Spring Awakening – Beginning the Countdown

Staff Writer, Angelique

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SPRING AWAKENING by Frank Wedekind is a play unlike anything Mac’s Theatrical team has ever attempted before. It deals with many difficult issues that are relevant for today’s youth and tends to be glossed over, such as suicide, physical abuse, LGBTQ themes, depression, teen pregnancy, and children learning about the act of sex in general. It’s three leads are Wendla Bergmann,  Moritz Stiefel, and Melchior Gabor.

Moritz Stiefel (played by Emmanuel, Grade 12), is a young german schoolboy who, once he begins experiencing the effects of puberty, asks his friend Melchior Gabor(played by Essay, Grade 11) to tell him what he knows about sex itself. He has Melchior write down this information and slide into his gym, but when this essay is discovered by the professors of their school, Melchior is expelled and sent to reformatory school.

Wendla Bergmann (played by Margaret, Grade 12) is a fourteen year old german schoolgirl who, like her fellow classmates, is severely uneducated in the act of sex. She repeatedly asks her mother over the course of the play to explain the act to her, but her mother vehemently refuses. In late 19th century  Germany, the time period in which the play is set, censorship is very prevalent in society. Thus, children only know what the education system thinks that they should know, and sex is firmly excluded from that list.

The playwright of this particular play, Frank Wedekind, was of the opinion that there would be severe consequences for the continued censorships of important issues such as sex. This is displayed in the fact that Wendla, not knowing any of the details around the marital act, becomes pregnant with Melchior Gabor’s baby. The details concerning the conception are different in the original version of this play when compared with the musical, however. In the original version of the play, Melchior rapes Wendla, since he is the only character in the play that seems to be educated in the act of sex. In the musical version though, Melchior and Wendla engage in consensual sex, though Wendla is still truly unaware of the implications of the act.

SPRING AWAKENING was very controversial during the time that it was written simply because of the explicit themes as stated above. Thus, it was banned from being performed at most theatres across Europe. In recent times, however, many directors have seen the significance of many themes found within it and have decided to stage the play. It is ironic, to consider though, the fact that Frank Wedekind intended to express the importance of not censoring anything within society, but whenever this play is performed in something like a highschool setting or other avenues where such themes are not deemed appropriate, it is indeed censored.

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An Introduction to Music Genres (3/3)

Staff Writer, Valacco

The 1980s and 1990s Genres

 

New Wave:

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As the punk detonation faded away, punk rock integrated its durable melodic
elements and sarcasm into pop music, creating a synthesizer-driven pop style jam-packed with melody and assertiveness.
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

a-ha – Take on Me

Rap:

 

A style of popular music, developed by disc jockeys and urban hipsters in the late
1970s and 1980s, where a recurring beat pattern provides the background and
counterpoint for rapid rhyming patterns intoned by a rapper.
The Sugar Hill Gang – Rapper’s Delight

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message

Hi-NRG:

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A musical style of dance music conceived in the late 1970s but perfected in the
1980s notably by the English production team Stock, Aitken and Waterman(SAW). Hi-
NRG is an upbeat style heavily influenced by disco, funk, and New Wave, characterized
by ostinato (a wide melodic range) synthesised bass, drum machines and heavily
processed vocals.
Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

Bananarama – Venus.

 

House:

 

An electronic music genre created by DJs and producers in Chicago during the
early 1980s. Generally characterised no matter the “subgenre” by 4/4 beats,mid-tempo
drum machine rhythms, synthesized bass, and offbeat cymbals(Hi-hat to be specific).M|A|R|R|S – Pump Up the Volume

f(x)-4 Walls

Glam Rock:

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Beginning in the 70s, but peaking in the 80s, glam rock was on the pop
influenced edge of the metal spectrum Glam rock surprisingly was a cultural and
a commercial phenomenon where stars of the genre captured the hearts of fangirls
everywhere.
David Bowie-The Jean Genie

The Sweet-The Ballroom Blitz

P-Funk:

 

A genre of funk developed by the group Parliament-Funkadelic. The style is
characterized by electric bass lines, discreet drums, and piercing synthesiser melodies
transporting the hook. The style became prevalent in rap music during the early 90s as an alternative to sampling other people’s beats before gradually transitioning into other
western pop music genres.
Parliament-Funkadelic- Give up the Funk

