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.
SPRING PRODUCTION 2019
On Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, The Phoenix Players will present the spring musical, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak. Tickets will be $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Presented in Phoenix Hall on the SJP campus, both shows will begin at 7:00PM.
The show is directed by Dr. Daniel Borkowski and mr. damian israel shiner, with set design by Ms. Nia Gipson and choreography assistance by Ms. Michele Becker.
According to Music Theatre International (MTI): A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder is a knock-’em-dead, uproarious hit and was the most-nominated show of the 2014 season. With ten Tony nominations and four wins, including Best Musical, Book, Direction and Costumes, it also earned seven Drama Desk Awards (including Best Musical), four Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Best Musical) and one Drama League Award (Best Musical).
As a general synopsis, the show involves the low-born Monty Navarro, who, when he finds out that he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind....
Cast:Kira Fernandes ’19 (Monty)
Jessie Daher ’21 (Miss Shingles)
Gabriella Ribeiro ’19 (Sibella)
Bella Belarmino ’19 (Phoebe)
Sophia Pappas ’19 and Annabelle Pappas ’22 (D’Ysquiths)
Brigid Duffy ’22 (Tour Guide)
Isabel Wade ’22 (Chorus Girl)
Sam Reisfeld ’22 (Farmer)
Ari Diaz ’22 (Countess of Highhurst)
Jeff Chen ’20 (Inspector)
Fiona Keady ’21 (Magistrate)
Ensemble:Victory Ajaero ’21
Alexandra Antonyraj ’21
Alfreda Antonyraj ’21
Ananya Barton-Shiner ’22
Autumn Blundo ’21
Aleksandra Christie ’19
Thianah Claude ’21
Makiah Johnson ’21
Taisha Joseph ’19
Isabella Millie ’22
Felicia Monteiro ’21
Michael Reidy ’22
Marina Ribeiro ’22
Nicolas Williams ’21