The Performing Arts at JPII
The Performing Arts Department at St. John Paul II High School provides the highest-quality instruction possible
in the areas of drama, music, musical theater, and technical theater.
2019 Advent and Christmas Concert
The Concert Choir: A Tradition of Excellence
Recent performances or radio/tv features:
- Vatican City, Rome (Two Sunday Masses at the Chair of St. Peter)
- The Basilica of the Twelve Holy Apostles, Rome
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City
(Solemn Pontifical Mass and a featured Concert with Cathedral Organist Michael Hey)
- Fox 25 News, Boston
- National Public Radio, WCAI
- St. James Cathedral Basilica, Brooklyn, New York
- Rosary Hill Cancer Hospice Home, Hawthorne, New York
- All Cape Cod Catholic Schools (St. Francis Xavier, St. Margaret, and St. Pius X)
- Numerous New York Catholic Schools (too many to mention!)
- Holy Family Church (Mission to the United Nations), New York City
- Numerous Cape Cod Churches (too many to mention!)
- Diocese of Fall River Catholic Television Masses
Each year, our Concert Choir tours Broadway, and other locales, learning from the best Broadway talent in the business. For example, in 2019 students received dance (choreography) instruction from two dancers who have appeared on Broadway in “West Side Story,” “Pippin,” “Aladdin,” or in shows they choreographed themselves!
Therefore, our Spring Musical and Fall Play bring the best of Broadway to JPII. Past and current performances include: West Side Story, Lost in Yonkers, Once Upon a Mattress, The Miracle Worker, Fiddler on the Roof, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Sound of Music, Much Ado About Nothing, Annie Get Your Gun, South Pacific, The Diary of Anne Frank, and An Enemy of the People. We endeavor to produce the finest material possible, providing our students with the best Theater Education possible.
Technical Theater at St. John Paul II High School is taught through academic classes utilizing college-level text and instruction operating some of the most advance technical theater equipment in the region. Our students use equipment, materials, and technique to run shows themselves, leaving JPII more prepared than many college students!
This course is designed to enhance the performance ability of the musical theater student progressively in the areas of acting, singing, and movement in both an ensemble and solo environment. Emphasis will be placed upon the long-term development of the portfolio of the student for college and professional auditions.
The Technical Theater Class strives to instruct students in all aspects of Technical Theater relevant to the Performing Arts. As such, instruction will be primarily experiential, though academic instruction will also occur with the texts and tests/quizzes.
The Fall Play at SJPII is a main stage dramatic event produced in early November. Attention to the classics of Western Theater is given to promote the dramatic and ensemble growth of each member of the cast, and the Drama Club as a whole. Examples of past works include Arsenic and Old Lace and The Diary of Anne Frank.
This smaller ensemble workshop allows students to explore a variety of dramatic literature that might otherwise be unknown to high school students for a variety of reasons. Small productions of these plays may occur, though not at the main stage level. Emphasis on quality and variety of styles and periods is a strong part of this program.
This is the largest single production of the Performing Arts Department at our school. As such, it is the culminating work of the year for the high school, involving nearly all aspects of the Performing Arts Program. Emphasis is placed upon the production of the strongest musical theater literature possible, with an eye to developing a comprehensive resume for college for our students who choose musical theater or the like as a career path.
The Jazz Band is the premier instrumental performing ensemble at SJPII High School. It endeavors to expose students to the standards of the Jazz repertoire, as well as other contemporary standards. Emphasis is placed upon the development of the young musician as both a soloist and ensemble player.
The Concert Choir is a highly visible performing ensemble that represents St. John Paul II High School both locally and throughout the Northeastern United States. It exposes students to a wide variety of choral literature, from Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony, through modern Broadway Standards and contemporary popular selections. The Concert Choir tours annually, both locally, and to places such as New York City.
This SSA ensemble showcases the highest level of singing at SJPII for treble voices. As such, a wide variety of choral literature will be explored. This ensemble performs and tours with the Concert Choir, as well as at times of its own.
Moderator: Mr. Richard Fish
This SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) ensemble is the Honor Choir of SJPIIHS and showcases the highest level of mixed voice singing. As such, it is by audition only, and features the most challenging choral literature available for small ensemble singing.
Solo Night, performed with professional jazz/rock band, is the culmination of months of group solo preparation in a variety of styles. Solo Class is open to all high school students. Solo Class provides quality experience prior to auditions for the spring musical.
High school students may mentor middle school students in a variety of areas.
All students at all levels are invited to audition for these festivals. Parents must attend festivals with their children so that direct supervision occurs at all venues.
This program rewards excellence and participation on the part of our Performing Arts students throughout their career at SJPII High School. Each Performing Arts offering, including classes and activities, is given a point value. Students accrue points during their tenure at SJPII, and are eligible for bronze, silver, gold, and highest award honors once they attain the required number of points.