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Month: January 2015


Joseph Brings His Coat of Many Colors to Saint Viator Stage

img_6271The Biblical saga of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to life this weekend at Saint Viator High School, with nearly 200 students, or 20 percent of the student body, involved with its performances.

From the 80 cast members each night to the 15-piece orchestra and nearly 25 tech crewmembers working behind the scenes, the show bursts with youthful energy and color.

“We’re having loads of fun with it,” senior Jerry Cavanaugh said, who shares the role of the Pharoah with senior Mike Scully. “We’ve all seen it several times growing up. It’s just fun to be able to be in it and bring these characters to life.”

Joseph is the 49th annual musical produced by Saint Viator’s theater department. Kate Costello returns to direct the show. Her veteran production team includes Tony Calzaretta as assistant director, Kristina Sandrock as choral director, Jen Cupani as choreographer, Diane Petrovich and Mary Woods as costumers, and Peter McManus as tech director.

Freshman Laura Kuper is one of eight narrators, four per night, and she’s finding that making the transition from middle school to high school level performing, is a big jump.“It’s scary being up on stage with so many talented people,” Kuper said. “I’m just feeding off of their energy and trying as a narrator to get the audience involved with the story.”

She shares the narrator role with Maria Werba, Michaela O’Neill and Megan Daughtery, Sarah Miklius, Caroline Sevilla, Bailey Wojtowicz and Olivia Dominguez. Senior John McManus and sophomore Zac Jones share the lead role of Joseph. Both are involved with Saint Viator’s choral programs and easily command the stage with his nearly one dozen songs.

But it is their respective brothers that nearly steal the show. Their entertaining ensemble numbers open with “Jacob and Sons,” and build to include such favorites as “Benjamin Calypso” and the western-themed “One More Angel in Heaven.”

Add in the rest of the show’s colorful characters, from the brothers’ wives and the Ishmaelites, to the full choral ensemble, and the compact, 90-minute musical takes audience members away from their troubles, to another time and place. Students in the tech crew had a hand in transforming Saint Viator’s stage into a Biblical Israel by designing a temple inside a pyramid, a jail and slave owner’s plantation.

But the one set design that took the most time to create, creating Joseph’s name in block lettering, promises to deliver the biggest bang for the buck. Crew members used the back side of the pyramid set to create the design. Each letter is 15-feet high, painted in vibrant, different colors, naturally.

“We’re trying to achieve a 3-D look,” sophomore Zach Stawicki, one of the floor managers, said. His classmates added that just marking out the letters took days, let alone creating the 3-D illusion.

“It’s worth it,” junior Matthew Fitzgerald said. “Just to have that wow factor.”

Shows take place at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 and 31, Feb. 6 and 7; and at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and 8. All tickets are $12. For ticket information, call the box office, at 847-392-4050, ext. 349. Or, email for tickets.

Color Crest

New Strength and Conditioning Coach Returns Home

Saint Viator didn’t have to look far for its new strength and conditioning coach. Richard McLoughlin, a 2010 graduate, returned to his alma mater and his favorite place on campus: the Murphy Wellness Center.

“I consider it a dream job,” McLoughlin said. “My friends and I used to joke that we’d love to come back to Viator to coach, but to be able to work with athletes from all different sports on strength and conditioning, I could never have imagined it.”

Coach McLoughlin graduated recently from the University of Dayton with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Entrepreneurship. During his time there, he also played club basketball for four years and interned at UD’s Rec Center, including leading group fitness classes and serving as a personal trainer.

During his years at Saint Viator, Coach McLoughlin was a standout student athlete, playing three sports during three of his four years, including football and basketball all four years, as well as volleyball and track. His senior year, Coach McLoughlin was named to the Daily Herald All-Area Football team, where former Coach Chris Kirkpatrick credited him as their ‘go-to receiver.’

But he credited his work ethic with helping him achieve standout status. “He worked hard at it,” Coach Kirkpatrick said in 2009 interview, “and did things most people don’t like, lifting and running.”


Achbishop Blase Cupich Makes First School Visit in Northwest Suburbs: Saint Viator High School

cupichDuring a visit to Chicago’s northwest suburbs on Thursday, newly installed Archbishop Blase Cupich stopped at Saint Viator High School to meet the Viatorians who run it and talk to some of its students, faculty and staff. Right from the start, he drew high marks from students. Who knew an archbishop wrote letters to students on Kairos retreat? Or that he would not only want to hear about a heart rate sensor, but would jump up and down to activate it?

Archbishop Cupich proved to be a good sport during stops in the science department, Campus Ministry, Academic Commons and throughout the rest of the building. He met with students and faculty members at each visit, and made a concerted effort to ask questions and learn more about their interests.

