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.”

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.”


Top 25 Things to Do as a High School Senior

Nadia Gov
Copy Editor

– Go to Prom!
– Spend a day at the beach with your buddies.
– Wear something bold to school because you love it.
– Catch up with an old friend.
– Eat at every restaurant on Main Street.
– Have a sleepover with your friends.
– Talk to someone you have never talked to before.
– Get your driver’s license.
– Learn to cook, clean and do laundry.
– Tell your favorite teachers how much you appreciate them.
– Make amends with someone you have hurt.
– Pick up a new hobby.
– Attend a school event you have never been to before.
– Have a movie marathon with your friends.
– Take a photo with your family and friends.
– Go on a trip with your friends.
– Tell your crush you like him or her.
– Say thank you to everyone who has supported you throughout high school.
– Volunteer at a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, retirement home, etc.
– Make your résumé.
– Apply for a summer job with that résumé.
– Spend time with your friends without using phones or the Internet.
– Write a letter to your best friends and tell them to open it a year later.
– Buy a yearbook and get everyone to sign it.
– Take a moment to be proud of all the accomplishments you have made these past four years.

Accept That Reject!

Jennifer Fan
Staff Writer

You have spent your whole high school career for this moment. Anxiously, you open the faithful letter, or email, hoping to see “Congratulations” in the first sentence, but instead, there is a hurtful “Thank you for considering…” It is hard to recover from rejection, especially if it is from your dream school. However, remember that an acceptance or rejection from a university does not define the person you are and what you have accomplished.

You may want to beat yourself up and say that you should have taken more AP classes, studied more for the SAT or have done more service hours. But if you have done your best these past few years, saying “should have”is nothing more than pouring salt on your wounds.

You have to own that rejection! Yes, you may have gotten rejected from this college, but what about the other colleges that have accepted you? Besides, a rejection does not mean that you were not qualified. Remember that many who are qualified do not get admitted simply because there is not enough room, especially for well-known and prestigious universities where many applicants have similar grades and test scores.

There will be something for you at whatever college you attend. It may not be your “dream school” but it will still give you memories of a lifetime and a chance to meet amazing people, on top of an amazing college education of course. A rejection is not a loss and you are worth more than it. If it still hurts, Senior Council is offering a pint of ice cream if you bring them your rejection letter. So own that rejection!

You know you have senioritis when…

Elton Ho
Copy Editor

– Your grades are slipping away faster than electric eels on banana peels. In the middle of an ice rink. Coated in grease.
– The only thing getting you out of bed in the morning is the thought of coming home after school ends.
– As your parent drives you to school, your eyes are locked outside the window. You’re blinking “Get me out of here” in Morse Code to the other drivers.
– You shed a single tear when the 7:45 a.m. bell rings. Every day, you know it’s coming, but you still cry every time.
– You’re bawling by 7:50 a.m.
– “Is second period almost over?” “Dude, it’s been 15 minutes.”
– You pass by a friend on the way to third period. You don’t smile. You don’t nod. You walk by, stone-faced, like the zombie you are.
– If you have to analyze Macbeth one more time in English class, your cauldron’s going to bubble over. “Life’s but a walking shadow” indeed.
– “Wait, we have a test today?”
– You’re tearing up again as 2:41 p.m. approaches. This time, it’s tears of triumph.
– When the bell finally rings at the end of the day, you almost burst out in a dance number. You have to stop yourself from singing out “What Time Is It?” from High School Musical.
– Your zeros on PowerSchool are multiplying quicker than any pimples you’ve ever had in freshman year.
– Your motivation is currently on its way down to the center of the Earth. You gaze into the abyss and the abyss gazes back.
– “What’s the point of sleeping when I’ve been dead inside for months?”
– You’re assigned to write a list of senioritis symptoms a month in advance of the deadline. You still finish it late.

