Jesuit Drama

Welcome to the Black Box!

This year Jesuit Drama celebrates its 50th 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.

Check back here for more about our shows, special events and a few surprises…


2016 Fall Play Tickets
44 Plays for 44 Presidents

Two weeks of shows . . .

11/3 (Thu), 11/4 (Fri), 11/5 (Sat) @ 7:30pm

11/10 (Thu), 11/11 (Fri) @ 7:30pm, 11/12 (Sat) @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm, 11/13 (Sun) @ 2:00pm

To make a donation and become a Jesuit Drama Patron, click here.

For tickets to any performance, click here.

See you at the show!


Matt’s Doing “Live Radio”

Congratulations to Matt Huffman on making his Lincoln Center debut this month!

From the Lincoln Center website:


Valuing Liberal Arts

Please click on the link below to read Joseph Dunn’s article from the National Catholic Review Magazine America.


John’s on Broadway

John Sanders is currently on Broadway in the smash hit musical “Matila” playing “Mr. Wormwood,” Matilda’s father, a used car salesman with a few scruples loose.

Click below to visit the Broadway site.

Break a leg, John!


Brian’s on Tour
See Brian Rivera in "The King and I"

Click below for more information.

Congratulations, Brian!

The full company in the prologue of Jesuit Drama's Fall 2010 production of "Tower Stories."

Remebering 9/11
15th Anniversary Commemoration This Year

A couple leaped from the south tower, hand in hand. They reached for each other and their hands met, and they jumped. I try to whisper prayers for the sudden dead and the harrowed families of the dead and the screaming souls of the murderers, but I keep coming back to his hand in her hand, nestled in each other with such extraordinary, ordinary, naked love. It’s the most powerful prayer I can imagine, the most eloquent, the most graceful. It’s everything we’re capable of against horror and loss and tragedy.


2016 Fall Play Cast List
44 Plays for 44 Presidents

Please click on the attachment to view the cast list.

If you would like to join us for tech, please email us at

Thank you!


2016 Fall Play Call Backs
44 Plays for 44 Presidents

Please click on the attachment to view the callback list.

Call Backs will be held on Friday, 9/2, at 4:00pm in the Black Box Theater.  Please be prompt.

Thank you!


2016 Fall Play Announced!
Election Year Drama

This fall Jesuit Drama will produce 44 Plays for 44 Presidents as the opener to its 50th Anniversary Season.

“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: They definitely are on to something in this zany, clever, ambitious and often surprisingly moving historical catalogue.” (The Chicago Sun Times)


Riley’s Got Sense
PCPA's "Sense and Sensibility"

“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy;
but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”

Congrats, Riley!


Xanadu’s Record-Breaking Run
2016 Winter Musical sets records for attendance & box office

Our 2016 Winter Musical, Xanadu, set attendance and box office records and became the first production in our forty-nine year history to completely sell out eleven performances.

A great show performed by a wonderful and goofy cast, designed and supported by an outstanding and hard-working crew, and lead by a talented and dedicated staff made for late-winter, “craptastic” magic in the Black Box.

Congratulations to all involved, and a heartfelt thank you to all of our audiences and patrons!


Leataata Floyd Elementary comes to Jesuit
2016 Winter Beyond the Black Box Project

On Thursday, March 10th, over seventy wonderful students from Leataata Floyd Elementary School boarded a bus with their principal and came to Jesuit for a special afternoon matinee performance of our winter musical Xanadu.

The students, who had the whole theater to themselves, were enthusiastic and responsive, laughing a lot and sometimes even dancing in their seats.


Tim’s at the CSF Helm

Jesuit Drama alum Tim Orr ‘91 (Moonface in Anything Goes, R.P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods, to name just a few roles) is currently at the helm of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder Colorado as their Producing Artistic Director.

Click on the links below to read more about Tim and about what he does!


Jesuit Drama’s ‘XANADU!’
Winter Musical SOLD OUT

Tickets for our winter musical Xanadu are currently sold out

We do, however, have waiting lists every evening, and our Box Office and House Staff are able to seat some patrons each night.

