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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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!”
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.