New York Arts Adventure 2019
Apr
16
to Apr 20

New York Arts Adventure 2019

  • Hilton Garden Inn New York/Manhattan-Chelsea (map)
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Eight upperclass artists fly to New York City for five days over spring break to explore one of the world's great cities, gain new perspectives that will influence their work, and experience the very best in theater, music and visual arts. The New York Arts Adventure allows JM students to explore world cuisine and well-known destinations — with a journey to the top of the Empire State Building, poignant moments at the 9/11 Memorial, and walks to see landmarks along Fifth Avenue in Midtown and Broadway in Lower Manhattan. But it is much more! This is an opportunity to meet and learn from world-class artists working in the city. This year's adventure includes:

  • Ninth-row orchestra seats for the new Broadway musical Tootsie, followed by a discussion about the show with actor Andy Grotelueschen, who performs the role of Jeff Slater.

  • Lunch with Peter Marks, chief theater critic for The Washington Post, to discuss shows the students saw in the city and the theater scene in New York and beyond.

  • Lunch with Jessie Austrian — Broadway actress, stage director, NYU faculty and a founder/co-artistic director of the renowned Fiasco Theater — to discuss life in the arts.

  • A private street-art tour of New York’s Lower East Side and hands-on graffiti workshop with the noted street artist JCORP.

  • Dim sum with Kirby Pate, a JM alumnus and producer of the Three On the Aisle podcast starring three of America’s top theater critics.

  • Sixth-row orchestra seats to hear legendary tenor Plácido Domingo perform in La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera.

  • Third-row orchestra seats to see the long-running musical Chicago on Broadway.

  • A visit to experience some of the world’s most famous contemporary works at the Museum of Modern Art.

  • Front-row center seats to see The Play That Goes Wrong, the Broadway play now performing Off Broadway.

  • An evening at Sleep No More, an Off Broadway immersive theater production.

  • Dinner and a late-night jazz session starring trumpeter Bruce Harris overlooking Central Park at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, part of the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center.

If you would like to help keep this trip affordable for families, please consider sponsoring a performance or meal, or making a contribution toward a student scholarship. For more, download this overview and contact us!

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Scene X Scene
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Scene X Scene

Student artists participating in JMArts’s Scene X Scene Acting Intensive provide a free showcase performance open to the community. The production features scenes refined by 15 students during a series of after-school workshops held on Tuesday evenings, February 26 through April 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., and open by application to all Jordan-Matthews students. The workshop clinician and showcase director is Jessica Nunn, founder and director of The Phoenix Theatre Company. Refreshments will be served during a reception after the performance. This project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, through the Chatham Arts Council.

Click here to apply for JMArts’ “Scene by Scene” Acting Intensive.

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Music in May
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Music in May

JM musicians take the stage to celebrate the climax of another creative season — with performances currently scheduled from the Jazz Band, Guitar Ensembles, Concert Band and Combined Chorus. General admission is $5 per person, preschoolers free, with all proceeds used by JMArts to help our student artists excel. That includes providing scholarships for summer study on university campuses, producing THE LITTLE MERMAID, purchasing art supplies and reducing the cost to students traveling this spring on JM's second-annual New York Arts Adventure.

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JM Awards Night
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

JM Awards Night

Academic awards are presented at JM's annual celebration — including recognition of JMArts Scholars and recipients of several arts awards: James Award for Theater, John Philip Sousa Band Award and outstanding graduates in instrumental musical, vocal music and visual art.

Honored last year were JMArts Scholars Corrine Collison, David Gonzalez Hernandez, Aaron Partin, Jennifer Trejo Benitez, Jackie Vasquez, Samantha Zarate and Jose Zendejas; Helen Moody Art Scholarship, Karmen Brown; James Award for Theater, Orlando Balderas and Alyssa Gaines; John Philip Sousa Band Award, Orlando Balderas; Outstanding Graduate in Instrumental Music, Cesareo Aguila; Outstanding Graduate in Visual Arts, Karmen Brown; and Outstanding Graduate in Vocal Music, Alyssa Gaines.

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Honors Vocal Music Recital
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Honors Vocal Music Recital

Honors vocal music students present their annual recital in the Jordan-Matthews Media Center. The recital features individual and group performances under the direction of music teacher Matt Fry, followed by refreshments during a short reception. Click here for a copy of the printed program.


