Phoenix Players

Phoenix Players is SJP’s extra-curricular theater program. We currently produce two performances each year, including one dramatic show and one musical. Our goal is to expose students to a wide breadth of different genres, techniques, and styles, as well as encouraging student participation across the board, be it onstage, on the design team, or in the wings. We are constantly growing, so keep an eye out on this spot for announcements and ticket sales!

Developed and nurtured by MSJA alumna Mariagrazia LaFauci ’08, the Phoenix Players have grown to become an extraordinary legacy in the relatively short life of the school. For a complete list of PP works, check out our Past Productions page.


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Cast yourself back to the year 1938. Hitler marches into Austria, while Britain, France and Italy signed the Munich Pact, allowing Germany to partition Czechoslovakia. Franklin D Roosevelt is in office and has just established a national minimum wage. Our Town by Thornton Wilder won the Pulitzer Prize in drama. Teflon is developed. The New York Yankees defeat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 during the world series. And on October 30, 1938, Orson Welles broadcast his rendition of H.G. Wells’s (no relation) The War of the Worlds over the airways, panicking the populace with tales of alien war machines from the planet Mars terrorizing New York and New Jersey. As we close out the school year, the Saint Joseph Prep Phoenix Players offer their own rendition of the infamous broadcast for your listening pleasure.

Cast List: Jessica Daher ’21, Ariannie Diaz ’22, Brigid Duffy ’22, Jahcaris Lucien ’21, YueEn Ma ’22, Joshua May ’21, Isabella Millie ’22, Felicia Monteiro ’21, Annabelle Pappas ’22, Samuel Reisfeld ’22, Nicolas Williams ’21, Hao (Hank) Yang ’22

Directed and produced by: Dr. Daniel Borkowski, Ms. Nia Gipson, mr. damian israel shiner




SPRING PRODUCTION 2020 (POSTPONED)


Intended for Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, the performances have been postponed due to the closing of the School campus in order to quarantine for the COVID-19 pandemic. The Phoenix Players will present the play, Around the World in 8 Days by Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello, hopefully, sometime in early fall 2020.

The show is directed by Dr. Daniel Borkowski, Ms. Nia Gipson, mr. damian israel shiner, and several of the student players, themselves.

Synopsis:

Travel around the world and explore forgotten myths and unusual legends in eight fast-paced and hilarious tales! Guided by a band of players, the audience is transported from the ancient Far East, where a hero must kill a giant centipede to save a dragon king, to the Russian countryside, where a poor orphan must defeat three witches who stole his grandfather's eyes. Always quirky, and sometimes bizarre, these eight tales are filled with magic, mystery, and morals.

Cast:

Ananya Barton-Shiner ’22
Autumn Blundo ’21
Jessica Daher ’21
Ariannie Diaz ’22
Brigid Duffy ’22
Lauren Forbes ’22
Fiona Keady ’21
Jahcaris Lucien ’21
YueEn Ma ’22
Joshua May ’21
Isabella Millie ’22
Felicia Monteiro ’21
Annabelle Pappas ’22
Sam Reisfeld ’22
Nicolas Williams ’21
Hao Yang ’22