“Theater skills are skills for life.”
These wise words hang over the blackboard of a classroom converted by Saint Joe’s into a performance space for its nationally-recognized, critically-acclaimed, and ever-growing Theater Arts program.
The musicals at Saint Joe’s are widely-known as the best in northern New Jersey, with parts for actors, singers, dancers and stage crew. Talented girls from surrounding high schools join the young men on the stage each year, making plays one of the best ways to make new friends.
Past SJR productions have included Les Miserables, Cabaret, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fiddler on the Roof, and Miss Saigon. Our 2016 production will be Urinetown: the Musical. Since 2007, the performing arts program has also included a spring comedy/drama; recent productions have included One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Noises Off, Brighton Beach Memoirs and You Can’t Take It With You.
Our school musicals have earned the Papermill Playhouse Educational Impact Award a record five times, and our 2008 musical, West Side Story, earned national recognition as a USA Today High School Showstopper, one of only five high school musicals to be so named. Our 2015 musical, Miss Saigon, received three Papermill Playhouse nominations, and six Metropolitan Theater Award nominations. Junior Nick Berninger received the Rising Star Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role from the Papermill Playhouse. Our 2015 drama, Brighton Beach Memoirs, received eleven nominations from the Montclair State University High School Theater Awards program, most among any high school. Since the inception of our spring “non-musical”, Saint Joe’s has been nominated as best high school comedy/drama for seven consecutive years, and has won that award three times. Additionally, members of the cast of our shows have appeared on Fox Five’s Good Day New York on several occasions, ushering in new seasons of American Idol with a cappella performances.
Whether its Summer Theater Camps
for grade school students, private instruction from Broadway performers, or showtime for the winter musical and the spring drama, the Inserra Theater at Saint Joe's is always getting ready for its next opening night.
We invite you to learn more about our Performing Arts Program by clicking here.