Beyond the Black Box

Overview Ed Trafton '84

Beyond the Black Box

“Your greatness is not what you have.  It’s what you share…”

Beyond the Black Box is the outreach program of Jesuit Drama that gives cast and crew members the chance to share their gifts and provide service and support to the larger community.

Our many projects have included helping local veterans return to college (Boots to Books); reading to and tutoring at-risk kids (Reading Partners); sharing music and performing for seniors (River’s Edge & Carlton Plaza); touring plays to hospitalized children (Sutter Children’s Center & UCD Cancer Center); raising money for peace initiatives (Capital Park Peace Garden); and partnering with refugee organizations to raise awareness of local, state, and national refugee issues (Opening Doors & Jesuit Refugee Service/USA).

Students in each Jesuit Drama production will have the opportunity to participate in one such similar project.


Sophie’s Place Gets Some Light
2019 Spring Musical Cast Visits Sutter Hospital

Thanks to the generosity of our audiences this spring, we were able to raise over $3,000 for Sophie’s Place, a very special place at Sutter Hospital that provides music therapy and music experiences to young patients there in the hospital.

The band, cast and crew performed several musical numbers from our 2019 spring musical production, we need some light, and then got to tour the facility and meet several of the patients.


Our Visit to St. John’s

The cast of our 2018 Fall Play, The Elephant Man, visited the St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children and shared their company-created presentation “No More Bullying” to a packed room of eager (and enthusiastic!) kids.

Led by 2018-19 Student Reps Gabe Rogers and Erin Tooley, the interactive presentation was well received, and we were able to give the children and staff copies of the book No More Bullying, as well as individual gift-bags filled with candy, colored pencils, and a small sketchbook.


Sr. Libby at “Isaiah Says”
Here's how you can help Mercy Pedalers

The Company of Isaiah Says celebrates the end of its successful benefit performance for Sr. Libby Fernandez’s new ministry Mercy Pedalers on Wednesday, 11/8.

Sr. Libby’s organization will gladly accept donations for the following to help her ministry:


Sac Board of Supervisors back “Whole Person” Care Initiative

From a letter by Joan Burke, Director of Advocacy at Loaves and Fishes:

Give thanks! Yesterday [11/7/17] the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to cooperate with the City of Sacramento’s Whole Person Care Initiative and fund $44 million dollars in mental and behavioral health services out of the county’s Mental Health Services Act funds over the next three years.


14 Flags from 44 Presidents
2016 Fall Play Donates Flags Used Onstage

Each of the fourteen American flags from the set of our fall play have been donated to several local non-profit agencies; we’re so glad that each of them will have a new home out in our community!


On behalf of the Veterans Connect at the Library and the entire Sacramento Public Library system, I want to thank you and the Jesuit High School Drama Department for the beautiful American flag.

We plan to display it proudly when we take our program out to the community.



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.


2015 Fall BBB Project
Leataata Floyd Elementary School

This fall the cast and crew of Terror Stories headed to a meeting of the newly formed Drama Club at Leataata Floyd, armed with gift bags and a sense of fun. For an hour we discussed what theater is and does, what makes it scary and what makes it fun, and then proceeded with an array of warm-up exercises and activities. Our hope is to continue this partnership the spring semester by bringing their Drama Club to see a play at Jesuit and by supporting them through attending their own spring production.


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.

Original artwork by Jake Melavic '16

Jesuit Drama + Art Therapy
Beyond the Black Box 2014-15 Season

Last fall, Jesuit Drama raffled off signed copies of Isabel Greenberg’s graphic novel The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, the source material for our play.  The money raised went to purchase books for middle-school and teenaged cancer patients at Sutter Children’s Center and the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Kiwanis Family House.


Beyond the Black Box Alumni Show
"Scooby Doo and the Mystery of the Haunted Library"

For one night only, Thursday, July 25th, at 7:30pm in the Black Box Theater, please join us for our Beyond the Black Box Alumni Show of Scooby Doo and the Mystery of the Haunted Library.

Thursday night’s show will cap off a week of performances that include visits to Carlton Senior Plaza, St. John Women’s Shelter, and Sutter Children’s Hospital.

Admission is free!  Hope you can come.

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