Diagnosis — If you show:
0-1 symptoms: I don’t believe you. Let’s be real, you didn’t really do the reading, did you? Don’t be ashamed, we’ve all been there.
2-5 symptoms: Mild case of senioritis. You’re hanging in there quite nicely!
6-10 symptoms: Typical case of senioritis. I know it’s rough now, but there’s definitely hope for you: read the rest of the page to find your cure.
11-14 symptoms: Severe case of senioritis. You are not alone! There’s still time to find help before Prom and your college admissions disappear in front of your eyes.
15 symptoms: Oh my. Oh dear. It’ll… be okay. We’re here for you, buddy.

Alhambra HS Artists, Performers Present First VAPA Festival

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The symphonic band performs “Equilibrium” by Michael Oare during Alhambra’s first VAPA Fest on March 19.


Staff Writer

On March 19, AHS held its first Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Festival, in which the various AHS arts programs displayed their skills to visitors from the community.

The VAPA Fest was centered around the cafeteria, little theater and auditorium.

In the auditorium, performing arts groups such as Choir, Orchestra, Band, Alhambra Dance and All Male took the stage. Alhambra Dance and All Male performed both as a full team and in six smaller individual groups: the Unoriginals, Magnitude and Isolation, Double the Trouble: Paula A-Squared, and School Girls. There were also two solo performances: one by sophomore Alec Lucero and the other, titled “Super Distorted,” by senior Joshua Cueva. In addition to these performances, students created and showed short films based on the theme “distortion.”

Speech and Debate, Thespians and Comedy Sports all made their appearances in the little theater. Thespians were also given the opportunity to showcase a scene from their upcoming spring play “Little Shop of Horrors.”

The cafeteria was home to Jazz Band and visual art displays. Crafted by first and second year ceramics students, dozens of sculptures were on display alongside student-created drawings and paintings.

Given that the VAPA Fest is the first event of its kind, spectators had varying experiences.

“I feel like the VAPA Fest should be advertised better because there were [few] audience members,” senior Paul Gamez said.

Other visitors and parents also shared Gamez’s sentiment regarding the turnout at the festival.

“I am overall very satisfied with all the performances,” parent Vianca Dunning said. “To improve the VAPA Fest, I wish there was more outreach to the community. It would be good to see community leaders [here at the event].”

Looking ahead to the future, event organizers, such as senior Ivy Kwok, hope that the VAPA Fest will be able to transform into a larger community event.

“Personally, I hope that the VAPA Fest events will be condensed down to a more central time and location to maximize the performers’ effects,” Kwok said. “As a member of ASB, I experimented with the idea of a VAPA Spirit Week, and I hope that it will be continued on in upcoming years to advertise the VAPA Fest. This first annual VAPA Fest has been trial and error, but now that the idea has been publicized, we hope that it will attract more audiences in the future.”

AHS Associated Student Body Holds Elections for Prospective Student Leaders

News Editor
Staff Writer

While U.S. presidential candidates are continuing their campaigns, our student government hosted information meetings for those who are interested in becoming student leaders and campaigning begins after spring break.

Alhambra’s Associated Student Body (ASB) is a group of students who cooperate with various clubs and staff to organize school-wide affairs such as Homecoming, pep rallies and spirit weeks, according to ASB sources. They also work to enhance school spirit and leadership skills. Other events organized by ASB members include eighth grade orientation, club fairs and food fairs.

For ASB elected and appointed positions, meetings were held on March 21-24. Informational meetings about appointed positions will be held on April 19-21. It is required for each candidate to attend at least one meeting in order to campaign.

Candidates try to win students’ votes through campaign posters and other advertisements.

“I want to join ASB because I want to step out of my comfort zone and practice my leadership skills. Also, I want to contribute something to [AHS],” sophomore Selena Chen said.

In addition, ASB prospects can participate in speeches and other events that will help them in campaigning. The meet and greet will be held on Monday, April 11 at the Quad for ASB and on Third Street for class councils.

