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Welcome to the Black Box!

This year Jesuit Drama celebrates its forty-ninth 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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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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 . . .

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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.

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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.

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2016 Winter Musical Cast List

To view the cast list for Xanadu, please open the attached pdf.

Our first full company rehearsal will be Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 6:00pm in the Black Box.

Many thanks to all who auditioned and who made the selection process so very difficult.  We appreciate your time and your talent and hope you will audition with us again, please.

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2016 Winter Musical Callbacks
Friday, December 11th, 4:00pm

The following are requested to attend call-backs on Friday, December 11th at 4:00pm in the Black Box Theater:

 

Kiki Burns

Isabella Fay

Madison Judd

Annie Keys

Kristen Kopp

Lizzie Perlas

Natalie Sulzinger

 

Please be prompt.

Thank you!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Thanks.

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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:

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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…)

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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!

: )

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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.

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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!

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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:

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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)

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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
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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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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!

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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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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!

Announcement

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 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.

Announcement

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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