The CBNA Drama Club presented Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella over the weekend. The show opened on October 24th and concluded October 26th.
Several seniors appeared on stage as well as behind stage in this production. Seniors Ethan Meeker, Kate Blake, Patrick Helm, Brianna Jackson, Shannon Jackson, Caitlin Reynolds, Rylee Rodgers, and Lauren Rose appeared on stage alongside the lead actors Connor Nowak and Mirah Johnston. Not to be forgotten are the amazing seniors behind the magic of the set and tech, stage manager assistant Olivia Fontes, stage manager Madison Bowen, and projection designer Emily Dallaire. Mirah Johnston played Cinderella and Connor Nowak played Prince Topher and their outstanding duet of “Ten Minutes Ago (Reprise)” concluded the first act and left the audience wanting more.
Underclassmen in the cast were Mary Katherine Patteson, Clayton Price, Darin Sweet, Jordan Trahant, Mairead O’Shea, Calvin Swett, Caleb Yates, Christopher Helm, Savannah Laughlin, Sam Marcotte, Allie McGuigan, Christopher Reed, and Katerina Xanthopoulos. Their magnificent performances brought Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella to life before the audience’s eyes. The cast especially shone during their ballroom dance routines, choreographed by Ms. Hume.
This production allowed the full talent of the costume crew to shine with all of the breathtaking dress transformations.The lighting crew created spectacular imagery and added to the beauty of the set. Stage crew helped with fast paced transitions that moved Cinderella effortlessly from one scene to the next.
Accompanying the cast was a live orchestra consisting of Mr. Ludwig, Mr. Baker; guest performers Ms. Amanda Ludwig and Mr. Eben Hearn; and CBNA students Sylas Aucella and Hazel Dellario. Often in the past, recorded music has been used to accompany the annual musical. The decision to use a live ensemble was appreciated by both cast members and the audience alike. Having student musicians share their abilities in this capacity served as a wonderful reminder of all the amazing talent the Coe-Brown community houses. Mr. Baker and Mr. Ludwig continue to prove their dedication to our music program by bringing in outside talent and sharing their own.
Much to the delighted surprise of the audience, Mrs. Lent, beloved director and teacher, lent her own talents to the production. Appearing as Marie, Cinderella’s godmother, Mrs. Lent left the crowd smiling and applauding as she transformed from a mysterious old woman in the forest to a magical fairy donning a splendid ball-gown. The strategic costuming was made possible by Gay Bean. Mrs. Lent’s acting and singing abilities were on full display throughout the duration of the show, and reminded the audience why we are so fortunate to have her at the helm of our drama department. Mrs. Lent wished to be humble about her appearance in the show, even leaving her name out of the program, but her heartfelt performance and the obvious joy the students felt about sharing the stage with her proved to be two of the biggest highlights of the production.
The CBNA Today staff would like to congratulate all of the cast and crew of Cinderella on a truly magical show! Make sure to see their next production, Radium Girls, in March 2020.
Come election day, students grouse about the lack of work their class officers complete,and when asked most comments are negative. However, students who do not attend the meetings do not know the inner-workings or behind the scene information. Many are unaware of how much time and work go into any event or fundraiser.
The process begins with an idea, which is brought to the table at a meeting with advisors and as many officers as possible. This, however, is difficult to arrange. Working with twenty different people, with ages and obligations varying so much, is not a simple task.
Once the meeting is held after many emails and texts have been exchanged, the idea is then put to paper on an activity sheet. The sheet asks for information regarding chaperones, dates, times, overviews of activities, and approval from Officer Potter and administration.Once filled out completely, the activity sheet is brought to Ms. Wheet, who is given the task of reviewing and approving/disapproving the activity.
The sheet is quickly out of her hands, however, because she will need to run the idea by any faculty members it may involve, “For instance, if any athletic fields or either of the two gyms would be used, Mr. Skidds needs to check his sports schedules and sign off that those facilities are free. Then, Mr. Evans will receive the sheet next, so he knows which buildings or classrooms will either need a custodian present, or will have to be cleaned after the event is complete,” Wheet says. After this, the sheet is taken to Headmaster Smith, where they sit down and discuss any issues that could arise from the event. If all plans seem smooth and without potential problems, Headmaster will give the final stamp of approval.
