By Jackie Lyons
Chad Michael Murray. Actor. Spokesperson. Former fashion model. Author? Yes, that’s right, one of America’s favorite early 2000s actor has written a book. Written alongside praised author, Heather Graham, American Drifter, tells the story of River Roulet, a young war veteran who struggles with PTSD. River decides to escape his past and flee to his favorite country: Brazil. As the Carnaval nears, River finally feels like he’s at peace with his life. He then meets a mysterious journalist named Natal. The two of them end up in a whirlwind adventure with a drug lord hot on their trail.
Many fans were very excited to read this book because Chad Michael Murray, THE Lucas Scott, wrote it. Senior Easha Qasba says, “I would not have picked him as someone to write this kind of book.” Murray doesn’t really seem like the type of person to write a romantic novel. There was so much advertising and promotion leading up to the book’s release all over his Instagram page, it was impossible to not read it.
Unfortunately, the novel did not live up to the hype. Not one of the characters left some sort of impression. They all were easily forgotten and just not memorable. The entire plot was incredibly stereotypical. He made the entire story, that takes place in Brazil, centered around what the country is best known for, the Carnaval. Senior Trey Hensing says, “Has he even ever been to Brazil? Is he qualified to write stuff on this?” Murray also threw around words in Portuguese randomly throughout the entire book. There was no need for it due to the fact that the entire book was written in third person if he was throwing around Portuguese vocabulary.
American Drifter’s co-author, Heather Graham is a well known romance and horror author who has written over 150 novels. Even though Heather Graham’s name was on the cover as a co-author, not one part of the book sounded like her style of writing. It almost sounded like something Lucas Scott from One Tree Hill would write… because it was.
Overall, American Drifter wasn’t that great of a book. However, if you’re looking for something good to read in a doctor’s office waiting room, this would be the book for you.
By Kendall Howze and Jackie Lyons
Last January, the CW channel began airing the teen drama Riverdale, based on the well-known Archie Comics. The show takes the characters from the relaxed, humorous comic and drastically changing the setting, placing the characters into a murder mystery plot. The death of Jason Blossom sends the town of Riverdale into pandemonium and skepticism.
As Riverdale joined Netflix, its audience grew, and it became one of the most discussed shows. A concern, however, was whether or not Riverdale would live up to expectations. Would the show be the suspenseful teen drama that kept viewers dying for the next episode like it promised to be, or would viewers be underwhelmed?
Fortunately for the producers, Riverdale was highly praised by its audience and by critics. The show won a 2017 Teen Choice Award in the “Choice Breakout TV Show” category. Senior Gopika Gopinath agreed that the first season of Riverdale “lived up to expectations. It caught [her] attention.” She, along with many others believe that the show deserved its Teen Choice Award and all of the attention it received.
This October, season two of Riverdale began to air on the CW channel. The show promised more drama and suspense for its viewers in the second season, as well as new developments in the romantic relationships in the show that began in season one. To follow the award-winning first season, an equally engaging second season was highly anticipating. While it is difficult for sequels to live up to the original (for example, Jaws 2, terrible movie), Riverdale is trying its best with the new plotline surrounding a shooting at the popular Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe diner. With the town of Riverdale in danger and tensions running high, each character is forced to deal with their own conflict in addition to the safety of the town.
Only five episodes having aired so far, viewers already have varying opinions of the newest season. Many feel that the quality of the teen drama has not changed and is just as exciting as it has always been from the first episode. Gopinath said, “The second season has been intense. The show keeps me interested in the plot. It always keeps you on your toes. It has everything; it’s romantic, it’s mysterious, funny.” She, like many other fans, have the same high regards for the new plotline and all of Riverdale’s beloved characters. Many viewers feel that the characters are not only entertaining to watch, but growing and developing.
While the first season seemed to be unanimously regarded as a show deserving of an award, many feel that the second season is losing its touch. Senior Maria Salandra, a fan of Riverdale since its first episode, said, “[Riverdale’s] starting to suck. It’s not at all living up to the expectations.” Salandra is not alone in her opinions. Many fans have begun to lose interest in the show, feeling that the plot is too far-fetched after a main character was shot and surrounding characters are figuring out how to cope with the shooting and keep themselves out of danger. Could Riverdale be taking the drama a little too far?
Though there are many mixed reviews about the second season, only five episodes have been released. The show has many episodes to either win back the viewers who are questioning their loyalty to the show, or sully their reputation. Hopefully the next few episodes are able to draw the audience back in, but so far it doesn’t seem like Riverdale will be unanimously winning any awards.
By Sofia Weddle
In today’s modern Hollywood, it’s truly rare to see an old-school murder film; especially when production companies can take advantage of overly avante-garde storylines or simply create another superhero rendition. So what exactly happens when a famed Agatha Christie novel goes on for its fourth movie adaptation (IMDb) with a star-studded cast? It’s either a success or a flop, and critics have already blasted Murder on the Orient Express hard. Variety journalist Peter Debruge bluntly states that “the movie is a failure overall, juggling too many characters to keep straight, and botching the last act so badly that those who go in blind may well walk out not having understood its infamous twist ending”. However, was the film really deserving of its lackluster IMDb 6.8/10 rating, or is the movie critic community pointlessly searching for an Oscar nominee film in a simple murder mystery?
Set on the Orient Express train traversing from Istanbul and across Europe, detective Hercule Poirot investigates thirteen train passengers and suspects to solve the confusing murder of Mr. Ratchett; a fake art dealer and millionaire. Agatha Christie, the late mystery writer, constructed stories of detective Hercule Poirot and his trials in investigating confounding murders. According to Mr. Singleton, an English 12 teacher at Glenelg High School, Agatha Christie is “prominent as a mystery writer because she found a formula that worked… She found a character that worked in Hercule Poirot… Is it literature? Probably not. Does that matter? No, it doesn’t matter. It’s a good thing to read. People read it for escapism and because they enjoy it”. The latest retelling of one of her most famous books, Murder on the Orient Express, has garnered much controversy over its redundancy, as well as much publicity due to its acclaimed cast of Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, and Olivia Colman. Although a fourth adaptation may seem unnecessary, and it might well be, Murder on the Orient Express is a compelling movie when looked at alone. While the entirety of the film itself is probably not Oscar-worthy, the set and graphics should be in the running.
