The choir performs
The choir performs
With Liberty and Justice for All
The “With Liberty and Justice for All” choir concert included the music and history of the various Civil Rights movements in America.
Opening day for the concert was May 7th at 7:00 pm. The concert was not comprised entirely of songs, however. Different choir members recited quotes from important civil rights contributors in addition to a narration. Adrian Gutierrez, a performer for choir, exclaimed, “I think it is a great way of learning the past.”
It took a lot of practice to prepare for the show. “Well we’ve been
practicing in class for many, many weeks; choir working on the songs and the speakers working on their parts. It takes a lot of hard work and many weeks of practicing,” said Mr. Lindfors.
Throughout the show, choir members sang after the narrator gave a brief history of African-Americans and their struggles. The narrator first talked about how the first Africans came to America as slaves and ended with how they achieved the equality they have today. Mr. Lindfors, the director of the show, said, “I thought it was an important theme. I like the idea of teaching history through music and acting; not just reading it out of a book.”
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The lyceum had a very patriotic feel. A projection of the American flag was displayed on two, opposite walls. There was an additional flag hanging over the podium. When asked if this was intentional, Mr. Lindfors said, “Yes, every day over the loudspeaker they say ‘stand up and say the pledge and the pledge ends ‘With Liberty and Justice for All.’ And, historically, if we look at that, what does that really mean? That’s what we’re trying to explore in this concert…Do we really understand what we’re saying?”
Sebastian is a choir member who performed in the concert. His mom, Elvira Sosa, commented on the show, “I loved it. I thought it was very interesting.” Most of the songs were well received by the audience. At the end of the concert, there was along applause indicating a pleased crowd. “I thought the narration was really good,” noted Mrs. Sosa.
Some concerts that the choir class performs are not recurring, so they may only be performed once. “We kind of change everything every year,” Mr. Lindfors commented. For those of you who did not attend this show, there are no guarantees that it will be performed again. Be sure to catch the next show, Mesa.
Written By: Alan Aguirre
Photos By: Stephanie Willet
“…We used to go to Metro [Pointe] all the time with a big group and then it just got boring.” Attic Community Theater
Junior John Dmitruk’s words reflect a sentiment that is probably felt by a good portion of Mesa students these days. Many of us are looking for something local to do for fun aside from the typical dinner or movie night. Therefore, the Equestrian has compiled a list of five fun things to do in the Costa Mesa area that are not your typical fare.
1. Attic Community Theater Rock climbing
The Attic Theater is a relatively new place located in Santa Ana, on the corner of Segerstrom and Fairview. Mesa students Chris Byers and Hayley Smith have both acted in productions at the Attic. Yelp reviews have given the theater four stars out of a possible five.
While the turnout is relatively modest and can vary depending on who acts in the show, it is becoming more popular. According to Hayley Smith, “As the theater gets going, we will see more people our age going.” Much of the appeal of seeing a local theater production is seeing our friends and acquaintances on stage. Fortunately, Attic productions include both adults and younger actors, so there will be chances of seeing people our age.
Photo by Wiki Commons user Geographer
For the more athletically inclined, Rockreation is an indoor rock climbing establishment. The Costa Mesa location is a 12,000 square foot building. It offers both rock climbing day passes for $16 (adults) and classes for inexperienced climbers. A package of three classes (six hours of training can be purchased for $99.
Rockreation has a variety of walls for both rock climbing and bouldering (climbing without ropes). These walls vary from relatively easy to very challenging in difficulty. It also includes training equipment such as treadmills, ellipticals and weights. Indoor rock climbing offers young people a fun and challenging activity that will break the monotony of typical hangout spots.-----------------------------------------------------------------Read Also: Guide to the Flix by Natalie Tetreault---------------------------------------------------------------
3. Downtown Disney Delicious Italian
For those looking for a change of pace, Downtown Disney offers a unique experience every Saturday night: swing dancing. The event offers free swing dancing lessons taught by Mike and Olivia Lai in front of the ESPN Zone at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. It features live music by a swing band, bringing a special ambiance to the event.
Since Downtown Disney Swing is a completely free event that requires no pre-registration, it is an easily accessible event for high school students. In addition, it should be a great breath of fresh air after so many typical high school dances.
4. Haus of Pizza The Lab
Although it was already mentioned that the ordinary dinner with friends can become a bit monotonous, an exception can and should be made for Haus of Pizza, a lesser-known pizza place on Adams Ave. The establishment has been around for 32 years, and was voted Orange County’s Number 1 hole-in-the-wall restaurant in 2009 According to Yelp.com, a total of seven reviews give it an average of four-and-a-half stars.
