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Sound the Bells: Red Lion puts on production of ”The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

By Margaux Rentzel

Social Media Editor
Senior Mitchell Wise lays in sorrow on the ground while the cast expresses emotion behind him at the musical assembly on February 27. Izzy Schopf and Logan Smith share a loving moment for the scene. “Hunchback of Notre Dame” runs Mar. 5-8. Photo by Julia Beiler

Every March, Red Lion High School’s stage is transformed to fit that year’s musical. It has gone from River City, Iowa in the Music Man, the big city of Los Angeles in Rock of Ages, and even Urinetown, in last year’s production. But this year, the stage will be converted to 15th Century Paris, in the “Hunchback of Notre Dame”. 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a story about a hunchbacked bell ringer named Quasimodo who dreams of the outside world. 

“For me, Quasimodo is the simplest version of emotions that are possible.” senior Mitchell Wise, who is playing Quasimodo in the musical, said. “To me he is the perfect example of a washed human.” 

The musical encompasses emotion, power, and a whole new realm of musical that Red Lion has taken on. The musical will be taking place March 5, 6, and 7 at 7 p.m. and March 7 and 8 at 2 p.m.

“’Rock of Ages'” was lighthearted and fun,” director and choreographer of the musical, Dr. Ayala, said. “And even though Urinetown had death in it and was a little bit dark, it was a fun, lighthearted dark.” 

The show is dark and has emotions, which Dr. Ayala says people should be excited for. 

“[People] should not expect a lighthearted, happy, story,” Dr. Ayala said, “It’s dark and kind of tragic, but sometimes out of the most dark stories comes the most meaning and emotion.”

Mitchell Wise, who has played leads in the years past, is playing Quasimodo in this year’s musical.

“Having been the lead in the past four years,” Wise said, “It’s definitely a good one to end on.” 

Some other leads include Micah Summwalt as Dom Claude Frollo, Isabella Schopf as Esméralda, Sarah Foess as Clopin, and Logan Smith as Phoebus. 

“I am more excited about this show than any I’ve done so far,” Ayala said.  

The cast works hard from the beginning of the school year to fundraise, and all the way up to February practicing. 

“We were here every day from 5:30 to 9, and that will be the case in all of February,” Ayala said. “So we are all really tired.” 

Every year there is also a student director that helps out with almost everything in the musical. This year, the student director is Giovanna Davis. 

“Before this year, I truly never understood how much work, time, and effort goes into the production,” student director Giovanna Davis said. 

The musical does not only appeal to theatre kids, it also has opportunities to get all students involved. Students can get involved by auditioning for the cast, help out with costumes, makeup, and props, they could be a part of the stage crew, help paint sets, and could even help out with lighting and sound. 

“I love being able to have a creative vision,” Ayala said. “And see it come to life through students.” 

Not only can the students get involved with the musical, but so can the whole community. 

“We have an adult choir that we recruited community members and teachers for,” Ayala said. “And they are going to be sitting up on the choir loft up on the stage.”

The pit every year also works to incorporate the sounds of the musical so the audience can feel it. In past years, the pit has not been as big, but this year that has changed. 

“We have 33 members in our pit, which is huge,” Ayala said. “So big that they can’t be on stage.” 

Tickets are $10, and $8 on Thursday for Red Lion students and employees, and for senior citizens. People can visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdgvqisVOgBnK5GbAdywnw-2LY4IeN_290VxCcQtsJVVMsbyA/viewform for tickets. 

“[People] should definitely expect to feel emotions,” Ayala said. “And to feel changed, in a way, after they leave.” 

Senior maintains ‘Mind Escape’ literary magazine

Using both her writing and artistic skills, Danielle Santana Denrich reads over and reviews a piece submitted for the Literary Magazine, Mind Escape. Pieces can be submitted using this form in order to be considered for publication. Photo by Kaitlyn Resline.

By Kaitlyn Resline

Student Life Editor

When Danielle Santana Denrich was assigned a passion project for Mrs. Jane Dennish’s Honors English 3 class, she did not realize she would continue the project after junior year. However, sometimes it works out that way. 

Santana Denrich started Mind Escape, a Red Lion High School literary magazine during the 2019-2020 school year, but continued it because she enjoyed it. The website is an opportunity for students to showcase their creative works, as well as view works from their peers. 

If students are interested in submitting work they can click on the About Us page of the website where there is a link to submit work. Once she receives the work, Santana Denrich reviews the pieces to make sure they are suitable for publication. 

“Some difficulties with picking pieces is the grading process,” Santana Denrich said. “Grading someone based on their creativity can be purely subjective and it’s up to me to make sure I am unbiased and grade objectively.”

The website is currently under construction to be renovated. Santana Denrich wants to set it up so that readers and click on a story and read it instead of scrolling to find it on the page. Visitors to the site are still welcome to view the Writing Tips and Tricks page or submit work while the website is being revamped.

“I use a lot of skills from knowing conventions and grammar and my own creativity to be able to read through each piece to determine which one goes on the site,” said Santana Denrich. “Then I also use my artistic knowledge for the website design and setup and also which piece goes where based on how each story is told.”

Mrs. Rochelle Bupp has become an informal adviser for the project but Santana Denrich took charge of the project. Mrs. Bupp explained that she took care of everything, all of the little details. 