Caro mio ben
Giuseppe Giordani (1751-1798)
Jackie Vasquez, soprano

Nina
Vincenzo Legrenzo Ciampi (1719-1762)
Sydney Suits, alto

Danza, danza, fanciulla gentile
Francesco Durante (1684-1755)
Conrad Suits, tenor

Sebben, crudele
Antonio Caldara (1670-1736)
Corrine Collison, alto

Lascia ch’io pianga
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Adriana Lara, soprano

Homeward Bound
Marta Keen (1953-)
Jordan-Matthews Treble Ensemble
Adriana Lara, soloist

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Western Chatham MPA Concert
Mar
4
6:00 PM18:00

Western Chatham MPA Concert

JM’s Concert Band hosts bands from Chatham Middle and Silk Hope schools for a free public concert of their adjudication concert programs in advance of their Music Performance Adjudication, scheduled for March 20-22 at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough. The Music Performance Adjudication is a performance judged by expert musicians to provide a critical assessment of an ensemble’s performance and help musicians improve. Since this concert is preparation for the MPA, the evening will be conducted as the adjudication will take place later this month, with each band performing on a timed schedule and following a fixed format.

6 p.m.
Silk Hope Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Combined Band

“Forward March!” by Paul Murtha
“Celtic Air and Dance” by Michael Sweeney
“Furioso” by Robert W. Smith

6:30 p.m.
Chatham Middle Seventh-Grade Band

“The Gladiator” by John Philip Sousa, arranged by Michael Story
“Salvation is Created” by Pavel Tschesnokoff, arranged by Michael Story
“Fanfare for the Unsung Hero” by Matt Conaway

7 p.m.
Jordan-Matthews Concert Band

“Fairest of the Fair” by John Philip Sousa, rescored by Bill Holcombe
“Shenandoah” by Frank Ticheli
“Jubiloso” by Ed Huckeby

7:30 p.m.
Chatham Middle Eighth-Grade Band

“Loyalty” by Larry Clark
“Stryker” by Tyler Arcari
“On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss” by David Holsinger

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Sing and Play '19 Showcase
Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

Sing and Play '19 Showcase

Our second-annual musical competition features instrumental and vocal acts with a $50 prize awarded for the best performance in each of three age-based competitions — elementary, middle school and high school. Acts may be individuals or groups up to four people, with all performers being full-time students in a North Carolina public, private or home school. Auditions are required, and each act selected for the showcase competition must pay a $10 registration fee. Winners are selected by audience vote.

General admission for the Sing and Play Showcase Competition is $5 per person and includes one vote in each category. All proceeds will be used by JMArts to help our student artists excel and to reduce the cost to students traveling this spring on JM's second-annual New York Arts Adventure.

Performing are Hanna Mikolajec, Destiny Lyna Lowery, Brianna Balderas, Zoe Murphy, Jack and Jillian Dixon, and Adrian Willett in the elementary competition; Zuzanna Mikolajec, Marcella Willett, Cameron Parker, Ian McMillan, Buck and Maggie Thornton, and Carolyn England in the middle school competition; and Amari Yarborough, Jackie Vasquez, Faith Tysor, Jennifer Trejo Benitez, Courtney Shackelford, and Duan Bowen in the high school competition.

Snow date for the Sing and Play ’19 showcase is Tuesday, February 26.

Thank you to volunteer director Greg Burriss!

More about Sing and Play ’19:
Sing and Play ’19 program
News: Contestants announced for Sing and Play ’19
Sing and Play ’19 rules and information

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Holiday Concert
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Holiday Concert

JM musicians take the stage to celebrate the festive holiday season with performances by the Guitar Ensembles, Band and Combined Chorus. General admission for each person is $5 or two canned food items for the West Chatham Food Pantry. Preschoolers are admitted free. All cash proceeds are used by JMArts to help our student artists excel. That includes providing scholarships for summer study on university campuses, producing THE LITTLE MERMAID, purchasing art supplies and reducing the cost to students traveling this spring on JM's second-annual New York Arts Adventure.

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Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID
Nov
17
4:00 PM16:00

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID

Venture "under the sea" with Princess Ariel, a curious young mermaid who falls for a handsome human prince and agrees to a dangerous bargain with a powerful sea witch in exchange for legs and a chance to live with the prince on land. But will everything work out as planned? This Broadway musical is based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and Disney's classic, 1989 animated film.

General admission is $5. Everyone attending, regardless of age, must have a ticket and no passes are accepted. Tickets are available online at JMArtsTickets.com.

Click here for the Playbill.
Click here for the cast list.