Throughout the film, director Kenneth Branagh delivers heart-pounding suspense and mystique combined with amusing quips and gorgeous scenery. After every one of Poirot’s questionings, the audience second-guesses their own suspicions and is left clueless as to the murderer’s identity up until the final reveal. Coupled with this artistic tension, the snowy mountain landscapes surely fed the eyes of every viewer, leaving a great desire to ride the real Orient Express (or simply vacation to a fake-snow ski resort). The acting was superb in every way as well, and left hardly anything to be desired. But honestly, what more could one expect from the likes of Judi Dench (Hollywood royalty) or Johnny Depp (the world’s favorite pirate).
So yes. Murder on the Orient Express may not have been necessary to remake again, but critics can’t deny its entertainment value or stunning production. And staying true to the film industry, Murder on the Orient Express isn’t where Hercule Poirot’s mysteries end: the end of the movie brings him an invitation to the Nile where (surprise!) a murder has occurred. Sound familiar, Agatha Christie fans? But all-in-all, in the new age of action-obsessed movie junkies and the overly complex real world, maybe a journey back to old Hollywood with Murder on the Orient Express is what we need. So I say bring on the no-frills, old-school murder mysteries; the more Agatha Christie, the better.
By Jacob Kersh
On October 18th, 2017, Adobe announced a substantial amount of updates to the various programs that make up its Creative Cloud bundle at the Adobe MAX Creativity Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. They also introduced many new programs and concepts that only fuel the notion that the company is taking the graphic design and filmatography industries by storm.
Three Adobe apps that have been available in a beta capacity are officially launching: Adobe XD CC for user interface design, Adobe Dimension CC for 2D to 3D compositing, and Adobe Character Animator CC for 2D character animations.
Adobe XD will be vital in the production of mobile phone apps and will likely revolutionize the app development industry, so be prepared for a slew of visually appealing, perfectly optimized applications to surface in your device’s app store during the coming months. Developers from Creative Bloq described it as “simplicity at its finest, with a stripped-back interface along with all the tools you need to design and prototype UIs.”
Adobe Dimension will serve as a huge asset to designers looking to utilize three-dimensional objects in their creations but also make their process more streamlined and compatible with primarily two-dimensional programs, such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Test users from TechCrunch stated that Dimension is able to “keep things simple but is still powerful enough to allow designers to create photorealistic images for their packaging, product shots and branding needs.” In a world where the digital arts are dominated by flat and simple design choices it appears three-dimensional design is finally making a comeback!
Adobe Character Animator will essentially be a more complex, intuitive Animoji for up-and-coming graphic designers. Users from MacWorld who tested the program said that “using [their] own facial movements to bring a character [they] designed to life is a process that [they] have found to be extremely entertaining.” Additionally, Adobe envisions that Character Animator will primarily be used for live broadcasts (will be able to directly connect to Instagram live), student projects, and cartoons.
Adobe’s most renowned program, Photoshop CC, is also receiving a myriad of updates that give designers an entire new arsenal of creative tools and intuitive user interface suggestions. It appears as though Adobe has put an immense amount of thought into this new addition.
For example, Photoshop is gaining 1,400 new brush strokes from Adobe's acquisition of KyleBrush and has tremendously improved upon brush preset management tools and automatic brush stroke smoothing—features that users have been asking about for the better part of the past three years. These new features will directly assist concept artists that use Photoshop’s brushes to make their work appear as though it was painted by hand, and also allow the general user base to more easily paint over two-dimensional objects. Additionally, Adobe is introducing new tools and tutorials that are designed to make it easier for first-time Photoshop users to learn how to do basic tasks in the app, which are available in the new Learn Panel. This version of Photoshop will be much easier to learn for the millions of beginners who try it for the first time every year, and should help to prevent rising graphic designers from being discouraged by the complexity of the program. According to Glenelg Junior and aspiring visual communications director Hassan Malik, “ the tutorial-like function will be very helpful for me because it will make Photoshop much easier to work with; when I opened it for the first time a year ago it was a bit overwhelming.” A few other updates for Photoshop include a new Curvature Pen tool, a symmetry painting experience for creating mirrored brush strokes along a symmetric axis, and better integrated selection and masking tools.
One thing designers should note is that Adobe is planning to raise the price of its Creative Cloud plans in North America in the near future. Starting on March 1 (or when a contract is up for renewal), pricing across all plans will increase. The Adobe CC plan that provides access to all apps for individuals, for example, will be priced at $52.99 a month instead of $49.99 going forward. Although this is quite the yearly increase, the majority of the community has welcomed the increase wholeheartedly because of all the new features Adobe has implemented based solely upon user suggestions. Glenelg photographer Jordan Chizmadia says, “I don’t think this small increase will affect Adobe because they already have such a huge following who require Creative Cloud for their businesses. And I know we couldn’t live without it in Photo class.”
These are just a handful of the new features Adobe is introducing today, and more details on changes debuting across the entirety of Adobe's broad range of apps can be found on their official website. In all honesty, they have really outdone themselves this year in terms of making their programs more intuitive, user-friendly, and streamlined; the precedent they have set will continue to affect the digital arts community for years to come.
By Sofia Weddle
Ah, Crocs. A true representation of a love-hate relationship. Whether involuntarily forced into them by our parents or excitedly slipped on with a gang of Jibbitz weighing us down, every true American kid has experienced these controversial shoes. Are they sneakers? Flip-flops? Sandals? I truly have no idea, but I love ‘em.
More recently, these clog-sandal hybrids have arrived on the haute-couture runway. The fashion community is surely familiar with outlandish trends, but this style is turning heads across the world. Critics argue that Crocs are just plain downright ugly, while the houses of Balenciaga and Christopher Kane ignore these pessimistic voices with vibrant spin-offs of the childhood staple.
Even in Glenelg, the shoe is gaining popularity, both casually and athletically. Most teenagers use Crocs as a type of slip-on shoe for sports, but the Croc has found a new place as the fashion-forward necessity for Generation-Z. Specifically, avid Croc fan Hassan Malik says that “Crocs really just go with any outfit […], and they’re very comfortable, [...] they’re really different, and I’m kind of making a fashion statement. I respect the Croc gang”. And truthfully, there is a gang; 179,000 Instagram members to be exact. These tight-knit followers, including some Glenelg students, can be found pairing the trend with gray joggers, khakis, shorts, vibrant skirts, or sweatpants. I, myself, have on numerous occasions worn these ~interesting~ shoes proudly with a sweater, jean jacket, and leggings.
Thus, as much as Crocs are dissed by major fashion outlets and judgemental teenagers, these shoes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, either on the high fashion runway or in the Big Red halls of Glenelg. So I’ll keep my camo Crocs and wear them too.