Hyosung-Into You

Grunge:

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A rock subgenre that emerged during the mid-1980s in Washington State
characterized by distorted guitars, nihilistic lyrics, and anguished vocals.
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit

The Smashing Pumpkins – Today

Shoegaze/Dreampop:

 

A pop music style that originated in the United Kingdom
characterized by layers of wall-of-noise distortion aiming for an introspective, ethereal
sonic landscape. The name “shoegaze” comes from the lack of stage presence the
performers of this genre had, often staring downwards at their shoes during concerts.
Cocteau Twins – Carolyn’s Fingers

K-Trance- Hey Hey

Trance:

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An electronic music genre that developed in 1990s Germany that is
characterized by a tempo between 125 and 150 BPM, repeating melodic phrases, and a
musical form where tensions build and cumulate to 1 or 2 “peaks” or drops”.
Darude-Sandstorm

Gaia-Tuvan

Drum amp Bass/Jungle:

 

A electronic music style from the mid-90s that has quickly fallen out of fashion that featured fast breakbeats and heavy synth basslines.
Origin Unknown -Valley of the Shadows

High Contrast-Racing Green

Visual Kei:

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A Japanese metal style that reproduced the glam flair of 80s hair-metal bands
but with amped musical contrast and the gender ambiguity. The core musical
dissimilarity between Visual Kei and western glam rock is dynamic contrast, the heavier
songs are much wilder and heavier, and the ballads are soft and corny.
X Japan-Kurenai

Metalcore:

 

A popular metal style that combines rhythms and vocal approach to
excessive metal styles with the simple riffing of punk.
Bullet for my Valentine-Waking the Demon

Diablo-Sorrow

 

2000s Genres

Dubstep:

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A fleetingly fashionable electronic style featuring midrange prominent analog
synth riffs, a wobbling “wub” bass, and sparse, slow, beats. The tempo is usually around
132-142 BPM and the syncopated rhythm incorporates tuplets and shuffles.
Skrillex- Bangarang feat. Sirah

Tropical House:

 

A subgenre of house that has a slower tempo(around 110-115 bpm),
instrumentation involving horns, saxophones, marimbas, pan flute, and steel drums.
Justin Bieber-Sorry

Winner-Really Really

 

Trap/Crunk:

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An aptly named genre that developed in the early 90s but is starting to gain
mainstream traction two decades later typified by slow synth beats and rhymes,
superimposed with sound effects and rapid hi-hat subdivisions.
CL-The Baddest Female

Miscellaneous Genres

Electro:

 

A retro style that revisited various 80s sounds, most particularly gated drum
machines and substantial synthesisers, improved with modern songwriting and
production.
La Roux-In for the Kill

T-ara- Like the First Time

Ennio Morricone Style:

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Ennio Morricone is a renowned composer responsible for the soundtrack of The “Dollars” trilogy of Spaghetti Western films. His style melds 50s style surf and tremolo guitar, powerful orchestration, and theatrical melodies.

Mina – se telefonando

Pet Shop Boys – It couldn’t happen here

Mid-Tempo Ballad:

 

Has the emotional feel of a sensitive song utilizing the same soaring
melodies but at a quicker pace.
1927- If I could

Soreal-My Heart Says

T-ara- I know the Feeling

Ballad:

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Slow and emotional songs often about romance, breakups or unrequited desire.
John Legend – All of Me

Red Velvet-One of These Nights

An Introduction to Music Genres (2/3)

Staff Writer. Ariana 

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1950s-1960s Styles
Bossanova:

 

A Brazilian musical style that combines enticing jazz melodies and chords
with samba rhythm.
Elis Regina- Águas de Março

IU- Obliviate

R&B:

 

An abbreviation of “Rhythm and Blues”;R&B songs were originally called “race music” or “race records”, the term truly meant nothing more than “music made by black artists instead of white artists.” After World War II, racism fell out of approval in
the US, so “race records” was not a suitable term. R&B however steadily evolved and seized on a charm of its own. Contemporary R&B(Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Boyz II Men), is sonically different than the R&B of the mid-20 th century, and it certainly is not performed by only black people anymore. However, all R&B no matter the type shares vocals and melodies influenced by blues and gospel.
Boys II Men- I’ll Make Love to You

Beyoncé- Crazy in Love

Doo-Wop: A popular 1960s style characterized by tight harmonies, nonsense syllables, a
simple beat, and little or none instrumentation. The majority of doo-wop songs use the
same chord progression (I-vi- IV-V).
The Bobettes-Mr.Lee

Laboum-Sugar Sugar

Soul:

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Similar to R&B, the usage “soul” as a term is highly unclear and the expressions are often used interchangeability.
The Supremes- You Keep me Hangin On

Wonder Girls-Nobody

Gospel:

 

A genre of religious music characterized by focus on dominant vocals with
strong utilization of harmony and preferably a syncopated rhythm.

