The Arts at CCHS is pleased to announce the 2017 Spring Musical

 

March 3 & 4 at 7:30 p.m. | March 10 & 11 at 7:30 p.m. | March 5 & 12 at 2 p.m. 

Angela Leone '04, Director: angela.leone@camdencatholic.org

Gregory Gardner, Vocal Director: gregory.gardner@camdencatholic.org

Charles Hallahan, Music Director: charles.hallahan@camdencatholic.org

Joanne Mullin-McBride '84, Choreographer

Robert Klimowski '04, Technical Director

Tickets $12 | Available online beginning January 16 www.cchsperformingarts.com

 


 

2016 Spring Musical: Pippin

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Pippin


 

2015 Spring Musical: Les Miserables 

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Les Miserables


 

Drama

Camden Catholic High School has a rich tradition of musicals stretching back to 1922 with Victory of the Cross. The continuing list of productions is also a record of the history of American musical theater, a history as old as Camden Catholic, which was founded just three years after the first, Broadway musical opened. 

For the record: Guys and Dolls leads the hit parade with four CCHS productions (’69,'78,'91,and 2000); tied at three productions each are The Red Mill (’35,’42, and ,’47), The Sound of Music (’67,’82,and ’93) and West Side Story ('70, '88, and ’96).

Year after year over 150 students participate in the musical production. Most recently, Les Miserables (2015) and Pippin (2016)were produced by a trio of alumni: Joe Farina '73 (production supervisor), Angela Leone '04 (director) and Robert Klimowski '04 (technical director), with the addition of Joanne McBride '84 (choreographer) in 2016. Audiences are truly enamored with the acting, vocals, music and set design, declaring over and over again, "you forget this is a high school production!"


As our Drama Department continues to grow, check out the classes students are taking this year!

Introduction to Theater

This is a practical course designed to introduce students interested in acting to basic acting techniques, and provide
an overview of theatrical production. The skills learned in this course help students develop poise and self-confidence.


Advanced Theater

This performance based course reviews and builds upon basic theater concepts and skills. In addition, students are
challenged in presenting monologues and ensemble work, as well as developing theatrical production skills. The final project requires them to produce and present a play.


Introduction to Public Speaking


This course is a performance course designed to introduce basic principles of public speaking. Students will prepare
and deliver original formal and informal speeches. This course concentrates on building speaking and delivery skills, as well as writing, critical thinking and analytical skills.


Improvisation

This course focuses on the basics elements of improvisational acting. It gives students the opportunity to immerse
themselves in a style of theater that provides building blocks to successful scene work. Students will learn how to initiate spontaneous scenes, build upon a scene partners’ offers, and create scenes with a solid foundation through acting exercises. Students will develop skills through a practical application of theater games and basic elements of improvisation with an emphasis on self-development.


Dance 

Course I: Introduction to Dance
First year students will access an introduction to various genres of ballet, tap, modern, ethnic, hip-hop and jazz principles. They will become familiarized with vocabulary and elements that make each style important. The class focuses on students’ development of kinesiological body awareness, technical facility, spatial expressiveness and personal creativity. Skills learned in Introduction to I are refined and reinforced in all upper level classes.

Course II: Elements of Dance
Elements of dance builds on the basic technical facility and kinesthetic body awareness attained in Course I: Introduction to Dance. The class reinforces and refines fundamental skills and allows students to individually choose genres for focused study. This course focuses on the physical conditioning of the dancer, emphasizing the important of agility (which enables precise arm and leg extensions), strength, and endurance. Students will practice maintaining focus, energy, and dynamics over the course of a performance. Course II also explores the development and inquires a specific style for further connection. They identify and examine roles of dance in media such as film, video and musical theatre. Students study theoretical approach to dance and learn to make connections among the history, theory and practice of dance.

 
 
Course III: Elements of Performance and Critique

Elements of Performance and Critique will provide a level of consistency in the processing, analyzing, and responding to sensory information through the language of dance. Students will demonstrate development and refinement of skills needed to create dances with coherence and aesthetic unity. Students will begin to demonstrate the ability to establish aesthetic criteria and apply it in evaluating their own work and that of others. They will then apply what is learned in dance to the study of other art forms, subject areas, and to career pathways. With the use of technology to reinforce, enhance or alter dance concepts across the curriculum.  Critiques will focus on visualizing and analyzing the use of costumes, lighting, and music designs within a dance production.

