A Scope Into Theater

Issue 22 Features

Mia Takasaki
Staff Writer

Theater originated in ancient Greece. School productions tend to recreate classic plays, such as “Kiss Me Kate,” the upcoming play at Alhambra High School which will be presented in April. One of the world’s most famous playwrights is William Shakespeare. He wrote about 37 plays during his lifetime. Some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays include “Romeo and Juliet” and “Hamlet.”

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The Stage is Set
Jesse Rosales and Nguyen Kim Tran
Staff Writers

Cole Porter’s“Kiss Me Kate” is a musical about actors performing a musical version of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Porter’s work had its opening night on Dec. 30, 1948.

The comedic musical centers around two characters, an actress named Miss Vanessi, played by senior Lorena Coronel and her director, Frederick C. Graham, played by junior Henry Caceres. Throughout the play, the two clash in a battle to gain the spotlight in the musical. Eventually, they realize that they have a profound love for each another. The play questions the complications in discovering true love and personal identity. At the end, Miss Vanessi must make an important decision regarding her future as an actress.

Alhambra High School’s Thespian Society will proudly present“Kiss Me Kate” on the 6,7, 13, 14 of April at 7 p.m. and additionally on April 8 at 11:30 a.m. Pre-sale tickets will be sold for $8 for students and $10 for adults. The prices will increase at the door. VIP tickets will also be offered for $15 during the presale. Premium seating at the front of the show will be accompanied with complimentary chocolates in the VIP package.

The cast includes over thirty members and the set will be two levels high.
“The cast has been preparing [for the play] over the past three months,” Assistant Producer Dahlia Morena said,“I hope that this will bring more exposure to the Thespians and more people will come to our shows.”

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The Theater Meter
Katherine Gong
Staff Writer

Since the first humans fell in love with theater and the endless worlds it can create, various types of theaters have emerged. Depending on the audience, time period and message, theaters are able to communicate a variety of stories to a variety of audiences.

Some of the most common forms of theater are school productions. These types of shows often recreate classic stories such as “Romeo and Juliet” or Disney favorites with a component of high school authenticity.
Next are community theaters, which began as a collective movement to illustrate local dramas.Community theaters assemble a group of professionals to develop a play that is oriented to a specific community. In addition, the Broadway theaters, located in the Theater District of Manhattan, showcase numerous nightspots that offer entertainment through shows such as musicals.

Theaters also differ in levels of the environment. They can be conducted in nearly any environment: outdoors, warehouses, stairwells or open stages. An arena is a setting where the audience completely surrounds the stage, while a thrust stage is one where the audience surrounds the platform on three sides. An end stage is one where the audience directly faces the stage; both occupy the same architectural space.

Despite the different levels of theater, all theaters aim to leave an audience with a lasting impression of the arts.

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The Classics
Michelle Lin
Staff Writer

Although plays are not as popular as they were during the Elizabethan era, modern works such as Amy Herzog’s“4000 Miles” continue to bring joy and enjoyment to viewers.

The famous play.“Romeo and Juliet” was originally published in 1597 and centered on two lovers with rivaling families. Shakespeare’s other more well-known play, “The Tragedy of Hamlet,”revolved around Prince Hamlet’s vengeance for his father. Along with “Macbeth,””King Lear” and“Othello: The Moor of Venice,” the four works are known as Shakespeare’s Four Great Tragedies. These plays all feature characters with high staus, such as kings and princes. On the other hand, modern plays often concentrate on ordinary people and their daily life.

The modern play,“4000 Miles,”was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play centers around Leo, a 21-year-old man, and his relationship with his 91-year-old grandmother, Vera. Despite all the differences in past and modern plays, more playwrights and plays are sure to debut as times progresses.

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The Origins
Destiny Luna
Staff Writer

The theater has been around for centuries, dating back to ancient times. Over time it has evolved into categories and the audience has expanded.

Before there were famous playwrights such as Shakespeare, the Greeks had begun contributing to this form of art in their own way. The Greeks used theater as a way to broaden their understanding of the life they lived. Theater plays were popular throughout all of Greece. Wealthy citizens sponsored local theaters, believing they would gain popularity amongst peers or using it as a pathway to enter politics.

Musicals came about in the 19th century in order to intersperse dramatic scenes with musical interludes. As years have gone by music has been incorporated into the theater in order to make the show lively. It is frequently used in Broadway shows and has become the center of attention for modern plays and theater performances.

