Lights, Makeup, Drama!

By: Elian Andrade

The Woodlake High School Theater Arts Club is at it again with ambitions of reimagining yet another Shakespearean Play. This year’s musical production is a revamped telling of the well-known “Much Ado About Nothing”, with a 50’s twist. This classical tale is told in a 50’s diner with musical accompaniment from “Grease”. Along with this music is choreography these students are working tirelessly on. The cast can’t hold their excitement. The play will show on the 17th, 18th, and 19th of May at 7 in the PAB. Tickets will be on presale for: $1 students, $5 adults, and $3 Seniors. Prices will increase at the door.


Lights, Camera, Oscars

By Jakob Bischoff

This years Oscars were full of drama, happiness, and lots of records. They were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, a host of a late night talk show, who in many people’s opinion did an amazing 0228-CREDCARPET-red-carpet-oscars_full_600job. It was held in Dolby Theatre in Hollywood California. It was watched by over two-hundred million people. The big winners of the night were Moonlight and La La Land.

Moonlight, a movie about a young man growing up in a rough neighborhood, won two awards including best picture, which is considered one of the if not the most important award. The movie La La Land, which is about a jazz musician who falls in love with an actress won six awards. These included best actress (Emma Stone), best directing, and best music. Zootopia, a Disney movie, won best animated movie.

La La Land was ironically the biggest winner and loser of the ceremony. During the announcement of best picture the envelopes that hold the winners got mixed up. This caused the host to say that La La Land had won best picture, when in reality moonlight had won. All of the actors and directors from La La Land came to the stage with big smiles on their faces thinking that they had just won one of the most important categories. This all changed quickly when the host, Jimmy Kimmel, start telling the cast members that there had been a mistake. This all ended with a member of La La Land’s cast stepping up and announcing that Moonlight was the real winner of best picture. In the end the members of La La Land all congratulated the members of Moonlight and everything seemed relatively normal again. Many people on twitter called this whole ordeal a publicity imagesact.

All in all this year’s Oscars were extremely entertaining. Whether it was because of the entertaining host or the fact that the drama made it a bit more exciting to watch,  most people are saying that this year’s oscars were a huge success.




A Murderous Play Is Comin’ Your Way!

By: Claudia Zacarias

This year’s Fall play, Writing a Will Can Be Murder, is based around the not-so-fascinating life of the once talented Betty Crawford. After rewriting her will, everyone from Betty’s life, both past and present, rush to her side. Everyone is anxious to reveal whether or not Mrs. Crawford has left them money after Mrs. Crawford is suspiciously murdered. However, Officer Garfield, a library cop, drops by to clear a library fine that is years overdue and the suspects decide he is basically law enforcement.

I had the chance to interview some of the vibrant personalities that made up the cast and asked how they felt about the semi-crazy life in show-biz:

file_000-2Barbara Hallmeyer, Drama teacher

How do you feel about this semester’s play and cast?


“This semester’s play is a hysterically comedy, and I absolutely love everybody in the cast. We have a very talented cast of all underclassmen except for two seniors.”

Of all the new changes this year like our new auditorium and cast, what are you most excited for?


“I’m very excited about the lights and sound because the audience can now hear and see the actors on stage. Mr. McCue has been so kind as to program all the lights for us. We also have a very talented tech crew that includes Wyatt Jordan and Delany Deitz. Our backstage manager is Will Theis.”

What are your hopes for next semester’s musical?


“ I hope students come see our play and get excited about it and want to come out for the Spring musical called Lady Pirates of the Caribbean.”

file_000-1Pia Martinez, Junior

How do you juggle both Drama and your school work and whether or not it is difficult?


“I juggle my school work as well as drama by planning out my schedule thoroughly and by doing homework at drama which is really helpful. I don’t think it’s difficult as long as you don’t wait until the last minute.”

Do you feel as if being in drama has helping you grown?


“Yes, I do feel as if drama has helped me grow as a person  because it really brought me out of my shell and made me more energetic.”

file_000Sakawat Hossain, Senior

Why did you decided to join drama you last year of high school?


“ I decided to join drama this year because I had not taken a fine arts class, although it became fun throughout the semester.”

Would you suggest being in drama to other student such as freshmen?


“Yeah, if they are interested in acting and want to express their feelings by becoming a different persona, then I would definitely recommend it. ”

Tell us about your character and if you think your character and you share similar characteristic?


“My character is the detective of the play and goes through the play trying to solve the case of who murdered Betty Crawford. My character and I don’t have similar characteristics although we both love to read.”