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Camerata and Orchestra concert takes audience on a journey

December 3, 2013
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For anyone as lucky as I – who had never experienced this type of blended performance within the walls of the high school – the Camerata and Orchestra concert on Nov. 15 was such a gift. I was swept up and carried along a journey from the very moment the music began. The Orchestra, composed of 62 string...

Review: Winter’s Tale delivers great performances, purposeless setting

Review: Winter’s Tale delivers great performances, purposeless setting

November 14, 2013
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In the first act, the audience is taken back to an 1800s Civil War battlefield. Only the silhouettes of the musicians are visible as they use their instruments to battle soldiers against a dark background. The sounds of gunshots pierce the silent night. The violin is used as a fatal weapon to stab a so...

Polos alters musical auditioning process

November 11, 2013
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The Winter Musical audition process this year was a new experience for even the most veteran actors. After a five-year hiatus from the role of winter musical director, performing arts teacher Christien Polos has returned and implemented an audition process with some variations from past years. According...

Review: Spring Play involves the viewer

Review: Spring Play involves the viewer

November 11, 2013
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A set of hanging light bulbs and simple tables became a small town. And audience members became wedding guests. The Brookline High School Drama Society captured the beauty of the everyday in their production of Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play Our Town. Directed by Summer Williams, the production ran fr...

Preview: Shakespeare troupe tackles unsung work

Preview: Shakespeare troupe tackles unsung work

October 17, 2013
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In the modern mind, Hermione is to Harry and Ron as Juliet is to Romeo. But J. K. Rowling did not invent the name for bushy-haired Granger. A lesser-known Hermione also appears in this year’s annual Shakespeare play, The Winter’s Tale, which runs from Nov. 6 to Nov. 9. Set during the Civil War era,...

The Purge Review

June 21, 2013
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The Purge: 2 ½ out of 5 Although James DeMonaco’s futuristic thriller induced its fair share of fear, The Purge fell far short of its hype. Set in the year 2022, the sci-fi thriller takes place in a “reborn” United States, where crime and unemployment have hit an all-time low. The film follow...

Progressions closes the loop of a career

Progressions closes the loop of a career

May 30, 2013
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[metaslider id=7568] There is a concept in dance called unity: the organization of movements into a coherent whole, maintained by the natural flow from one movement to the next. Unity was perhaps a major theme of Progressions, the annual year-end dance concert featuring performances from all four...

Feats on the Floor exhibits student progress

May 1, 2013
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A girl mimes the gesture of putting her pants on in her dance in order for her audience to understand the performance. Members of the Choreography class performed in a show called Feats on the Floor on Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15. The show attracted a wide range of audience members, in...

Review: Jazz concert captivates

Review: Jazz concert captivates

April 29, 2013
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The calm, blue lights on the stage of the Robert-Dubbs Auditorium shifted to a cheerful orange as the 13 members of the jazz band entered. They were surrounded onstage by an array of small tables and chairs, seating an excited audience. The house seats lay empty as listeners amicably joined the mu...

Girls rock at Open Mic

Girls rock at Open Mic

April 23, 2013
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The lights were dim in the band room, and members of the audience waited eagerly as Helena Chávez took a deep, nervous breath. Then she began singing an acoustic version of “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People. The audience responded with a burst of applause and demands for an encore, which...

Intellijam gets loud for literacy

Intellijam gets loud for literacy

April 23, 2013
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With music from members of both the Brookline and Dorchester communities, Intellijam, the Brookline Literacy Partnership’s (BLP) annual fundraiser, built a bridge book by book. The event, held on March 23 in the Roberts-Dubbs Auditorium, funded tutoring, classroom development and library progra...

Life Guarding breaks conventions

March 13, 2013
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Suddenly the stage goes dark. The spotlight is on the teacher, Liz Cooper, played by senior Anna Bisikalo, as she walks to the center of the stage. She points to her student and snaps. Next thing you know, Trevor Wilson, played by sophomore Dillon McGuire, is on all fours, barking and claiming that he...

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