By Kendall Howze
This November, an extremely important event is coming up. It’s a day to give thanks for the things that we have been blessed with. Surprisingly, I’m not talking about Thanksgiving. 37 years ago on November 12th, the world was graced with the birth of Ryan Thomas Gosling. Ryan’s acting career in 1993 on The Mickey Mouse Club. While he was only in three episodes, he made quite a lasting impression. Even as a child, he was able to steal the show with grade A dance movies and a beautiful singing voice.
Over the years, Gosling has captured the hearts of many. In honor of Gosling’s 37th birthday, we are going to highlight some of Gosling’s greatest roles over the years. One of his most well known roles was Noah Calhoun in The Notebook. After the movie was released, his character quickly became many women’s ideal significant other. Gosling plays a man who falls in love with Allie Hamilton, played by Rachel McAdams, as a teenager. Due to their differing social classes, Allie’s parents forbid their relationship. Noah, despite their separation, refuses to give up on her, vowing to love her forever. Fans of the movie were pleasantly surprised when Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling himself recreated their iconic kiss in the rain at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards.
While Ryan Gosling could have been a “one hit wonder,” he came back in 2011 with the role of Jacob Palmer in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Gosling’s on-screen chemistry with Emma Stone was praised by many critics. In the movie, Gosling’s character, Jacob Palmer, helps a man that he meets in a bar who just recently separated from his wife. Palmer agrees to help the man, Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) by transforming him from an average looking man whose wife just left him to new and improved I-bet-you-wish-you-didn’t-leave-me-Cal Weaver. Senior Gopika Gopinath agrees that, “Ryan’s acting skills are unique in the sense of his engagement with his audience.”
To add a few honorable mentions to the list of Gosling’s greatest works, his movie The Place Beyond the Pines in 2012 showed Gosling’s versatility as an actor. While Gosling plays the easy going or comical character in many of his films, he plays a bank robber in The Place Beyond the Pines, struggling to provide for his illegitimate son.
Let’s not forget about his award winning movie, La La Land. His movie won not only an Oscar, but a Golden Globe. Fans were graced with Gosling’s rather surprising ability to play the piano beautifully. In addition to his piano playing skills, Gosling had quite a few chances to sing in the movie, something we haven’t seen from him since his Mickey Mouse Club.
Keeping that in mind, how should you spend Ryan Gosling’s birthday? Watching all of his movies! Maybe not all of them, but the classics listed above paired with a bowl of popcorn will surely make for a great night. Senior Easha Qasba says she thinks, “Ryan Gosling’s birthday is a great day to watch all of his movies.” Everyone, make sure you get ready for the 12th.
By Julie Amoss
The book Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is beautiful, heartbreaking, and a perfect pick for 2017’s One Maryland One book. It was chosen out of more than one hundred and twenty other books for the 2017 theme of home and belonging, and Purple Hibiscus elegantly shows that theme in a captivating coming-of-age novel that is wonderful to read.
Although it is a bit slow and meandering at first, the more one reads, the harder it becomes to escape the story’s clutches. The language is beautiful and descriptive without being overly flowery, and it’s not hard to immerse oneself in the fascinating Nigerian setting. As described by Courtney Parks, a sophomore, the book is “Enlightening, [and] it shows a type of life [that is] important to understand.” The world of Nigeria is vastly different from that of America, yet it is still incredibly important to see and understand places outside of America to better comprehend the world. The characters in this book are vastly different from average Americans, but that makes it no harder to relate to them. They share the same hopes, emotions, and dreams that everyone does, and it’s almost painfully easy to relate to and understand them. Anyone can fall in love with Purple Hibiscus with just a few pages of reading.
The narrator and protagonist, Kambili Achike, is a fifteen-year-old girl in a rich and influential family. She is shy and has trouble making friends due to her timidness and a stutter she is ashamed of; however, her peers mistake her unsociability as arrogance. She lives with an abusive, overly religious father who holds her to the highest standard of achievement at all times, and she is not allowed to question him or speak out in any manner. Her brother and mother are held to a similarly cruel regime, and her mother has had several miscarriages due to her husband’s physical abuse, which is seen through a heartbreakingly apathetic perspective that highlights how awful it is. That indifference, however, sometimes distances the reader from it by giving the events an almost surreal quality.
It’s only when she is allowed to visit her Aunty Ifeoma and is exposed to a life quite literally the opposite of her own that Kambili begins to break out of her shell. In Aunty Ifeoma’s house, laughter and questions ring out almost constantly, and the family’s poverty does nothing to dampen their spirits. The contrast feels a little unrealistic at first, given how different it is from Kambili’s home life; however, after a while that disparity seems less improbable and instead acts as a wonderful contrasting element in the story. The plot is slow and fulfilling, and major, important events are surrounded by smaller -but precious and equally important- examples of beauty that help offset the tragedy perfectly.
The book’s descriptions are vivid and gorgeously detailed, yet the addition of cultural words and terms can be confusion to a reader without the assistance of outside resources. Words in Igbo, a secondary language used by most characters in the book, frequently appear in dialogue, and their meanings can be hard to decipher with just context clues. The reader should be prepared the look up words semi frequently, or be okay with not comprehending all of the story’s dialogue.
Most of the major plot events only occur later on in the book, and when the action picks up it’s impossible to put down. The twist ending is completely unexpected, and for Adichie’s first book, it is a masterful story. The many awards the novel has received, such as the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, show that many critics agree with this sentiment.
All in all, Purple Hibiscus is a magical tale of love, family, and growing up, and it is entirely worth the read.
By Chase Hensing and Noah Kohler
The latest IGN news talks about two new games. Destiny 2 and NBA 2k18. Both of these games are sequels of previous games that were upgraded and made to be more interactive. Let’s take a look at Destiny 2.
The sequel to the thrilling first person shooter Destiny, Destiny 2 is grabbing people’s attention all over the world with its action packed content. 273 thousand copies have already been sold with the game only having been out on Xbox One and Playstation 4 for 3 weeks. The game is available for purchase in Gamestop and The online game store. The price for the game ranges between $48.00 and $250.00 dollars, the copy of the game that costs the most is 250.00 dollars because it’s the collectors edition and its has more features then the regular game.
The game starts off with millions of guardians fleeing the tower which is under attack by an unknown foe. Most of the guardians arrive safely at a farm. Luke Smith, a verified Destiny 2 developer, talks about specifics to the new game, “Shaders are earned through gameplay: leveling, chests, engrams and vendors. We expect you’ll be flush with shaders as you continue to play. When you reach level 20, shaders will drop more often: vendor rewards, destination play and end game activities” (Smith). talking to a student from the school Trey Hensing a senior from GHS, about this game and he gave me his opinion on it he said, “The game is overall greatly made, the graphics are better than they were in the previous game and the missions go more into detail and tell a better much darker backstory” (Hensing). Hensing also mentions he plays the game “multiple hours a day” between 4 and 6 hours a day.
