“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.
Recent SJR productions have included Miss Saigon, Urinetown: the Musical, West Side Story, Curtains and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Our 2018 school musical will be Bright Star. Since 2007, the performing arts program has also included a spring comedy/drama; recent productions have included You Can’t Take It With You, Ordinary People and Neil Simon’s Rumors, which was named Best High School Comedy in New Jersey by the Montclair State High School Theater Awards program.
Our school musicals have earned the Papermill Playhouse Educational Impact Award a record six times, and our 2008 production of 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, earned Nick Berninger ’16 the Rising Star Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role from the Papermill Playhouse. In 2017, Christopher Marzulla ’18 was named Best Lead Actor in a Drama by Montclair State for his performance in Ordinary People and in 2018, James Zitelli was named Best Actor in a Comedy for his star turn in Neil Simon’s Rumors. Since the inception of our spring “non-musical”, Saint Joe’s has been nominated as best high school comedy/drama for nine consecutive years, and has won that award four 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.
In 2018, SJR added the Inserra Theater Rehearsal Studio (which includes a full dance floor, makeup stations and complete property room) to its already outstanding facilities.
Whether it’s Summer Theater Camps for grade school students, private instruction from Broadway performers, or show time for the winter musical and the spring drama, the Inserra Theater at Saint Joe's is always getting ready for its next opening night.
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