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January 17Soul Witness: The Brookline Holocaust Witness Project will be screened Thursday, January 26, 7:00 pm, Coolidge Corner Theater
January 17School Committee Meeting: Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6:00 PM in Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall
January 4Pan Asian Lunar New Year Celebration: Saturday, February 4, 2017, 1-3pm in the MLK Room & Atrium
Cleo Falvey, Arts Managing Editor
2017’s Emerson play, Borne Into the Clouds, is written and directed by seniors Oceanne Fry and Sam Pollak. The play centers around a combination of two topics: J.M. Barrie’s iconic play, Peter Pan, and the HIV/AIDS crisis. The play centers around the main character, Peter, who is dying of AIDS in a hospital. Characters from the original Peter Pan are present, though rechristened: Tinkerbell as a nurse, the Crocodile as a timekeeper and Wendy, Michael and John as Peter’s friends in the hospital. Pollak said that his conceptualization of the play began in his freshman year of high school. “It’s been brewing for awhile,” Pollak said. “I was inspired by both Peter Pan and the AIDS epidemic separately, and we just merged those together.” Fry said that her love of Peter Pan as a child inspired the play, along with her view of theater as a way to express tough historical concepts. “I’m very interested in using theater to look at dark times in history that people don’t think about,” Fry said. According to Pollak, he aims to use Peter Pan to talk about the HIV/AIDS epidemic specifically, because of his personal connection to the issue. “As a gay person, it is really close to me because such a devastating thing happened to my community,” Pollak said. Sophomore Eva Stanley, who plays Neville, Peter’s guardian angel, hopes the play starts conversations about the LGBTQ community. “I hope the audience gains a little more awareness for our community and how far we’ve come and what we have to work on as an LGBT community,” Stanley said. Fry said that the play should raise awareness about topics that are not taught in history classes. “[There should be] awareness that what we’re being taught in history isn’t representative of every community, in the world or in America, and people realizing that there’s more we should be learning about in our History classes,” Fry said. Borne into the Clouds debuts Friday, January 20 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box.
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January 18, 2017
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January 14, 2017
January 13, 2017
Alice Foster is a senior at the high school who has been drawing ever since she was little. Foster is currently taking AP Studio Art. Foster made this piece, titled Underwater, as a summer assignment for the class. Foster said that her biggest artistic inspirations are her peers in the class because they are all talented, allowing her to be exposed to different styles every day. Click on the interactives below to learn more about Foster’s art and view the gallery of additional artwork.
January 13, 2017
Oliver Resnick is a junior at the high school who began his artistic career while living in Paris. Resnick was inspired by the city’s rich culture and many art museums. One of his artistic inspirations is painter Louis Jover, who paints predominantly with black watercolors on newspaper. Resnick’s untitled piece abovewas inspired by Louis Jover’s style.
January 12, 2017
Perfect Pitch and Note-A-Fy: two all-girls a cappella groups, fighting for the top a cappella spot at the high school. Are they rivals? Not so much. Contrary to popular belief and the fact that they are often compared to each other, Perfect Pitch and Note-A-Fy are actually more similar than not. Junior Lizzy Budden, a member of Note-A-Fy, said that one of the few differences is that Note-A-Fy does not have one elected leader, while Perfect Pitch does. “We have no elected leader, which I don’t think is true for any of the other groups,” Budden said. Senior Katie Suh explained how Perfect Pitch has three co-leaders, including herself. According to sophomore Katherine McElroy, those positions are given to seniors who have been in the group in years past. “The seniors are technically the leaders, but a lot of their responsibilities are hosting practices at their house or something like that,” McElroy said. “You know, just being there for people.” For Note-A-Fy member junior Ashley Choi, another major difference is the song choices of the two groups. “I think that Perfect Pitch does more pop stuff that people know, whereas most of our songs people don’t really know,” Choi said. “We do Valerie by Amy Winehouse, and You Know I’m No Good, and then also we do a Beatles song. We do a huge variety whereas I think Perfect Pitch mostly does well known songs.” According to Suh, their rehearsal times differ as well, which contributed to the perceived separation between the groups. Both Perfect Pitch and Testostatones, the male a cappella group, both rehearse during X-block. “Because Note-A-Fy rehearses after school on Thursdays, we don’t get to see them during X-block,” Suh said. “So I feel like a lot of people feel like there’s more distance between the groups just because we don’t see each other as much, but there’s really no rivalry.” According to Budden, the groups are actually quite similar. Not only do they sometimes perform together, but each of their respective groups value having a diverse group of people. She explained how they have access to members of different social groups that they would not have otherwise. “It [a cappella] attracts anyone who’s interested in music and making music with other people who are passionate about it, but in more a social, relaxed environment than being in a choir,” Budden said. Choi believes that the relationship between the groups is not like what many consider it to be. She expressed that there is no potential rivalry, as they are all friends. “I think that it’s easy to feel that there is [a rivalry] because people are constantly putting us up against each other, but at the same time we’re friends with people in different groups and it’s not like, oh we’re better,” Choi said. “It’s just kind of like we have mutual respect for each other because we know what it's like to be in an a cappella group and because we also know what it’s like to constantly feel like we need to compete with each other, even though we don’t.”
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