Bungie, an association that helped create Destiny 2, took in thousands of comments about the first game and added some features and made some minor adjustments from the comments to the new game. Most changes revolved around loot intake increase, many more weapons, shaders and new vehicles, but one thing the eager guardians around the world are waiting for is the change to PvP and the brand new raids and boss fights. The difficulty was increased, but can be changed to an easier difficulty if players desire and the maps got bigger making it more difficult to hide from enemies because the map is more open, and more intricate playstyles. The waiting between games has been greatly reduced as well as players can now sign in with out the delay which was annoying and took forever to load many players are glad to say thats gone, of the game loading up and preparing to start and this also increases population density on the servers making finding a game or fire team quick and easy. The game is out and already has a high rating but further updates will fix emblem glitches and minor bugs.
One problem this game is having though is the fact it’s having hard time performing on Playstation 4. Players say the game loads up and then they just get dashboarded which means to be sent to the homescreen. Bungie has responded to this problem and is already looking into fixing it. Other than that as they say in the new game “see you in the wild.”
Now that we have taken a look at Destiny 2 let’s see what is in store for NBA 2k18.
With the newest game of the NBA 2K released September 19th. Fans of both the Nba and video games are getting excited for the release. It will be released on all platforms. The new game modes such as Run the Neighborhood and Pack and Playoffs have many people excited after many years of requesting. But just like every year there is tons of hype around the improved MyCareer mode. MYcareer mode is a mode in the game where you make your own player and play as him. A new feature that has many players excited is the Run the Neighborhood mode. Many players are excited for this because many people have been asking for an open hub world in the game.This is the new version of the “MyPark” mode. The “neighborhood” is an open hub world where players can move around freely, communicate with other players, have open stores so you can customize your player, and mini games to boost stats.
If anybody preorder 2k18 you have multiple options just like previous years. The three options are early tip off, legend edition, and legend edition gold. The price range on the game is from 60-160 dollars. This is because their is three different pre order options that all give you in game and out of game rewards.The game also has two different covers depending on where you live. If you live in Canada you will receive a cover with Demar Derozan the star player of the Toronto Raptors on it. If you live in the United States you will receive Kyrie Irving on the cover the new point guard for the Boston Celtics. When asking other people in the gaming community their thoughts on the game Charlie Wendell, a Freshman at Glenelg High school said “I think that it will be better than previous games because they have more technology to put into the graphics.” Russell Henggeler, a Freshman at Glenelg High school said “I am excited and I think my favorite new game mode will be pack and playoffs because you get to play with lots of different players.” Overall it seems the release of NBA 2k18 will be an exciting time for everyone. We hope you enjoy these games as much as we do.
By Alexis Kominos
The season for pools and beaches is over, and it is now time to find some fall activities somewhere else. The movies is one great place to spend those cold autumn days. There are various films coming out that have sparked interest in many people.
Mother!: September 15
When uninvited guests come into a couple's remote home, their relationship is challenged when these people disrupt their household and their serene life. This movie may not be what it seems at first, but after it is watched, there are many themes to be analyzed. The movie is strongly based on the bible and relates characters to those of the bible. This movie deals with religion, environmental issues, society’s treatment of women, and fame. See the movie, Mother!, decipher clues, and feel the true message.
Kingsman the Golden Circle: September 22
An allied spy organization is found when the Kingsman take a journey to help the world. These two top secret corporations assemble together to conquer a popular enemy. This action/adventure movie is full of thrill and excitement. The first movie deals with the spy organization recruiting a young kid from the streets into their competitive training program to ultimately defeat a tech genius. Now moviegoers get to see what happens next in Kingsman: the Golden Circle.
Flatliners: September 29th
Five medical students who are curious of what occurs after death create an experiment to stop their hearts for a short amount of time in order to experience first hand what occurs. But what happens is not what they expect. This thrilling, suspenseful movie would be grear to see with your friends in theaters. According to Molly Dustin, Sophomore at Glenelg High School, “I am excited for the movie Flatliners. I have been for a while. I like the idea of making a movie about something that is unknown to many people, and it looks interesting” There have been plenty of tv shows and movies about what happens after death, but now we get to see the take on what happens when someone who dies, comes back to life.
The Mountain Between Us: October 6th.
This movie is about two people on different, yet important, paths take a flight on a plane that crashes in the snowy mountains. Despite being complete strangers, they must trust each other and work with one another to survive throughout the cold wilderness. This dramatic, thrilling movie takes audience members on a journey through survival, and will be great to see this fall.
Happy Death Day: October 13
Tree Gelbman relieves the same day every day in the upcoming movie, Happy Death Day. She must figure out who her killer is and why they are trying to kill her. Every night she is killed by a masked person and wakes up the next day with complete memory of what happened. So she must capture the killer and find some answers. Audience members can also uncover some answers of their own by seeing Happy Death Day this fall, and just in time for Halloween season.
Jigsaw: October 27th
The eighth movie in the franchise, Jigsaw, taking theaters October 27th, explains many unanswered questions. Dead people have been turning up around the city; each person killed in a grisly, horrible way. An investigation begins and the clues lead back to one person, John Kramer. But that cannot be because John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, has been dead for over ten years. As stated by Willie Brock, Junior at Glenelg, “I have been excited for Jigsaw for a while now. I enjoy horror movies, and I am intrigued to find out if John Kramer is alive or not.” This would be a great movie to see and uncover answers for fans of the Saw franchise.
My Friend Dahmer: November 3
During his teen years, Jeffrey Dahmer struggled with family life at home. We get to witness how he changes throughout high school which pushes him to the path of being a world renowned serial killer. Ben Kishter, a Junior at Glenelg High School, states that he is “excited to see the movie, My Friend Dahmer. There are many shows and movies about murderers and serial killers, but now we get to see how Jeffrey Dahmer reshapes into the notorious serial killer, and cannibal he is.” According to Crime Museum Website, “ he became withdrawn and uncommunicative as he got older. He began showing little to no interest in hobbies or social interaction around the ages of 10 to 15. Dead animals became an interest of his and he also started drinking heavily during his high school years. His drinking escalated and was a huge issue following high school. His father made him enlist in the army, but he was kicked out due to alcoholism.” Moviegoers everywhere will be coming to see the story about how a corrupt childhood could lead to many bad things down the road. This intriguing movie deals with cruelty, morbidity, and substance abuse.
