Third Annual JJHS Film Festival!

Get your tickets by clicking on this eventbrite link:

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Order your “shout-out” for the JJHS musical online right here!

If you would like to order your shout-out online this is the place to do it! There are two steps:

1. Fill out the form you can download right using this link. Fill out and either scan and email it to or drop it in the box at the front desk at the High School. If dropping off, you can include a check with it. If sending online, indicate this on the form and proceed to step 2.

2. To pay for your ad submission, use the Donate button below. Pay the amount corresponding to the shout-out you’ve ordered with the form, and be sure your email mentions that you made your payment in this way.

Any questions? Email Donna Walsh at

Pay with this link, or try the button below.


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Download forms to sponsor the Musical and the Film Festival

We’ve just posted forms to allow individuals/families to purchase listings in the printed program for the spring musical production of “Working“. Download the ad form from this link.


For commercial sponsors, download the form from this link, which allows you to purchase a listing or ad in the printed programs for both the spring musical production of “Working” as well as the Third Annual John Jay High School Film Festival.

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Encore Cabaret Video on JJTV!

JJTV did an incredible 3-camera shoot of the entire Encore Cabaret!

Produced for JJTV by: Jeremy Fischer, Sam T. Fischer, Jonathan Marton-Rollins, Ryland Bates, Sam Wolfson. Co-advisors: Geoff Curtis, Matt Knittel and Rich Harkawick. Thanks to them all!

Catch all the other great videos at JJTV at their site:

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Official cast photo from John Jay HS Encore Cabaret 2013

The show last night was a huge success! Here’s the official cast photo. Click on the photo to see it full-size.

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The Encore Cabaret is Saturday Night – Jan 5 at 8pm

We are excited to announce that Andre Catrini will be our Musical Director, and Tomm Polos our Master of Ceremonies. Andre is a graduate of JJHS (2007) and Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (2011). He is currently writing and composing for shows in New York. Tomm graduated from JJHS in 2006, and from the University of Southern California, School of Dramatic Arts, in 2010.

Final Cast is announced!

Andre Catrini & Tomm Polos
Evan McReddie
Keely Bochicchio
Olivia Walsh
Ellie Martino
Katilin Sandra Yanni Metaxas
Jake GoldsteinMorgan Milone
Kai Davino-Collins
Jenna Zitomer
Will Stewart
Jason Beckman
Ben Moss
Amanda Catrini
Lindsey Weiss
Thomas DeVittorio
Nicholas Wells
Kristin Kelleher
John Anthony Loffredo
Christina Martino
Philip Eng
Elena Pascullo

This will be an incredible evening of music, entertainment, and community. We hope you will consider joining us!

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and are now available!

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REVISED Student application for participating in the Encore Cabaret

REVISED on 12/21 – new deadline, and JJMS productions allowed as criterion for auditioning.

Here is the link to the application. It has instructions included.

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Announcing auditions to sing at the John Jay Encore Cabaret!

John Jay singers! ArtsAlive is hosting a cabaret on Friday, January 4, 2013, that will feature both current students and a handful of our wonderful and talented alumni from years past! We are looking for current students to join the alumni in reprising songs from past John Jay Musicals.

We are excited to announce that Andre Catrini will be our Musical Director. A graduate of JJHS and Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (2011), Andre is currently writing and composing for shows in New York. He has assembled a wonderful cast of JJ alums and is looking to add current students to the list of performers.


Students interested in auditioning must submit a video audition (details to follow). Audition pieces must be chosen from the song list below. The corresponding sheet music and the Encore Cabaret Application will be available via download from the ArtsAlive! website – we will post it and let people know on the FB event page as soon as it is finalized.
Here is the Facebook event page for the auditions:


Andre will be accepting video audition submissions until December 20th. Most likely the way to submit will be via youtube, where you keep your video’s permissions private and give the link to Andre via the application.

There will be a Cabaret meeting this Monday, Dec. 10th at 3pm for any students interested in auditioning for this event, or for anyone who may want to help organize and get the word out.

We would also welcome questions at the ArtsAlive! Annual Meeting, at 3pm, Wednesday, December 12th. Meeting locations will be announced on Monday.

This will be an incredible evening of music, entertainment, and community. We hope you will consider joining us!


Tentative List of Songs:


Alumni Songs

1)    Giants in the Sky (Into the Woods)  Male Solo

2)    Moments in the Woods (Into the Woods) Female Solo

3)    Nothing (A Chorus Line) Female Solo

4)    Stranger to the Rain (Children of Eden) Female Solo

5)    The Spark of Creation (Children of Eden) Female Solo

6)    Moses Supposes (Singin’ In the Rain) Duet

7)    Agony (Into the Woods) Male Duet

Current Student Songs

1)    Corner of the Sky (Pippin) Male Solo

2)    The Kite (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown)  Male Solo

3)    Mama Says (Footloose) Male Solo

4)    Holding Out For A Hero (Footloose)  Female Solo

5)    I Cain’t Say No (Oklahoma!)  Female Solo

6)    Someone to Watch Over Me (Crazy For You) Female Solo

7)    A Lot of Living to Do (Bye Bye Birdie) Male/Female Duet

8)    One Boy (Bye Bye Birdie) Male/Female Duet

9)    People Will Say We’re In Love (Oklahoma!) Male/Female Duet

10) Suddenly Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors) Male/Femaile Duet

11) You’re the Top (Anything Goes) Male/Female Duet



1)    What I Did For Love (A Chorus Line)

2)    Opening Medley – Reprise (short, sweet and utilizing the whole cast)

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Class Trip to Lincoln Center – Spring 2012

Lincoln Center Trip 2012From Amy Geiger, music teacher at JJHS, to ArtsAlive!:

I wanted to thank you all for sponsoring our trip to Lincoln Center this year.  The students and I spent the day submersed in musical activities and it was an absolute BLAST!  For many of the students, it was their first time hearing the NY Philharmonic live in concert.

In addition, we had the added bonus of seeing Wayne Shorter and his group play at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  Once again, the students boarded the bus at 11pm that night and couldn’t contain their excitement. Thank you ArtsAlive! for this amazing opportunity; the students and I greatly appreciated it!!!

Amy Geiger

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Co-Founder Anne Borrell on the 2012 Film Festival

The Film Festival now stands at the top of my list of The BEST ArtsALIVE! Events of All Time …

It stands with The Poetry Slam and The Laramie Project. Each of these events crossed disciplines and was inspired by the united efforts of a varied but devoted group – with collaboration and artistry at their core.

The Film Festival Keynote Speaker, Mr. Spione, articulated a thoughtful message, carefully crafted to inspire and inform. He spoke from his heart, balanced by his intellect. What better qualities could we hope for our students to emulate?

The student work was so varied; moving, funny, artistic. It demonstrated a wide range of talents and sensitivities.

The organization behind the scenes by our ArtsALIVE! organizers – both students and committee members – was flawless. The sound system, the projector, the seamless organization and timing between the videos was exceptionally well done!

And, of course, the atmosphere at Caramoor was exquisite!

It was particularly rewarding for me to see so many faculty in the audience, on their own time, sharing in the mutual success of The Film Festival project, still in its infancy, but so full of promise.

What can I say? Let’s hope this continues for years to come.

– Anne Borrell
A Founder of ArtsALIVE!

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