Mahalia Jackson– How I got over

Country:

 

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A string-driven style of music that developed in the southern USA in the 1920s stemming from Appalachian folk music and blues. Has grown into a mainstream “poppier” sound in recent years.
Johnny Cash- I Walk the Line

Kenny Rogers-The Gambler

Rock:

 

Originated in the 1960s as a brasher, wilder version of blues played by artists such
as Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. However, rock music (originally called Rock & Roll) developed into a true genre with the introduction of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and multiple other groups who drove rock away from the 12-bar blues.
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode

Beatles – Ticket to Ride

The Beach Boys –Good Vibrations

AC/DC – Back In Black

Ska:

 

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A popular musical style originating in Jamaica that emphasizes fast off-beat
rhythms.
Lord Tanamo-In the Mood for Ska

Madness-House of Fun

Funk:

 

A rhythmic, danceable fusion of R&B/soul and rock music that evolved in the
mid-1960s with instruments played in syncopated 16-beat patterns.
The Commodores-Brick House

Brothers Johnson-Get The Funk Out Ma Face

Reggae:

 

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Developed from Ska and Rocksteady. The tempo of reggae is slower than Ska
but quicker than Rocksteady. Reggae features the guitar/piano offbeats, with stress on
the third beat, and syncopated melodic bass lines.
Bob Marley-No Women, No Cry

Fred Locks – Don’t Let Babylon Use You

1970s Genres

Metal:

 Certain elements of rock music became noisy and penetrating enough to qualify
as a completely different genre by about 1970. Metal also borrowed some of the forms of
classical music –such as extraordinary dynamic contrast, wunderkind playing, and pedal-point harmony Metal shares a few elements common with jazz, particularly the
substantial emphasis on technique, and the explosion of subgenres.
Deep Purple-Smoke on the Water

Black Sabbath-War Pigs

Disco:

 

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A genre of dance music initially popular amongst the LGBTQplus, African-American,
Italian American, Latino, and psychedelic communities in New York City and Philadelphia that peaked in popularity during the 1970s. Disco stole funk’s loose rhythms but lowered the syncopation and increased the four-on-the-floor dance grooves, initially
using guitars and acoustic drums and subsequently with the assistance of drum machines and synthesised bass.
Chic-Le Freak

Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever

Ailee-I’ll Show You

Progressive Rock:

 

A psychedelic, symphonic meld of rock with genres such as
romantic music and jazz. Characterized by poetic lyrics and ornate instrumentals.
King Crimson- In the Court of the Crimson King

Genesis – Dancing with the Moonlit Knight

Punk:

 

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What ideologically began as a statement against 1970s prog rock but emerged as
the hybrid of pop and metal, preferring the same energetic sound but utilizing major-key as an alternative to minor-key tonality, appealing choruses and uncomplicated guitar work.
The Clash-London Calling

Dub:

 

Jamaican Reggae DJs remixed the original tracks supplementing tape loops, echo
effects, equalization and filters, developing a new genre in the progress.
Scientist – Your Teeth in My Neck

Primary ft. Choa, Iron-Don’t be Shy

Electronica:

 

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Entirely electronically-generated music without any acoustic instruments
that existed in the realm of art-music ever since Musique Concrete movement of the
1940s. However, it was German group Kraftwerk that gave computer-driven music true
pop-cultural relevancy over 30 years later by merging electronic sound with catchy
rhythms and an eccentric pop aesthetic.
Kraftwerk – The Robots

Jean-Michel Jarre – Zoolookologie

Daft Punk-One More Time

Industrial:

 

An early post-punk style that incorporated tape loops, stark, non-musical
percussion and heightened guitar for an experimental genre, severe and defiant in all the ways punk were not.
Einstürzende Neubauten – Kollaps

