Fall Comedy In The Works

Excitement in the arts has begun to stir as the theatre program starts rehearsals for their fall production of The Learned Lady by Moliere. According to Mr. Stevens, the head of the theater department, it is a French comedy about a con man who moves in with an average family.

Open auditions were held the second week of school, and auditioning students had to present a monologue by Moliere. Even though this was stressful for the students, many were very pleased when the cast list was released. The main role of the poet con man will be played by Joey Casseb who is thrilled about the show.

“When I saw the cast list, I was excited to work in such a wonderful show,” Casseb said.

As for the rest of this year, Mr. Stevens  said  the program’s ultimate goal is to “win everything”, and he is also confident that they will go to State for the UIL one act play. He is very excited to now be working alongside Mr. Young, the new theater teacher, who Stevens describes as, “wonderful.”

Anyone interested in seeing The Learned Lady, can come out on November 3-5 at seven p.m, or November 6 at two thirty or seven p.m. Tickets will be sold for $7.

The department’s next show will be the winter production of The Sound of Music. Auditions will begin immediately after the fall play is finished.

Looking for a Space Jam Date?

Finding a date for the first dance can often be confusing and scary especially for freshmen. We polled a few of the faculty to get their opinions and advice on how to move forward.

  • Mrs. McDaniel- “Deodorant.”
  • Mr. Fuch’s- “Go up and ask.”
  • Mrs. Mayer- “Flirt with the boy/girl you like.”
  • Mrs. Gonzalez- ” Take a bath.”
  • Mrs. Griffith- “Pass them a note from a secret admirer.”
  • Mr. Kellog- ” Ask a lot of people.” “… you  could take their sister’s.”
  • Mr. Stevens- “Be bold, follow your impulses…go for it.”
  • Mrs. Clark- (chuckles) “Lie about your age.”
  • Mr. Carlos- “tell ’em you know me.”
  • Mrs. Pelletier- “Why you have to play games? Just ask!”
  • Mrs. Hogan- “Hygene! Try to be more mature than you really are.”

How to Make Mums Without the Money

Ribbons and bells and glitter, oh my! With all their little doodads and shiny trinkets, mums can be costly. Buying one already made can cost anywhere from fifteen to one hundred dollars.

Here are some keys to making mums while  saving a little moneymoney. Split the cost of supplies with friends. Hobby Lobby has bouquets of a dozen mums for twelve dollars which is cheaper than buying separate flowers at any craft store.

Buy in bulk. This allows leeway for making mums. Running out of ribbon in the middle of making a mum can be frustrating. If this doesn’t sound appealing, remember, whatever is not used this year can be used for next years’ mums.

Get creative! Items like spray glue can be expensive so use something else instead. Glitter glue or tempera paint are more economical than a spray can of glue.

Shop just after Christmas. Even though it sounds ridiculous, Churchill’s colors are red, black, and white and most of the ribbon that is sold during winter time is RED and WHITE. No longer are the after Christmas sales ridiculous. Hobby Lobby also has a Christmas section with ribbon that is on sale during this time of year.

Shop at stores that don’t normally connect with art supplies, like Travis Wholesale Florists. They have discounted ribbon and mum flowers and are located conveniently downtown.

For anyone without mum making experience, stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby have “how to” fliers that you can take home, Barnes and Noble carries books, and YouTube has some good tutorials. The one I consider most helpful was posted by Really Reasonable Ribbon on how to make military braids. This step by step “how to” is easy to follow and cheaper than paying four bucks for the same thing at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

The last helpful tip? Waiting until the last minute to make mums is like waiting until the last minute to do a project that can take an upwards of several hours. It is NOT fun and should be avoided at all costs.

Our Modern Friendship

People don’t seem to look at each other any more. They don’t quite talk with the same voice. They don’t interact with the same vigor.

The perception of reality and priority has been so twisted by media, technology, and ignorance that people have become oblivious to the human connections they ignore. The idea of friendliness has certainly changed over generations, and it has quite possibly degenerated.

Human connections should be confirmed from the very first meeting. All around people see others that they know, but they will hardly ever approach these people. An antisocial mind-block occurs just before simple greetings like, “hello”. People might look straight at each other, each one entirely aware of who the other is, but neither will show signs of recognition. Its a concerning idea. The human connection is the main idea behind sociological interaction, and  people are  allowing it to be ignored. Even acquaintances should be friendly to each other, for only from that point are new friendships allowed to emerge. And even if friendship is in neither party’s interest, why should we suddenly ignore each other? It’s not thought of as offensive, but perhaps it should be. The people that surround us are our greatest resource.

People are talking about nothing. They shout out worthless thoughts on places like Facebook and Twitter, searching for a connection. People will respond, show an interest of course, but it’s not anything substantial. It’s not a real connection. It’s like small talk. Nothing true. It’s nothing of value. Just blurbs of nonsense.

Is this truly what friendship has become? Blurbs of nonsense? Just thoughts that open up nothing about the person at hand, but just what they had for lunch and what they’re doing this afternoon? Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to know what people are doing. It’s especially important to show an interest, but if we limit our communication to just this, our relationships will be empty. We need deeper friendships. People should value their connections with each other. In a search for meaning, this is surely the most meaningful thing yet to be found. In our relationships we learn about people, and this further defines ourselves. It’s important to understand people around us, and to be developing deeper connections all the time. It is these rich relationships that will develop into the valuable friendships that we need.