Wonder: November 17
Based on the New York Times best seller, Wonder is an inspirational, heartwarming, and heart wrenching story about a young boy with facial deformities attending public school for the first time. Many people may have read the book Wonder and the time has come to see the movie. The book gives a good description on what August Pullman’s face looks like, so now we get to see the director's visual on it. This movie is a moving story about acceptance and what is on the inside.
Pitch Perfect 3: December 22
And now a movie that many people have been waiting for, Pitch Perfect 3. After they won the world championships, the Bellas come back together one last time and go up against groups with not only voices, but instruments as well. This would be a great movie to see with your friends on the weekend and get a good laugh. Pitch Perfect 1 and 2 were well-liked, humorous movies. And now audiences around the world can see how the Bellas are doing after college and in their own lives.
These are just few of the interesting movies coming out soon that spark the interest of many people everywhere. If you are looking for a laugh, scare, or thrill … there is a movie for that this fall.
By Sofia Weddle
As one of the great fashion legends, Oscar de la Renta’s reputation lives on past his death. Known for his stunning, feminine gowns, Oscar de la Renta transformed his company into a household name that every woman yearns to wear. After his death nearly three years ago on October 20th, 2014, much of the mourning fashion community wondered how the Oscar de la Renta trademark would evolve on the runway. Now, during the Spring 2018 Ready-To-Wear New York Fashion Week (NYFW), the brand’s advancing path has been carved.
As Oscar de la Renta focused on providing breathtaking, decorative, and chic womenswear, the NYFW crowd was rightfully in awe by the company’s most recent line. Many fans of the brand, such as local Instagram fashion blogger, Glenelg Junior Delaney Smith*, believe that “Oscar de la Renta’s work has a really impressive range. The elegance and beauty of his gowns combined with the unique patterns and textures he utilized create amazing dresses”. The increasingly modern and colorful take on these elegant themes is a result of the recent promotions of Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim as the fashion brand’s newest creative directors, according to Vogue journalist Nicole Phelps. However, their first showcase this past February was not as successful as hoped and was criticized by fashion journalists, such as WWD writer Bridget Foley, for being “old-fashioned” and full of “disparate elements [that] lacked focus”.
Naturally, the two designers bounced back and brought forth an entirely innovative 2018 spring line. Chock full of casual denim, brightly colored blazers, professional palazzo pants, Oscar de la Renta-signed garb, dazzling sparkles, and flowing tulle, Garcia and Kim made an unequivocal statement. Regardless of any criticisms of the clothes, there can be no doubt that Oscar de la Renta has a hopeful track for the future. The spring collection showcases a newfound confidence bold enough to scribe Oscar de la Renta’s signature over dresses, coats, jumpsuits, and bodysuits. Bold enough to make high leg cuts and low necklines. Bold enough to place models in nothing but a leotard and a lengthy coat. Bold enough to make sparkles look like paint splatters or a never-ending night sky.
Despite these beneficial fashion strives taken by Garcia and Kim, there still remains much brand and clothing development to be completed by the power duo. Like many reestablished fashion companies, the work never ceases but the clothes continue to advance, and Oscar de la Renta is no exception. Although the brand is experiencing an uncertain area in their clothing design, their newest runway show represents the beginning of a revolutionized brand; the fashion world just has to be patient.
By Jessica Lipman
Do you remember the movies you watched when you were younger that made you grab a blanket and a bucket of popcorn? Well, they are making a comeback and coming soon to theaters. From dramatic romance to fantasy and adventure, this summer season calls for a wide variety of genres and a return of some of our favorite and classic movies.
Everything, Everything : May 19th
Based on the young adult novel by Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything centers around the story of Maddy (Amandla Stenberg), a teenager with bubble baby disease, causing her to be allergic to almost everything. Everyday she spends her time inside her home with her mother and nurse, but when she meets Olly (Nick Robinson), her new neighbor, she begins to fall in love. With high anticipation for this new love story, viewers like Abbey Rianhard, a Sophomore at Glenelg High School, are excited to see how the two lovers are “able to stay together despite the illness she has.” Receiving high ratings, many fans were excited when this film debuted on May 19th. From being called “charming and well-acted” to “modestly engaging” by Variety, Everything, Everything is a teenage romance worth seeing.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales : May 26th
Making a popular resurgence, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales stars our favorite pirate, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) who endures a captivating adventure that relies on his only chance of survival. When Captain Jack Sparrow’s enemies, the ghost pirates and Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, they are determined to kill every pirate at sea, including Sparrow. With help from new faces, Jack must obtain the legendary Trident of Poseidon to gain control over the seas and defeat his enemies. With familiar faces Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley coming back, many fans of the series are excited to see these actors take on these roles again. As many different age groups are excited for this long return of this film series, it is expected that the theaters will be full when this movie debuts on May 26th.
Wonder Woman : June 2nd
Being raised on the island of Themyscira and being trained by warriors, Diana in Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) fulfills her destiny when her homeland is threatened and in danger. For her first time ever, Diana must travel to the outside world where she first steps forward to become Wonder Woman. Alyssa Henderson, a Sophomore at Glenelg, describes Wonder Woman as an “interesting spin on what we are used to... superhero movies typically take on the role of a male, but for this movie it is centered around a female taking on action.” Throughout our time, comics have typically depicted men being the main character, but in this movie the roles have changed. Being released on June 2nd, watchers are thrilled to see if Wonder Woman will be a hero of our time and live up to her expectations.
Transformers: The Last Night : June 21st
Now the new addition in the live-action series, Transformers: The Last Night, provides a new meaning as to what it takes to be a hero. With the world at war, it seems impossible for humans and transformers to come to an agreement. In order to stop the commotion, an alliance of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English Lord, and an Oxford Professor come together to save the future. Reflecting on past problems in several countries and popular war tactics in the past, this film provides viewers with not only explosion filled CGI battle scenes, but it also reflects on history. This film will bring excitement to younger children and teenagers on June 21st.
With popular sequels and new stories, this summer will be filled with a wide range of new films. As the theaters will be filled, we can anticipate rounds of applause for these movies and many others. It is time to grab your popcorn and enjoy these films as they are coming soon to theaters.
By Jackie Lyons
If you don’t think you know who John Hughes is, chances are you actually do. He is the mastermind behind classic films such as Home Alone, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and The Breakfast Club. In 1985, The Breakfast Club was released and became an instant box office hit. It tells the story of five very different teenagers from separate social groups spending the day together in detention, and ultimately finding out they’re not as different as they thought.