The restaurant offers a variety of options, although it is obviously best known for its pizza. Its other offerings include sandwiches, pastas, salads, and garlic bread. Junior Tyler Connors was very outspoken about his opinion on Haus of Pizza. “I love the food. The food’s fantastic.” It seems the reviews are with him in that respect.
5. The Lab
The Lab, Costa Mesa’s “urban youth anti-mall” is an up-and-coming popular location for hangouts. The area offers a variety of restaurants and shopping destinations such as the Gypsey Den Café, Buffalo Exchange (a vintage clothing retailer), and Urban Outfitters. In addition, the Lab actively promotes culture and art. There are open mic nights every Thursday, as well as poetry readings and singer/songwriter showcases each month.
The Lab is quickly becoming a “hip” location for teenagers to spend time. The art nights should be a great deal for those looking for more “alternative” entertainment, not to mention tasty food and shopping locations.
Written by: Quan Nguyen and Kelsey Armstrong
Photos by: Jocelyn Gutierrez
All You Can Eat Special
Sushi Wave sits along the long stretch that is Newport Boulevard. Nighttime colors, plenty of sit space, and friendly waitresses and waiters create a very mellow atmosphere.
Now let’s jump into the good stuff: the food! Although Sushi Wave offers a variety of plates ranging from appetizers like shrimp and vegetable tempura and entrees like chicken teriyaki, people are most attracted by their all you can eat lunch and dinner specials. For a somewhat pricey cost of $18 for lunch or a cost of $23 for dinner, the AYCE special offers you almost all of the delicious rolls that are on the menu. You might be shocked by those prices, but trust me, you are allowed a seemingly unlimited amount of orders, and you can choose from an array of rolls, cooked and uncooked, that individually cost about $8-$15. Within 2-3 rolls, you are getting your money’s worth. However, beware and be confident of your stomach’s capacity, because you will be charged for any unfinished food left on the plate. The rolls tend to be packed with rice and may fill you up quickly. A good tip is to eat fast, take a break in between rolls, or change up the style and flavor of the rolls you are eating so you don't get tired of the taste.
Sushi Wave's Rolls
Some good starters for your meal are the Volcano Roll, Golden Tiger Roll, and the White House roll. All of these come off the cooked menu, which I prefer, and are all surprisingly good. Most people think that AYCE food is low in quality, which was my initial thought, but Sushi Wave’s rolls force me to object. I was a little disappointed with the amount of rice packed into the rolls, but other than that, every roll I tried was satisfying and more.
Overall, Sushi Wave is the perfect place for hungry sushi lovers, especially if you order the all you can eat special. The rolls are great and are definitely worth the price.
•AYCE menu is worth it when you can eat a lot
•Many types of rolls
•Rolls are above average in taste
•Food is a little pricy
•Rice-packed rolls fill you up
•You can get tired of the taste if you don't change up the orders.
Written and Photographed by: Joey Nguyen
Local art is displayed on the walls.
There is an abundance of quaint restaurants yet to be discovered in Costa Mesa, and the Equestrian has stumbled upon a prime example, Vietnam's Pearl. Next to Jack in the Box on the corner of Baker and Fairview is a strip of stores that my eyes normally glaze over. However, much to my surprise, I found a restaurant with great food at great prices at an extremely convenient location. After a pleasant talk with the owner, I discovered that the restaurant is family-owned. Patrick Nguyen, who has been an owner for the past four years, said, "All of the restaurants have been in our family since we came over here from Vietnam. So my dad and his brothers actually opened the first restaurant up in West LA." There is now only one location, and it serves a happy and loyal crowd. The menu includes authentic Vietnamese dishes such as Pho, Vermicelli noodles, jasmine rice dishes, crispy egg rolls, and spring rolls, among other classics.
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Vietnam's Pearl had a relaxed feel, with local artistry displayed on the walls and the low thrum of music playing in the background. The service was quick, the food was fresh, and the overall experience was delightful. Looking for something fun and different to sip? I definitely recommend ordering a classic Tai tea, or the coconut juice. This tasty treat was served in the original coconut shell with a straw. "After they harvest the coconut, they send it to a factory, shave everything off, and place it in a plastic wrap. That way you're able to serve it on a table," Patrick explained.
As an appetizer, I recommend ordering the egg rolls served with a lettuce wrap and fish sauce. I was told to wrap the egg roll in the lettuce, and then dip the wrap into fish sauce. The taste was phenomenal. Another fan favorite I tried were the vermicelli noodles with garlic, lemongrass beef, which was definitely worth the wait. Served fresh off the stove, the beef was juicy and the noodles were tender. Overall, Vietnam's Pearl is truly a gem.
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Poster capturing the game.
Based in a strange pseudo-futuristic flying city that has succeeded from civilization, fans of the series will experience all of the old Bioshock features that they love in a completely re-imagined environment that will capture new-comers as well.
