November 2015

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.

"A lot of scripts have parts where students are playing characters from 70-years-old to teenagers or younger," explained drama and choir teacher, Caitlin Bennett. "The nice thing about this script is that it was written for teenagers to play teenagers. They too think deeply; they want material that is going to challenge them. This show definitely does that."

Anna Kutter '19 plays the role of Rosaline in the production.

"She's not a character who is similar to me in a lot of ways, but I still find her very identifiable, since she is a teenager as well," shared Kutter.

Daniel Feldmann '16 is participating in his first CJ play as the character Petruchio.

"He's a leader and he comes in thinking that he's going to inherit the House of Capulet," said Feldmann. "To be a leader, you need people who are willing to follow you. In the play, you will see whether or not he has that."

Like Romeo and Juliet, After Juliet is spoken in verse. The audience will also hear original music in the CJ production from Christian Hemsath '17 and Derek Dunavent, assistant director and composer. Another highlight of the play is real sword fighting between several characters.

"When you have this much fun, the show has to be good!" Feldmann emphasized.

Curtain calls are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults. The performance is recommended for ages 13 and up due to mature themes.

International Cook-Off Benefits Local Cause

Delectable desserts were on display as the Language Club recently sponsored an International dessert cook-off for a cause.

"We are transitioning and trying new things," said club co-president Natalie Allen '16 about the event. 

To enter into the cook-off, students paid a $2 entry fee, and to taste-test, students paid a $1 entry fee. That entry fee allowed students to sample as many desserts as they wanted.

In years past, the Language Club held bake sales during lunch with proceeds benefiting the Hispanic Ministry program at St. Mary's Church. Proceeds from this year's cook-off went to the same mission.

"Every year the club has sponsored two families during the holidays," shared language department chair Peg Regan. "Club members will purchase food, gift cards and buy gifts for kids. They will also make piñatas for a Christmas party at the church."

"It's great to give back," added club co-president Halle Mason '16. "We enjoy doing this, and it's good knowing others will get to enjoy the holidays."

Language Club Moderator Katie Harding said she was excited to see a great turnout at the inaugural cook-off.

"We had a lot of students cook Mexican, South American, and even German dishes," Harding said. "It's great to see students participating."

Two students who participated in the cook-off included Steven Jin '19 and David Chen ‘19.

"I enjoyed taking time to make the food and I am really happy to see people eat my food," expressed Chen, who made Chinese cookies and chocolate cakes.

"It was fun to be with other students and make something American," added Jin, who made pumpkin cupcakes.

Katie Jackson '17, who is taking Spanish 3 this year, also participated in the cook-off by making Brazilian brigadeiro.

"I love chocolate," Jackson said. "Even though it wasn't as easy to make as I thought it would be, I still had a lot of fun."

The Language Club co-presidents said this is an event they plan to do again next year.

"It's nice knowing this event helps the Hispanic Ministry," Allen said.

Mason added, "The one or two dollars to be a part of this event doesn't seem like much. But little by little, it adds up and it makes a big difference to local families."


Performing Arts Center Announced at Open House

On Sunday, November 1, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School announced plans to renovate and expand the school’s performing arts rehearsal and performance spaces.  The $1 million project, planned to open in the fall of 2016, will double the school’s performing arts rehearsal and classroom spaces, and rejuvenate the current 740 seat auditorium originally constructed in 1951.

“Because of the generosity of those who wish to inspire and bring out the very best in our students performing on stage — as well as on the field — we will raise the curtain to the new and improved CJ auditorium and performing arts spaces next fall,” said Dan Meixner, president. “When complete, we will have a million dollar performing arts center worthy of the priceless performances of our students.” 

The new development is funded through LIFT — Leading in Faith Today, a $20 million initiative that brought to life the CJ STEMM Center, the Eagle Tennis Center, the renovation of Building One learning spaces and Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gym — all opened within the last four years. The capital investment in the performing arts program is in addition to the construction of Roger Glass Stadium — Home of the Eagles. This new athletic complex, which was announced in August 2015, will also debut next fall.

“In January of 2014, we announced the improvements that our community wanted to accomplish through LIFT, a bold initiative that would significantly elevate the teaching and learning experience for our teachers and students,” said Meixner. “It is a tribute to them — our alumni, parents and friends — that this next project is now funded and we can continue with the further development and construction of the performing arts spaces this spring."

"It's an exciting time for performing arts," said Debi Schutt, director of performing arts. "We have been working hard to rebuild the program over the last number of years and we are excited for new spaces to allow the program to thrive." 

A 3D artist rendering of the auditorium can be found here

The announcement of the CJ Performing Arts Center was made during the Fall Open House. The annual event gave students and families a chance to learn more about Chaminade Julienne through guided tours and opportunities to talk with teachers, coaches, and students. 


STEMM Class Assignment Soars

Students in the Introduction to Engineering Design STEMM class were recently given a real-world scenario when they were asked to design, create, and operate a machine in just two class periods.

"The students built a machine with the goal to launch a cotton ball about three feet," explained teacher Eric Grimm.

In addition to that goal, students, working in teams of two, were given a limited amount of materials to create the machine.

Nick Butler '17 and Lindsey Fuchs '19 said after creating one design for their machine, their final product looked much different.

"We had something in plan, but we didn't think we could build it in the time we had," said Fuchs.

Butler added, "Our final machine was better than what we were planning to do anyway."

"We were teaching how to work on a project within constraints," emphasized Grimm. "Students also learned how to be an effective member of a team, and how to work in a limited amount of time."