The waiting list is first-come/first-served, and to put your name on the list, please be at the Jesuit Drama Box Office in front of the Harris Center when the Box Office opens at approximately 7:00pm each evening.

Thank you for your support!


Xanadu’s Set Magic
2016 Winter Musical Video

See what our amazing tech crew and staff did in just one weekend!

Xanadu is off and rolling . . .


Riley’s at Arts West

In Seattle?  Go see Riley Shanahan in Paul Downs Colaizzo’s edgy, contemporary play Really Really, opening January 21st.

Congrats, Riley!

Click on the link below to read more about it.


Andrew & Connor at Cap Stage
See them in "The Behavior of Broadus" this winter

Jesuit Drama alums Andrew Perez and Connor Mickiewicz can be seen in Cap Stage’s winter production The Behavior of Broadus, a new musical about the incredible, sort-of-true story of John Broadus Watson, father of Behaviorism and modern advertising.

To find out more about the show, click the link below.


Fall Play Closes

Jesuit Drama’s Fall Play, Terror Stories: A 9/11 Project, closed on Sunday, November 15th, after selling out six of its seven performances, playing to enthusiastic and supportive audiences.


Applause from Sac Bee
"Kudo's to: Jesuit High School's 'Beyond the Black Box' Program"

from the Sacramento Bee (9/28/2015):

Accomplishment: Raised $2,252 to support Sutter Health’s Bereavement Art Group”

Details: During the spring musical production, the cast and crew of Jesuit Drama informed their audiences about the CBAG program, which uses creative arts to help children express grief when a loved one dies. Funds will purchase art supplies and sponsor family nights for participants.”

For more information about this great program, please click the link on this page.


2015 Fall Play Cast List
Please click on the link below

Once you open the pdf, please make sure to read the information at the bottom of the document.



Jesuit Drama Goes to the Circus!

This summer, many Jesuit Drama alums, current students and staff “joined the circus” and worked at California Musical Theatre’s Music Circus.  Celebrating its 65th anniversary season, this nationally recognized company (and local fan-favorite) has quite a few Jesuit Drama folks:


Greg’s Selling Cars & Improv-ing
Jesuit Drama alum Greg Sabin hones his comic & improv craft

You may recognize the face:  it’s “Newton Carruthers,” fictional, local television spokesperson, performed by Jesuit Drama alum and improv talent Greg Sabin.

Check out Greg’s act at the Sacramento Comedy Spot where he has performed and taught since 2003!  (Click on the link below…)


2015 Fall Play Call-Back List
Please click on link below

If your name appears on the call-back list, please join us Friday, 9/4, at 4:00pm in the Black Box Theater.  Please be prompt!

If your name does not appear on the call-back list, it does not mean that you are not cast.  Please check back here on Saturday, 9/5, at 12:00pm for the cast list.

Thanks, everyone.  Break a leg!

: )


Greta’s Talking Movies
Sac Bee interviews Greta Gerwig about her new film, "Mistress America"

Click on the link below to read Greta’s recent Sacramento Bee interview on her critically acclaimed film that just came out.


2015 Fall Play Auditions
Jesuit Drama now taking audition & tech sign-ups

To find out about our 2015 Fall Play, please open the attachment on this page.  All the info you need should be there as well as specific, step-by-step instructions about how to sign up for an audition slot and/or how to register for tech.

We look forward to seeing you in the Black Box Theater (located in the Harris Center at the back of the school, O’Donnell Drive off Fair Oaks Blvd.) 

No experience necessary.  All are welcome!


Jesuit Drama 2015 Award-Winners

Jesuit Drama would like to congratulate its graduating seniors on all their accomplishments this year!

In particular, we’d like to acknowledge the following seniors who worked in Jesuit Drama this season who received awards at the year’s end:


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? 

Photo by Mr. David Bischoff

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.


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!”)


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.


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.


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.


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


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!


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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