The Bioshock franchise is infamous for its extremely dark subject-matter. The first game (released in 2007) was driven by morality decisions by the player, with the second game based in the same world. Infinite brings in new elements, new abilities and countless new ways to scratch at the player's moral fabric.
Part of Infinite's engaging nature is its breath-taking environments and skylines. As a top contender for one of the most graphically demanding games on the market, this is no surprise. The real adventure comes from exploring every nook and cranny that the game offers. Subtle hints to the game's story and the city's culture lie around every corner and behind every door. These pieces of story are what bring the story to its fullness—allowing the player's imagination to fill in whatever isn't told directly. All of these small factors are fit well with the constant "on-the-run" theme that the game drives in a city that is literally "falling out of the sky."
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Booker DeWitt fighting a Tortured Man.
The gameplay involves powers reminiscent of the previous games' "plasmids" except under the new label of "vigors." Each grants the player new strengths and abilities that have drastic effects to the gameplay. Powers range from spewing fire out of your hands to the dark ability of possessing your enemies, and making them see to their own unsightly demise. Bioshock fans will have a vast new arsenal of abilities to fight and experiment with, as well as a new combat system that allows for the use of two weapons at once, making combat much faster paced than in previous games.
Infinite has already captured millions with its plot-driven, immersive experience. Gamers looking for a top quality RPG (no multiplayer included) that has you questioning your every decision should heavily consider picking up this title.
~Bioshock: Infinite is an M rated single player game that is now available for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Mac~
Written by Brett Bermudez
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(From left to right) Jimmy Palacios, Noah JeyaRajah, Andrew Ziegler, Adam JeyaRajah, Trista Bell, Jesse Sanchez, Anna Do, Rachel Russell
The auditions went off without a hitch even with the turn of events for Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play.
The play is 10-12 grades only and is not conventional when compared to the usual plays put on for the high school. Instead of everyone having one character and sticking to it, each person will be multiple characters, do sound effects or do the commercials and ad-libs during the stories.
There are three stories--The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps. Each is written by Alfred Hitchcock and has an element of horror or mystery.
The Lodger is about Ellen Bunting and her husband, Robert, who rented a room in their house to an irritable Mr. Sleuth who reads Bible verses in his room. He comes at a time when a serial killer, The Avenger, is killing young women that look similar to their daughter, Daisy.
Sabotage is about an American woman Winnie Verloc living in London with her brother Stevie and husband, Carl. Strange things have been happening around London and Ted, next door's green grocer, suspects the husband.
The 39 Steps starts with a theater, a famous man and gunshots. Richard Hannay escapes with the mysterious Annabella Smith, and after unfortunate events, spends his journey with the beautiful Pamela.
Jim Huffman discussing plot with auditioners
Before the actual audition, the students were introduced to the man who would direct the play. This time, since Ms. Paladino will be directing a show at The Attic--a community theater--Jim Huffman will be switching places with her and directing the show.
During auditions, students were asked to read an excerpt from The 39 Steps, Nine students would go on the stage and decide which parts they would read together. After being read once, they would switch places and each person would read a different part.
Actors/actresses were also asked to read even smaller parts of the excerpt they were given. They would either read the part between Pamela and Hannay and have to switch genders, or they would read Man 1 and Man 2 and do it as dramatic as they wanted to.
The cast was limited to 22 actors/actresses. 13 girls and 9 boys were admitted to the production. Though the students knew they were in the production, they were not yet told what parts they would be getting. They went to a read-through on Wednesday to determine who would be reading what for the next Monday's rehearsals.
Though there is a new director, an unconventional play and a small cast, the atmosphere in the rehearsal room does not seem to have changed from the original feel.
Written by Maya Lee-Lopez
Photos by Serena Ozonur
I know how frustrating Netflix instant streaming can be. All of the cool movies that everyone talks about are unavailable. But never fear. Pop some popcorn and get comfortable on the couch because this guide will help you find Netflix Instant's hidden gems.
I wasn't surprised when I found out this was directed by Christopher Nolan (director of Inception). The movie follows the main character Leonard, as he tries to solve his wife's murder while struggling with short term memory loss. If you liked Inception, or just like mind boggling movies in general, I highly recommend this film.
Don't let Jim Carrey's traditional comedic roles have you fooled. This movie is quite different. The story revolves around Joel (Jim Carrey) when he finds out his ex-girlfriend had a procedure to erase him from her memory, and he chooses to do the same.
Hungry for Change
Fans of Food, Inc. and Supersize Me will love Hungry for Change. I actually recommend this documentary to everybody just because I think it's so important to be educated about health, and especially the diet industry.
