Chaminade Players Present Drama Under the Stars

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Join the Chaminade Players on September 15, 16, or 17 for a Drama Under the Stars production of the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. As a true outdoor Shakespeare experience, the performances will take place on the lawn of the Tutor Center (West Hills).

Each performance takes place at 7:30 p.m., and the Saturday production includes a Fine Arts Festival at 6:00 p.m., featuring choir, jazz, dance, an art exhibition, representation from film, and more.

Please purchase tickets online.

Quinton Lopez ’16 named recipient of Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarship

IMG_1122Quinton Lopez ’16 is one of four high school students in the U.S. to receive a $25,000 scholarship through the Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarship.

The scholarship is a new initiative for Sallie Mae, and selections were made through nominations the company collected from 20,000 high school counselors from across the country.

Sallie Mae has shared Lopez’s story, along with those of the other three recipients through online video.

 

 

Annual Dance Concert Begins April 29

The Tree SMChaminade College Preparatory’s Dance Company presents its annual concert, The Tree. This theatrical production features a variety of dance genres, as well as cirque acts; and follows a fallen man into a magical forest where he happens upon lost children, and everyone embarks on a journey of understanding and healing.

The five-show run will be held at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts beginning Friday, April 29, 2016. Performance dates and times are:

  • Friday, April 29, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 1, 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 7, 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $22 per adult, $16 per student, and $11 per child, and may be purchased online.

C-Notes Earn Gold at the Heritage Festival

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Chaminade’s middle school choir, the C-Notes, earned a superior rating of Gold for their performance in the Worldstrides On Stage Heritage Festival at Fullerton College. The C-Notes performed repertoire from three different choral genres: two Renaissance Motets, a piece with text from the great Irish Poet William Butler Yeats called “Cloths of Heaven,” and an a cappella African-American spiritual. A panel of three choral expert adjudicators judged them on the many aspects of choral singing such as tone, balance, blend, diction, intonation, rhythm and interpretation.

Kathy Rhors, Chaminade’s middle school music teacher and C-Notes director, says “I was very proud to stand with these wonderful children and make beautiful music together at the Heritage Festival. Earning the gold was exciting. However, the journey taken was much more important. Over the past months, our students have been learning that choral music is much more than singing the right notes…they now know what it means to work as a team to make the music come alive with expression, tone, and precision.”

After the festival, The C-Notes spent the afternoon at Disneyland and attended the evening awards ceremony at the Fantasy Theatre. They have been invited to perform again in the National Youth Festival at Carnegie Hall on March 12, 2017. The C-Notes will submit a DVD audition to the Carnegie Adjudicators to be the feature choir. The results will be announced at the end of October 2016.

The Chaminade Players present The Addams Family

Addams-FamilyThe award-winning drama troupe, The Chaminade Players, present The Addams Family musical, opening March 4 in the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts on the West Hills campus.

The Addams Family musical has something for everyone – comedy, drama, romance even an ensemble of walking dead!” says Yvette Lawrence Bishop, director of drama and performing arts. “It has been such a joy rediscovering the lovable Addams clan and bringing them into the 21st century. This company is perfection and the show is a must-see.”

The production runs March 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances take place on March 6 and 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and may be purchased online at www.chaminadeplayers.org.

Helmed by an all-star creative team, The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare, says Bishop, a Broadway veteran best known for playing Belle in the longstanding Los Angeles company of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. With Bishop directing the musical, other creative team members include choreographer Bill Burns; music director Dan Redfeld; Ovation Award-winning set designer Jeff McLaughlin, and technical director Mike Davis.

“We are incredibly blessed and proud to bring together these resources on the Chaminade West Hills campus to empower our students to create art of the highest caliber,” Bishop added.

With the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, The Addams Family is based on characters created by Charles Addams.

“Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met,” Bishop says. “And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.”

The Addams Family comes on the heels of The Chaminade Players’ successful 2015 season, during which they won “Best Musical,” (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), “Best Supporting Actor” (Gaston) and “Best Supporting Actress” (Mrs. Potts) at the Jerry Herman Awards for Los Angeles-area high school musical theatre at The Pantages in Hollywood. Additionally, Brianna Bryan ’15 was selected to compete in New York City at the Jimmy Awards, the national high school musical theatre competition.

Chaminade College Preparatory is a Catholic school in the Marianist tradition. For more information, visit www.chaminade.org.