Front Line Assembly-Millennium

T-ara- Yayaya

An Introduction to Music Genres (1/3)

Staff Writer, Ariana 

Classification can be a confusing entity, and that is especially true for music genres. You have probably wondered when is one piece of music one genre and not another? Where do those journalists and writers get those pretentious terms anyways? Of course, you could always search for these answers on Wikipedia, but what Wikipedia won’t give you is a genuine human connection with dynamic examples. If you have ever wondered how to tell your bebop from your Bossanova, your new wave from electronica, and your punk from your funk, then this article is for you.
Before I start rambling about all these terms, let us cover some basic music theory. It is just the fundamental points for one to make sense of the article in full. However, if you are not into reading you can always just peruse through the post for the songs alone.

1. Melody:

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The main sequence of notes, usually a rhythmical succession floats over the
backing. In pop music, however, the singer may carry the melody the majority of the time with exceptions in a solo or lead break, where an instrument temporarily carries the melody. Melodies are constructed scales, with the two most common types are major,
also known as Ionian scale(happy, joyful) and minor or Aeolian scale(moody,
complex)as well as many others. Essentially, scales are the map that guides and directs
you to the precise notes to play or sing to get certain types of melodies each with their
own unique moods and feelings.

2. Harmony:

 

The vertical blocks of different tones that play simultaneously. Whenever
more than one note is played at one time it is called a chord. Three-note chords form the
heart of the majority of pop song harmony. Chords are made out of the same group of
scales as melodies, and consequently can also be major, minor, or something else.
Chords can be played by any instrument capable of playing more than one note
concurrently(guitar, piano), or instead by groups of instruments or singers playing all the
varied notes together at once, which is called harmonising or a harmony part. A choir
is an example of harmony singing. In this article, major chords will be in capital Roman
numerals and minor in lower case Roman numerals.

3. Rhythm:

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The arrangement of musical sounds according to duration and stress in
accordance with what you tap your feet too, also known as the beat. The majority of
modern pop music has 4 beats to a bar (the divide that is marked when a rhythmic
pattern repeats). Beat can be fast or slow and is measured in BPM (beats per minute). For
example, a typical uptempo kpop song from 2008-2011 would be approximately 130
BPM, but downtempo styles such as ballads can have the beats much slower than this.
The main function of drums and drum machines in pop songs is to emphasize the beats,
however other instruments and vocals cam emphasize(or de-emphasize) the beat
depending on how they are utilized in the song. A rhythm can be on the beat, off the
beat(between the beat), or even syncopated( a mix of on-beat and off-beat).

4. Texture:

 

the tonal characteristics of the vocals and instruments used in the piece. Every instrument and voice has its own texture or tonal quality, therefore pieces of music sound very different from one instrument to another. Texture deviates not just by quality of the voice or instrument itself but also depending on how an instrument is recorded Classical Music Genres

Medieval:

 

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The first “classical” music style, with the longest period of musical theory
lasting from 500AD to 1400AD. The earliest musical notation of rhythm and melody
appeared during this period. Though mainly monophonic(a musical line, devoid of
accompaniment, such as the Gregorian chant), the first polyphonic music began to
emerge when monks began to experiment with the sacred chant, adding a voice in
contrary motion, singing in intervals such as perfect fourths above the original melody.
This musical development is known as organum and epitomizes the initial stages of
counterpoint and most important harmony. Many classic medieval folksongs such as
Greensleeves that also fit into this category.
Greensleeves

The Kyrie Eleison
Lorelei

Renaissance:

 

The “classical” music style from 1400AD-1600AD encompassing a range
of secular genres from the madrigals and chansons to the German Lied and the
Neapolitan Villanella. The music texture was lush and rich in comparison to earlier styles the practice of melodic counterpoint came into being. Melodic counterpoint is when two melodies are contrasted with dissonant (unstable and harsh sounding) and consonant (stable and therefore good sounding) intervals. Dissonant intervals were permissible as long as they led to consonant intervals. This practice of tension building with a dissonant interval in advance of resolving it to a consonant interval was called a suspension. Given time, this practice was developed to chords, hence the “suspended chord”.
J. Arcadelt-Ahime- ahime, dov’è’l bel viso” Sang by the Hillard Ensemble

F-ve Dolls-Can You Love me

Baroque:

 