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Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID

Venture "under the sea" with Princess Ariel, a curious young mermaid who falls for a handsome human prince and agrees to a dangerous bargain with a powerful sea witch in exchange for legs and a chance to live with the prince on land. But will everything work out as planned? This Broadway musical is based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and Disney's classic, 1989 animated film.

General admission is $5. Everyone attending, regardless of age, must have a ticket and no passes are accepted. Tickets are available online at JMArtsTickets.com.

Click here for the Playbill.
Click here for the cast list.

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Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID

Venture "under the sea" with Princess Ariel, a curious young mermaid who falls for a handsome human prince and agrees to a dangerous bargain with a powerful sea witch in exchange for legs and a chance to live with the prince on land. But will everything work out as planned? This Broadway musical is based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and Disney's classic, 1989 animated film.

General admission is $5. Everyone attending, regardless of age, must have a ticket and no passes are accepted. Tickets are available online at JMArtsTickets.com.

Click here for the Playbill.
Click here for the cast list.

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Siler City Veterans Day Parade
Nov
10
11:00 AM11:00

Siler City Veterans Day Parade

The Jordan-Matthews Marching Band participates in the 2018 Siler City Veterans Day Parade, part of an annual celebration in downtown Siler City hosted by the Siler City Merchants Association. The day’s commemoration begins at 10 a.m. with a memorial at Bray Park before moving downtown for the 11 a.m. parade, which runs down N. Chatham Avenue from the Siler City Fire Department to Beaver Street.

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Breakfast with Princess Ariel and Friends
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Breakfast with Princess Ariel and Friends

Princess Ariel, Sebastian, Ursula and their friends from Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID swim into a special breakfast for children and parents. The menu includes pancakes, sausage and juice — plus an occasional song from the cast and plenty of photo opportunities!

Admission is $10 per person and seating will be staggered from 10 a.m. to noon, so please plan to spend about 30 minutes at the breakfast. Small parties may be seated together at some of our larger tables, so be ready to make friends! Because this is a family event, all children under age 12 must be accompanied by at least one adult!

Reservations may be requested by email, by phone at 919-742-2916 or online by anyone with a Google g-mail account. After we schedule your party, you will receive a confirmation email with your reservation time and a list of options to pay by cash, check or credit card. Credit card payments are accepted online.

All proceeds will be used by JMArts to help our student artists excel. That includes providing scholarships for summer study on university campuses, producing Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, purchasing art supplies and reducing the cost to students traveling this spring to the Williamsburg Heritage Festival and on JM's second-annual New York Arts Adventure.

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Fall Festival of Bands
Nov
3
7:00 AM07:00

Fall Festival of Bands

The Jordan-Matthews High School marching band performs its show, “El Toro Caliente,” at the 18th annual Fall Festival of Bands, an adjudicated competition featuring up to 25 bands judged on music, marching and general effect. Admission is charged and concessions will be available.

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Northwest Guilford Fall Festival
Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

Northwest Guilford Fall Festival

The Jordan-Matthews High School marching band performs its show, “El Toro Caliente,” at the 37th annual Fall Festival at Northwest Guilford High School, a competition judged on music performance, visual performance and general effect. General admission is $6 and concessions will be available. Note: The Jammin’ Jets are scheduled to perform at 4 p.m.

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The World Around You: A Celebration of Art
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

The World Around You: A Celebration of Art

JM artists help you “look at the world around you” in a juried art exhibition inspired by a featured number from JM's upcoming musical production of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID! Art I students will exhibit art inspired by the song’s title, “Under the Sea,” with work based on sea life, both real and imaginary. Art III/IV students will explore the nature of identity using the theme “Part of Your World,” with work presented in different media. Cash awards will be presented for the two works judged as first- and second-place in the show.

The one-hour exhibition, planned and presented by Art III/IV students, is free and includes a reception with light refreshments.

Click here for the art show program.

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PlayMakers' "Macbeth"
Oct
4
4:00 PM16:00

PlayMakers' "Macbeth"

PlayMakers Repertory Company rolls into Siler City once again for a FREE performance of Shakespeare's "Macbeth"! It's part of PlayMakers' Mobile Shakespeare tour, some truly innovative performances that make Shakespeare's plays available, enjoyable and accessible to all — just as the playwright intended. The event — including free coffee and cookies at 3:30 p.m. before the performance at 4 p.m. — is open to students, faculty and the entire Chatham community.

