Middle School Players Present Luck of the Draw – an Improvised Musical

The Chaminade Middle School Players will be presenting Luck of the Draw – an Improvised Musical in the Fr. Allen DeLong Center for Arts and Athletics (Chatsworth campus). Come witness Luck of the Draw cast members take on the challenge of combining improv and musical theater based on strictly on audience suggestions! No two performances are alike and all story lines and songs are completely original! Roll the dice and come see Luck of the Draw!

Performance dates are:

  • Thursday, May 11 at 7:01 p.m.
  • Friday, May 12 at 7:01 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13 at 7:01 pm

Tickets are $10, and may be purchased online.

 

Mother Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon to be Beatified

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On May 4, 2017, Pope Francis signed the Decree of Beatification for Mother Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon. Adèle (as she is fondly known in the Chaminade family), received a favorable judgement on May 2 from the Cardinals and Bishops who are members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Mother Adèle was born on June 10, 1789 and is a founder of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate. The Marianists are currently celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (May 25, 1816) and The Society of Mary (October 2, 1817).

Chaminade Alumni Enter the NFL

Two Chaminade alumni, Brad Kaaya ’14 and Terrell Newby ’13, moved on from their university careers to the National Football League in 2017. Kaaya was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. He is the first Chaminade alumnus to be drafted by an NFL team.  Newby signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings.

After graduating from Chaminade in 2013, Newby attended the University of Nebraska, where he played running back for the Huskers. During his junior and senior seasons, Newby was Nebraska’s leading rusher. He appeared in 52 career games, and received the following honors and awards: Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (2016), Doak Walker Award Watch List (2016), Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Southern Miss, 2015), Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015), and Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015).

As a junior at the University of Miami, Kaaya declared for the 2017 draft as an underclassman. He started as quarterback for the Hurricanes for three straight seasons, and is the university’s all-time leading passer with 9,968 passing yards, 720 completions, and 1,188 attempts. Kaaya earned the Russell Athletic Bowl MVP in a victory over West Virginia during the 2016 season.

Both Newby and Kaaya played football for Chaminade under Head Coach, Ed Croson. In 2012 (Newby’s senior season), the Eagles won its first outright Mission League football championship title since 2006. The following year the Eagles won the 2013 CIF State Division II championship with Kaaya as quarterback. This was the first time in school history Chaminade won a state football championship.

Chaminade Dance Company Presents Cirque du Saint Vitus

Chaminade College Preparatory’s Dance Company presents Cirque du Saint Vitus, at their annual dance concert. This beautiful theatrical production is a story of temptation and grace as we follow sweet Mercy into a dark and twisted circus created all within the mind of a powerful young girl. Cirque du Saint Vitus features the continued brilliant choreography from the Chaminade Dance Company’s lead choreographers Atlanta Patterson, Lindsay Hammerle, Christine Gotthardt, Amanda Williams and Gillian Ozawa.

The show will be held at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts beginning Friday, May 5, 2017. Performance dates and times are:

  • Friday, May 5, 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 6, 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 7, 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 12, 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13, 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $23 per adult, $16 per student, and $12 per child, and may be purchased online.

Eagle Regiment, Concert Band, and Jazz Ensemble Perform in England

By Ken Hoffman

Over Easter break, Chaminade’s West Hills Instrumental Music Department participated in the Harrogate International Youth Festival of Music and Performing Arts, which offers young musicians a unique opportunity to meet and perform with other ensembles from around the world. Each year, in celebration of Easter week, the town of Harrogate, in North Yorkshire England, hosts bands, choirs, dance troupes and ensembles of youth performers from many different countries. This year, Chaminade’s Eagle Regiment, Concert Band, and Jazz Ensemble represented the United States.

Massed Band, composed of more than 350 musicians, at the Royal Hall Harrogate – photo by Paul Chilopoulos

On the first day of their trip, Chaminade students practiced their ability to “adapt and change” when they discovered that their rental percussion instruments had broken heads. Of course, that didn’t slow them down. After a brief rehearsal, the students did some sightseeing in the city of York, where they walked around the medieval city walls built in the first century.

Chaminade’s first performance featured Eagle Regiment in the Parade of Nations through the historic spa town of Harrogate. The opening concert followed in the Royal Hall Harrogate. Built in 1903, this historic venue offered a breathtaking Edwardian setting, where Chaminade’s Concert Band made its festival debut. The evening ended with the Massed Band, composed of more than 350 musicians from the UK, USA, Canada, Russia and Thailand/China all performing together.

Eagle Regiment at Fountains Abbey- photo by Suzanne Dumas

On Easter Sunday, the Eagles attended Mass at St. John Fisher, a Catholic high school in Harrogate. That afternoon, Eagle Regiment performed at Fountains Abbey UNESCO World Heritage site, one of England’s largest and best-preserved Cistercian monastery ruins. In the evening, the Jazz Ensemble brought the house down at the annual Jazz Night, held in the famous Old Swan Hotel, from Agatha Christie lore. Space was at a premium in that venue, so the rest of the participants attended an open mic night at a nearby hotel, with Maya Angulo ’17 rocking the house with some Slam Poetry.

Jazz Ensemble at the Old Swan Hotel – photo by Paul Chilopoulos

Ripley Castle - photo by Suzanne Dumas

Concert Band at Ripley Castle – photo by Suzanne Dumas

Monday, the Concert Band gave a magnificent performance at Ripley Castle, an estate just outside of Harrogate. That evening, the Eagle musicians had their first chance to hear some of the other performers, most notably a choir from Finland and a Russian violin ensemble.

Chaminade’s Concert band saved the best for last. On the final day of the festival at Birstwith’s St. James Church, they performed Psalm 42, an English folk song arranged by Samuel Hazo, bringing the audience to tears as the final note of the trumpet solo receded and the full band joined in. Later the Eagles attended a concert in the Ripon Cathedral, which dates back to the seventh century.

Before coming home, Chaminade students had a chance to do some sightseeing in London and catch a comedy show at the Criterion Theatre at Piccadilly Circus.

Concert Band at St James Church, Birstwith – photo by Paul Chilopoulos