Jesuit Drama

Welcome to the Black Box!

This year Jesuit Drama celebrates its forty-eighth anniversary season of producing student-centered, process-oriented work in the Ignatian tradition.  Jesuit Drama students come together and work according to five core values:  Collaboration, Creativity, Respect, Responsibility, and Service.  Our program produces at least three shows a year: a fall play, a winter musical, and a spring touring-show, and there are several opportunities for our many talented students to participate both on and off stage…

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Brian’s on Broadway
Brian Rivera in Lincoln Center's "The King & I"

Rivera got hooked on theater after seeing a Jesuit High production of “Into the Woods.”

“I was completely amazed by their production and so I started trying out for the shows,” Rivera said by telephone from the Mime Troupe’s San Francisco office.

Because he was in a carpool from his parents’ Greenhaven home (where they still live), Rivera couldn’t take the school’s evening drama classes. But he was in the Men’s Choir, which helped him finally land a role in his senior year in “Guys and Dolls.” (Sacramento Bee, 9/5/2010)


Alcandre’s Monologue
from The Illusion (1639) by Pierre Corneille, freely adapted by Tony Kushner

What in this world is not evanescent? What in this world is real and not seeming? 

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Once on This Island Closes
2015 "Season of Storytelling" ends

Our thanks to all cast, crew, and staff for this year’s musical!

All the hard work on and off stage paid off and was much appreciated by our supportive and enthusiastic audiences.

Congrats to all involved for an entertaining, moving and memorable show!

We look forward to seeing all company members at our reunion on Friday, April 17th, at 6:00pm in our Black Box Theater.

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Winter Musical Seniors Get Big Heads

Fellow seniors and friends of Once on This Island cast members greeted their friends with large, cut-out heads of them during the show’s recent curtain call and in the lobby after the performance.

“Go, Big Red!”  (Or, rather, “Go, Big Head!”)

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2015 Winter Musical Tickets on sale!

Tickets for our winter musical, Once on This Island, are available for purchase here.

If you would like to get priority seating for your tickets, please consider becoming a Drama Patron by clicking here.

Some of the many benefits of being a Drama Patron include:

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Peter conducts “A Chorus Line”
Working in the arts in NYC

Peter Hodgson (Achilles in America, Urinetown, Sweeny Todd) is currently studying at NYU’s Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program on scholarship.  He is a graduate from NYU Steinhardt with a degree in Music Theory and Composition where he studied with Grammy Award winner Herschel Garfein.

His latest project is with RoundTable Theatre, coordinating the music for their upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Chorus Line.

For more information about the project, click on the link.

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Kelley goes to Carnegie!

Jesuit Drama alum Kelley Jakle (The Princess Bride, Heaven Can Wait, Urinetown, Move) will be a soloist at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 29th at 2:00pm.

Since graduating, Kelley has worked in film (Pitch Perfect, 42), television (The Sing Off!), and theater (Spring Awakening).

To find out more about the concert, please click the pdf on this page.

Congrats, Kelley!


Sac Bee shout-out for Jesuit Drama
2014 highlights in theater in the Sacramento region

Congrats to Jesuit Drama and Ed Trafton ‘84 for their shout-out in the Sacramento Bee’s recent “2014 highlights” article.

Read Bee theater critic Marcus Crowder’s full article which is linked below.

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2015 Winter Musical Cast List

Our thanks to all who auditioned.  We’re very, very grateful for your time and talent. The abundance of your energy, good humor and enthusiasm made casting really tough.  So, if you weren’t cast, please don’t be discouraged:  we hope to see you again in the Black Box.

Please click here for the cast list.

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Jesuit Drama announces 2015 Winter Musical
Ahrens & Flaherty's "Once on this Island"

Come audition or do tech for this great show!

(Click on the “Audition” link on this page.)

Any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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Fall Play Tickets Now On Sale
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth

Tickets for Jesuit Drama’s fall play premiere production of The Encyclopedia of Early Earth are now on sale here.

You may also become Patron of the Arts and receive complimentary tickets with Priority Seating to the performance of your choice. More information here.

Show dates are November 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15  at 7:30 pm, and November 16th at 2:00pm.

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Jersey Boys Master Classes
Singing & Dance Workshops at CMT

California Musical Theatre Academy offers a wide variety of master classes taught by pros from both Broadway Sacramento touring productions and Music Circus.  These classes offer an exclusive experience for aspiring artists and life-long learners to study with talented experts from the professional world of musical theatre.  Broadway Sacramento Master Classes offer training in vocal technique, dance, and instrumental music taught by cast and orchestra members from the Broadway tours.  Music Circus Master Dance Classes, in which participants are taught dance r

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2014 Fall Play Cast List
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth

Click on the link below to open the cast list.