Yes, there is a reason for all the hype this show gets. If you haven't already heard the story line, Walter White is diagnosed with cancer, and unable to pay the medical bills with his salary as a high school chemistry teacher, he resorts to adopting a second, secret job as a meth producer and seller. (Warning: Don't watch if you get queasy easily. Don't say I didn't warn you.)
Breakfast at Tiffany's
This one's just a classic. I don't feel the need to explain further.
If you liked Taken, consider giving Limitless a try. The main character, Eddie, discovers a drug that allows him to access his whole brain, making him "limitless."
Crash is definitely in my top-five favorite movies of all time. It's not light-hearted, as it takes place in LA as the lives of several people connect in a dramatic series of events.
This is a great feel-good documentary examining happiness around the world and what really makes people happy.
Meet the Parents
Imagine nervously meeting your boyfriend or girlfriend's parents for the first time. Now imagine absolutely everything going wrong, plus Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro. Add a lot of laughter and you've got Meet the Parents.
My Strange Addiction
We all have those days where all you want to do is veg out on the couch and watch total trash television. Luckily, Netlfix makes this easy with it's large selection of TLC shows. My Strange Addiction is easily well...the strangest.
Written by Natalie Tetreault
A great musical, a great auditorium an a great cast make Wicked a must-see at the Segerstrom Center of the Arts.
Wicked is a drama-comedy spin-off of The Wizard of Oz. It is a battle between good and evil and what society believes to be good and evil. This story portrays the life of the Wicked Witch of the West or better known as Elphaba. It explains why she becomes “wicked” and why her skin is green. Wicked also explains her friendship with Glinda the Good. This musical has many answers and reasons for various occurrences in the world of Oz. It gives alternate reasons to who the Wicked Witch of the East is and who the tin man, lion, and scarecrow really are.
The props used for Wicked were phenomenal down to every little detail. Glinda flies around in a bubble in The Wizard of Oz, so a metal circle was created that she could fly around in--it even blew bubbles.
The Wicked cast that performs at the Performing Arts Center are not as good as the original Broadway performers Idina Menzel (Elphaba) and Kristen Chenowethas (Glinda), but Patti Muran as Glinda and Dee Roscioli as Elphaba did a really great job at the show.
A taste of green
A taste of romance
A taste of blonde
Written by Angel Fisk
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Miles and miles of smiles were all that were seen on opening night of the drama department’s musical, "Smile.” Even with a few microphone problems in the opening act the musical outshone it.
The setting for the musical is a pageant held in Santa Rosa, California. Girls from all over come to compete to become the next, Young American Miss. There's drama, tears, homesickness, comedy, sabotage and even a bit of racism.
Before the girls performed in front of an audience, they were brought a special guest to teach them some tips on how to be a pageant girl. Miss America 2001, Angela Perez-Baraquio, answered and demonstrated answers to questions asked about waving, smiling and other pageant-musts.
She attended opening night and said, "They're amazing and I saw them during rehearsal and they're just phenomenal."
Doria Hudson (Hayley Smith) and Robin Gibson (Adriana Rodriguez) played two of the main characters who become best friends throughout the course of the show.
When the original play was released, it was a hidden jewel because "Les Miserables" came out the week after and took the box office by storm. Despite the musical having trouble in its youth, our CMHS drama department made it one to remember.
The girls really benefited from having her there. In fact, when asked if they improved and took any tips from her, she said, "The wave. They were all like how do you do the wave? So they incorporated that."
With the guidance of Miss America 2001, the great leadership of the drama director Mrs. Paladino and a lot of practice and hard work, CMHS drama
made "Smile: The Musical" a fun, exciting play that the whole family can enjoy. Go check it out before the winner is crowned and the lights out for this wonderful play.
Written by Stephanie Willett
Media by Stephanie Rand
Edited by Maya Lee-Lopez
"Written by Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Ashman, SMILE takes place one week in the summer of 1985, as the city of Santa Rosa, California hosts the Young American Miss State Pageant. The First Act ends on the Friday evening, just after Preliminary Competitions. The Second Act takes place on Saturday Night, onstage and backstage at the Finals. Come see our show, and watch the true drama unfold as 16 girls compete for the title of Young American Miss."
Show Dates: March 7th - 9th & 14th - 16th at 7pm, and March 10 & 17th at 2pm
Adults: $12 ($10 presale, CMHS ASB Office)
Student: $6 ($5 presale, CMHS ASB Office)
Description of play copied from the CMHS Drama Facebook page
CMHS Drama encourages you to join the SMILE Facebook event page
to keep up with all the dates, times, and prices.
The opening number to SMILE: The Musical opening Thursday, March 7, 2013
Written and Video by Kelsey Armstrong
Edited by Maya Lee-Lopez