A Sneak Peek Behind the Curtain

Three upcoming, can't-miss drama productions at Jesuit.

By: Jeff Hall, Jesuit Drama Director and Fine Arts Chair

The nationally recognized Jesuit High School Drama Program has lined up another exciting season of student productions, featuring two musicals and an ambitious and inspiring exploration into the hidden world of autism. This year's series of shows celebrates characters who—for better or worse—bravely take charge of their own stories.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The NightTime - Based on the novel by Mark Haddon; Adapted by Simon Stephens. November 1-11

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbor's dog, Wellington. Having never ventured beyond the end of his own street, his detective work takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play, The London Evening Standard called it "A beautiful, eloquent, dazzlingly inventive show about the wonders of life."

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical - Music by Tim Minchin; Book by Dennis Kelly; Lyrics by Tim Minchin. February 21 – March 3

Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda tells the story of an extraordinary girl with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind whose talents are constantly belittled by her cruel parents and headmistress. Dreaming of a better life for herself, she dares to take a stand against these oppressive forces and takes her destiny into her own hands. Jesuit High School has been invited by Music Theatre International to be one of the first high schools to pilot this colorful, offbeat, and heartwarming musical.

A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder - Book by Robert L. Freedman; Music by Steven Lutvak; Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak. April 25-28

This 2014 Best Musical Winner tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancée (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance... and be done in time for tea. Gentleman's Guide is also being produced at the special invitation of Music Theatre International.

Our season will also include such annual favorites as our Freshman Ensemble performance in January, our annual Playwriting Festival in May, and the return of last year's unexpected adventure, The 24 Hour Plays.

Season Subscriptions will go on sale in August, and include one seat to each of our three main stage productions (Curious Incident, Matilda, and Gentleman's Guide), as well as early access to purchase seats for the Freshman Ensemble, Playwriting Festival, and The 24 Hour Plays. Subscribers are able to claim their seats to the main stage productions two weeks before they go on sale to the public, giving them access to the best available seats in the house. This is the one surefire way to avoid the Standby Line!

In addition, we arrange special discounts and offers with our theatrical partners throughout the Portland area. Next year, this will include the Broadway tours of Waitress, Disney's Aladdin, The King And I, and the incredibly moving Come From Away. Plan now to join us for another exciting year of theatre, as we enter our third decade of student-created work in the Alex L. Parks Performing Arts Center.

Visit for complete and up-to-date information. We look forward to seeing you at the shows!