William Shakespeare is one among many playwrights who helped shaped theaters into what they are today. His works captured the hearts of many and opened the door for younger writers. He inspired writers such as Arthur Miller, Oscar Wilde and Tennessee Williams. Theatre progressed and has reached new elements as more playwrights began to publicize their work.

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Fun Facts
Lynn Zhang
Staff Writer

1.The Palace Theatre in London has two permanently bolted seats for the theater ghosts to sit in.
2.When Hal Berridge, the boy playing Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” died suddenly, Shakespeare may have had to take up the role of Lady Macbeth himself.
3.In Ancient Greece, the audience would stamp their feet instead of clapping their hands to applaud.
4.On July 27, 2010, the longest continuous dramatic performance took place in New Jersey by the 27 O’Clock Players. It was 23 hours, 33 minutes and 54 seconds long.
5.In 1782, a woman named Mrs. Fitzherbert died laughing at a theater performance of John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera.”

Sources:
http://www.whatsonstage.com
http://www.express.co.uk
https://interestingliterature.com

Facing the Phobias

Issue 21_features

Lynn Zhang
Staff Writer

Everyone has a phobia of something, whether it is of something abstract, such as the fear of failure, or of something tangible, such as spiders. They affect people’s everyday lives, especially in the school environment and in the workplace.

Phobias have deep psychological causes and implications, usually caused by stressful situations or frightening events. Luckily, there are ways to deal with, or even overcome, certain phobias. Read on to take a look at how phobias are commonly developed and how they can be overcome.

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Phobias Are Not A Problem
Michelle Lin
Staff Writer

It can be hard to live a life with phobias, and that is why professional are there to help and offer advice on how to cope with certain phobias. There are plenty of resources and assistance for people with different phobias, ranging from tips on self-help to techniques that therapists use.

Helpguide, a non-profit organization, recommends trying different relaxation techniques and meditation when trying to stay calm. A person under anxiety from phobia can try relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and muscle relaxation, as these movements can help control the physical symptoms of anxiety. When self-help fails, it is time to seek help from mental health professionals. According to Mayo Clinic, the most effective treatments are exposure therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Therapists use exposure therapy to help patients overcome their fears by presenting their fears right in front of them. CBT is aimed to change patient’s’ way of thinking and eventually change the way he or she feel toward a certain phobia.

It is only a matter of time before people find the best way to cope with their phobias. In the near future, as more information surfaces about phobias, more treatments will become known and available to the world.

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Fears and Careers
Katherine Gong
Staff Writer

Phobias come in different levels of extremes, effects and places of origin. However, phobias can affect workplaces, regardless of the type of people that endure them. For example, glossophobia, the fear of public speaking, could inhibit the rising success of a CEO or executive. Regardless, phobias both major and small could potentially alter career choices, depending on how much a person allows it to impact his or her decisions.

Major fears include agoraphobia, the fear of crowds and open spaces, and claustrophobia, the fear of closed spaces, which could impact the working environment a person chooses to adapt to. Phobias that prevent skill-building and effective communication include: bibliophobia, the fear of books; decidophobia, the fear of making decisions; and epistemophilia, the fear of knowledge. Technophobia, the fear of technology, could even limit the types of careers a person chooses to take.

According to All About Counseling, phobias can be treated with a “combination of fear-reduction conditioning, behavioral conditioning, personal counseling, and medication.” Hypnotherapy is recommended to open a patient to a calmer mindset and prevent them from reacting to real-life situations in a defensive manner. Forbes also states that women are two times more likely to be affected by career-related phobias than men. Despite this, if a person has ergophobia or the fear of work, he or she has a lot of work to do!

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Phobias Affect Students
Destiny Luna
Staff Writer

Some of the most common phobias that affect students are related to anxiety and can often last months at a time impacting the student’s education. The school environment often initiates these phobias.

Public high schools vary in size but the average classroom occupancy generally ranges from about 30 to 36 students. For some, the thought of being in large crowds is nerve wrecking and has already caused students to stay at home rather than attend school. According to Do Something, an average of 10 percent of teens suffer from panic disorders. Students who suffer from agoraphobia often have panic attacks. This affects the student when they stop showing up due to their phobia. When students feel uncomfortable within the school environment, they are less likely to attend school.

Another phobia that is seen within schools would be mysophobia, the fear of germs. Schools are full of germs in the eyes of those who have mysophobia. Those with mysophobia believe that they must always be clean. They are so distracted by the germs that they begin to lose focus in class and their education.

