As ASB elections approached, candidates posted their campaign posters around the campus hoping to convince voters. Take a look at some of the funniest posters in the slideshow below.
It has been a busy week for the Costa Mesa High School Drama Department. The musical Once Upon a Mattress just came to a close, which means it's finally time to audition for a new play. This year, it's not just one audition happening; two auditions are taking place within two weeks. In the first week, auditions for The Bully Plays took place. This specific play is only available to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. This production is quite different from the typical plays done at CMHS. It is a drama/comedy anthology that includes twenty-four ten minute plays (scenes). Due to the lengthy time of all the scenes being put together, only twelve acts were chosen by the director Kathy Paladino. The production emphasizes how big of an issue bullying has become in a unique way, making students eager to audition.
Sophomore Antonio Antunez says, "The theme of bullying that this show completely embodies was the main reason I wanted to audition for this show. Bullying was something that was very prevalent in my early years, and I have an immensely strong connection to the show as a whole."
The audition process was much different for this particular play since there were no callbacks. Auditions were held within a time span of two days. On the first day, students were handed a small packet with selected scenes in which they could choose what play they wanted to audition with. If they felt that they were ready, students congregated in small groups and auditioned. If more time was needed to rehearse, students had the option of coming the next day. The audition procedure can be nerve-racking for some.
Junior Priscilla Ziegler states, "For auditions I get a little bit nervous because I don't have the time to learn my lines very well. When it comes to the actual performance though, we've practiced so much that I'm not worried about messing up."
Instead of normally having callbacks, the cast list was immediately posted, but there were no roles given. A list of twenty four names identifying those officially in the play was posted. The roles were not decided until after the first read through. As a result, students were satisfied with the roles given and were excited to get started.
Ellie Aguilar, who was given one major role and three minor roles says, "The main role that I got was 'Cassie' in Here be Dragons, and it's such a fun and entertaining piece to be in. I have to act like a 7th/8th grader and it's really fun playing a younger character. I'm glad I was cast in this play, it's going to be great. It's an emotional roller coaster, so be ready!"
After a successful week of auditions for The Bully Plays, it was time for the middle school musical auditions for A Pirates Life for Me the next week. This show was also performed in 2007. Since it's a musical, the audition process requires much more than a play. It involves dancing, singing, and callbacks depending on how the auditions go.
Nancy Le, who has done two shows prior, auditioned because she thinks, "Every show is exciting and fun, especially since this musical is filled with a ton of funny moments."
If being involved in a drama production has always been something you want to do, then break those barriers, step out of your comfort zone, and come out and audition. It will give you an unforgettable experience.
Written/Photographed by Christine Tfaye
A study upon trust, deceit, and morality, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a formidable addition to the Marvel series. As you stumble out of the theater, you'll be asking yourself just one question: What are they going to do next?
Even after the events of The Avengers, Steve Rogers (aka good old Captain America) is still struggling to fit in to the fast paced life of modern America. Still under the employment of S.H.I.E.L.D, Rogers spends most of the film questioning the morality of his agency's actions. After corruption is exposed within S.H.I.E.L.D and the story begins to follow the traditional fallen hero arc, Rogers teams up with Black Widow, Nick Fury, and newcomer The Falcon to defeat the elusive, mysterious Winter Soldier, restore justice, and ensure freedom in the truly American way.
To really understand The Winter Soldier, it is highly recommended (although it should required) that you watch Captain America and The Avengers. Much of the story and drama will be lost upon you otherwise, although they refresh your memory of the previous events by having Rogers visit his Smithsonian exhibit.
The Winter Soldier is unique in the fact that it places a layer of humanity upon its larger than life characters; Captain America becomes more Steve Rogers the same way Black Widow becomes more Natasha Romanoff. Nick Fury becomes a man searching for a way to restore the morality of S.H.I.E.L.D, rather than the guy with the eyepatch. Even Agent Hill is given more depth in this film than in The Avengers; she becomes more of an agent versus a lady on a Bluetooth.
Spoilers abound next, so beware! Skip to the last paragraph if you would rather not know the entire story.
The whole story arc of Hydra still existing and growing within S.H.I.E.L.D. seems quite confusing. How could an entire team of super skilled agents not realize that the Nazi group that their founders worked to defeat grew for seventy years under their nose? And why would they even consider recruiting Dr. Zola, who was the right hand man to the Red Skull, to work for them? And then turn him into a super computer? With all of its sensitive material and immense power, you would have assumed that they would try to not hire Nazis.
This arc also gives us the impression that the Captain was frozen in vain; he crashed himself into the ice to end Hydra and save the world, missing his life and those of his friends. Yet, with Hydra, "you cut off one head and two more take its place."
The revelation that the two people Rogers loved the most in the 1940s were still alive had the same effect upon its preceding film that The Avengers had upon the ending of Thor: it took away from the sadness and made the previous ending and all of its emotional turmoil nonexistent. Although Peggy is old, gnarled, and bedridden with what seems like Alzheimer's, the very fact that she is still alive and that Rogers can still see her takes away from the lost hopelessness that we experienced at the end of Captain America. But the sequence between the two still left us with a feeling of anguish, as the juxtaposition between young and old still showed that they could never truly be together.
Having Bucky Barnes as The Winter Soldier had that same effect. We suffered with the Captain as he lost everyone he loved and struggled to find his way in the era of lost morality. And then his best friend is still alive... Although he is an assassin with a bionic arm and no recollection of his past life. Bucky serves as a kind of anti-Captain, as ruthless and violent as the Captain is pure.
But this doesn't stop the film from being just plain awesome. The cinematography was gorgeous and varied, and the special effects and fight scenes were seamlessly executed and edited. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, watching wide eyed as the character came close to death, stared death in the face, or, in the case of Nick Fury, came back from the dead. The perfect balance of comedy and dramatic action came together, as the usual style of Marvel movies. And as weird and confusing and angering as the storyline is, these emotions help fuel the passion and intensity and excitement of the film.
In short, The Winter Soldier is in a class of its own, a gorgeous addition to the Marvel Universe that creates an interesting perspective of our favorite heroes and new facets to their story lines. Remember to be on the lookout for Stan Lee and to stay until after the credits, and I mean AFTER the credits- it is a Marvel movie, after all.
Written by: Loralee Sepsey