“Theater skills are skills for life.” 

Welcome to another fantastic year of the SJR Performing Arts Program! We're delighted to have you with us whether you're brand new to our program, or a returning member.  

The SJR Performing Arts Program is nationally recognized, critically-acclaimed and offers a rich tradition of excellence, experiences and new relationships to last a lifetime.

“Theater skills are skills for life” are words of wisdom which hang in the Performing Arts classroom (converted by St. Joe’s into a rehearsal space for its nationally-recognized, critically-acclaimed, and ever-growing Performing Arts Program). 

The musicals at St. Joe’s are widely-known as the best in northern New Jersey, with parts for singers, actors, dancers and stage crew. Talented girls from surrounding high schools join the young SJR men on the stage each year, making theater one of the best ways to make new friends. 

Past musicals have included:  Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Cabaret, Les Misérables, the high school debut of Miss Saigon, and many more. Due to the success of our musical productions, the program expanded to include spring dramas: Noises Off!, Cuckoo's Nest, Is He Dead?, The CrucibleLend Me a Tenor, and A Few Good Men.

SJRs musicals have received numerous awards and broken state records by capturing the prestigious Educational Impact Award from Paper Mill Playhouse five consecutive times, in addition to receiving a host of nominations from Paper Mill, the Metropolitan High School Theatre Awards, and the Cappie Awards. The newly revitalized spring drama has won best-in-show twice from Montclair State University’s Theatre Night Awards Program. The culminating win for the drama came in the spring of 2011, when A Few Good Men was named Outstanding Overall Production in the State of New Jersey. Several casts of SJRs shows have been featured on Fox 5′s Good Day New York, ushering in new seasons of American Idol with a cappella performances. 

All aspects of a St. Joe’s production – acting, vocal instruction, musical direction, technical and set design, stage management, choreography, costuming, hair and makeup, and stage combat are all led by a staff of professionals with years of experience in their respective fields, many with Broadway and regional credits.

In residence at SJR, Broadway Theater Workshops (run by SJR Performing Arts Director, John Asselta) offers Summer Theater Camps, private instruction from Broadway performers, and multiple workshops and classes.

The young men and women who’ve graced our stage are always welcome to return to the Inserra Theater at St. Joe’s.   Once you’ve been a member of a “Joe’s Show”, you are always a member of the SJR Theater family.