Many thanks to all who auditioned!


Fall Play Callback List

Please see the attached PDF to view the Callback List.

Call backs begin promptly at 4:00pm on Friday, September 5th in the Jesuit High School Black Box Theater. Doors open at 3:50pm. See you then!

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2014 Fall Play Resources
Our library has all you need for a great audition!

Need some help with your audition?  Want some advice on story-telling?

Stop by the JHS Library and see Ms. Wahlberg.


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Beauty & The Beast Musical Tickets Now on Sale
Three weeks of shows! March 6-23

Tickets for Jesuit Drama’s Disney’s Beauty and the Beast are now on sale! Click here to purchase tickets.

You may also become Patron of the Arts and receive complimentary tickets with Priority Seating to the performance of your choice. Click here for details.

If you have any questions, please email us at or call our Box Office at (916) 905-6178.

Thanks! See you at the show!


Sac Bee “Performances of the Year”
Jesuit Drama alums featured in 2013 theatre wrap-up

Congratulations to Kiera Anderson (“Best Ensemble”), Connor Mickiewicz (“Best Performance,” “Best Ensemble,” “Most Satisfying [Theater Experience]“) and Andrew Perez (“Best Performance”), all of whom were prominently featured in the Sacramento Bee’s 2013 Theatre Year in Review!

Click on the link to read Bee Theatre critic Marcus Crowder’s article.

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Winter Musical 2014 Cast List

Please click here to read the cast list.

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2014 Winter Musical Announced

This winter Jesuit Drama (in collaboration with the “students” of the “Our Lady of the Reluctant Supplication High School”) will produce Disney’s enchanting, classic musical Beauty & The Beast.  

Auditions are 12/11-12, with call-backs following on 12/13.  For more information about the production or to find out how to register for auditions or tech, please go to the “Audition” tab on the left side of this page.

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Alum Spotlight: Greta Gerwig
"Oz's" Dorothy is "Starry-Eyed"

Greta Gerwig, “Dorothy” in Jesuit Drama’s 2002 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is featured in the book Starry Eyed: 16 Stories that Steal the Spotlight, an anthology of personal anecdotes from “some of today’s most celebrated performers.”  The collection highlights “the troubles, hopes, failures and triumphs of young aspiring singers, dancers, actors, actresses and performers.”

Greta most recently starred in the 2012 film Frances Ha.

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Alum Spotlight: Actor Matt Huffman in NYC Premiere

Jesuit Drama alum Matt Huffman (Into the Woods, Reckless, Ten November) is currently appearing opposite actress Eve Danzeisen in the U.S. premiere of Australian playwright Ross Mueller’s new two-person play Construction of the Human Heart at the Access Theater in New York City.  For more information about the production and to see production photos, click on our link to  Congrats, Matt!


Romeo & Juliet Cast List

To view the cast list, please click the link.

Our sincerest thanks to all who auditioned; these were among the strongest auditions we have seen in many years. Thank you for your time and your talent.

Our first cast rehearsal will be this coming Monday, September 9th at 3:45 pm in the Black Box Theater. Please be prompt!

If you’d like to be part of Jesuit Drama, there are many opportunities to join us on Tech Crew. Please let us know by signing up here. We’d love to work with you.

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2013 Fall Play Announced!

This fall Jesuit Drama will produce Shakespeare’s classic story of forbidden love:  Romeo & Juliet.

Auditions are 9/4-5, with callbacks following on 9/6.

For more information about the production or to find out how to audition or sign up for tech, please go to the “Audition” tab on this page.

The production will open on October 31st and run for two weeks in our Black Box Theater.

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Beyond the Black Box Alumni Show
"Scooby Doo and the Mystery of the Haunted Library"

For one night only, Thursday, July 25th, at 7:30pm in the Black Box Theater, please join us for our Beyond the Black Box Alumni Show of Scooby Doo and the Mystery of the Haunted Library.

Thursday night’s show will cap off a week of performances that include visits to Carlton Senior Plaza, St. John Women’s Shelter, and Sutter Children’s Hospital.

Admission is free!  Hope you can come.

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“Right Here in River City!”
Junior Nic Crumley in SRP's "The Music Man"

This August, Jesuit junior Nic Crumley(Imago Dei; Hello, Dolly!) will be playing the title role in Stage Right Production Company’s The Music Man, running August 1-10.  “Break a leg, Nic!”

For more information or to purchase tickets, please click the link below.

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Alum Spotlight: Andrew Perez’s latest role profiled in Sacramento Bee
"Thrills, Spills and Slamming Racism"

Jesuit Drama alum Andrew Perez, who fight-choreographed the ninja piece “Park” for last season’s Move2, is featured in the Bee’s Arts & Entertainment cover story about his role as a professional grappler in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a popular new play running at Cap Stage.

