Drama News & Alumni


Drama News & Alumni

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.


Riley Shanahan ‘10 Readies for Premiere of New Show
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Former Jesuit President Fr. Gregory R. Bonfiglio, S.J., gave Riley Shanahan ’10 some advice early on in his Jesuit career:

“You aren’t getting the most out of your high school experience if you show up at 8 AM and leave at 3 PM.”

For a guy like Shanahan, who didn’t know if he would be attending Jesuit High School until a week before classes started, those words struck a chord.

Shanahan went on to play sports, become Head Cheerleader, and, perhaps most impactful for his future, he got involved with theater and choir.


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!


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.


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!


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!


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!


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.


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!