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…
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
“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.
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:
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.)
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)
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.
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.
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