You’ve Gotta See: Newsies

Julia Stanski, Staff Writer 
Edited by Victoria Chiu

This Disney hit written by Alan Menken, Jack Feldman, and Harvey Fierstein is an adaptation of the 1992 movie starring Christian Bale and has gained most of its acclaim for its extraordinary choreography and cast of very cute and talented boys. However, its music and script have merit on their own; this uplifting story about young New York newsboys striking and standing up for their rights is exhilarating and funny. There’s no shortage of great songs, including “Carrying the Banner”, “Seize the Day”, and “Watch What Happens”. It addresses themes of activism and social justice, but is also just a lot of fun. Despite lacking the brilliance of shows like Gypsy, it’s a great time and worth seeing for the musical numbers and energy of the young and talented cast.


How to Survive IB

Michael Bautista, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu

Prospective IB candidates, read on! May 19th marked the last IB diploma exam, and all IB students breathed a sigh of relief. It’s an internationally renowned program for a reason! No matter if they take only one course or decide to tackle the whole package of the Full IB program, these students understand the elevated level of study and dedication necessary for success in these courses. It’s a great challenge for eager minds, it may cause sleep deprivation, and it will definitely force one to really hit the books hard, but at the end of it, there is an immense sense of accomplishment—not to mention the possibility of university credit for getting 6 or 7 as a final mark!

Here are just a few small tips on surviving IB from a current Full IB student here at MAC:

  1. What qualities do you think are necessary for an IB student to have in order to be successful? Good management of time and stress. Balance your life. Marks aren’t everything.
  2. When did you start to prepare for your IB exams? What is this thing called “preparing”? Kidding! I’ve been studying for the past sixteen hours straight. Start around spring break to be efficient.
  3. What advice can you give to prospective full or partial IB candidates? I have a lot of advice. First off, know the demand of the program and know the benefits in your life. The end result will develop you into a well-rounded student that has many skill sets and can work efficiently under a lot of demand. However, if it affects your heath, stop. It’s not for you.

Try it. Explore and have fun. It’s high school!

Congrats to all partial and full IB students! You’ve worked hard these past two years, and you will definitely be prepared for success in the future!

Cappies Nominations

Julia Stanski, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu

This was a very exciting week for the high school drama community. On the evening of May 19, this year’s Cappies nominations were announced. For anyone who doesn’t know, this is basically like the Tony Awards or the Oscars of Edmonton high school theatre. Five nominees per category are chosen from twenty-two shows for things like Best Lighting, Sets, Vocalist, Supporting Actor, and Critic Team. MAC received an awesome eleven nominations, up from last year’s nine! If you saw The Pajama Game in December, lots of deserving performers from the show are being recognized. Here are our nominees!

  • The Pajama Game Orchestra for Best Orchestra
  • Kristen Thomas and Julia Stanski for Best Choreography
  • Navneet Chand for Featured Actor
  • Kristen Thomas for Female Dancer
  • Hubert Piatkowski for Male Dancer
  • Stetson Poulin for Male Vocalist
  • Martina Elegino for Supporting Actress
  • Everyone from the number “Hernando’s Hideaway” for Best Song
  • Julia Stanski for Top Grade 11 Critic
  • Morgan Sosniuk for Top Grade 12 Critic
  • The entire MAC Cappies Team for Top Critic Team

A big congratulations and good luck to all of our nominees! Awards will be given out at the Cappies Gala at the Citadel on Sunday, June 7. If you weren’t in the show but would like to attend, talk to Miss Williams about buying a ticket ($30).

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Fashion Mistakes Edition

Alicia Tam, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu

Have you ever looked at a photo of yourself from years before, noticed what you were wearing, and literally died of embarrassment? Maybe your shirt was half tucked in and half not, leaving the entire backside completely crumpled in one giant mess. Or maybe you forgot to wash your jeans and there were still stains from where youaccidentally spilled your lunch last week. And lucky for you, it was in all the most noticeable places. Or maybe it was the classic “Your fly is open!” Believe it or not, fashion disasters like these happen to everyone. Even me—and I know I’m flawless. (Just kidding!)

So to prevent that latest fashion fiasco and to make sure you look the best in every school hall and for all other ventures you may encounter in life, here’s a little list of the most common fashion mistakes made by the common person:

