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CJ Performing Arts Presents: After Juliet

"For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."

Those are the last words of the play, Romeo and Juliet. However, there is more to the story.

On Friday, November 6, Saturday, November 7, and Sunday, November 8, CJ performing arts presents After Juliet. The production explores the lives of Juliet's cousin and Romeo's ex-flame, Rosaline, Mercutio's twin brother, Valentine, and Romeo's best friend, Benvolio and the fates of the Apothecary, Nurse, servant Peter and Friar Lawrence after the original play.

Performing Arts Presents Fall Concert

The performing arts department's first concert of the 2015-2016 school year will be on Wednesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. in the CJ Auditorium.
The whole family is invited to attend this free event featuring the Concert Choir, Concert Band, Eagle Pride, Hands in Harmony, String Ensemble and Pop A Cappella Choirs Age V and Vega.
All concert-goers are invited to stay for a reception following the evening's final performance. Refreshments will be provided.

Muse Machine Musician Alters Sounds

The possibility for sound is everywhere.

On Tuesday, September 22, musician Michael Kelsey helped students realize that during an in-school performance.

"Music is accessible to everyone," Kelsey said. "I bring electronic toys with me, but if I didn't have anything, I would be using kitchen utensils or something similar."

During his performance, Kelsey used on-the-spot recording equipment and showed students how he was able to create a band-like sound, with only his guitar and imagination.

CJ Takes Home 8 DayTony Awards

CJ's performing arts program was awarded eight High School DayTony awards during the annual ceremony on June 13.

The awards were in conjunction with the DayTonys, which are presented by the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame. The awards recognized high schools for their excellence in performance, design, and direction in local productions. The High School DayTonys were voted on by other students in the Dayton-area who rate the productions in both acting and technical aspects.

The CJ performing arts student and adult members who were recognized with an Award of Merit were:

Picnic With the Pops

CJ students took to the big stage when they performed in front of family and friends during the annual Picnic with the Pops concert.

The evening kicked off with entertainment from the comedy improv team, Busted Box, and cover band, Monday Night Project. Local food truck vendors C'est Cheese, Rib-N-IT BBQ, and Zombie Dogz provided dinner options for the crowd.

"I was really excited about the food trucks because that's part of our city too. CJ is a big part of this community, so it's great to have an event like this for all the families," said parent, Carrie Hartley.

Students Direct One Act Plays

our students are taking a step off the stage to direct instead, as CJ Performing Arts hosts its first A Night of One Acts on Saturday, April 25.

Seniors Julianne Evans, Catherine Grady, and Addi Helms, and sophomore Jacob Troutwine were chosen to be the inaugural directors of the production. The directors and cast have had one month to prepare for the show.

"We found that the timing was right with where the musical was this year to add another show to the season," said drama teacher Caitlin Cronin Bennett.

Muse Machine Artist Program

DCDC2 (Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2) came and performed for CJ students as part of this year’s “Muse Machine In-School Artist” program in early February.

“Muse offers many community artist opportunities that are complementary to the performing arts programming we have at CJ,” Caitlin Bennet said. “The in-school artists were a huge draw and the student audiences have loved them. DCDC2 is our third artist of the school year. The previous two included The Black Box Improv Theatre and The Human Race Theatre Company.”

Winter Concert - Thurs., Feb. 12 • 7 pm

Take a break from winter routine and come to the Chaminade Julienne auditorium for an evening of great music! Student choirs and band ensembles have created a program that will help blast through the winter blahs.

The evening's program includes songs by the concert band, concert choir, percussion ensemble, string ensemblem and a cappela groups, Vega and Age V. CJ's sign language group, Hands In Harmony, will also feature guest performers from area elementary schools who will sign to the song, "Song of the Body of Christ."

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