News from Joliet Catholic Academy

Open house Nov. 9

The Joliet Catholic Academy family warmly extends an invitation to area families; experience JCA firsthand by attending Open House for prospective students and families on Thursday, November 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. for “Competitive Advantage Night.”

Meet the distinguished faculty and award-winning coaches, and see how JCA inspires students to be the best in their faith life, academic challenges, and social growth.

Faculty, staff, and students will be on hand to answer questions. Information on academics, athletics, clubs, and organizations will be available as well as tuition assistance information, Franciscan/Carmelite scholarship applications, and much more.

There will be no guided tours at Competitive Advantage Night. Families interested in a guided tour of the building can contact the JCA Admissions office to set up a private tour at a later date.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 815.741.0500 or

Drama Department presenting “And Then There Were None”

Joliet Catholic Academy’s award-winning drama program presents “And Then There Were None”, a dramatic play by Agatha Christie, at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theatre November 16-18 at 7 p.m. and November 18 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, students with I.D., and children under 12. This event is assigned seating. Tickets are currently on sale in the JCA main office and will be sold at the door.

JCA’s Drama Department, under the direction of Jenn Szynal, is fresh off a banner year. Last year’s fall play: “The Importance of Being Earnest” was chosen as a finalist to appear at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival, the largest and oldest non-competitive high school theatre festival in the world. JCA Drama Productions earned the invite for the first time in school history to Theatre Fest, produced by the Illinois Theatre Association.

Szynal said, “The Theatre Fest Respondents were truly impressed with the JCA Drama Club.  They were very open to sharing with the parents, students, and production staff what they felt about our overall production.  What struck me the most from their review was when they made reference to the passion that was exhibited on stage.  Both of the respondents said that the students not only performed the play well, they performed from the heart.  This was meaningful to me because at their young age, with difficult material, they were able to demonstrate what is at the core of humanity.  I am so proud to not only be their director, but to watch them grow through their passion into phenomenal human beings.”

JCA Drama Productions will once again submit this year’s fall play for review by the Illinois Theatre Association.

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