Course IV: Elements of Choreography--Senior Project
Elements of Choreography is a scaffolded project across a three year program. Students are required to utilize skills that have developed during the course of their entry into the academy to create their own choreography. Throughout this course they will review timing, accents, energy, choreographic principals, and improvisation. They will learn how to use literary work to develop a solo and a large group dance that will include the experience of running one’s own company, being within a company and collaborating in a group and producing a dance show. Students will understand that choreography expresses themes through choices in movement, music and costumes. They will structure a dance that is a multi-layered creative piece. They will embody the emphasis of communication as the most powerful aspect in-group dynamic. They will share this piece during “Art’s Week” at Camden Catholic.
 


Band

The instrumental music program is under the direction of seasoned music educator Charles Hallahan. Mr. Hallahan has a passion for music and is dedicated to overseeing the concert band, show band, field band, jazz band, and fusion band. Students may play in any combination of bands depending on their expertise.

Symphonic Band - a group of musicians who practice and play for a Winter and Spring concert

Show Band
- a group of musicians who concentrate on the music from the selected musical of that year and perform at each performance in March


Field Band
- a group of musicians who practice and play in the fall at home football games and for the Dance Team.


Jazz Band
- a group of musicians who would like to specialize in jazz genre of music and perform at the Winter and Spring concerts and various other venues.


Fusion Band
- a specialized group of jazz musicians who take Jazz and Rock to a new level.

Any questions about Band can be directed to Mr. Hallahan: charles.hallahan@camdencatholic.org

We take great pride in the musicianship of our students. They take some of the courses below

Symphonic Band

This course is designed for students who wish to further develop their
ability in the performance medium. Private instruction is required. Performance requirements include all football games, parades, and concerts. Activities available for band students are Jazz Band, Instrumental Ensembles, Show Band, Fusion Band, and Chamber Groups. Students may audition for the band with or without registering for the band class.

Instrumental Ensemble


This course is designed for students who wish to further develop their ability in the performance medium. Private
instruction is required. Performance requirements include all football games, parades, and concerts. Activities available for band students are Jazz Band, Instrumental Ensembles, Show Band, Fusion Band, and Chamber Groups. Students may audition for the band with or without registering for the band class.

Guitar Ensemble

This course is designed for students who play guitar or bass and wish to further develop their abilities and
musicianship. The course will meet one day a week after school. Additionally, music lessons will be offered throughout the school day.

Music Theory

This course is a study of the basic music skills and interpretations including writing and recognizing key and time
signatures, scales and chords, melodic and rhythmic dictation.

Advanced Placement Music Theory


This course is designed for the serious minded musician who desires a very high level of musicianship. Prerequisites include an entrance exam, teacher recommendation, and a B average or above in music theory.


Choir
The Select Choir and Concert Choir offer students an opportunity to grow in musicianship and vocal performance. Director Gregory Gardner strives to bring his love of music and dedication for the arts to each and every student who becomes a member of the Choir. All students are invited to join the Concert Choir or audition for the Select Choir.

Chorus

This course is designed to help students improve their singing abilities individually and in harmony with others.
Performance is required.


Gospel Ensemble


Gospel ensemble is a group of vocalists and instrumentalists who are interested
in performing traditional and contemporary gospel repertoire. Students with and without musical reading skills will be able to participate. This course will focus primarily on performance, and it also affords an opportunity for interaction between instrumentalists and vocalists.

Select Choir


This course is designed for the more advanced vocal student who has demonstrated outstanding skills in
musicianship and wishes to pursue his/her unique interests. The student will develop an advanced repertoire with more intricate harmonics and styles. Students need to audition in order to be accepted in this course. Performance is required, and the course will be offered to students in grades 11 and 12.

Any questions concerning the choir should be directed to Mr. Gardner: gregory.gardner@camdencatholic.org