Performing Arts

“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. 


Our 2022 and 2023 musical and drama will be announced in the next few weeks. The musical performances will take place January 27th - 29th and February 2nd - 4th. The drama performances will be May 5th - 7th.


Recent SJR productions have included Mystic Pizza, Something Rotten, The Addams Family, and Bright Star. Since 2007, the performing arts program has also included a spring comedy or drama. Recent productions have included Love/Sick 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, 银河游戏官网下载-apple app store-银河游戏官网下载v2.1.1-银河排行榜的2008的生产 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. In 2021, our school's production of Something Rotten was named Outstanding High School Musical by Montclair State University, and Brendan Moran was awarded Outstanding High School Actor for his role in the production. 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 Good Day New York on several occasions, including a special on St. Joe's high school world premiere of Mystic Pizza in 2022. Our students may also be seen on Fox Five 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 St. 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.

The Power of Music

Music speaks to us in ways that spoken words cannot. It can lift our spirits, change our mood and give us hope.   The St. Joe’s  Performing Arts Department, both past and present,  have performed songs that have done all that and more.  We have searched through our performance archives and will be sharing videos of these performances to offer some hope ( and entertainment ) to the SJR Community.  Stay well and enjoy –SJR Performing Arts

Episode 21

Nick Berninger’16 and Rosemary Lambert (Pascack Hills) ‘16

URINETOWN ’16- Follow Your Heart 


Episode 20

Danny Costello ’17 and the SJR Boys

West Side Story ‘17 - Cool 


Episode 19

Brendan Rooney SJR ’13 and Rita Harvey ( Christine)

Cabaret Knight ‘12 - All I Ask Of YouPhantom of the Opera


Episode 18
Joe Hall ’11 and Michael Kelly ‘11
Episode 17
Patrick Buckley’19, Cassie McMillian ‘19
Episode 16

James Zitelli ’18, Emma Piazza’18 NH

West Side Story 2017 - "Tonight"


Episode 15
Joe Hall ’11 and Matt Scheidle ’12

Episode 14

Declan Henry’20, Sean Moran’19, Allie Sandt IHA’20, SJR Chorus and Band

Episode 13

John Santino’20 & Serena Brown’18 MCSTVA(dancers), Sarah Becker IHA’20(vocal) 

West Side Story’17- Somewhere


Episode 12

 Brian Walters’08 - SJR West Side Story ’08 

Episode 11

Sal Bellomo SJR’13, James Peer SJR’12. Katie Ingrasci IHA’12 Cabaret Knight 4/28/12

Seasons Of Love (RENT)



Episode 10

Matthew Kougasian’04 SJR 50th Anniversary Perf Arts Concert

I Can’t Stand Still ( FOOTLOOSE)


Episode 9

Joseph DiPietro ’09 SJR TOMMY ‘09 

I’m a Sensation


Episode 8 

Chris Cheeseman ’16 - Boston Pops 2018 

The Impossible Dream


Episode 7

Nick Berninger ’16 - SJR Fiddler On The Roof 2014 -  

If I Were A Rich Man


Episode 6

Joe McDonald’16 - Go the Distance (HERCULES)

Cabaret Knight -2016


Episode 5

Bill Fitzpatrick’18 – Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Cabaret Knight 2017

Episode 4
Marc Rivera ’20- title song of SJR’s 2019 BRIGHT STAR
Episode 3
The SJR Chorus featuring Bill Fitzpatrick, Chris Marzulla and Nate Troche (class of ’18)
YOU WILL BE FOUND (Dear Evan Hansen)
Night of FUTURE Broadway Stars 2018
Episode 2
The SJR 2011 Cast of Les MisFeaturing Joe Hall ‘11, Michael Antiniou ‘11, Connor Briggs ‘12, and Michael Kelley ‘11
2-5-11 Evening
Episode 1
Night of FUTURE Broadway Stars 2016
Chris Cheeseman’16, Joseph McDonald’16 and Nick Berninger’16