In Campus Ministry, he commended student leaders for their efforts in reaching out to classmates on retreats who may be going through difficult times.

“Thanks for what you do,” he told seniors Mary Claire Bannon, Sean Culm and Jason Wilhite. “I can see that you are motivated not just by your own faith, but by what faith can do for others.”

The Archbishop’s visit to Saint Viator came midway during a welcome visit planned to each of the Chicago Archdiocese’s eight vicariates throughout Cook and Lake counties, throughout January and February. Saint Viator was the first school he toured in Vicariate I.

Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, president, led the Archbishop on the tour along with Bishop George Rassas, vicar of Vicariate I. He described the visit with students as one they’ll remember, and part of Saint Viator’s commitment to lifelong spiritual growth.

“It’s wonderful that the archbishop would take the time to listen to kids tell their stories of faith, learning and leadership,” Fr. Corey said. “It shows them that who they are and what they’re doing makes a difference.”

Color Crest

Saint Viator Senior Named to Daily Herald Leadership Team, Another as Honorable Mention

Senior Olivia Romano joined an elite group this month when she was selected as a member of the Daily Herald Leadership Team. Her leadership with Girl Scouts of the USA, earned by only five percent of Girl Scouts, as well as her commitment to volunteering at Glenbrook Hospital and to military troops serving overseas, made Olivia a standout.

Likewise, her classmate, Rachel Cielak, made the leadership team’s honorable mention for her role in collecting supplies from surrounding schools to be distributed to underserved schools as far away as Africa. A prominent photo of the leadership team appeared on the front page of the Daily Herald, before each member was profiled in its Neighbor section.

“You were nominated by your high school for your outstanding work with volunteer and community organizations and for the leadership you have shown in those endeavors,” Renee Trappe, assistant managing editor for local news, said. Beyond their Daily Herald recognition, Principal Eileen Manno said both students demonstrate what it means to be a Lion for Life, and have benefitted from Saint Viator’s lifelong spiritual growth development.

They clearly demonstrate that “Saint Viator students are a part of a community inspirited to serve.” Counselor Kelly Dutmers said Olivia leads her class in terms of earning community service hours, with 373.5.

“Olivia has demonstrated what a dedicated and selfless person she is with the amount of time, effort and care she has shown to others in need,” Ms. Dutmers said. For her part, Olivia credits much of her leadership and commitment to volunteering to her years spent with Girl Scouting.

“For 13 years, I recited the Girl Scout pledge, never truly realizing its impact on my future,” Olivia said. She took her first step toward earning her Gold Award, by completing the organization’s Silver Award. Olivia led her troop members in a collection project which resulted in shipping 800 pounds of necessities to the troops serving in Afghanistan.

Saint Viator Graduate Enters Viatorian Novitiate

The Viatorian community welcomed its latest novice this month, Peter Lamick ’07 (pictured with Fr. Corey Brost, CSV).

The Viatorian community welcomed its latest novice this month, Peter Lamick ’07 (pictured with Fr. Corey Brost, CSV).

In January, the Viatorian community welcomed its latest novice: Peter Lamick, a 2007 Saint Viator High School graduate.

His novitiate year comes within months of the Viatorians seeing another priest ordained. Br. Dan Lydon, CSV, a former religion teacher and administrator at Saint Viator, will enter the priesthood in May. Peter formally entered the Viatorian Novitiate during an acceptance Mass steeped in tradition at the Viatorian Province Center Chapel.

“This is a momentous day for the Clerics of St. Viator — and one that doesn’t happen every day,” said Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, provincial. “We are very pleased and excited to bring Peter into the novitiate, formally, and welcome him into the congregation.”

Surrounded by his parents and siblings as well as his new family of Viatorian brothers and priests, Peter signed the novitiate contract, agreeing to dedicate the next year to immersing himself in community life, by living out the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. He will work directly with his Novice Master, Fr. John Van Wiel, CSV, his former chemistry teacher at Saint Viator, as he learns more about religious life.

“It’s a year to deepen yourself spiritually and begin to personally prepare yourself for your new life when you take your first vows,” said Fr. von Behren.

As a pre-novice, Peter has spent the past year at different Viatorian ministry sites, including working in Campus Ministry at Saint Viator, as well as performing pastoral work at parishes in the Bourbonnais/Kankakee region and the Henderson/Las Vegas area, and learning about peace and justice initiatives at St. Viator Parish in Chicago.

“Thank you. I’m excited,” said Peter when welcomed by longtime members of the Viatorian community.

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