Year-End Project

director Jessica Hickman

Year I & II

Year-End Project

April 2020
About the Show
Creative Team
Press Coverage

Every April, the College presents a year-end musical as a core component of the Diploma Program’s curriculum. Our students were set to perform Disney’s Newsies at the McPherson Playhouse, however, three weeks into the rehearsal process, the COVID-19 global pandemic brought that process to a seeming halt.

The production and creative team were set with the task of creating a new performance and learning experience. The result was a comprehensive ‘performance portfolio’ with several projects that challenged the students to think creatively and tackle performance through a variety of media. The 51 students, now in isolation in their homes, captured digital audio, video, and drone footage, which have been crafted into a series of short video performances that explore their version of what would have been Newsies, now seen through the lens of the pandemic. The story of Newsies follows a small group of youth rising up against the oppressive constraints of society. In a re-imagined way, that spirit continues through this health crisis, with the students ‘seizing the day’ and seizing an opportunity to create and perform together!

“We are incredibly proud of the staff and students who have fully embraced the challenge of transitioning a live intimate art form to the digital world with some surprising outside the box solutions. Managing these types of challenges, and being required to think creatively to find alternate solutions for going forward, is an invaluable lesson we hope they will carry with them throughout their careers.”
–Caleb Marshall & Heather Burns

Year I
Olivia Aloma
Alison Bendall
Statia Benny
Madeline Codling
Elizabeth Fehr
Sara Gargaro
Natasha Glass
Jaren Guerreiro
Mimi Hicks
Cooper Hiebert
Cassandra Husk
Hannah Kinch
Mackenzie Langdon
Leo Livora
Naomi Lorenzo
Grace Martin
Abigail McCallum
Margo Milton
Greg Murdoch
Kane O’Scalleigh
Tiffany Oud
Adrian Palek
Hailey Sabourin
Josie Schmalz
Alexana Sherman
Tyler Spencer
Emma Marie St-Denis
Agatha Storie
Eilidh Tew
Heather Watt
Tyrus Williams-Penney

Year II
Jaime Butler
Ricardo Caballero
Makyla Charlie
Benjamin Conroy
Ella Daly
Niah Davis
Emily Dehod
Nathaniel Exley
Natalie Glum
Justine Elizabeth Joudrie
Josephine Kay
Kianna King
Kelsey Launier
Cameron Lorenzo
PJ McCormack
Elan Miller-Jeannotte
Jacelyn Perret
Emily Pugsley
Sammy Radelfinger
Zhuonan Sun

director / choreographer Jessica Hickman*
music director / audio engineer Heather Burns
production manager Jackie Adamthwaite
technical director / production designer / video editor R.J. Peters
video editor Pedro M. Siqueira 
costume designer Shannon Carmichael
audio mixing Brooke Maxwell

featuring excerpts from Disney’s Newsies
music by Alan Menken
lyrics by Jack Feldman
book by Harvey Fierstein

*The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

A Quarantined Newsies

Director of the year-end project, Jessica Hickman, reflects on the process in a blog post on her personal website.
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Times Colonist: Students rally as McPherson show cancelled

"I think that the lesson they have learned in the past few weeks has been to rise to the challenge and overcome disappointment, think creatively and reimagine things."
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Victoria News: Students rally to present digital year-end musical during pandemic

Victoria News offers a taste of the College's digital year-end project.
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CHEK News: Theatre students ‘seize the day’ in creating pandemic-proof production

CHEK News interviews Managing Artistic Director Caleb Marshall about the creation of the 19-20 year-end project.
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CTV: CCPA students to present digital year-end musical

CTV offers a look inside the College's socially-distanced year-end performance project. Clip starts at 34:40.
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Students rally to present digital year-end musical during COVID-19 pandemic

Fifty-one students from the Canadian College of Performing Arts and their mentors and instructors have rallied to creatively ensure that the show will go on.
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Times Colonist: College season starts with Indigenous take on classic

The Times Colonist covers the College’s 2019-20 season announcement.
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Monday Magazine: Thief raids office during performance college’s annual gala

Monday Magazine covers the College’s season launch event.
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performance project screenshots Jackie Adamthwaite