Theater Department Hosts a Fundraiser at Soka University

After a phenomenal run with eight sold out shows of It’s a Wonderful Life, JSerra’s theater department will be showcasing the talented students hosted at Soka University in their First Annual Theater Fundraiser January 19, at 7:30pm, for one night only.

Come see the Night of Broadway, chock full pieces from Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and much more.

Tickets are $25 for general admission.

The talents of Mr. Jenner’s class will be showing The Process via video presentation as well showing the before, during and after of putting together a production as well as footage from theater class—what really goes on to get a person to be able to perform a character.

Please RSVP with Donna Convertino at dconvertino@jserra.org for tickets. 

Crimson Pride Has Arrived

The Fall issue of JSerra’s Crimson Pride Magazine has arrived and has all the news, sports and events happening on campus.

This issue includes:

-Cover Boy Austin Hedges

-A commission by President Obama

-International travels, and much more

To view click Crimson Pride. 

JSerra Student on Crew for Looking for Home at Laguna Playhouse

The Laguna Playhouse debuted “Looking for Home,” a story about the Orphan Trains, this past weekend, and your last chance to see the play is this coming weekend, November 10-13. JSerra student Bridget Kavanaugh is on the crew for the play.

Looking For Home is a new musical that examines the historical railroad transporting of orphaned children from the streets of New York City to the Great Plains. These “orphan trains” ran from 1856 to 1930 and it’s estimated that over 200,000 children were relocated or “placed out” by the Children’s Aid Society or similar organizations.

This World Premiere beautifully follows the true story of 11 year old Anna Hoffman and her siblings who were successfully “placed” in a small town in Kansas in 1923. This is a heartwarming story about courage and the healing powers that make a family…home. Suitable for ages 5 and up.

Click here for more information and to buy your tickets!

Artists in Residence Speaker Series Welcomes Woven Harmony

WOVEN HARMONY founded in 1992, by Robert and Rebecca Bluestone,  have since been working together, bringing their unique collaboration and message to audiences across the United States, including the Mayo Clinic, The Federal Reserve Bank, National Governors Association and major universities such as the University of Iowa, Notre Dame, SUNY Buffalo and Cal State Chico.

Creativity experts, Robert and Rebecca possess the rare gift of not only being consummate artists, but they can also articulate to any audience, in their own language, how creativity relates to their everyday lives and assures them success in the 21st Century. Their multi-media performance incorporates Rebecca’s tapestries installed onstage, projected visual images of their home, studio, process and the landscapes and places from which they have drawn inspiration, interwoven with Robert performing his music and conversation between the two artists.

Adding a unique and intimate aspect to the performance, Robert and Rebecca invite the audience onstage to visit with them during the intermission. Their ultimate goal is to share their passion and inspire audiences to own the Power of Creativity.

In 2006 Robert and Rebecca collaborated with Grammy Award winning composer Andrew York to create a major new work for guitar inspired by Robert and Rebecca’s lives, their art and their aesthetic. The tapestries onstage are from a body of work Rebecca created in response to Robert’s interpretation of York’s music. The WOVENHARMONY SUITE will be a highlight of the evening performance.

Class of 2015: Stay connected and grow with your community

Welcome, new faculty

With the new school year kicking off in just a few days, JSerra Blog caught our new faculty members during orientation with Mr. Stroupe, vice principal for Curriculum and Instruction.  “I anticipate this school year will follow in the trend we’ve established in previous years, where every year surpasses the achievements of the prior year,” Stroupe said. “We had excellent faculty retention, but the new faculty we have hired are well-equipped to exceed our expectations, which can also be said of our new freshmen class. Our new faculty members are excited about being at JSerra, and I am excited about what they are going to do in the classroom for our students.”

Welcome, esteemed faculty, new and returning.

Pictured from left to right: Kevin Clarke, religion 3, religion 4; Dawn Brander, algebra 1, geometry and AP calculus BC; Paul Jenner, filmmaking; Dave Bohmfalk, AP statistics and statistics, pre-calculus; Mark Cummings, AP studio art, AP art history; Donna Convertino, theater; Jennifer McAdam, chemistry, AP environmental science; all are joined by Mr. Stroupe.

Summertime Line-up