Photos by: Stephanie Willett and Stephanie Rand
The Hangover Part 3, the reputed "finale" to the Hangover franchise, is at it again, leaving you tracking drug lords, laughing at awkward jokes in lewd situations, and sadly, yawning to the unexciting and trite plot structure.
This movie isn't entirely bad, I suppose it just presents itself in too dry of a manner, for its predecessors already pitched the same product. However, if you want to just have a laugh at senseless humor, and don't really care much for a story, then I would suggest watching this movie. You will be chuckling and guffawing at Zach Galifianakis, who plays the role of Alan, who stole the spotlight once again. The majority of the time you will be laughing at his crazy antics. The Hangover movies' success is dependent on the outrageous mannerisms of the character of Alan, and is only made possible by Galifianakis's acting. Don't expect anything special, though. Like I said, if all you need is a laugh, then watch this movie.
However, if you are someone who weighs the quality and originality of the plot in order to find the quality and originality of the movie, then you won't find much weight in The Hangover 3. The plot can be simply stated, especially when seen the third time. Two best friends and one buffoon must solve the mystery of where the missing person is in order to save their kidnapped friend. However, instead of having to retrace their steps from a night of partying, drug using, and blundering into troublesome situations, this time, the heroes must track down Mr. Chow - not a big difference.
The Hangover Part 3 is much better than the second Hangover, but much worse than the first Hangover. This movie tries spicing up the story line by recounting to previous events that occurred in the first and second movies and changing up the way the catastrophe starts, but it is nothing different. This movie is not a must-see film, but if you're bored enough, go for it.
Christian Perez and Sako Gekchyan
The talent show was a mix of performances and scenes of Alice (Trista Bell) running after the White Rabbit (Ciara Rudas). They were both equally as interesting.
The show opened with a vocal performance from Ellie Aguilar. She was accompanied by Neil Zagada on the ukulele and Jesse Sanchez with his beat-boxing. It was a unique performance because it wasn't just singing; it had live music as well.
Another performer whose performance was spectacular was Marco Santiago with his dancing. He moved crazily across the stage but the moves looked choreographed and not sloppy at all. He had the audience cheering loudly by the end with his Michael Jackson-inspired dance.
Amanda Moore, who performed twice in the show, sang "Stay" by Rihanna while playing the piano. It was a beautiful performance and rivaled Rihanna herself.
Act 2 began with freshmen Christine Tfaye and Kate Piatti, performing a rendition of "My New Philosophy" from the musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," which had the audience in an uproar. Eighth grader Casey Campbell was next in the line up, performing a completely improvised jazz piano piece.
Senior Selena Arreola sang a gorgeous ballad, accompanied by Amanda Moore on the piano. Duly noted was the fact that Moore only had about ten minutes to learn the piece. Junior Alicia Devore had the audience clapping in rhythm as she sang the Alicia Keys classic, "No One."
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Junior Christian Perez and senior Sako Gekchyan performed an original rap song entitled, "Ghetto Love." Undoubtedly a fan favorite, the driving beat and quick flowing lyrics had the audience hooting and clapping as the pair threw down. Next, junior Semeria Anderson drove many to tears during her rendition of the Celine Dion ballad "My Heart Will Go On." Ending the show was senior Marcie Mathieu and her sister Monica in a duet.
The winner is announced
The performances were interspersed by Trista Bell, Jake Lux, and Ciara Rudas, who provided comic segues into the acts and told a series of failed knock-knock jokes until the judges came to a decision.
Tension was evident in the performers' faces when they lined up on the stage, waiting for the winners to be announced. Selena Arreola came in third place, winning a $25 gift card. Amanda Moore came in second, winning $50. Christine Tfaye and Kate Piatti came in first, winning $100.
Afterwards, the audience had mixed feelings about the show.
"I thought Amanda was pretty good, Ellie too," said freshman Andy Paredes.
"I like the dancer!" chimed in seventh graders America Paredes and Valeria Rodriguez, in regards to junior Marco Santiago.
"I wish there was less singing, more other stuff," said junior Anna Do.
"The winners were all great, but it really says something about what we think of talent if 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place are all singers," said junior Abby To.
Despite not placing in the finale, contestants were happy with the outcome.
"I really didn't expect to win," said Casey Campbell. "I just did it to show the school my piano skills."
"I feel really good," said Marco Santiago. "I'm really proud of my act. The audience liked it, and that's all that matters."
Katrina Heil performs as Alice
Alice has fallen into the world of Wonderland again in the middle school production of Alice in Wonderland.
The story begins with Alice (Katrina Heil) being chastised by her sister Mathilda (Riley Baldwin) for being too imaginative. Later this leads to Alice “falling” into Wonderland and meeting all of the crazy characters that come along with it. She finds magic cookies saying “Eat Me” and bottles saying “Drink Me” throughout the story that change her size which creates the characters of tall (Kendall Frear) and small (Christine Tfaye) Alice. Though it is only an hour long, it encompasses most of the original novel by Lewis Carroll.
There are many memorable characters in Alice in Wonderland, but the parts that were played well were the Cheshire Cats (Kate Piatti, Nora Vartanian, and Emily Neppl), the Caterpillar (Gillian Gonzales), the White Rabbit (Antonio Antunez), and the Queen of Hearts (Melanie Kisler).
The Cheshire Cats provided much comedy and explained the story as it went along. Every time they spoke, the crowd seemed to be waiting for something interesting or funny to be said. Each line was delivered very well and had everyone laughing in their seats.
The cast performs
The White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts are very outrageous characters to play, so it was great to see them put to justice. The Queen was constantly carrying an angry expression and yelling “Of With Their Heads” in a very character-like way. The White Rabbit was also very character-like in that he was jumpy and quickened the show.
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The set of the show was changed every scene and looked very interesting. This was especially true during the “Unbirthday Song” in which the cast sang as they kicked people outof the party (including Tall Alice in the end).
The best ensemble of the show was all of the flowers. They were constantly rude and conceited. It made for an interesting scene. Though there were a few dropped lines here or there, it was an overall good ensemble.
The music was phenomenal. The “pit”, as it is called, included Alex Piatti on the bass, Erik Przytulski on the piano, and Alex Lee on drums. They were consistently on beat and added to that feeling of actually being in Wonderland.
Overall, it was a good middle school production with a few minor setbacks being line drops and a single technical malfunction. Some of the most memorable characters were portrayed beautifully and made the show what it is—wonderful.