Before the play begins, PlayMakers actors will lead a performance workshop for JM actors, beginning by noting the parts each will be playing in the Mobile Shakespeare production before moving on stage for some opening exercises combining personal introductions, motion and sound. Then, they will break into small groups, reading scenes from "Macbeth," diving deep into characters and doing additional physical work.

Click here for the program. Running time is estimated at 70 minutes. Note: This event was originally planned for Wednesday, September 19, but moved due to schedule changes caused by Hurricane Florence.

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"Sherwood": A Walk Through the Forest
Sep
28
5:00 PM17:00

"Sherwood": A Walk Through the Forest

About 30 JM students experience theater like they never have before with an in-depth walk through "Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood," the comedy with music opening this year's season at PlayMakers Repertory Company.

It all begins when JM students get a personal backstage tour to learn how professionals design and create scenery and costumes; rehearse for a new production; and produce theatrical works. Then, the curtain to go up at 7:30 p.m. for a performance featuring flying arrows, clanging swords and original music by Jack Herrick of North Carolina's Tony Award-winning string band, The Red Clay Ramblers. After the show, students will meet with six actors — Jeffrey Blair Cornell (Sir Guy), Ray Dooley (Prince John), Christine Mirzayan (Maid Marian), Tristan Parks (Sheriff of Nottingham), Joshua David Robinson (Robin Hood) and Dan Toot (Friar Tuck) — for a short discussion about how they created and performed what students just saw on stage.

This event was rescheduled from Friday, September 14, a performance canceled in advance of Hurricane Florence. Because of the new date, we have had to cancel the planned discussion with the show’s director, Jessie Austrian, a Broadway actress, stage director, NYU instructor, and co-founder and co-artistic director of the world-renowned Fiasco Theater, since she will not be in North Carolina on this new date.

The entire event, including transportation from school, is offered free to students thanks to generous contributions by JMArts members, Jessie Austrian, PlayMakers Repertory Company and members of the “Sherwood” cast.

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Pig Out for JMArts
Sep
7
4:30 PM16:30

Pig Out for JMArts

  • Jordan-Matthews High School Cafeteria (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Enjoy some great barbecue and create life-changing opportunities for JM artists — all at the very same time! (Honestly, it's that easy ... and tasty, too.) Pick up or dine in at the JM Cafeteria, and if you're attending the Chatham Central home football game, make sure you have supper with us!

Plates are $8 each and include barbecue by chef Gary Lamach, slaw, bread, dessert and drink. Tickets will be available at the school office in advance and at the dinner, with all proceeds being used by JMArts to help our student artists excel. That includes providing scholarships for summer study on university campuses, producing THE LITTLE MERMAID, purchasing art supplies and reducing the cost to students traveling this spring on JM's second-annual New York Arts Adventure.

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"The Little Mermaid" Junior Auditions
Sep
5
3:45 PM15:45

"The Little Mermaid" Junior Auditions

  • Jordan-Matthews High School Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We're adding one or two students each from Chatham Middle, Siler City Elementary, Silk Hope School and Virginia Cross Elementary (only) to our THE LITTLE MERMAID cast — all as sea creatures in the ensemble for three full-cast musical numbers.

Actors auditioning will sing one simple song, under one minute in length, from memory with no accompaniment.

Important notice to actors planning to audition: You must be third grade or older. You must be available for rehearsals on some announced Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. And you must be available for all THE LITTLE MERMAID performances, which are Thursday, November 15, at 7 p.m.; Friday, November 16, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, November 17, at 4 p.m. (Any additional performance would be during the school day, around those dates and announced in advance.) There are no exceptions.

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JM Band Camp
Aug
6
to Aug 17

JM Band Camp

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The JM Marching Band begins work on its fall show with a two-week camp. Sessions will be held daily on August 6-10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on August 13-17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

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Mermaid Dive-In: A Cast Event
Aug
2
10:00 AM10:00

Mermaid Dive-In: A Cast Event

  • Jordan-Matthews High School Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

JM's cast for THE LITTLE MERMAID begins work on the fall musical with a special event that includes an initial sing-through, discussion about the show and expectations, practice moving as sea creatures and video interviews with members of the Broadway cast and creative team. Oh, and lunch! Performances are November 15-17.

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"The Little Mermaid" Auditions
Jun
6
3:30 PM15:30

"The Little Mermaid" Auditions

Auditions for "The Little Mermaid" are open to anyone who will be a student at Jordan-Matthews High School in the fall. Performances are currently scheduled for Thursday, November 15, at 7 p.m.; Friday, November 16, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, November 17, at 2 p.m.

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