performing arts

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."

Fireworks Fly at the Fall Play!

Family can do crazy things to people. And the Sycamore family is a little crazy to begin with.

The CJ Performing Arts department presents the fall play, You Can't Take It With You, by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart this weekend.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy runs Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15 at 7:30 p.m., and again Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

Improv Troupe Acts Out at Competition

The Busted Box, CJ’s student improv troupe, will perform live this Saturday, Nov. 1 as part of Alter High School’s Improv Competition.

The show begins at 7 p.m., the cost is $5, and the audience will choose a winner at the end of the night.

“Friday support the football team as they take on Alter, and on Saturday come to Alter to watch the Busted Box take on other improv troupes from around the Miami Valley!,” Caitlin Bennett encouraged students.

Free Concert, Live Music, Downtown

Join us TONIGHT at 7 p.m. in the CJ auditorium for Autumn Overtures, a free evening of music presented by the members of the CJ Performing Arts department.

We will kick off the 2014-15 season with performances by our Concert Choir, Concert Band, String Ensemble, Hands in Harmony, Age V, Vega, and a performance by our Eagle Pride musicians along with members of the flag team.

Following the concert, guests are welcomed to join families, friends and students in the cafeteria for punch and cupcakes at a reception hosted by the Parents of Performing Arts Students(PoPS).

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