JSerra CEO Frank Talarico Among OC Metro Magazine’s 40 Under 40

JSerra Catholic High School President and CEO Frank Talarico has been named among OC Metro magazine’s business stars under the age of 40, officials announced today.

The magazine’s annual “40 Under 40” list honors Orange County’s top young executives, entrepreneurs and standout professionals.

Talarico accepted the school’s top job about a year ago. Since then, his leadership resulted in the school slightly growing enrollment despite the worst recession in the modern era. He also oversaw a debt refinancing that positions JSerra for long-term stability and made several high-profile hires.

In the past year, the seven-year-old school also won its first league and regional sports championships and graduated its first National Merit Scholar.

“I am honored to be included among a distinguished list of accomplished business professionals and outstanding people,” Talarico said. “I’m particularly grateful for the growing recognition that JSerra Catholic High School is one of the region’s finest high schools.”

To read the magazine’s profile of Talarico, click here.

The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music

JSerra’s spring musical, The Sound of Music, was a great success. The cast and crew performed a dress rehearsal on Thursday for staff and faculty, and three performances on Friday and Saturday for family, fellow students, and guests. Our fine arts department faculty did an exceptional job working with our students to produce a compelling rendition of this beloved family classic. The production has received rave reviews from Cappies critics. One such review follows below.

By Allison Sheppard of Newport Harbor, Cappies critic

During JSerra Catholic High School’s performance of “The Sound of Music,” bright costumes, strong soprano voices, and convincing Nazis flooded the show that most know and love about a nun turned governess (Maria) to the seven children of retired Austrian navy Captain Von Trapp. Set in the idyllic yet politically tense Austria of late 1920s, Maria teaches the children to sing, play, and have a good time with many wonderful songs, culminating in an extremely memorable show.

Katie Yaru shined as Maria. Her clear pure vocals and believable attitude carried the show. Whether it was yodeling, singing as low as a man would, or singing high Cs, Katie could do it all. She developed sincere character relationships with each co-star, and shone whenever she was on stage.

When Captain Von Trapp (Patrick Shoenberg) first entered the stage you knew exactly who he was. He carried himself like a captain in the Navy would and spoke with an accent that depicted his age and superiority over Maria. Shoenberg’s rendition of “Edelweiss” was beautiful and touching, clearly depicting the love and pain that he feels for his country.

There is an obvious growth of affection between Maria and the Captain Von Trapp. Even in the small looks Yaru and Shoenberg give each other or the single reaffirming hand holds that take place you can tell that they are there for each other creating a great dynamic for the whole Von Trapp Family.

The Von Trapp children are a great ensemble. They play nicely off each other and work well as a group. One of the stand-out children is Kurt who was played by (Kerilynn Adams). Although normally a young boy, the addition of this trouser role created nice comic relief, and her strong soprano vocals helped carry the Von Trapp family’s harmonies.

Elsa Schraeder (Bridget Farmer) and Max Detweiler (Connor Dugard) work brilliantly off each other. Both have very strong voices that make the group numbers such as “So Long Farewell” much broader.

Though there were a few moments where individual cast members lacked energy or weren’t as emotionally attached as they could have been, the constantly strong group dynamic carried the show and created a performance of “The Sound of Music” that will not be forgotten.