performing arts

Workshop Focuses on a Musical About the Marianist Founders

This year marks the bicentennial celebration of the Foundation of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (FMI) and in 2017, the Society of Mary (SM) will celebrate its bicentennial. To mark the celebrations, Nick Cardilino, the associate director of campus ministry at the University of Dayton, has begun collaborating and writing a musical about how the two institutes were founded by the Venerable Mother Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon and Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.

Actors and Musical Cast Recognized at DayTony Awards

For the first time since participating in the DayTony awards, two CJ students were recognized with the Award for Excellence and a CJ ensemble was recognized with an Award for Merit.

"With the DayTony Awards, every role is technically nominated and then the average score is calculated," explained drama and choir teacher Caitlin Bennett. "The directors decide on an average score to cut off for merit and excellence awards and then those are the students and adults who receive awards."

This year's award recipients from CJ were:

CJ Performing Arts Presents: Footloose

Audience members will want to jump out of their seat and dance in the aisles as Footloose takes center stage in the CJ auditorium March 11 and 12.
“It’s a fun musical,” said choir and drama teacher Caitlin Bennett. “There is a lot of dancing which is something we have not done in a long time. Doing a dance musical is hard because you have students who have all different abilities so you can’t expect them to all pick it up right away. It takes some time to work through it and our students have accepted the challenge.”

Vega, Phoenix, and Alumni to Perform in A Capella Concert

No instruments will be needed when members of Phoenix and Vega perform at the CJ "A Cappella Concert" on Sunday, January 31 at 2 p.m. in the CJ auditorium.

"The great thing about A Cappella groups is that each one is very different in how they perform and the songs they select," said Vega director, Bryan Sharpe. "Each group represented on Sunday will be performing in a style that is unique to them. The audience can expect to hear and see very different takes on a really wide variety of music."

Performing Arts Students Participating in OMEA Competition

More than 20 performing arts students will be playing their instruments or singing for a judge in the Ohio Music Education Association's adjudicated event at Stebbins High School on Saturday, January 23.

"It's giving everyone new opportunities and it's something exciting for everyone to do," shared vocalist Ashley Gerhard '18.

16 solo vocalists, four solo instrumentalists and two instrument ensembles will represent CJ at the event.  Seniors , Jazmin Harris, Tabitha Jordan-Nickels, and Asha Talib will be performing a flute trio.

Students Perform the National Anthem Before Home Basketball Games

This year, the men's and women's Eagle basketball games not only have great athletes on the court, but student singers are getting a moment to shine while performing the National Anthem.

Previously, an instrumental recording of the "Star Spangled Banner" played before each game.

"A student asked me if they could sing for a basketball game," drama and choir teacher Caitlin Bennett explained. "I spoke with Acting Athletic Director, Jason Unger, and he agreed that this was a good opportunity."


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