“I will be [making] speeches and fliers so that I can get my name out there,” Director of Campus Environment candidate Jessica Yee said.

In addition, the time and effort put in by current ASB members is needed by future ASB members in order to preserve and enhance AHS’ school spirit and events.

“I am looking forward to the ASB elections since it gives candidates the chance to run for the position that they feel they can contribute the most to [in] ASB,” ASB adviser Tuan Pham said. “I have very high expectations of ASB since they represent the voices of the student body. I expect all members to work together and help each other succeed by taking on roles outside of their positions.”

Voting will take place from April 11 to April 14. The final results list will be available on Monday, April 18.

Students Win C-SPAN StudentCam Contest

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Staff Writer

AHS seniors Andy Chan, Shannon Kha and Aaqil Khan won second place in the West division for the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Networks (C-SPAN) annual StudentCam contest.

StudentCam is an annual nationwide competition for students in grades six through twelve. There are two categories: a Middle School and a High School category.

According to C-SPAN’s website, students were asked to create a short, five to seven minute video documentary on a topic related to the 2016 competition theme: the issue they most want the candidates to address during the 2016 presidential campaign. StudentCam released their topic on August last year.

“I have used C-SPAN resources for many years [and] have announced this competition in previous years to my classes [as a project],” Government/Economics teacher Johnnie Lau said.

Chan, Kha and Khan decided to do a short documentary on Social Security for a class assignment.

“All things are important in America, but after consulting [with each other and Lau] we ended up deciding on Social Security, because it is an issue that affects every single person in the U.S.,” Khan said.

In the documentary, they first addressed what Social Security is and how it works, then they interviewed local senior citizens and asked, “How has social security helped you?”

“Social Security is an issue that has not been talked much about [in the presidential campaign],” Kha said.

The short documentary is to air on Friday, April 8 on Charter Communication, an American cable telecommunications company.

“The topic was something interesting that we thought not many people would do. Along with the content, the filming of the video and the way everything came together in terms of music as well as cinematography made our video stand out,” Chan said.

Thespians Present Harvest of Hard Work in Spring Musical

Editor in Chief

Thespians have a tradition of putting on musicals. This year, Thespians has decided to put on Little Shop of Horrors, a horror comedy that spotlights a man-eating plant.

“The [last] three months that we’ve been working on this show has been full of hard work, and dedication in order to make this show the best it can be. Aside from all the hard work, it’s also been a great bonding experience to meet new people in the cast and to create lifelong friendships,” junior Asha Lew said.

Their opening night will be this coming Thursday, April 14. There will be a series of five shows: April 14, 15, 16, 21, 22. Tickets are being sold by all members of the cast and other Thespians.

“Our students spend three to five hours at rehearsal. The show has a little romance, it’s a little funny, [and] kind of scary all wrapped up in one wacky, really great show,” drama teacher Rachel Snow-Fornari said.

What to Know about the California Assessment of Students

Staff Writer

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is a statewide group that makes the standardized test California Assessment of Students and Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The test consists of applying Common Core Standards to English and mathematics assessments.

On March 12, AHS held English and math boot camps that provided practice assessments for students to preview the tests.

The CAASPP is a test taken on the computer where the questions are based off of the Common Core curriculum. In addition, test questions are made harder as students answer the questions correctly; however, if questions are answered incorrectly then the questions become easier.

“Learning about [the CAASPP] and realizing that I have to take it means that I have to prepare for it and hope I get a good score on it,” junior Brandon Ly said.

One-Way Trip to Mars

Staff Writer

For years, many have wondered if humans could ever journey to Mars. Before astronauts wereable to venture in space, the idea seemed impossible. However, modern-day technology may allow Mars One, a nonprofit foundation, to send 100 people from around the world to settle on the red planet. The Dutch organization plans to fulfill this mission in 2025, and believes that it is the next big step for man-

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