Click below to read all about it!

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“Pirates!” @ Jesuit
2013 Summer Academics Plus

Jesuit Drama welcomes back alums Joanna Glum ‘12 and Riley Shanahan ‘10 as instructors of this summer’s Academics Plus Drama Program in the Black Box.

Jo and Riley will be teaching two sections of a new three-week, performing arts class for Jesuit’s summer program as well as co-directing their play Pirates!”which will play during the day on July 19th.

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Alum Spotlight: Jon Wagner ‘95
Working and Playing in Chicago

Jon has spent the last 12 years traveling the country as a writer, actor and musician. Favorite roles include “Barry” in High Fidelity, “Mercutio/Gary” in The People vs. Friar Laurence and “Jaime” in The Last 5 Years. Improv credits include Baby Wants Candy, I Eat Pandas, ComedySportz, Infinite Sundaes, one of The Second City’s National Touring Companies, and two years serving as the music director for the Chicago Improv Festival. Jonathan is a faculty member at Chicago’s legedary Second City Training Center.

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Congrats to Grad Winners!
Jesuit Drama Members Receive Top Awards

Our congratulations to the several guys who took home awards at graduation!

Valedictorian & Ignatian Award:  William Peters
Salutatorian:  Victor Amador

Scholar-Artist Award: Justin Petersen
Alumni Association Service Award: Kayman Nixon
North American Martyrs Award: Riley Peick
Jesuit Secondary Education Association:  Daniel Cook & Spencer Yee

Well done, guys.  We’re gonna miss ya!


Jesuit Drama’s Award-Winners
Students honored at the 2012/13 Awards Convocation

On Monday, May 6th, Jesuit High School presented several awards at its annual school-wide Awards Convocation.

Please join us in congratulating our Jesuit Drama student perfomers and technicians who received several honors:

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“Alone/Together” Opens
Jesuit Drama presents a spring cabaret

Please join us for an evening of contemporary musical-theater songs featuring 12 very talented singers from Jesuit, Christian Brothers, Rio and St. Francis, all accompanied by a live band!  (Okay,…a live combo…)

“Alone/Together” plays for one week only in Jesuit Drama’s Black Box Theater located in the school’s Harris Center:

Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 4, at 2:00 p.m and 7:30 p.m.

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Alum Spotlight: John Sanders ‘95 on Broadway

Please join us in congratulating Jesuit Drama alum John Sanders ‘95 on his recent Broadway opening in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s hit musical Matilda.

Since Jesuit, John has worked and toured all over the country, appearing in such productions as Mamma Mia!, Cymbeline, Spamalot, The Real Thing, Miss Saigon, A Minister’s Wife, and most recently Peter and the Starcatcher (his first Broadway outing).


Spring Revue Cast List

The following have been cast in Jesuit Drama’s Spring Musical Revue “Alone/Together”:

  • Taber Brown
  • Devin Farrell
  • Delaney Feener
  • Johnny Galvez
  • Riley Harbour
  • Clara Johnson
  • Stephanie Mauro
  • Caroline Mixon
  • Justin Petersen
  • Matthew Quesada
  • Mitchell Solone
  • Kyle Tooley

Our first rehearsal will be Friday, March 22, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm in the Black Box Theater.

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Spring Revue Auditions
Wednesday, March 20th, at 4:00pm

Auditions for Jesuit Drama’s spring musical revue, “Alone/Together,” will be Wednesday, March 20, at 4:00pm in the Black Box Theater.

For more information, please click on the attached flier.

If you have any questions, please email us at

“Move2.” Harlem Shake

“Move2.” Harlem Shake

Last weekend of shows! Click here to buy tickets.

Hope to see you in the Black Box!

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Winter Musical Tickets
One more week to see "Move2."

Our 2013 Winter Musical, Move2., plays until this Sunday, March 10th.

There are currently three ways to purchase your tickets:  (1) online here; (2) at the JHS Switchboard (front of the school, 1200 Jacob Lane) during regular business hours; or (3) thirty-minutes before show-time at the Black Box box office.

Get your tickets early!  We look forward to seeing you at the show.


Jesuit Drama’s MOVE2 Cast List
"In this house of make-believe..."

Please click here to see the cast list.

Our thanks to the many, many talented people who auditioned.  We’re very grateful to everyone who took the risk of auditioning, and we sincerely wish there was room for everybody.

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Don’t forget the soup!
One can makes a difference...

In gratitude for all we have, please dontate to the JHS 2012 Food Drive this season.

Thanks in advance for your generosity!

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