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CJ announces $1 million performing arts center project

Published: Sunday, November 01, 2015 @ 6:03 PM
Updated: Sunday, November 01, 2015 @ 6:03 PM

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is spending $1 million to renovate and expand its performing arts spaces.

The CJ Performing Arts Center project, announced on Sunday during the Dayton school’s annual Fall Open House, will double the school’s performing arts rehearsal and classroom space, as well as renovate the school’s 740-seat auditorium that was built in 1951.

“We’ve worked so hard over the last couple of years just rebuilding the department and stabilizing it. The kids are just thriving and it’s going to allow them the opportunity to expand and offer even more opportunities for the program,” said Debi Schutt, director of Performing Arts.

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Some of the renovations included in the $1 million cost, including a practice room, were completed over this past summer.

“When complete, we will have a million dollar performing arts center that is in keeping with the priceless performance of our students,” said President Dan Meixner.

One in four CJ students are involved in some form of performing arts, according to Schutt. One of those students is sophomore Angelo Knight, who is a member of the school’s drumline, the school’s accapela group, Vega, and has starred in some of the school’s theatrical performances.

“The auditorium is where I live,” Knight said. “Our acoustics in the auditorium will hopefully be better with the renovation, and the curtains — we need new curtains.”

Construction is expected to begin in the spring with the opening of the CJ Performing Arts Center slated for fall 2016.

The project is funded by the school’s $20 million initiative, Leading in Faith Today, which funded the CJ STEMM Center, Eagle Tennis Center, as well as renovations to learning spaces and the school’s gym. The campaign has raised more than $18.5 million.

The announcement came just a few months after the school announced the construction of Roger Glass Stadium, which is also expected to open in Fall 2016. The 2,150-seat stadium will host football and soccer games and will have an accompanying practice field and support building.

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