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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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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 drama@jesuithighschool.org or call our Box Office at (916) 905-6178.

Thanks! See you at the show!

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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 playbill.com.  Congrats, Matt!

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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!
 

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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).

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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 www.jesuithighschool.org/drama.

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“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.

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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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Jesuit Drama’s Winter Musical Auditions

Join us for MOVE2: A Theater/Dance/Movement Extravaganza!

MOVE2! Teaser Video

Please come to our 2013 Winter Musical Auditions:  Tuesday, December 4th or Wednesday December 5th.

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Beyond the Black Box 2012
Fall Play Cast & Crew at Whitney Oaks Care Center

As part of Jesuit Drama’s “Beyond the Black Box” outreach and service program, the cast and crew of our fall play, Theophilus North, recently visited the Whitney Oaks Care Center in Carmichael and read to residents.

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Fall Play Cast List
Our congratulations and thanks to all who auditioned!

Please click the attachment to the right to view the cast list.

If you’re interested in joining tech, click here to register.

First cast meeting will be Monday, September 10th, at 3:45pm in the Black Box.

First tech meeting will be Saturday, September 15th, at 10:00am in the theater.

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Congrats to our 2012 Award Winners!
Awards Convocation & Reception - Monday, May 7th at 7:30pm in the Barry Gym

Please join us in congratulating Jesuit Drama’s many students who received awards at this year’s Awards Convocation & Reception:

John Flynn – Drama Award, Joanne Louie Award for English

Christopher Denson – Junior Excellence Award

Paul Henderson – Sophomore General Excellence Award

Martin Kyalwazi – Freshman General Excellence Award

Jelani Bramble-Manning – Sophomore General Excellence Award

Alex McAfee – Thomas Moore Award

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Theater review: Strong cast shines in campy ‘Shop of Horrors’
Andrew Perez '05 stars as Seymour in Sacramento Theater Company's production

From the Sacramento Bee

By Marcus Crowder

Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s popular chamber musical “Little Shop of Horrors” has always thrived on cheeky simplicity. The story of a Faustian bond between an otherworldly plant that feeds on human blood and the unassuming florist shop worker who nurtures it provides comic guilty pleasure. The new, easygoing Sacramento Theatre Company production serves up this theatrical dessert with neither surprise nor disappointment.

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Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope & Home
Jesuit Drama's 2011 Fall Play Goes National

Jesuit Drama’s fall play Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope & Home is now being offered nationwide by the Jesuit Refugee Service USA.  Pictures of our students along with video excerpts of their work is on the JRS/USA webpage.

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“At Jesuit High, drama for a greater purpose”
Fall play gets feature profile in Sacramento Bee

From the Sacramento Bee

By Marcus Crowder

Shaina Aber has long wanted to share hundreds of compelling accounts of refugees and other people forcibly displaced from their homes around the globe.

As associate director for advocacy at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, Aber wanted to let the world see inside the organization’s 30 years of service.

Through a series of serendipitous conversations and a couple of phone calls, Aber found a willing collaborator in Jesuit High School theater director Ed Trafton.

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Jesuit Play Looks at Refugee Experience

From Carmichael Patch

By Victor Calderon

The national Jesuit Refugee Service organization approached Jesuit High School leaders about holding a student play looking at the refugee experience.

The result is “Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope & Home,” which opens tonight at Jesuit’s Black Box Theater.

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JHS Sacramento drama about refugees opens this week

(Washington, D.C.) October 31, 2011 — This Thursday Nov. 3, Jesuit High School of Sacramento premiers Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope & Home, about experiences of refugees and the forcibly displaced and based on Jesuit Refugee Service’s 30 years of accompaniment, service and advocacy on behalf of refugees
“Rehearsals are going great,” said Ed Trafton, director of the JHS Drama Department. “We just finished ‘Draft Three’ of the script; the set’s done; costumes are on their way; actors are hard at work memorizing lines and blocking. We’re so excited to start!”

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2011 Fall Play Commissioned
JRS/USA invites Jesuit Drama to write a play

Jesuit Drama has been invited by the Jesuit Refugee Services/USA, headquartered in Washington D.C., to create a play about contemporary refugee issues. Jesuit Drama was asked to do this because of the program’s history of creating documentary theater pieces such as Tower Stories and Achilles in America.

The commissioned work will open Thursday, November 3, 2011, and will play for two weeks before going off and having life beyond the Black Box Theater.

Stay tuned for more details!

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