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The “classical” style from 1600-1750 when harmony became standardized,
making music from this era extremely harmonious and melodious with little dissonance
to the sound.
Antonio Vivaldi-Four Seasons(Spring)

Johann Sebastian Bach- Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor
Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D Major

Classical:

 

The style of music from 1750–1830 with a lighter, clearer texture than
Baroque and considered to be less complex(though all classical music styles are intricate
in design, so this does not mean all of it is easy. Primarily homophonic ( a strong, clear
melody over a chordal accompaniment).
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-Rondo Alla Turca(also known as “The Turkish
March”)
Franz Joseph Haydn- "Surprise" (Symphony no. 94)
Beethoven – Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor "Quasi una fantasia"(Moonlight
Sonata)

Romantic:

 

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The music style from 1830-1910. During this era, composers focused on the
expression of powerful emotions in their music. Orchestras became larger in this period
and advancements in instrumental design allowed for greater volume and deeper bass.
The style is characterized by the extreme dynamic contrast between loud and soft segments.
Claude Debussy – La Mer
Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture
Maurice Ravel – Pavane for a Dead Princess
Camille Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre Performed by the National Philharmonic
Orchestra

Early Popular Genres

Flamenco:

 

An acoustic guitar focused style originating from Spain. Characterized by
rapid fingerpicking, understated vibrato, and strong rhythmic embellishments.
Various Artists-Maleguena (la Maleguena)

The Seeya-Song of Love

Tango:

 

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A South American Music Genre originating from Argentina and Uruguay
popularized in the 19th century for partner dances. a blend of folk and chamber
instruments and key signatures in 2/4 or 3/4 time. Usually used in pop music to add a
sensual “sexy” effect.
Giorgio Consolini-Cuore tzigano
Sunmi-24 Hours
4Ladies -Move

Trot:

 

The oldest Korean pop genre whose name originates from the ballroom dance
foxtrot because of its simple two-beat rhythm, even five-syllabic stanzas and unique
vocal style called Gagok. Trot developed as a modified type of Japanese enka that
entered the country around 1910 during Korea’s time as a Japanese colony. As time
passed trot has evolved due to Japanese and Western influences.
Jang Yoon Jeong-Omona

Tae Jin Ah – I Love You, Darling
Hong Jin Young-Boogie Man
Glam-In Front of the Mirror

Blues:

 

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A musical form that developed from chants of slaves in the southern USA in
conjunction with gospel and jazz. Characterized by emotional “blue notes” (a flat note
usually in the third, fifth, or seventh step of the scale), as well as harmonic rules that
distort the line between major and minor scales. The majority of blues songs have the
identical chord progression of (I-IV- I-V- IV-I over 12 bars, known as the “12-bar blues”)
with minimal variation.
Robert Johnson-Hellhound On My Trail
Lee Hi-It’s Over

Gypsy Jazz/Hot Club Jazz:

 

A European jazz style born in Paris in the early 1930s, identified by complex chords and nimble rhythms.
Django Reinhardt – Dinah,
IU-Love in B

Swing:

 

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Jazz played with a “big band” characterized by sweeping rhythmic “groove” and
large woodwind and brass sections.
Duke Ellington Orch – That Lindy Hop

IU-Red Shoes

Bebop:

 

A jazz style developed in early to mid-1940s in the USA, characterized by a
reckless tempo, immediate alterations in complex chords and key signatures, and
harmonic structure based instrumentation. Bebop was intended to be listened to instead
of boogied to; therefore, the rhythms and tempos are often highly syncopated, fast and
not “dance-friendly”.
Charlie Parker and Miles Davis- A Night in Tunisia

Dizzy Gillespie-Ol’Man Rebop

Dramafest Auditions

Cassandra Pryer, Staff Writer

Yes! It is that time of the year again Mac! Dramafest is fast approaching and auditions are this week! There are multiple shows this year and actors are needed! Don’t worry if you have no experience in drama, this is your chance to start!

This year we are having auditions for two shows, the first “An Original One Act” written and directed by Lochlann Kerr and Cassandra Pryer which is looking for a cast of eight people. We are also looking for a cast of 4 people for “The Spotted Man” directed by Alan Han and John Cervantes.

Auditions will be happening at lunch on Monday, February 27th and Wednesday, March 1st. Remember auditions are open to all and we welcome everyone to come out and audition. These will be joint auditions which means you can audition for one of the shows or both! There is no need to sign up ahead of time, simply show up, audition, and leave some information on how to contact you.