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The Origins of Phobias
Jesse Rosales
Staff Writer

From cognitive learning to influencing phobias, the adolescent years absorb the most information in human development. A Harvard Medical School study analyzed that children look up at adults with trust and place their emotional and physical needs. The trust children give their caregivers leads children to avoid things that adults mark as dangerous. People often develop a fear of closed spaces if they had an experience of being trapped when they were a child. The study went on to also analyze that people can learn phobias from family members who have similar fears.

Researchers do not know what causes complex phobias, such social phobias. However, it is thought that genetics, brain chemistry and life experiences all play a part in the development of complex phobias. The physical reactions a person experiences, when faced with their fear, is generally considered a reaction to something immediate that threatens their security or safety. The emotion of fear is an indicator that a species could physically be harmed. Fight or flight is considered a fear response and is the behavior of various species when they are threatened.
Phobias have protected humans from predators and other threats to their survival. It is no wonder that certain dangers evoke that emotion since fear helps protect and is, therefore, adaptive, functional and necessary.


Poll: Greatest Fear

What is your greatest fear?

Poll collected by Katherine Gong and Jesse Rosales
Staff Writers

Graphics by Xiaoye Wang
Staff Writer

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Mia Takasaki
Staff Writer

Trivia

1. What is one of the most known phobias?
A) arachibutyrophobia
B) arachnophobia
C) cynophobia
D) bibliophobia

2. What is cibophobia?
A) fear of ugliness
B) fear of clowns
C) fear of food
D) fear of dogs

3. What is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth?
A) arachibutyrophobia
B) acrophobia
C) anthropophobia
D) arachnophobia

4. What is nyctophobia?
A) entomophobia
B) bibliophobia
C) spectrophobia
D) fear of darkness

Answers: (1)B, (2)C, (3)A, (4)D

Striving for Recognition

Issue 20 features

Ellen Lei
Staff Writer

Students often aim to achieve success at school to obtain a sense of confidence and pride or simply to feel satisfied. In some instances, students can even be rewarded for their achievements through awards. Awards have always acted as a motivator for students to work hard and push themselves to their fullest potential. On the other hand, it can simply be a reward for students that have demonstrated an exemplary work ethic. There are several different awards that can be given out to students that meet the requirements. Although there are various awards, people should understand that if there is no true merit or significance for the award, it should not be considered an honor. Thus, students should focus their efforts on challenging themselves to accomplish greater achievements, not just on winning awards. It is time for students to take advantage of their potential and the future rewards that await them.

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Katherine Gong
Staff Writer

The Truth About Trophies

When DJ Khaled released his 2008 hit song “All I Do Is Win,” the song quickly hit the Billboard Top 100, not only because of the song’s catchy chorus but perhaps also because it accurately captured humanity’s innate desire to always come out on top. Whether it be at the Grammys, Oscars or Golden Globes, winning awards is a feeling that everyone desires. However, what causes such ambition or happiness? What makes a trophy worth more than its physical form?

In 2006, researchers from Toronto’s Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Center conducted a study that revealed that Academy Award-winning actors and directors tended to live longer than their runner-ups. “We are not saying that you will live longer if you win an Academy Award,” said Donald Redelmeier, the lead author of the study, “Our main conclusion is simply that social factors are important… It suggests that an internal sense of self-esteem is an important aspect to health and health care.”

As it turns out, according to a CBS article, winning triggers a release of dopamine in the brain, causing a feeling that makes people happy and competitive. While awards promote a healthy ambition, people often associate winning with being the best. This sense of competition, despite the lack of permanence in the satisfaction it brings, leads to competitive mindsets and drive. As long as pursuing awards is kept at a healthy balance, winning accolades can create confidence and purpose within a person.
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Jesse Rosales
Staff Writer

A for Effort

The “everyone’s a winner” mentality has emerged and is becoming more prevalent in the world today. In a match there are winners and losers. If a team wants a trophy, they have to be the best. However, the standards to be considered a winner are changing. It is becoming more common for children to receive a participation trophy. The phrase “A for effort” is seen as a compliment and a sense of achievement. A Princeton study on social interactions analyzed that schools, social interactions, even jobs are being influenced by this phenomenon.
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By making everyone a winner, students are losing out on learning how to lose graciously or pick themselves up from a failure. Trying one’s best never guarantees that they will get the dream job, the big promotion or meet the requirements. Many argue that the biggest lesson sports teach athletes is how to face defeat and return another day to try and improve their game; until one day when they can put themselves and their team in a position to win. Yet, they remind students that their effort, regardless of ability or results, is valued. Participation trophies tell them that what matters is showing up for practice, learning the rules and rituals of the game and working hard.

