2019 is beginning in a big way for students in performing arts.
The entire family can get into the Christmas spirit when CJ Performing Arts Presents: Sounds of the Season, a Christmas Concert, on Thursday, December 13 at 7 p.m. The performance will take place in the newly renovated CJ auditorium.
Ensembles performing at the concert will include concert band, concert choir, liturgical choir, string ensemble, Hands in Harmony, a cappella groups Phoenix and Vega, and the Busted Box Improv Troupe. Performances will feature both sacred and secular music.
Students within the CJ performing arts community are buzzing with excitement for the showing of their mysterious play, A Murder is Announced, which takes the stage November 16-18. The play is about a murder that hasn’t taken place yet, but invitations to it as a “party” have been sent. When the murder truly happens, it’s up to the guests to figure out the murderer!
Chiamaka Ejinaka ‘21 is a production assistant of the play.
Four actors visited CJ as part of the school’s new initiative, the Pro Artist Speaker Series.
While all living in California for their careers, the actors were all in the Dayton area earlier this month for a family event. Liam Cronin and Kieran Cronin are the brothers of CJ drama and choir teacher, Caitlin Bennett. The Cronin brothers’ significant others, Angela Henderson and Stephanie Bignault, also came to speak with the students.
The performing arts department's first concert of the 2018-2019 school year will be on Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. in the CJ Auditorium.
All are invited to attend this free event featuring the Concert Choir, Concert Band, Eagle Pride, Hands in Harmony, String Ensemble and Pop A Cappella Choirs.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
CJ's fall production, A Murder is Announced, will show three times in November:
Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.
Posted October 9, 2018
Only elite musicians are chosen to be a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. For the 2018-2019 season, three CJ students were selected for this opportunity.
Libby Blackshire ‘20 (trumpet), Lily Davis ‘21 (cello) , and Anna Mussin Phillips ‘21 (flute and piccolo) have been playing their respective instruments for several years. They each had different reasons behind their motivation to participate in the orchestra..
The CJ performing arts department received a record number 23 DayTony's at the annual award ceremony on Thursday, May 31.
"The DayTonys are a great way to celebrate our accomplishments this year, and always remember how proud we are of all of our cast and crew members,” said choir and drama teacher Caitlin Bennett! “We tackled two very challenging productions this year, and I think this recognition celebrates the excellence of these productions as a whole.”
CJ Adult/Designer/Director Awards were:
Adult Design and Technology Merit Award
Students interested in expanding their musical genres will take the stage as the newly formed CJ Jazz Ensemble. The group, led by Eagle Pride and band director Luke Grieshop, will perform on Saturday, May 26 at 2 p.m. at Hannah’s restaurant.
“I was thinking about having the jazz concert in the auditorium, but realize a place like Hannah’s makes it a live scene and that’s what jazz is about,” Grieshop said.
Four students have spent this school year so far preparing for one night on the stage. The students in the Advanced Acting & Directing class will present the full-length play Miracle On South Division Street by Tom Dudzick on Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in the CJ Auditorium. Admission is free.
Mallory Castonguay ‘19, Katie Coyle ‘19, Ashley Gerhard ‘18 and Angelo Moore-Knight ‘18 are not only acting in the production, but also had key roles in directing and choosing the play.
This summer, current and graduate members of the CJ a cappella group, Vega, harmonized again as part of a new a cappella group, Lyra. The group came together for the Midwest Semifinal of the International Championship of A Cappella Open.