We hope to see you there!

 

​Kiss Me Kate Interview – Radaypuk S

Cassandra Pryer, Staff Writer

Cassandra Pryer: Hi! Let’s start with- what is your name, grade and role? Could you give a brief description of your role without giving too much away?

Radaypuk S: My name is Radaypuk and I am in grade twelve. A brief description of my role, this is so confusing, basically I am an actor that acts in a play. I play the role of Harry who plays the role of Baptista in the play within the play.

CP: How did you react to getting you role?

RS: I was so happy! This is my time to shine! 

CP: What do you like about your role and what do you hope to bring to it?

RS:  What I like about my role is that I able to be strict because in real life I am very relaxed and composed but in my role, very strict because I am Kate and Bianca’s father, but Harry is also relaxed as well. 
CP: How long have you been doing theatre/drama?
RS: Three years now, I started when I came to Mac. I never used to like theatre because I wasn’t really aware of what it truly was but I love it now! 

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​Kiss Me Kate Interview – Morgan Thomas

Cassandra Pryer, Staff Writer
Cassandra Pryer: Hello! What is your name, grade and role? Could you give a brief description without giving too much away?
Morgan Thomas: My name is Morgan Thomas, I am in grade eleven, and I play one of the gangsters. My character, along with the other gangster, acts as the antagonist in a way. We’re not really evil, but we definitely cause conflict in the beginning more so than in the end. At the end, without spoiling it, we are less of a problem. 
CP: How did you react to getting your role?
MT: Well, I didn’t expect at all that I was going to get the Gangster. It wasn’t even a role that I considered but when I got it I was extremely honoured and gracious to have a part. Especially a part that so many people wanted, so I was very honoured that Mrs. Williams even considered me for the part. 
CP: What do you like about your role and what do you hope to bring to it?
MT: It is a very comedic role, so it is very fun and it is easy to play with as you can interpret the character and what they say in different ways. You can take a more offensive approach or a more innocent approach with the gangsters. So I actually kind of have a balance between the two of them, not making it too inappropriate. That will make more sense when you see it.

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​KMK Interview- Emmanuel Sackeyfio

Megan Macasaet, Staff Writer
Megan Macasaet: What is your name, grade, and role? Could you give a brief description of the role without giving too much away?

Emmanuel Sackeyfio: Hello, my name is Emmanuel Sackeyfio, and I’m in grade ten. I play Gremio…who is known as Gremio on and off the stage. 

MM: Ha! There really is no mention of the character’s real name off the stage! How did you react to getting your role?

ES: I originally auditioned for Bill, the lead male role, but I ended up getting Gremio instead. At first, I was a bit upset. In the end it didn’t matter ibecause it’s an honour just to be casted into this show. Besides, there’s always next year for me. 

MM: What do you like about your role and what do you hope to bring to the stage?

ES: On stage, I just hope I don’t mess up. As for the role, it’s very different from the characters I have played previously. So it’s like a new adventure and challenge for me. 

MM: So you have theater experience? How long have you been doing drama? 

ES: I’ve been in a variety of productions, from church plays to school plays. I started when I was seven… so I have been doing theater for quite a while.

MM: Why did you want to join this year’s musical?

ES: Since I’ve been acting for a while, it has become a big part of my life. So I thought to myself: Why stop now?

MM: I agree! What do you enjoy about theater?

ES: It’s fun! There is nothing I would rather do than theater. Here, you can make friends easily, as it’s just a welcoming environment. 

MM: What are some of the challenges/scary moments you’ve faced so far in this show?

ES: Learning the dance number “Too Darn Hot“ was extremely difficult. There`s just so much going on and some of the choreography is challenging. 

MM: Can you describe the show in five words or less?

ES: An interesting experience for all. 

MM: What’s your favourite line of the production?

ES: Fred (Navneet’s) line: “I’m a realistic actor!”, is such a powerful line in the musical in my opinion. 

MM: What is your favourite scene/number to rehearse or watch?

ES: To rehearse: “Another Op’nin’, Another Show”. To watch: “Too Darn Hot.”

MM: What is the one thing you want everyone outside the cast to know about our cast/ production in general?

