Art & Culture

San Benito Stage Company leaves Granada Theatre with “13 the Musical”

Opens Friday, Oct. 26 with performances through Saturday, Nov. 10.

This article was contributed by Jenny Arbizu.

Being a teenager can be a real struggle.

But San Benito Stage Company (SBSC) is putting a comedic spin on those coming-of-age years in 13 the Musical.

Co-Producer Maria Kaanapu says San Benito Stage Company's last show at the Granada Theatre “… is a feel-good musical,” and she hopes the public doesn’t confuse it with the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. “This is something we can all relate to, even if you’re not thirteen.”

13 the Musical follows 12-year old Evan Goldman (Jonathan Arciniega) as he prepares for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. But when his parents divorce, he ends up moving from New York City to a small, Indiana town where he meets new friends, Patrice (Abby Chase) and Archie, who suffers from muscular dystrophy (Joey Rasmussen), as well as some simple-minded middle schoolers. All the while, Evan is just trying to establish an identity among his new peers.

With a cast of 34 teenagers, all ranging from 13 to 19 years old, 13 the Musical is directed by brother-and-sister team Aaron Hernandez and Jula Prak, choreographed by Raeann Collison, and produced by Kaanapu and Julie Irwin. Sydnee Vega and Eva Kelly are assistant producers.

13 the Musical is rated PG-13 for crude humor and mature situations/language.

Performances for “13 The Musical” run through Saturday Nov. 10 at the Granada Theatre, 336 Fifth Street in Hollister. Tickets are available at Postal Graphics and at For more information, visit or call 831.636.0122.



Jenny Mendolla Arbizu

Jenny is a Hollister native who resides in her hometown with her husband and son. She is a graduate of San Benito High School, and received her BA in Literature from UC Santa Cruz and MA in Education from San Jose State University. Jenny is a former elementary school teacher and has written for the Hollister Freelance, San Benito and South Valley magazines. She enjoys bringing informative and educational news to San Benito County, as well as spotlighting local community members and businesses. On any given day, she can be found performing with SBSC, singing with the Hollister VFW, or working out at Cold Storage CrossFit.