Each character represents a stereotype that exists in high schools. The princess, Claire, and the athlete, Andrew, confess how they bully and look down upon those weaker than them to impress their friends. The criminal, Bender, and the basket case, Allison, both have built walls around themselves to distract them from their abusive home life. And the brain, Brian, is constantly told that if he’s not getting good grades, he’s worthless. The debut of this movie brought issues that teenagers face into a new light, displaying how they crave to fit in and to be understood. It sticks out among the normal teen movies, like She’s All That and A Cinderella Story, by being an accurate model toward the lives of high schoolers.
Within 32 years, the problems teenagers are faced with seem to have not changed. Sophomore Bryn Shane says, “The ideas of stereotypes and cliques, while they have become less prominent, are still present and have an influence on how teenagers interact.” For example, here at Glenelg, we certainly do have cliques, but most of us do not hold intense grudges against each other like how they do at the beginning of The Breakfast Club.
An aspect of the movie that still holds up today is troubled home life. In the movie we find out that under his tough guy exterior, the criminal, John Bender, comes from an extremely abusive home and that the popular girl and princess, Claire Standish’s parents are constantly fighting and are looking into a divorce. In a 2014 study done by Childhelp, about 702,000 children and teenagers are victims to abuse at home. According to the 2011 divorce statistics, 246,273,366 people had filed for a divorce or annulment. Like the characters in the movie, teenagers today distract themselves from their home-life by taking their anger out on others and compulsively lying.
Many teenagers today would agree with the accuracies portrayed in the movie. Senior Liam Kirchhoff says, “Teenagers are just trying to discover themselves and the world on their own and it doesn’t need to be a particular decade for that.” While The Breakfast Club is filled with big hair and lingo like, “neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie,” it’s still an applicable movie that should be passed on through the ages.
By Kendall Howze
One of the first things you see when you walk through the front doors of Glenelg is a display case full of art. Various drawings and paintings from Glenelg art students are chosen by their art teacher, Mrs. Borja or Mr. Hereth, and placed in the case for the school to see. The art in the case changes throughout the year as the students complete more projects.
Junior Melissa Kelley is one of the artists whose drawings was chosen to be put on display. In the bottom right corner of the case hangs a high school student daydreaming in class. Kelley is proud of her use of “pink undertones for the skin tone.” She wanted to creatively portray the imagination of a student, much like herself, lost in her thoughts. Kelley spent four class periods that lasted an hour and a half working on her drawing, and she believes it is one of her better pieces of art.
Kelley has been in art all three years of her high school career, and she intends to continue taking it her Senior year. Art is one of her biggest passions. She aspires to be an art teacher at some point in her life, and thoroughly anticipates the class next year. She hopes to “draw more people and [improve] on [her] art skills.” Art class is an integral part of her high school experience, and a class that she always enjoys. It never fails to be a great creative outlet.
As much as Kelley loves art, she would love to share her passion with others. According to her, “More people should definitely take art because it’s so fun and it's a great way to be creative.” Many other students share Kelley’s beliefs on art. Junior Nikodemos Koutsoheras believes that in art, “You get to refine your artistic passion.” Whether you’re good at art or not, it is the perfect place to express yourself, improve on your artistic abilities, or just have fun creating art.
By Torin Alexander
All we can do is dream of summer vacation. Whether it’s sunbathing on the beach or sleeping in everyday, the summer is something to look forward to. But that's every summer of every year, so what makes these year’s summer months so different? Well, for starters, new music that will have many people singing to the lyrics. There will be new, local concerts that people know are a must go to event.
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Kelly Clarkson is about to showcase her new album, that’s title hasn’t been released, that is coming sometime in June. This will be the first album since she left her previous music label, RCA records, to join Atlantic Records, which is also home to Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Kehalni, Wiz Khalifa, and Lil Uzi Vert. Clarkson states “They’re down to make whatever kind of record I’m into.” With this in mind, Clarkson’s album should be very exciting.
Release Date: May 26th
Album Title: True to Self
This will be Tiller’s second album of his career and first album after his hard hitting platinum-selling album, Trap Soul. His newest album is very anticipated for the rap and R&B community as he already shocked the world with his most recent song “Somethin tells me”.
Release Date: June 9th
Album Title: Own the Night
Lady Antebellum, a known country group, has their album, Heart Break, coming out June 9th. With their last album, Own the Night, having great success, their next album has high expectations to live up to. With these albums like True to self, Own the Night, and Kelly Clarkson’s album, its safe to say that the summer will have lots of great vibes.
Concerts (Merriwether Post Pavilion)
Date: May 19th
This year, the country listening community have been treated to Dierks Bentley. Recently Bentley has come out with album Black. The album was able to hit number two on the billboards and quickly became popular to the public. Because of his high reputation and musical talent, Bentley’s concert was a must go.
Date: May 26th
The Chainsmokers have recently exploded to high publicity with their catchy electronic-based music. With their recent album, Memories Do Not Open, and hit singles, “Closer” and “Something just like this” the crowd roared with screams when the first note of each song blasted out through the enormous speakers.
Date: June 20th
An upcoming concert on that will bring many people to Merriwether’s Post Pavilion is John Legend. With 10 Grammys and 28 nominations in total under his belt, people will be able to witness the talent of a very notorious star. shown, concerts in the summer will be something to look forward with hot artists playing locally.
By Sofia Weddle
It’s a worldwide phenomenon by now. The music, rap battles, witty dialogue, and innovative story of Hamilton: An American Musical has captivated the hearts of both young and old. While its musical score has been raved about since Hamilton’s opening night, the costumes within seem to be overlooked. Set in the period from the Revolutionary War to the writing of the United States Constitution, the show features period costumes representative of each character’s prominence and stature in society. Through the implementation of historical fashion created by the Hamilton costume designer himself Paul Tazewell, he develops a symbolic twist within the clothing that gives deeper meaning to what the musical itself, and its characters, represent.
During Act I, each stage character develops their personalities and aspirations through sharp humour and dialogue, as well as through their dress. Alexander Hamilton can be seen wearing brown cotton clothes, while his enemy Aaron Burr is dressed in the kingly color of purple. This stark difference in style presents the embedded plotline of the entire musical: the rivalry between Hamilton and Burr. Glenelg Sophomore Olivia LePage is one of many super fans entranced with this rivalry and the musical, and believes that, “The appeal of Hamilton is, for most people, the music, and I think that it has been so successful because Lin-Manuel Miranda infused the typical Broadway music with the modern genre of hip hop/rap”. Hamilton and Burr’s entanglement and the upbeat raps that come along with it provides for much of why Hamilton has become such a spectacle.