ES: We’re very strange and rambunctious. But we’re not the extreme, stereotypical “Theater Kids”. We just kind of share the same interests, so we can relate to one another that way. 

MM: What kind of audience would enjoy this show?

ES: All audiences! Young adults. Small children. Those people who hate birds. People who dislike anything Shakespearian. Actors. Non-actors.  

MM: Yes! Last question: Why do you think people should come watch the musical?

ES: We’ve put a lot of work into the entire production. Hours and hours of work. The least you could do is come and see it! It’ll be a fun time for all!

KMK Interview Questions- Eunice Gatama

Megan Macasaet, Staff Writer

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Megan Macasaet: Hello Eunice, thanks for taking the time to do this! Let’s start with…what is your name, grade, and role? Could you also give a brief description your role without giving too much away?

Eunice Gatama: Hi my name is Eunice Gatama. I am in grade 12 and I play the role of Lois Lane/Bianca in the musical Kiss Me Kate. Okay, so Lois Lane in my opinion is an opportunist- she knows that to make it in a “Man’s World” is through their pockets, if you know what I mean. Yeah, she is a bit brazen. However I like her spunk and hunger to be something more.

MM: Ha! Lois has quite the personality, that’s for sure. So how did you react to getting your role?

EG: It’s a funny and short story. I was on the train on the way to church and I was jamming to some gospel music while refreshing the Google classroom page. Literally my fingers would tap refresh, refresh and at the millionth time of doing so, the cast list was up! I was ecstatic to find out I got the role, still am.

MM: What do like about you role and what do you hope to bring to it?

EG: I hope to be authentic and comfortable on stage. To me, I don’t just want to play the role, but actually be her. The stage is her world, so I want to make it as real as possible. I know I can!

MM: This is your second time being in MAC’s year play, but I hear that you’ve been doing theatre much longer than that.

EG: Yes, I have been involved in theatre since age twelve. Though it feels like most of my life.

MM: What do you enjoy about theatre?

EG: Everything! Let me explain, everyone has that one thing they’re great at; it’s something that fills you with bright confidence. I gained that through being part of the theatre program. My will to reach for greatest, to some extent, is credited to being in theatre. People find me naturally confident and extroverted, when in fact, I consider myself very shy when it comes to performing in front of a crowd. Drama made me believe I could do it.

MM: That’s all very touching. I’m sure many of us in this year’s production can relate. Speaking of the show… Describe the musical in five words or less.

EG: Comical, Jazzy, modern, brazen, unforgettable!

MM: Good ones! What kind of audience would enjoy this show?

EG: The type of people who will crack up at the jokes and want to have a wonderful time. Duh!

MM: Lastly, why do you think people should come watch the musical?

EG: It’s one night, one ticket, for an amazing performance done by more than one individual. So come support us!

MM: I couldn’t agree more!

 

The Crazy Event That Is Nanowrimo

Amanda de Boer, Staff Writer

Everyone has said that they will one day write a novel though they continuously find excuses to get out of it. However, there’s an event called Nanowrimo that pushes people to write that novel that they have always dreamed of.

Nanowrimo challenges those that sign up to write 50 000 words in a month. Now, I understand that, to many, it sounds like a daunting and impossible task but it’s not as impossible as it sounds-just a mere 1667 words a day. However, if that still seems like too much work, they do offer a program to people seventeen and younger called the Young Writers Program. Here you have the option to choose how many words you want to write in November. If Nanowrimo sounds like something you would like to do I insist you sign up. (I mean come on it’s free.) All you have to do is go to their website, Nanowrimo.org, and click sign up. From there just follow the steps and then you’re on your way to writing a novel!

For many people the first couple of days are a breeze. The ideas are still bright and fresh and the sleep deprivation from late nights of writing hasn’t caught up to them yet. Although for the vast majority of people, the writing slump comes soon after. Don’t worry if this happens because the lovely people from Nanowrimo have got your back. Every week on their YouTube channel, they hold a live stream that encourages people to write by doing things called “word sprints.” Word sprints give you a prompt and then a timer is set for 5 to 10 minutes. The goal is to write as many words as possible and resist the urge to edit any mistakes right away. They also hold word sprints throughout the day on their Twitter. As well, during the month there are meet-ups in the libraries around the city.

Now that we have the basics covered let’s move onto some frequently asked questions that my friends always ask when I bring up the topic of Nanowrimo. Continue reading