The idea that trophies create an entitled generation who learn to expect praise for participation clashes with the idea of commitment and determination. There has been little research to prove the benefits or harm of participation trophies in sports. For now, participation trophies will continue to symbolize a transition to the different perspectives on the growth of students, athletes and workers.
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Mia Takasaki
Staff Writer

Honoring Moors

There are many types of awards in high school. They can range from academic awards to extracurricular awards. A few of these awards include CSF, National Forensic League and MDDTUSA.

CSF, or California Scholarship Federation is a program that was started in 1921 by Charles F. Seymour. CSF is about recognizing students and their outstanding academic achievements. There are three types of awards given out, the first being the Seymour, which is considered one of the highest honors given to a high school student. The second award is the Outstanding Sealbearer, which is an award of $1,000 for students who do not qualify for the Seymour. There is also a third award which is for seniors who are part of the CSF chapter. Colleges throughout the nation still participate in this program, recognizing students for their great academic accomplishments.

Another company that gives awards and scholarships is the National Forensic League. The National Forensic League, now known as the National Speech and Debate Association, was founded by Bruno E. Jacob in 1925. The school with the most advancing rounds at the speech and debate tournament receives the Bruno E. Jacob award. There are also sweepstakes awards given out to the top schools at the tournaments.

MDDTUSA is another competition which frequently awards prizes to high school students. Miss Dance Drill Team USA founded by Kay Teer Crawford, is a dance competition for dance teams and studios. MDDTUSA has a scholarship foundation which gives out three types of scholarships to students: The Dr. Kay T. Crawford award, The National Solo Title Pageant Award and the Brenda Caspary-Crawford Scholarship award.

These are just a few of the many awards students are able to earn in school. With these and the many other awards available, students will continue to work hard physically and academically to strive for excellence.

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Lynn Zhang
Staff Writer

Achievements Through History

Ever since ancient times, awards have been used to recognize outstanding victories. In fact, the English word trophy was derived from the French term trophée, which means “a prize of war” and the Latin term trophaeum, which means “monument to victory.”

Awards today do not look the way they did in the classical times, however. After a victory on the battlefield, the Greeks would use the arms and armors of their opponents to construct a trophy. The Romans’ awards took the form of columns and arches. There were also smaller awards, such as a twisted olive branch used at the original Olympic games in Greece. Although this does not seem like a lot today, it was a serious symbol of status in those times, given only to the most elite athlete.

In the Middle Ages, chalices were given to winners of sporting events. These chalices are the foundation of the modern-day cup-shaped trophies, such as the Davis Cup and the Stanley Cup.

Awards have also come to recognize achievement in music, acting, scholarly work and many other categories. For example, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, commonly known as the Tony Award, recognizes achievement in live Broadway theater. It was first awarded in 1949 and has numerous categories, such as Best Choreography and Best Play. Another well-known award is the Nobel Prize, a set of prizes that recognize academic, cultural and scientific advances. The first Nobel Prize was awarded in 1901.

The desire for recognition is an integral part of being human. History demonstrates this through the use of awards and trophies which have been used to mark achievement since the ancient times.

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Destiny Luna
Staff Writer

1. Walt Disney holds the record for winning the most number of Oscars by an individual.
2. In 1934, Shirley Temple was the youngest person to receive an award at 5 years old.
3. The only movies to win 11 awards in one ceremony include ‘Titanic,’ The Lord of the Rings and Ben-Hur.
4. La La Land made history in January, breaking the record for the most Golden Globes won by a single film by snagging all seven of the awards for which it was nominated.
5. The Oscars are not open to the public.
6. One-quarter of the presidents have won a grammy, including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
7. About 27 awards have been discontinued from the MTV VMA’s.

Sources:
~ inquirer.net ~
~ theverge.com ~
~ nydailynews.com ~

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A World of Color

Issue 19_Features

Katherine Gong
Staff Writer

They are in what people see, what they feel and in everything that they do. Without colors, this world would be a tunnel of uniform black and white vision. When Isaac Newton passed a beam of sunlight through a prism to discover the color spectrum, he unleashed a cornucopia of possibilities that went on to shape the world.
Whether they are turned into an entire industry, twisted into the latest trends or hold the psychological reasons for much of our actions, colors undoubtedly play an enormous part in life. They have been present in every past, exist in each person’s present and will shine a rainbow onto the future. These shades of light reflect an entire spectrum into a world of color!
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Colors in Marketing
Lynn Zhang
Staff Writer

One of the most important and controversial aspects of marketing is the use of color and the perception of color. There have been attempts by researchers to decode what emotion a certain color evokes, such as whether yellow evokes optimism, clarity and warmth. However, the effect that color has is different for each individual, due to different experiences, personal preferences and cultural upbringing. That is not to say that color does not affect consumer responses at all, but the patterns found in color perception are broader than just what a certain color makes the consumer feel.