The remaining ensemble is clothed in drab, beige pauper clothes, which “emphasizes lack of personality as they’re the anonymous crowd” (Frankel). Although, the ensemble’s revealing breeches add a scandalous touch that may point toward Hamilton’s bachelor tendencies, specifically concerning when he cheats on his wife with Maria Reynolds, a red-dress-clothed seductress. This lackluster clothing contrasts sharply with the outrageously cliched royal garb worn by the equally as flamboyant and entertaining King George.
As the musical progresses, Alexander Hamilton increases his relevance in society as a strong political source, which is supported by his wearing of a vibrant green coat broadcasting his cocky success in the Revolution, writing the Constitution, and scrawling 51 of the 85 persuasive Federalist Papers. Additionally, the political standing of the many Founding Fathers and Revolution heroes, including Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, and James Madison, is shown through their ornamental, bright garbe they begin to wear after the Revolutionary War is won. Hamilton’s wife, Eliza Schuyler may be one of the most symbolic characters of the group, as her style represents both her emotions and experiences. From the introduction of her character at a ball in a soft peach dress, Eliza presents herself “as a nurturer happy to tend her garden” (Frankel), or stand loyal beside her future husband. Eliza endures many inconceivable events in her life, such as the death of her only son, where she (along with Hamilton) wears mournful black, the infidelity of her husband, in which she dons an angelic soft blue dress depicting her innocence, purity, and kindness.
While Hamilton: An American Musical may seem unprecedented solely by its music and narrative substance by any past Broadway spectaculars, the costumes themselves are ground-breaking to the theater community, both on and off the famed street of Broadway. The thoughtful symbolistic qualities of each character’s garb provide the reason for the eminence Hamilton holds over all who see it. With each emotion, society ranking, and historical event that were taken into consideration when Tazewell designed the costumes, it may very well be that the featured clothing is as revolutionary as Hamilton himself.
Frankel, Valerie E. Who Tells Your Story?: History, Pop Culture, and Hidden Meanings in the Musical Phenomenon Hamilton. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 15 December 2016.
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By Abbey Soltis & Molly Swartz
Music is an essential part of life- whether you listen to blues, classical, country, pop, rap
or R&B, we think that music is the key to being happy and finding an outlet for the many
stresses of your everyday life. Despite having different music tastes, we can probably all admit
that we have heard of modern legends like Beyonce, Luke Brian, Panic! At the Disco, or J.Cole.
They have a huge influence on society and have truly set modern, new music standards. Now, we
are trying to bring to light the new artists, who so far in 2017 have shown the world that they are
ready to rise above these music standards with everything from interesting and profound lyrics to
new sounds and beats.
The first artist on our list began her fame on the America’s Got Talent , as a part of a
group called Poplyfe. However, her claim to fame was through her debut of “Gangsta”, a song
played in the box office hit Suicide Squad . Kehlani has released several albums, but we think that
her best release so far is her album of 2017, SweetSexySavage . This album incorporates a huge
variety of songs both fast and slow, with truly catchy beats and lyrics. Her music has a very
relaxed vibe, with insightful lyrics about the loss and love in her life.
If you’re looking for a softer tone, a calm beat with an R&B vibe, then artists such as
Russ, Khalid and Daniel Caesar are ones to look out for. You may have heard of Russ due to his
hit song “What They Want”, but we think he should be known for some songs in his earlier
albums, such as “Pull the Trigger”, which has a cool mix of orchestral instruments and modern,
synthetic beats. We asked some students at Glenelg High School if they had heard of Russ, and
75% of the students responded that they have listened to his most popular song “What They
Want”, but have not heard any of his other music. Morgan Adams, a Junior at Glenelg, said
“Russ is more of a pop rapper. I don’t like this style as much, but I definitely like the song. Now
that I know he has more music, I’ll definitely add him to my workout playlist.” All of the other
reviews coincided with Adams’ opinion: Russ has really catchy music.
Another widely popular song, “Location”, was released in 2016 by Khalid. This song has
been put on playlists worldwide for its slow, rhythmic beat and Khalid’s intriguing voice. While
Khalid started as a less popular artist on Soundcloud , his rise to fame has been almost inevitable,
especially after his release of more music such as “Coaster”, and “Saved”. Morgan Adams also
contributed to the review of Khalid, with his statement “ “Location” has a nice rhythm. It has a
lot of repetition: he repeats the same lyrics over and over again. It’s still catchy though, and he’s
gonna make a break one day.” Overall, we think that Khalid will continue his rise to fame with
his new music in 2017.
One of our favorite new artists is Daniel Caesar. Some of his more popular songs include
“Get You” and “Japanese Denim”. His music has a very calm vibe, and we think everyone would
agree that this is the perfect music for chilling out and studying - discovering this lesser-known
artist can be key for the students that cannot listen to loud music while studying.
If you are into modern blues, “Perfect” by Bibi Bourelly and Earl St. Clair is the song for
you. This song, with its insane vocal range, intense organ sounds and old school tune, is
absolutely mind blowing. Even if you do not usually listen to this style music, we recommend
you listen to it, just for the goosebumps effect.
For a shift in genre, Sam Hunt is a very unique country artist. This musician embodies
casual, fun tones with his song “Body Like a Back Road” . He found a way to break free from the
stereotypical country sound and transform it into something even more catchy and meaningful.
When asked about Sam Hunt, Adam Clotier, a Senior at Glenelg, said that “ “Body Like a Back
Road” is a great song. It’s got a nice beat to it.” His description is what many other people agree
about Sam Hunt’s song, and although they admitted that they had not heard his other music, they
agreed to look him up and appreciate his other songs.
Dua Lipa is our next artist, who has released songs like “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)”. Her
songs are amazingly innovative and equally as catchy as the others on this list. She utilizes funky
beats, and a strong sounding voice to make her songs hits.
Another pop artist, Elohim, is a lesser known figure whose songs are light and fun.
“Hallucinating”, her most popular song, completely embodies the rest of her works. The song is
a roller coaster, full of slow and fast parts, different voices and noises including violins and
modern synthetics, and is truly fun to listen to.
Our last genre is rap. These artists have risen to fame through their profound lyrics and
partying beats. 6LACK, KYLE, and Amine are three rap artists worth discovering in 2017, due
to songs such as “Prblms”, “iSpy”, and “Caroline”. Although these three songs are more popular,
it is definitely worth it to check out the rest of their albums. These hype-up songs are perfect for
listening to music in the car with your friends or exercising.