Because of the lengthy process, the activity sheets need to be turned in at least two weeks before the date of the event, or Ms. Wheet may not be able to return the sheet in time. “It can be a week or so before everyone gets around to replying to me, so that is why it’s no fun to get last-minute, urgent activity sheets. I prefer those who plan ahead!” Wheet says regarding receiving activity sheets. This means the student government has to begin early when planning events for the beginning of the school year, keeping in touch and holding planning meetings during the summer to come up with ideas and begin the process before entering the school.
Not every sheet is approved, and when a group of officers is faced with a sheet that is lacking the stamp of approval, they are forced to scrap the idea quickly and begin brainstorming an alternative. The process is then repeated until a viable idea is made.
After the activity is approved, that is when the planning begins. Kathleen the vice president of the senior class has been apart of student government for two years. She explains that, “So much work goes into an event and most students are unaware. Communication about said events are shared, but forms of communication could be improved.”A survey was presented to the student body and 66.7% of the people who filled it out were unaware that they were able to attend the meetings. More communication about the meetings could potentially bring student body members, where they could then share ideas or thoughts.
In all, much of the student body is unaware of the amount of effort and planning that goes into successfully executing a class event. If the students are interested in learning more about the process and what goes into it, they are encouraged to attend student government meetings. They should seek out their class officers to find out specifics on meeting times.
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Theatre will proudly present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless Cinderella on Thursday, Friday and Saturday October 24, 25 & 26, 2019, in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA campus. This production, the 2013 Broadway adaptation of the classic musical, is a contemporary take on the classic tale which features some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside a hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane as well as some new characters, and surprising twists. The cast includes seniors Kate Blake, Patrick Helm, Brianna Jackson, Shannon Jackson, Mirah Johnston, Ethan Meeker, Connor Nowak, Caitlin Reynolds, Rylee Rogers, and Lauren Rose; juniors Mary Katherine Patteson, Clayton Price, Darin Sweet, and Jordan Trahant; sophomores Mairead O’Shea, Calvin Swett and Caleb Yates; and freshmen Christopher Helm, Savannah Laughlin, Sam Marcotte, Allie McGuigan, Christopher Reed, and Katerina Xanthopoulos . Production stage manager senior Madison Bowen and able assistant Olivia Fontes will be leading an experienced production team of skilled theatre technicians who will bring Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella to life. The production is directed by faculty member Elizabeth Lent with music direction by faculty member Colby Baker choreography by faculty member Kolby Hume. Reserved tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and are available at http://cbnanh.booktix.com. For further information, call 942-5531, ext. 237, or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Hope to see you there.
COE-BROWN NORTHWOOD ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHTS
Coe-Brown Academy will be holding Information Nights for parents who are interested in learning more about the school. Although these nights are focused on Strafford, Northwood, Nottingham, and Barrington anyone is welcome to attend either night. This is an opportunity to learn more about the curriculum and what programs are available at Coe-Brown as families make their decisions about where to send their children to high school. The night will include an information session, an opportunity to ask questions, and a tour of the campus. The Northwood/Strafford Night will be Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00 and the Nottingham/Barrington Night will be Wednesday, November 13 at 6:00 in the Gerrish Gym (main building).
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy students may soon have not just one coffee shop, but two on their route to school.
Four months ago Mike Sullivan proposed the idea of the coffee franchise, Aroma Joe’s, being built on his property along Route Four. Sullivan and his wife Christine have been living along Route Four for two years. His dedication to the project is seen through the traffic studies and many proposals he has created for the town of Northwood’s planning board.
Students and members of the Northwood community would be affected in many ways if this new coffee franchise was added. Many think the Aroma Joes will cause even more traffic congestion resulting in accidents on Route Four. There have been four fatal car accidents on Route Four since 2016, and many members of Northwood are questioning whether or not this business will actually benefit the town. In a letter addressed to the Northwood planning board, Marcia Severance of Northwood said, “It would seem that putting an Aroma Joe;s would certainly not be in keeping with the historical and rural character of this property,” her statement is similar to many other residents of Northwood who believe the Aroma Joe’s would not suit the town.
