performing arts

The Importance of Being Earnest Nov. 15-17

The CJ Performing Arts Department invites you to learn the vital importance of being earnest at this year’s fall play, running November 15-17 in the auditorium.

Written by Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest follows Jack Worthing, played by freshman Jacob Troutwine, as he attempts to woo the beautiful Gwendolen, played by senior Kaylee Piatt. Hilarity ensues in this Victorian era comedy as the plot twists and turns to reveal the takeaway echoed in the show’s title.

DCDC Performs Lecture Demo at CJ

In partnership with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), Chaminade Julienne was able to put a little more spring into its traditional whole-school Spring Speaker presentation in early May.

Performers from DCDC presented "Step Up: Dancing our way to inclusion," one of the company's signature lecture demonstrations, in front of all students in the auditorium May 3. Lecture demonstrations are part of the organization's lineup of educational outreach programs. The narrated, theme-based performances feature audience engagement and a question and answer segment.

Once Upon A Mattress Opens April 26

The Chaminade Julienne Performing Arts department presents Once Upon A Mattress, opening this Friday at 505 S. Ludlow St.

Songs, romance and comedy bring this zany royal courtship to life in CJ’s auditorium. This Rogers & Hammerstein musical production is a wild and melodic take on the fairy tale classic: “The Princess and The Pea.” Was it actually the pea that caused the princess sleepless nights? Join us for this musical adventure to learn if everyone lives “happily ever after.”  View cast list > 

Show times (doors open a half hour before the curtain opens):

Vega Rocks on the Road to Nationals

For Vega, the road to the International Championships of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) in New York City began locally with fun media appearances and an impromptu performance.

The CJ septet qualified for its first trip to the ICHSA in late February and will compete under the bright lights in the Big Apple on April 19 at 7 p.m. EST against 10 of the best high school a cappella teams in the United States. Before departing on the 1,200 mile round-trip, the Eagles made a few stops around town to tune up for their national debut.

Vega Earns National A Cappella Finals Bid

With a big win at the Ohio Valley regional singing tournament, the sky seems to be the limit for Chaminade Julienne’s pop a cappella group Vega. The CJ septet, named after one of the brightest stars in the sky, has earned a spot in the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) in New York City this spring after coming out on top at the Feb. 23 event held at Centerville High School.

NKU Selects 6 for Tri-state Band Symposium

Six CJ performing arts students were selected to participate in the 6th annual Tri-state Band Symposium hosted by Northern Kentucky University.

Seniors Maddie Brown (alto sax), Kathryn Marshall (french horn), and Annemarie Krug (trumpet) along with juniors Abby Lisjak (flute), William Howard (percussion) and sophomore David Marshall (euphonium) joined 150 fellow musicians from various Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky high schools Jan. 18-19. The weekend included performances, special college help sessions for students and a professional development in-service for teachers.

Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert

Watch a sneak preview of what will be featured this Thursday, Dec. 13, as the performing arts department presents Sounds of the Season: CJ's Christmas Concert, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

All are cordially invited downtown for a free musical celebration of Christmas. Sounds of the Season will feature sacred and secular songs performed by the concert choir, concert band, liturgical choir, percussion ensemble, string ensemble, Hands in Harmony, and a cappella groups.

CJ Performing Arts Students in Spotlight

Members of CJ’s pop a cappella choirs spent the weekend perfecting their craft and showcasing their skills at the fourth annual Kettering A Cappella Festival, held Nov. 17-18.

Performing arts students participating in Vega and Age V, CJ’s two pop a cappella groups, joined more than 30 other schools from Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan for one of the nation’s largest events of its kind at host Fairmont High School.


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