After listening to these artists and asking the students of Glenelg High School what their
opinions are on these songs, it should be clear to see that you should put these songs into your
playlists. By interviewing students at lunch, we found that about 50% of students knew certain
songs, but were still unaware of the actual artists of these songs. Furthermore, based on our surveys, we found that most students did not know the artists such as Daniel Caesar, Bibi Bourelly and Earl St. Clair. Despite the lack of knowledge of most of these artists, we believe that they will gain popularity throughout this year. From everything like running to studying, these songs are perfect to listen to, and we encourage you to listen to them, and to expand your music repertoire with the new sounds of 2017.
Disclaimer: Some of these songs have explicit lyrics.
By Olivia Kavadias
Art is changing. During the renaissance, most art was done on canvases and boards, and it is traditional to create art this way. In more recent years, technology has given people the chance to put their art into a film or digital medium. This has expanded creativity vastly, making way for newer, more contemporary and innovative art. Jena Ialongo, an advanced artist and student at Glenelg, believes digital and film art “allow for more creativity because you can do so many more things that traditional art can not.” At The National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., an exhibit showcases these kinds of creations and is something worth seeing, expressing emotions and ideas that you can not reach with traditional art.
Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait features work from a span of over 40 years, all on video panels. Many describe his work as innovative, and has been in the spotlight for years since it is so different from many other artists like Vik Muniz and Richard Serra. Viola’s work features the metaphysical issues about our place in the world and encourages self-reflection, especially in works like Surrender which shows two people on opposite poles, looking and diving into their reflections into the water they are waist deep in.
Another popular piece in the exhibit is The Raft, which was one of the more recent works, done in 2004. It tells the story of many people from different ethnic backgrounds, all standing in one big conglomeration. At around the halfway mark (5 minutes), a torrent of water rushes out for both sides of the panel. For the rest of the portrait, the people tumble and stumble, the water’s strength pushing everyone in different directions.
The Dreamers is one of the more relaxing and undisturbed works in the exhibit. It is a collection of seven panels featuring seven people of all different ages sitting still in water, the sound of the still stream echoing in the room. The concept of age and stillness is also expressed in another work in the exhibit, Four Hands, which shows four panels of hands, from left to right, young to old, the younger hands moving apart from each other, and the older hands coming together.
Bill Viola’s work has various underlying meanings, and is very modern, innovative, and captivating. The Moving Portrait is an exhibit worth seeing at The National Portrait Gallery this Spring. One bystander in the exhibit calls it, “engaging with sound and movement, drawing the viewer into an experience that goes deeper than a two-dimensional portrait… bringing us closer to the human spirit.”
By Jackie Lyons
Based on the iconic Archie Comics, the new show from The CW that premiered on January 26, Riverdale, has taken the teen world by storm with its seven episodes. This new murder mystery changes the theme of the Archie Comics from formerly family friendly and all inclusive to deadly and mysterious.
In the town of Riverdale, everything is perfect until star football player Jason Blossom is mysteriously killed and his body found in the lake. In the wake of all the chaos, the main protagonist, Archie Andrews, and his friends, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, and Jughead Jones, try to find out the truth behind Jason's death and who they can and cannot trust.
In my opinion, this show is an incredible tribute to some classic characters. The character development is superb, giving the characters different personalities that are more relatable to today's teenage viewers. Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead, is so believable playing a brooding, enigmatic writer it's so easy to forget that he was once one of the biggest Disney Channel stars not too long ago. Junior Maria Salandra says, "I think it's kinda cool that he's still playing the awkward, nerdy kid but now he's better." Glenelg students like Salandra feel like they can relate to the struggles Jughead and other characters face.
Unlike many comic books that have been adapted into shows like The CW’s The Flash, Riverdale is not about a superhero, but ordinary teenage life. While Riverdale may sound like another typical teen show, it really holds more. According to Junior Mayuri Albal, "It showcases high school and family life and the hardships some people face on a day to day basis. Also the characters aren't the typical stereotypes. Betty is more than just the girl next door while Cheryl isn't just the typical mean girl who lives the perfect life." Even if murder mysteries aren't your thing, it's worth giving it a shot and will leave you wondering: Who killed Jason Blossom?
By Kendall Howze
Glenelg’s theater department has done it again with yet another sensational performance. To celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 87th birthday, Glenelg High School put on Seussical the Musical. In Seussical, the Cat in the Hat (Junior Jake Baker), Mayzie LaBird (Senior Alex Wood), JoJo (Lisbon Elementary School Student Lilianna Robinson), Horton the Elephant (Senior Emilio Bayarena), and other Dr. Seuss characters from various stories were all linked in the same storyline. After Horton finds a speck of dust that happens to be carrying the town of Whoville, he does his best to protect the speck and all of the people of Whoville, including an imaginative little Who named Jojo that thinks a little too outside of the box. Horton’s job isn’t easy, as everyone believes Horton is crazy for talking to a speck.
Community members of all ages came to see the play. It was advertised as a family event, and many families did in fact have a nice night seeing their favorite childhood classics recreated on the Glenelg High School stage. While there were many little kids in the audience watching, there were also a few kids in the show. The child ensemble had kids from local elementary schools as members of the town of Whoville. Most of the child ensemble members may have been familiar if you saw Glenelg’s 2016 spring musical, Music Man. As always, according to Sophomore Madie Calhoun, “They were adorable.”
Lilianna Robinson is another returning elementary school actress from last year’s Music Man. Her role of Amaryllis was small but played very well by her as she acted with her older brother Ray Robinson, a 2016 Glenelg graduate. This year she stepped up to play the large role of JoJo, one of the main characters of Seussical. She sang a wonderful solo “It’s Possible,” a couple duets with Horton, and many songs with the ensemble. Hopefully we will be seeing more of her in the future.
Many of the actors in Seussical are excited to be a part of the next play. The seniors, however, have just been in their last play at Glenelg as a student. This final performance was bittersweet for Senior Michael Leard, who has been involved in the theater program all of his high school career. In Seussical, he played one of the Wickersham brothers. When asked about how he felt knowing he was about to star in his last performance, Leard said, “It was a very sad moment for the Seniors of the theater department, however it is also something I will remember for a lifetime.”
As phenomenal as the main characters were, the ensemble was just as spectacular. Their energy level was high and kept the audience engaged. The wacky costumes of the residents of Whoville really brought together the setting and depicted the cartoon characters just as Dr. Seuss would have intended. The cast members of Seussical upheld Glenelg’s record of stellar performances. Be sure to watch the next performances from the Glenelg theater department which are GBC’S Aladdin and Dessert Theater.