts Program

Jesuit education has a centuries' old tradition of nourishing the fine arts. Bellarmine is proud to carry on that tradition not only through its Visual and Performing Arts curriculum, but through its
co-curricular Theatre Arts Program.

In the spirit of the overall mission for our school, the Bellarmine Theatre Arts Program intends to empower each student to maximize his or her various artistic skills, especially in the areas of performance, stagecraft, and management. These developed gifts have value not only in themselves, but also as icons of the mark God leaves on each soul. But such gifts only have fullest meaning if they are shared whole-heartedly with others—specifically our audiences. We also strive to study, prepare, and present material that can sometimes challenge conventional wisdom, and move our members to a greater appreciation of how artistic creation can become a vehicle for social justice. Finally, it is our intent that the members of Theatre Arts learn always to work in loving concert with others, in order to share their talents most fully. 

Hairspray 2014
Theatre Productions

Bellarmine runs a full theatre season - fall drama, winter musical and spring comedy - in the Main Stage Theatre in the Sobrato Center for Humanities and the Arts. Upwards of 200 students are involved in the program every year, inclusive of stage performers, musical accompaniment and technical theatre/stagecraft crew. The technical theatre/stagecraft component gives students an opportunity to learn stage design, construction, lighting design, sound design, stage management, sales and marketing. Audition schedules for each production are included in our school calendar as well as on www.bcp.org/the-arts.

Our program has been recognized, both by the local press and by various national theatre organizations for its professionalism, vitality, variety, non-traditional casting, and non-traditional staging, as evidenced by such full-scale productions as "Arcadia", "Les Miserables" and "Seven Ages of Bob", which was written by directors Peter Canavese and Tom Alessandri, along with student Robbie Fitzsimmons, for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As one of the first high schools to produce "The Laramie Project", "Urinetown: The Musical" and Steve Martin's comedy "Picasso at the Lapin Agile", we relish the challenge of difficult projects.

Sanguine Humours and Nonsensicals

Bellarmine's theatre arts program also includes two improv comedy troupes, Sanguine Humours and Nonsensicals. Founded in 1989 by theatre students, including current program directors and faculty members Peter Canavese and Russ Marcel, Sanguine Humours is named for the medieval "sanguine" temperament, which is characterized as impulsive, boisterous and often-times sarcastic. Sanguine performs free lunchtime shows and two mainstage shows per year, which raise funds for various charities. Nonsensicals is an improv troupe open to all students (no audition necessary) - students gather at lunch to hone their skills, laugh and play improv games.



Program Contacts

Theatre Arts Program Chair:

Gregg Carlson

Theatre Production Directors:

Peter Canavese
Jeremy Lum
Russ Marcel

Tech Director: 

Gregg Carlson 

Sanguine Humours Moderators:

Peter Canavese
Russ Marcel

Facilities

For 30 years, Bellarmine's Theatre Arts Program was housed in Benson Theatre, a building that was the school library for a number of years. The program moved into the Sobrato Center for Humanities and the Arts in January 2010. This state-of-the-art facility features a thrust-stage and 440 seat theatre, an orchestra pit, fly space, full off-stage space, and a full shop for set-building. A second "Black Box" theatre, which is used for smaller and more experimental productions, Sanguine Humours performances and student directed/written one-acts, seats between 90-130 people.

Get Involved!

We welcome our students, as well as girls from local high schools - from all grade levels - to get involved in our productions. Contact the following individuals based upon individual interests: