Chaminade Players Receive Six Awards and 16 Nominations from the National Youth Arts Awards

 

The Chaminade Players have been honored with six awards and 16 nominations from the 14th Annual National Youth Arts Awards, for their outstanding work in their dramatic production of The Crucible and their musical production of The Wizard of Oz. This year more than 700 productions were considered for the awards, including shows from 240 different members spanning 17 states, Canada and the UK. Award winners were selected from nominations by a panel of more than 50 judges and reviewers.

Congratulations to our award winners and nominees:

Awards:

  • Outstanding Production:
    The Wizard of Oz
  • Lead Performance in a Musical:
    Rachel Albrecht ’19 as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Jater Webb ’20 as Hunk/Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Play:
    Mack Balleweg ’19 as Rev. John Hale in The Crucible
  • Set Design:
    Jeff McLaughlin for The Wizard of Oz
  • Direction:
    Yvette L. Bishop for The Wizard of Oz

Nominations:

  • Lead Performance in a Play:
    Rachel Albrecht ’19 as Abigail Williams in The Crucible
  • Lead Performance in a Play:
    Jater Webb ’20 as John Proctor in The Crucible
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Mack Balleweg ’19 as Professor Marvel/The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Carly Condon ’20 as Almira Gulch/The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Chloe Johnson ’20 as Aunt Em/Glinda in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Sean McCarthy ’20 as Zeke/Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Jack Rumack ’19 as Hickory/Tinman in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Play:
    Molly Guo ’21 as Tituba in The Crucible
  • Featured Performance in a Play:
    Jack Rumack ’19 as Samuel Parris in The Crucible
  • Featured Performance in a Play:
    Maggie Shaughnessy ’22 as Betty Parris in The Crucible
  • Ensemble:
    The Wizard of Oz
  • Costume Design:
    The Wizard of Oz
  • Lighting Design:
    Jeff McLaughlin for The Wizard of Oz
  • Hair/Makeup Design:
    The Wizard of Oz
  • Choreography:
    Bill Burns for The Wizard of Oz
  • Musical Direction:
    Dan Redfeld for The Wizard of Oz

The award winners will be formally presented with their awards on stage at the 14th Annual National Youth Arts Award Ceremony on Sunday, June 2 at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village. The awards presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. Please Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

 

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Celebrating Volunteers

On May 15, Chaminade celebrated the commitment and service of our incredible volunteers at the annual Volunteer Recognition Reception. Volunteers help make Chaminade a better place. They truly demonstrate the Marianist tradition of family spirit through their selfless giving of time and talent. Volunteers are an important part of Chaminade’s operations and are instrumental to the success of many of our programs and events. From large and exciting events like the Chaminade Gala Benefit & Auction to the smaller, less glamorous envelope stuffing parties, our volunteers do it all.

Spotlight on Service honorees: Rosalind Auzenne Odabashian, Laura Galieote, Kim Akerson, Julie Rowland, and Ani Avanessian. Not pictured: Beth Albrecht, Ani Avanessian, Joani McQuaid, Julie Nairin, and Mia Pitts.

Chaminade recognized nine extraordinary volunteers who have their last child graduating from the high school. Their commitment to Chaminade over the last four to seven years have had an astounding effect on our school. Congratulations to our 2019 Spotlight on Service honorees:

  • Kim Akerson P ’08 ’10 ’19
  • Beth Albrecht P ’14 ’16 ’19
  • Rosalind Auzenne Odabashian P ’10 ’19
  • Ani Avanessian P ’17 ’19
  • Laura Galieote P’17 ’19
  • Joani McQuaid P’19
  • Julie Nairin P’16 ’19
  • Mia Pitts P’19
  • Julie Rowland P’17 ’19 (and international student host parent)

Board members Gerry Philpott, and Howard Lind

In addition to honoring our amazing parent volunteers, Chaminade also paid tribute to three Board members who are terming off the board at the end of the month. For the last six years, these individuals have volunteered their time and expertise to help ensure that our school upholds our Catholic, Marianist mission and runs effectively and efficiently. Chaminade expresses its sincere gratitude to Tom Condon ’56, Howard Lind P’16 ’17, and Gerry Philpott P’15, ’19.

Consider joining the ranks of our volunteers; you will find that it is one of the best experiences. And along the way, you will forge new and long lasting friendships. Join us August 20 and 22 for our volunteer mixers to find your perfect volunteer opportunity and join the ranks of this amazing group.

This Weekend at Chaminade

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Chaminade has you covered. We have Family Fun Night, and two fantastic performing arts shows to attend, Chaminade Middle School Players’ Luck of the Draw-An Improvised Musical, and the Chaminade Dance Company’s presentation of The Toy Box.

Beginning Thursday, May 9, Chaminade Middle School Players present a night of musical comedy as they perform Luck of the Draw-An Improvised Musical. The show is solely based on audience suggestions, making every night a new and original show. Join us for a night of laughs, music, and even a little dancing. Performances are at the Fr. Allen DeLong Center for Arts and Athletics.

Ticket prices are $10 at the door or click here to purchase tickets. Show dates and times are as follows:

  • Thursday, May 9 at 7:01 p.m.
  • Friday, May 10 at 7:01 p.m.
  • Saturday, May, 11 at 7:01 p.m.

Chaminade’s middle school hosts Family Fun Night, on Friday, May 10. Join us for a great afternoon of games, food, entertainment and fellowship on the Chaminade “Boardwalk” from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on the Chatsworth campus. Admission is free; tickets are needed for food and games. Click here to pre-order tickets. For every $40 in online pre-order tickets you purchase, you will receive $5 in tickets FREE!  Tickets can also be purchased at Family Fun Night.

Witness the awesome visual display of power, grace, rhythm, and athleticism of the Chaminade Dance Company as they present The Toy Box. This beautiful theatrical production takes audiences on a journey into the life of a child. Brilliantly told through dance and Cirque this performance is a story of creative play, dealing with nighttime fears, and the gift of family to be held at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts on the West Hills campus.

Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $16 for students and $11 for children. Click here to purchase tickets. Show dates and times are:

  • Friday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m.

The Chaminade Dance Company is making an effort to go green. The Toy Box program is now available in a digital format! A limited quantity of printed programs will be available at the shows.

 

Chaminade Dance Company Presents The Toy Box

Chaminade Dance Company presents The Toy Box at their annual dance concert. This beautiful theatrical production is a journey into the life of a child as he and his family move to a new military base. His story of creative play, dealing with nighttime fears, and the gift of family is brilliantly told through dance and cirque.

The show will be held at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts beginning Friday, May 3, 2019. Performance dates and times are:

  • Friday, May 3, 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 4, 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 5, 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 10, 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11, 8:00 p.m.

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

The Chaminade Dance Company is making an effort to go green,  The Toy Box program is now available in a digital format! A limited quantity of printed programs will be available at the shows. Thank you for supporting The Chaminade Dance Company.

Easter Message

Holy Week marks the final week of Lent as we wait in hope for Jesus’ resurrection on Saturday evening at the Easter Vigil. Contemplating on this holiest week of the year we realize that the most powerful force in this world is relationships. Jesus was all about relationships. He made building unbreakable bonds the core of His ministry. Just hours before His crucifixion, “Peter insisted emphatically, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’  And all the others said the same” (Mark 14:31).

Relationships are the defining feature of being created in the image of God and of being human. As our world struggles with developing and protecting human relationships, we are grateful for all of you for making family spirit central in our Chaminade culture.

As a family, let us continue to take new practical steps towards developing an atmosphere where personal, deepening, supportive, and faith-building relationships are highly valued as expressions of our passion for God’s love.