Choir begins practice for their “headlining” mini-musical “Newsies”

By Chelsea Napoli

Staff Writer

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Red Lion Senior High Choir is putting on their final concert featuring songs from the Disney musical “Newsies.”

This musical is based on the actual newsboy strike of 1899, which was a youth-led campaign against the rise of newspaper prices due to the Spanish American War.

Newspaper publishers Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, refused to lower their prices and the newsies weren’t able to afford the papers to sell, while also having to pay for their living requirements.

“Newsies” follows the story of Jack Kelly, a rather rebellious newsboy who wants to get away from the big city. But when the local publishing giant raises newspaper prices at the newsboy’s expense, he and his fellow comrades take action.

Instead of putting on an actual musical, the choir is selecting a few songs that are most notable or popular. The show will also have dancing and featured soloists.

“It’s twelve to fifteen minutes long. It’s just highlights of songs that are in the musical and we put choreography with it,” said Mr. Wise, Senior High choral director. “There’s usually not a ton of acting that goes on in it or costumes like our regular musical.”

The show will feature songs like “King of New York”  with soloists Megan Gilbert, Logan Dill, Alex Snyder, and Mitchell Wise.

This end of the year production recognizes seniors who have been heavily involved in the choir. The most notable seniors are voted upon by the entire choir. Those seniors then recieve rewards at the end of the concert.

Gilbert took part in choreographing the show along with junior Sarah Foess. After the two filled out resumes as to why they would be good candidates to choreograph and run practices, they were chosen by Mr. Wise to do so.

Wise had to consider overall dance experience, choral history, and leadership ability.

“We started with the ending song to make sure it has the most impact,” said Gilbert. “We want it to be the strongest and most important song.”

Foess and Gilbert met after school for three days for about nine to ten hours in total to make this whole show happen.

“It wasn’t always easy, sometimes we were stumped of what to do,” said Gilbert. “We regularly looked at reference videos and had to consider the ability of the entire choir.”

The mini musical will include students from all grade levels of the choir, no matter the experience level.

The choir will hold practice every Monday night until the night of the concert on Sat., Apr. 27 at 7 p.m.

Social issues in art portrayed by students

By Lillian Kiehner

Staff Writer

Art 3 may seem like a typical art room where there are are paint brushes, canvases, colored pencils, and charcoal sticks.

Mr. David Hopkins gave some leniency to his students when he decided it would be best to agree on a project with them.

The semester started off with a controversial topic-their thoughts on current issues in the world.

The project was to pick a controversial topic that speaks to the students and portray it through art.

“We pretty much discussed the idea [of a social issues project] with the students,” said Hopkins. “We discussed what has and hasn’t been done before and what we’ve seen on the TV and news.”

Senior Trent Moyer spoke about his topic, sexual abuse in the Catholic Churches, mainly at the Vatican.

“I hope to bring a voice to the victims, it shouldn’t happen to anyone,” Moyer said. “If it happens to you, it puts you into almost like a mental prison.”

Moyer went on to explain what he plans on adding to his final piece.

“The background is going to be like a child’s picture of the sky, and the black outline of the Vatican will show the mental imprisonment within the whole situation,” said Moyer.

“It’s a way to start off the semester,” said Hopkins. “It kind of gets them going.”.

Senior Carlie Pearson is doing a bigger piece with an even bigger topic. She chose the topic of violence, not narrowing it down to one subtopic.

“It’s a huge fear that everyone has,” Pearson said. “The more of a minority you are the more you’re afraid of it.”

“I wanted to do something that everyone could see as they walk around, so I was thinking of a wall with street in the background, but the focus is mainly on the wall.” said Pearson. “On the wall will be a bloody handprint so it will put you into that place of ‘What is going on here, what happened here?’ I feel like anybody could walk down the street and see that.”

Hopkins has high hopes for the feedback from the artist’s audiences.

“Acknowledgement mainly. Acknowledgement of the student’s work, acknowledgment of the social issues that are there,” said Hopkins. “Hopefully the acknowledgements are positive.”.

Both Pearson and Moyer really enjoyed this idea for their first prompt, and both hope to bring light to the heavy situations that are going on the the world.