“She is very passionate about writing,” Mrs. Bupp said. “She wanted a way to share her love with everyone, and give a place to show other people’s writings.”

Santana Denrich hopes the project encourages students to express themselves creatively beyond their core English classes. She hopes someone will take over the project next year after she graduates, or else it will fade out. 

“My goal with this project is for everyone to appreciate the creativity that many students have but don’t have a way to show it,” said Santana Denrich. “I think it’s beneficial to the high school because it shows an appreciation to each of the student’s creativity and I hope it also inspires others to delve into their imagination and to maybe submit something themselves!”

Red Lion hosts second annual Rumble in the Jungle

Lock Haven and Arizona State wrestlers grapple during the 2018 Rumble in the Jungle.

Lock Haven and Naval Academy wrestling teams square off in a regular season match

By Julia Beiler, Sports editor

Lock Haven returns to Red Lion this Friday for another year of Rumble in the Jungle. This year they take on a new opponent, the Naval Academy. 

The second annual Rumble in the Jungle will kick off Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Fitzkee Center at Red Lion Senior High School. This NCAA Division I wrestling match is a huge event for Red Lion. 

Many days of hard work are being put into getting ready for Friday night’s wrestling match. With an event so large, greater steps are being taken to make this event stand out and be successful. 

Last year’s event brought lots of attention to Red Lion, as the rivalry match between Lock Haven and Arizona State brought in many spectators from all over. Local fans also came to see Kennard Dale graduate Chance Marstellar compete. 

High School Biology teacher Mr. Brad Lloyd, a former wrestler for Lock Haven University, holds the title of an all-time winningest wrestler with 146 wins and was a three-time All-American top eight in the country, second and third in the country offered commentary. He is excited to see his alma mater’s team come to Red Lion.

“What makes Lock Haven appealing to be involved is that most people on the team are from this state,” Mr. Lloyd said.

Many graduates from PIAA District III are on both the Naval Academy and Lock Haven University teams. That makes the matchups between the two teams unique within the players. 

From Lock Haven, senior Kyle Shoop is a returning All-American wrestler and is currently ranked 12th in the nation. Lock Haven also has senior Alex Klucker, who is ranked 16th in the country. Shoop went to Boiling Springs and Klucker is from East Pennsboro, both from PIAA District 3. Senior Jared Siegrist is also from Pennsylvania, Siegrist is a graduate from Manheim Central.

From the Naval Academy, freshman Jacob Koser is from Pennsylvania coming from Northern York.

Although, as successful as it was last year, it is not expected to be the same turn out again. 

“I don’t think it will be as large as last year,” Red Lion athletic director Arnold Fritzius said. “Partly because of the matchup, partly because it is earlier in the year, and partly because of the annual Army-Navy football game happening this Saturday.” 

This is only the second year of this event, but according to Fritzius, this event will be something that happens annually. “We already have one team committed to coming next year,” Fritzius said. 


Tickets range in price from $10 to $125 and can be purchased here.

Red Lion boots up for military night to raise awareness and funds for Jr. ROTC program

Sophomore Anthony Barkus checks out a howitzer parked outside of Horn Field. Photo by Genevieve Turner

By Julia Beiler

Sports editor

The Army National Guard, the Army, the Navy, and the Air National Guard stood on the streets of Red Lion outside the gates of Horn Field Oct. 25.

A howitzer pointed off into the distance of the town.  An Army truck idled on Horace Mann Avenue near a dozen military men in their uniforms. This was not a combat situation, but a tailgate before Friday night’s football game outside of Horn Field.

This tailgate was not your typical barbeque and family hangout. The different branches had their own special setups with yard games and informational flyers for students. Each branch was sharing the benefits of joining the military and how a student could benefit from joining. 

Not only was this event informational, but the main goal of the event was also to promote interest in and raise money for the Jr. Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program that Red Lion is trying to draw to the school. 

The Jr. ROTC program is a character development program that in placed in public or private schools throughout the country. Students who are involved in the program gain different skills and knowledge. 

 “Leadership, self-discipline, undefinable grit, and critical thinking,” Rickard said. All those traits are something that students can get from having this program within the school. 

Students who have already enlisted in the military worked at the booths that night, including senior Logan Axe.

“The night seemed to be successful,” Axe said. “Lots of students were stopping by before the game.”

The idea of bringing a  Jr. ROTC program to Red Lion has been around for just about two years, according to Bill Rickard. The Air Force was the only branch of the military that showed interest in placing this program into Red Lion. Friday night’s tailgate was a way of promoting the program and fundraising for it. 

Although it has taken a long time to get to this point, there are still many obstacles before this program can be placed into the school. One of these obstacles being the Air Force was the only branch of the military that showed interest in placing this program into Red Lion. 

“We will be having a site visit in April,” Rickard said. “And we will see what happens from there.”

An estimated $250,000 is the starting budget to get the program up and running. Assistant principal Bill Rickard said that the expense is worth it.

Having this event on Friday gained promotion and fundraising for the Jr. ROTC program that might go into Red Lion Area Senior High School. As successful as this tailgate was, there was much more behind corn hole and hanging out. This tailgate had the promotion of something that may impact Red Lion for years to come.