Color has an effect on how consumers perceive a brand. A study conducted by Lauren I. Labrecque and George R. Milne, respectively, graduates from Northern Illinois University and University of Massachusetts Amherst revealed that a consumer’s purchasing intent is greatly affected by color because it reveals the personality of the product. In this sense, color is not just important in marketing because it can evoke emotions, but also because it gives consumers a first impression of the product.

Furthermore, studies from the Radiological Society of North America show that people’s brains prefer immediately recognizable brands, which makes color an important factor in portraying brand identity. A journal article titled “Color Research and Application” even suggests for new brands to pick out colors that are unique and different from their competitors.

Although it is hard to place a finger on what color evokes what emotion, it is safe to say that color has a strong psychological impact on consumers and is an important marketing technique.
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Coping in a World Without Color
Mia Takasaki
Staff Writer

Color blindness is a condition that can be difficult to deal with. There are multiple ways to cope with it such as using EnChroma glasses, asking for help and looking for differences in colors. It is a condition that is more often inherited by men than women. According to Colour Blind Awareness, about one in 12 men are colorblind and one in 200 women are colorblind in the world. People that are colorblind can usually see colors, but have a hard time distinguishing the different shades of certain colors. This condition can affect people’s daily lives in many aspects, such as cooking or getting dressed.

People who are colorblind can have a difficult time cooking. When meat is being cooked they cannot tell if it is finished by its color. It is also hard to tell if fruits are ripe or not. Being colorblind can make it difficult to do something as simple as getting dressed because it is hard to match clothes. It can even be hard to drive if you struggle with red and green color blindness because all three of the lights can look very similar.

Recently, the company EnChroma invented a pair of glasses that allow colorblind people, or people with color vision deficiency, to see red and green colors better. The company used the most recent research on colorblindness to create a model that lets people see how a person with red and green color blindness would see. Next, they used a method known as ‘multinotch’ filtering to enhance or strengthen certain colors. The company has become popular with their customers reaction videos of before and after using the glasses.

Since there are no cures for colorblindness, the best way to cope with it is ask for help, look for cues in colors like brightness, and label items with the color they are. Do not be afraid to ask for help in picking out outfits or cooking foods. There are currently no treatments for color blindness, or color vision deficiency, but there are glasses and contacts that can be used to help enhance colors.
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Color Psychology Makes Learning More Effective
Michelle Lin
Staff Writer

To engage bored and tired students, teachers often use different methods. Most teachers utilize color psychology through powerpoints and highlighting to help students learn.

According to an article on Aura Interactiva, an eLearning website, the color yellow can enhance readability in the text by 40 percent. Yellow highlight is the best when it comes to recalling information learned.

Hard colors including red, orange and yellow are more visible by making objects look larger and closer that they actually are. These colors can easily grab one’s attention, especially when presented in a long text. On the other hand, soft colors such as violet, blue and green are less visible to the human eye and may appear smaller and farther away.

Using certain colors can improve cognitive skills and allow students to better recall details and concepts given during the lesson. Instead of looking at plain text, colors allow learners to establish connections and stimulate reactions from the brain. Finding the relationship between eLearning, teaching through electronic media and color psychology enhances education for both students and teachers.
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Fun Facts
Jesse Rosales
Staff Writer

– People, in general, are more likely to choose blue as their favorite color.
– Pink suppresses anger.
– White and black are not considered colors.
– The sun is actually white when viewed from space. The Earth’s atmosphere makes it appear to be yellow.
– The colors of the rainbow in order are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.
– The first color we see is red.
– The colors of the rainbow are also known as the spectrum.
– Most people dream in color, but for those of you who grew up watching a monochrome television, you most likely also dream in black and white.
– Red can go the deepest in the ocean because it has the longest wavelength.
– Females are more attracted to males who wear red.
– People who wear blue are considered more trustworthy.
– Republicans and Communists use red as their color of identification.

Source: Artyfactory.com


1) Worldwide, what color are people more likely to choose as their favorite color?

-A. Red
-B. Yellow
-C. Green
-D. Blue

2) Which color has the longest wavelength?

-A. Blue
-B. Green
-C. Yellow
-D. Red

3) Colors that are see through are called what?

-A. Monochrome
-B. Polychrome
-C. Opaque
-D. Transparent

All answers are D.