performing arts

CJ Debuts Pro Artist Speaker Series

Four actors visited CJ as part of the school’s new initiative, the Pro Artist Speaker Series.

While all living in California for their careers, the actors were all in the Dayton area earlier this month for a family event. Liam Cronin and Kieran Cronin are the brothers of CJ drama and choir teacher, Caitlin Bennett. The Cronin brothers’ significant others, Angela Henderson and Stephanie Bignault, also came to speak with the students.

CJ Performing Arts Presents: Autumn Overtures

The performing arts department's first concert of the 2018-2019 school year will be on Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. in the CJ Auditorium.

All are invited to attend this free event featuring the Concert Choir, Concert Band, Eagle Pride, Hands in Harmony, String Ensemble and Pop A Cappella Choirs.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
CJ's fall production, A Murder is Announced, will show three times in November:

Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.

Posted October 9, 2018

Musicians Chosen for Elite Orchestras

Only elite musicians are chosen to be a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. For the 2018-2019 season, three CJ students were selected for this opportunity.

Libby Blackshire ‘20 (trumpet), Lily Davis ‘21 (cello) , and Anna Mussin Phillips ‘21 (flute and piccolo) have been playing their respective instruments for several years. They each had different reasons behind their motivation to participate in the orchestra..

CJ Receives 23 DayTony Awards

The CJ performing arts department received a record number 23 DayTony's at the annual award ceremony on Thursday, May 31.

"The DayTonys are a great way to celebrate our accomplishments this year, and always remember how proud we are of all of our cast and crew members,” said choir and drama teacher Caitlin Bennett! “We tackled two very challenging productions this year, and I think this recognition celebrates the excellence of these productions as a whole.”

CJ Adult/Designer/Director Awards were:

Adult Design and Technology Merit Award

Jazz Ensemble to Perform at Hannah's Restaurant

Students interested in expanding their musical genres will take the stage as the newly formed CJ Jazz Ensemble. The group, led by Eagle Pride and band director Luke Grieshop, will perform on Saturday, May 26 at 2 p.m. at Hannah’s restaurant.

“I was thinking about having the jazz concert in the auditorium, but realize a place like Hannah’s makes it a live scene and that’s what jazz is about,” Grieshop said.

Acting & Directing Class Presents: Miracle on South Division Street

Four students have spent this school year so far preparing for one night on the stage. The students in the Advanced Acting & Directing class will present the full-length play Miracle On South Division Street by Tom Dudzick on Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in the CJ Auditorium. Admission is free.

Mallory Castonguay ‘19, Katie Coyle ‘19, Ashley Gerhard ‘18 and Angelo Moore-Knight ‘18 are not only acting in the production, but also had key roles in directing and choosing the play.

Eagle Pride Prepares for New Season

Members of the Eagle Pride band and color guard have several new things to look forward to this fall - new uniforms, a new show, and a new director who is already looking ahead to the future of the program.

Luke Grieshop was announced as the new director of Eagle Pride in May. Grieshop, a graduate of the University of Dayton, will also serve as music teacher at Our Lady of the Rosary School.

"I'm very excited and eager to be here," Grieshop said. "There have been so many changes recently and it's a proud time to be a part of the marching band."

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