Melanie Hamilton of Northwood said “Northwood residents like to view the town as unique, as having a special character, with small businesses such as the antique dealers, Susty’s, Cooper Hill, and Umami lining Route Four.” The risk of losing the small business-feel of Northwood is a fear many have.
Others such as Martine Canfield, a resident of Northwood, have suggested that extreme changes to Route Four need to be made such as, “…. a traffic signal needs to be in place at the intersection with Bow Lake Road first, before the coffee shop opens for business.” A common fear of those who do not agree with the coffee shop being built is the traffic congestion that would worsen.
While there are residents of Northwood who oppose the idea of the Aroma Joes, the new coffee shop would be a dream for most students to have such as Kate Hocevar, a junior at Coe Brown, who says, “Having a new place to go get coffee in the morning and a new selection for students to get different drinks will make my mornings better.”
There is a Dunkin’ Donuts attached to the Mobil gas station that has been very successful in employing Coe-Brown students, as well as giving students and members of the community a quick and easy food or beverage option. Sullivan thinks the Aroma Joes will do the same and is “pro business.”
The town is divided over the proposal of the new Aroma Joes as the Northwood planning board works through the adjustments and reasoning that are involved with this possible new addition to Northwood’s unique community.
– Jesse Davis
High school marks a huge transitional period in life. With all the change that is coming on the first day when you walk through the door, it’s completely understandable that underclassmen might be overwhelmed with the big picture of high school for the next four years. However, coming from an upperclassmen standpoint, there are so many things I wish I’d known about the high school experience now that it’s close to over. For me, high school has certainly been one of the most memorable times of my life. Even though there are hard moments with classes or procrastinating, overcoming the challenges is rewarding and has proven to be beneficial in the long run. Below is a list of advice from CBNA upperclassmen and alumni who hope to pass their now-known knowledge to the next group of incoming students.
“Joining clubs and getting to know the faculty is still the best part of my CBNA experience!”
Being part of at least one club is key to being involved in the CBNA community. Participation in several different kinds of clubs helps you to have a connection with other people who share the same bond as you reveal life skills that can be used in the future. Knowing your teachers is also an important part of making high school memorable. They are the people that are definitely qualified to help you the most and have the skills in a large amount of different topics.
“I would have taken more time to hang out with friends even if it was late on a school night.”
Believe it or not, high school is not just all about work and getting grades to get accepted into a college if that’s what your future goal is. Sometimes, taking a little bit of “me time” to do some of your favorite hobbies. Friendships in high school honestly do last a lifetime and finding several awesome groups of people to be around is a great way to spend your time too. Making memories with them is important and it’s the little things that go a long way. Sometimes it’s midnight trips to the movie theater and attempting to sneak ice cream and pizza in that mean the most with your friends.
“Get your homework done and turn it in because it is worth so much of grades.”
And going off of the advice from before, still always do your homework. School comes first. The classes at CBNA can be hard, but doing the work in a timely manner can prevent stress and possible consequences down the road. Getting into the habit of doing your work can help you be task oriented in your future job. Take advantage of your study halls and ask teachers for extra help (they’re always happy to!). There’s also resources like math lab and writing center that can give you an extra understanding to be successful. And always study for quizzes and tests.
“Go the Tech route. Take classes that taught life skills and would prepare me for the military or a career that involved a hands on skill. That is where the money is and the skills kids learn have a practical use in everyday life.”
There are so many different types of life skills classes at CBNA that are available to anyone starting sophomore year. The central focus of these classes is to learn something new that can be applied to everyday life. Woodworking, ag tech, and fine arts are just examples of courses that can further develop skills that can be applied in the future.
“Worry less & enjoy more! You’re always stressed about that next chapter, be it college or work, instead of living in the moment & appreciating this time in life! Also, get more involved to experience various clubs & sports to see what you like most.”
Worrying about your future path can sometimes stand in the way of enjoying your time in high school. Appreciating the time you have and surrounding yourself with your friends is so important because high school does fly by so fast. It’s sad to think about, but graduation is the most emotional night of the year because it means the end of life at CBNA, but starting the next chapter. It’s hard to say goodbye to students and faculty. During the whole year, really spend the time being with friends and participating in several CBNA events. In the big picture of it all, high school is preparation for the future, and CBNA helps all of their students be the best that they can.
– Lauren Best
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