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Jesuit Drama is proud of all of its alumni!  Please drop us a note and tell us what you’re up to…on or off stage.

Jake M.’s Art is Moving
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Jake M.’s Art is Moving

Jesuit Drama alum (and artist extraordinaire) Jake Melavic ‘16 has created his first 2-D animated short film, Empty:  a film about “a land without time, reason, or continuity.”

Congrats, Jake!

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Greta’s Got a Hit!

Jesuit Drama alum Greta Gerwig (You Can’t Take It with You, All American, The Visit, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) just got a rave review from the New York Times for her directorial debut of her film Lady Bird, a semi-autobiographical work for which she also wrote the screenplay.

Click on the link below to read the review.

Also, check out the Sac Bee article about the Sacramento premiere of her film at the Tower Theatre.

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Jake’s in “American Idiot”

Jake Honnold ‘17 (Spamalot, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Xanadu, Terror Stories) was just featured in the hit musical American Idiot at the Harlen Adams Theater at Chico State:  “We closed last Sunday and it was an amazing run!”

Congrats, Jake!

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Rob’s Makin’ Music

Jesuit Drama alum Rob Habel (The Princess Bride, Aladdin, The Laramie Project, Move!, Sweeney Todd, Hamlet) and fellow JHS alum Pat Sweeney’s band Petaluma is getting some well-deserved buzz these days.

Check out the links below to hear their music and to hear them interviewed by Beth Ruyak on the Capital Public Radio program “Insight.”

Congrats, guys!

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Tanya’s Sweet New Gig

In addition to her job as Content Review Manager at Snapchat, Tanya Zielke (Tower Stories; Hello, Dolly!; Cats) has a new gig.

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Greyson & Black Box Friends’ Festival Premiere

Jesuit Drama alum and NYU film student Greyson Horst (Romeo & Juliet, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, Beauty & The Beast) gets the festival premiere of his film “Where’s Darren” at the Sacramento Film and Music Festival on Saturday, September 23rd, at 12:00 noon at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium screening room.

His friends and fellow Black Box alums Nick Crumley, Liam O’Donnell, A.J. Randhawa, and Julia Rehwald appear in his film.

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Andrew’s Busy!

Check out what Andrew Joseph Perez is up to by clicking the link below.

Keep up the great work, Drew!

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Chris Chats with Sactown

Check out Chris Sullivan’s recent interview in Sactown Magazine!

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John’s Called to Broadway

Jesuit Drama alum John Sanders ‘95 (Macbeth, Ten November, My Fair Lady) has a featured role in the American premiere of Groundhog Day: The Musical, a London import based on the popular film of the same name.

In a recent broadway.com interview, John reflects on his time in Jesuit Drama:

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Chris Gets Ugly

Buy your tickets now to see Chris Sullivan ‘98 as Marvel Comic’s villain “Taserface” in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Check out Chris on the official Marvel site, as well as his interviews with Pop Sugar and Access Hollywood.

Congrats, Chris!

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The Black Knight in the News

Monty Python’s Black Knight and Arthur from Spamalot have hacked their way in to the news from the pen of political cartoonist Joe Heller.

And, original Python John Cleese loves it!

Our thanks to cartoonist Joe Heller for sending us his cartoon, as well as the tweet Cleese sent him.

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Poky Pride in the Black Box

On Wednesday, March 22, eighty-five students of the Pocatello High School Choir from Pocatello, Idaho, took a break from their west coast singing tour and stopped by the Black Box Theater to catch a performance of Spamalot.

After the show, their director, Mr. John Grayson, treated the cast and audience to an impromptu song.

It was a great night, and after the cast changed out of their costumes, the singing continued in the lobby!

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Riley’s Possessed

This spring, Riley O’Toole ‘10 (Three Musketeers, Frogs) stars as Jason/Tyrone in Hand to God, Robert Askins’ Tony nominated “Best Play” at the Salt Lake Acting Company.

This wild comedy “explores ideas of faith, morality and human nature with the help of a hand puppet named Tyrone.”

Break a leg, Riley!

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Chris Wraps It Up

Congrats to Chris Sullivan ‘98 on his fantastically successful run in Season 1 of the hit NBC show This Is Us.

We can’t wait for Season 2!

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Kelsey’s “Got Trouble…”
"...Right here in River City!"

See Kelsey Magana (Grizabella in our production of Cats) as the love-struck librarian, Marian, in the classic American musical The Music Man later this spring at the Stapleton School of the Performing Arts.

Congratulations, Kelsey!

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Jon’s Rockin’ Out

Jon Wagner ‘97 is back on Broadway having recently returned to the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit School of Rock.

Way to go, Jon!

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Riley’s in Print

Check out the American Theatre magazine article that features Riley Shanahan ‘10 playing Ernest Hemingway in Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre adaptation of Hemingway’s novel A Moveable Feast.

Congrats, Riley!

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Andrew’s Dreamin’

See Andrew Perez ‘05 as Pedro, the barber, in the classic musical Man of La Mancha at A Noise Within.

Break a leg, Drew!

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JR’s Being Funny

Drama alum JR De Guzman ‘04 (Batboy) just landed an NBC deal for his stand up comedy.

Check out what he’s been up to by reading the Sac Bee article “No joke: He’s about to see his career go big” here.

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Scott’s at the CMT helm

Congratulations to Jesuit Drama alum Scott Klier ‘89 who was just named Producing Artistic Director of California Musical Theatre (CMT), one of the area’s largest non-profit arts organizations that produces the Broadway Series and Music Circus.

Please read the Sacramento Bee announcement that’s linked below.

Also, check out the CMT website.

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Matt’s Doing “Live Radio”

Congratulations to Matt Huffman ‘93 on making his Lincoln Center debut this month!

From the Lincoln Center website:

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John’s on Broadway

John Sanders ‘95 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!

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Brian’s on Tour
See Brian Rivera '94 in "The King and I"

Click below for more information.

Congratulations, Brian!

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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!

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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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Tim’s at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival 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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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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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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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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Brian’s on Broadway
Brian Rivera in Lincoln Center's "The King & I"

The Sacramento Bee interviewed Brian Rivera about his role 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.

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Andrew is a Party Animal

Andrew Perez writes . . .

“For the month of April, I will be touring with The Party Animals as we perform for the kids and families on Armed Forces bases overseas. I feel crazy lucky to have this opportunity and to get to give even just a little bit back to the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.”

Click on the link to see Andrew at work!

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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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Sing with Dr. Anne-Marie
Jesuit Drama alum teaching and performing in Sacramento this winter

Click here for more info on taking a master class with Anne-Marie Dicce who will be performing with the Sacramento Baroque Soloists this winter.

Great to have you back in Sac, Anne-Marie!

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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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Chris Sullivan in NBC’s “Peter Pan” Live
Jesuit Drama alum in holiday broadcast

Tune in to NBC this December 4th to see alum Chris Sullivan in Peter Pan Live!

(He’s the pirate on the right; once a Marauder, always a Marauder…)

Congratulations, Chris!

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