  1. Stains. I’ll admit it: school days are dangerous—especially at lunchtime. It doesn’t matter if you bought that really nice shirt from Simons; one mistake and it’s done. Oh, you splurged on a cute pair of True Religion jeans? Gone within seconds as you watch helplessly as your lasagna spills on you. The worst is when you don’t realize you have a stain and only figure it out at the end of the day.  
  2. Wrinkled clothing. It’s Monday, the most hated day of the week. Not only do you have two tests today, but you’re also currently running late. As you rummage through your closet in the dark, you go through a mental checklist. Shirt? Check. Pants? Check. Socks? Check. As you sprint out the house like every typical anime character running late for school, you fail to realize that the shirt you’re wearing has been balled up in the corner of your closet for who knows how long and has been left with a myriad of very attractive wrinkles. Fun for the whole family!
  3. Mismatched clothing. Everyone has at some point in their lives flipped through a fashion magazine before and seen the ugliest combination of colours mixed together in one outfit. Unfortunately, it can still happen to us, even with our relatively safe clothing choices. Although we’re all for making your own choices and feeling good in what you wear, it might be a good choice not to match your extremely printed shirt with the neon skinny jeans for situations like…funerals. And weddings.
    The *NSync dudes would not cut it in this at a serious event. Sorry, guys.
  4. Too much clash. Okay, so maybe you have a life aspiration to become a full-on Nicki Minaj-inspired fashion icon—no judgement. But sometimes, too much fashion is just a little too much fashion. It depends on the sitch. 
  5. “Your fly is open!” Ahh. Can’t forget this typical slip-up, which has victimized thousands of women and men all around the world. Be safe, everyone—and be on the lookout!  

Okay, so maybe some of these are a little exaggerated, but at some point or another, we’ve all had a flashback to that one horrible time you thought popped collars à la the 80’s was really cool. It’s true: fashion mistakes can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time, but with a little planning and consideration of your fashion choices, you can make an outfit work brilliantly, even under our fluorescent school lights.

You’ve Gotta See: Gypsy

Julia Stanski, Staff Writer 
Edited by Victoria Chiu

Frequently considered one of the best book musicals of 
the twentieth century, Gypsy (written by Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, and Arthur Laurents) follows the story of the ultimate stage mother, Mama Rose, and her obsession with making her daughters into stars. Rose is one of the best female roles for an actress to ever play: she is a psychologically complex and challenging character who carries the whole show. She was originated by legendary belter Ethel Merman, and has since been played by stars like Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters. As a Sondheim, this show is as far from fluff as you can get, with a stellar and intelligent libretto exploring themes like ambition, parent-child relationships and the costs of success. With eight Tony nominations in 1960, Gypsy gives us the unbeatably energetic number “Everything’s Coming up Roses”, the charming and catchy “All I Need is the Girl” and the climactic tour de force “Rose’s Turn”Watch this for a lesson in musical theatre at its best—powerful, nuanced, intricate, and life-altering.

Self-Studying: The Struggle is Real

Michael Bautista, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu
Learning independently is a rather daunting task for most students because they’re accustomed to having an instructor explain all the necessary concepts needed in class to them. Although teacher explanations and additional help are vital to the learning process, it’s equally important to learn to be self-sufficient. This is especially crucial for those who are planning on attending universities in the near future. Here are some basics to self-sufficient studying:

  1. Read the textbook. Obvious, right? A surprising number of people don’t actually read their texts, and instead read the note packages that the teacher gives out in class. This is a big mistake. Note packages are great for providing summaries and connections to general topics in the unit, but the text goes into much greater detail. 
  2. Practice, practice, practice. This is more applicable to math-related subjects. Sadly, you can’t just memorize math. Practice problems need to be done numerous times in order to apply formulae to different scenarios. There are always patterns on how to solve certain problems, too, so look for those if you’re having difficulties. 
  3. Study in bits. (Don’t cram!) This has been reiterated many, many times in our previous articles, but it’s true: cramming does way more harm than good. The best way to retain information is to regularly study little bits of information so the brain can more easily digest and retain it. This method of studying is also better for long-term memory, so when it comes to that final, you will only have to do minimal reviewing and you’ll be able to skip the late-night cram sessions.
  4. Watch (relevant) YouTube videos. Crash Course is a popular channel for students, as well as Khan Academy. The tricky thing with these is that sometimes the videos are not always entirely aligned with your curriculum, so be careful not to learn unnecessary information, or worse, miss important information that is covered in your syllabus but isn’t covered in the video!
  5. Motivate yourself. This one is also pretty tough for students to grasp because it requires commitment to motivation over a long period of time. Nevertheless, this is one of the most important things to learning independently (imho), because if you make the subject interesting for yourself, homework will not be dull and going to class will be more exciting. Look for the aspects of your classes that interest or inspire you, and use that energy to keep you motivated to learn. 

You’ve Gotta See: Guys and Dolls

Julia Stanski, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu

Guys and Dolls is an adorable period piece by Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows set in the cartoonish world of 1940’s New YorkIt tells the unlikely love story of big-time gambler Sky Masterson and upright missionary Sarah Brown, as well the long engagement of showgirl Adelaide and her fiancé, Nathan.  Based on short stories by Damon Runyon, the dialogue is a bizarre but delightful mixture of formal diction and ridiculous slang. The show opened in 1950, and was adapted into an enjoyable 1955 screenplay featuring Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons. The wonderful music includes the iconic number “Luck Be a Lady”, the jazzy title song, and the favourite character song “Adelaide’s Lament”. This is one of those shows you can watch again and again; it never gets old. For hilarious Golden Age musical full of vintage glamour and lovable characters, you can’t go wrong with Guys and Dolls.