performing arts

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."

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.


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