Theatre Feature

The Coe-Brown theatre department has had to seriously rethink their approach to how they would continue the program. Due to the Corona Virus, no actual shows have been allowed for the foreseeable future. The CDC recommends having shows outside with the actors ten feet apart, but this is simply impossible. Instead, the program has had a different approach to their way of keeping the theatre alive. The school theatre has made the plan to have weekly workshops to practice and improve upon their students’ skills. The three main subjects that the program has worked on are movement acting, technical theatre, and they have just started to work in musical theatre. The new program is solely based on improving the skills of these fresh and experienced actors, without the stress of a fall show. 

The leaders of the CBNA theatre program are Mrs. Moynihan and Ms. Hume. They have taken over for the retired Mrs. Lent, and are continuing the legacy of the theatre. When asked: How do you think the theatre is going in the new world of covid? Mrs. Moynihan replied, “it is a sad and challenging time, but I am thrilled to see how artists are coming together to find new and innovative ways to bring theatre to audiences. For us, it has been a challenge, because we have not been able to do our fall and winter shows as usual. We have come up with workshops, staged readings, and a planned writing project to help fill that performance void. While this has been tough, it has also allowed us to focus on skills building, which we did not always previously have time to do. The work that we have seen from our students has been tremendous and has really allowed us to see future directions for shows and programming in later seasons”. When asked the same question Ms. Hume responded by saying: “I mostly feel lucky that we’ve been able to come up with a plan to keep CBNA Theatre moving forward here. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with Mrs. Moynihan who is brilliant and excited to work with our students and share all of her knowledge and experience. We are very proud of the program that we’ve put together for the fall! Although we can’t produce a typical show, it’s been really exciting to plan and develop workshops to introduce students to new skills and practice ones that might be a little rusty. We wanted to put together something for everyone: Movement Mondays, Tech Tuesdays, musical theatre, straight plays, playwriting, and more! It feels like we are teaching and learning even more than we would have during the run of a traditional show.”

I also asked the teacher if they feel any pressure running the theatre program. Mrs. Moynihan responded with: “I do feel pressure to run the theatre program because I am lucky to be stepping into a well-established theatre program that Mrs. Lent ran for many years along with Ms. Hume. I am so thankful that I got to spend all of last year getting to know the students at Coe-Brown and the way the theatre program was run. The Covid situation has changed many things for us, but the dedication of our students has not. My hope is always to be providing students with challenging, engaging, dynamic, and fun theatre experiences, while also giving them theatre skills that they can use in the classroom and beyond. One of the more challenging aspects of my job as a theatre teacher is making sure that I am picking a material that is appropriate for the students that we have but will also challenge them allowing them to expand on their existing skills and talents. Ultimately, it is the absolute best part of my job. I have always believed that theatre is an important area of the arts and I am thrilled that I get to bring my love and passion for it to the students at Coe-Brown. Ms. Hume answered: “I think the thing I feel most pressured about is making the theatre program just as fun, collaborative, and educational as it typically is under very atypical circumstances. We have so many talented new freshmen and sophomores that haven’t had a lot of time with us yet! It’s important to me that they feel like they’re a part of our company, and that everyone’s time is being valued. That can be tricky at the end of a long day in a mask. Overall, despite all of the challenges we are facing in terms of performance and spacing restrictions, I feel like each individual student has had more opportunity to learn and grow under these unusual circumstances than they might have during a full production! That’s what makes all of the pressure worth it.”

Students such as Darin Sweet, a Senior at Coe-Brown and President of the International Thespian Society, agrees that “there has been a lot of restriction when it comes to the new program, but we are doing a great job with doing our best and improving our theatrical skills”. He also stated, “that he missed the old theatre, but he is still having lots of fun”. Darin is a long-time member of the CBNA theatre, participating in all four years of Highschool and he is planning on continuing in college. Ariella Price, a freshman at Coe-Brown, was anxious about joining the theatre program at the beginning of the year. During her interview, Ariella stated that “many things changed during the pandemic and definitely the theatre she had been used to”.  Ariella also says she “is free to be herself, and that she loves the theatre program. Ariella is a, just joined theatre member, but is planning to participate for the rest of her Highschool career.

Hopefully the future is brighter for the theatre program. Everyone was disappointed with this year, but the theatre program found a way to keep up the spirits of its members. Perhaps one day things will get back to normal, and show production will be able to continue. For now the audience will just have to wait. 

Samuel Marcotte

Teacher Feature – Chris Burns

Mr. Burns is a new teacher this year! He is teaching freshman physical education and sophomore team or individual sports. I have the pleasure in taking one of his sophomore team sports classes and it is a blast. This also means that I had time to ask him some questions about his experience as a bear. 

Mr. Burns taught at Northwood Elementary School before he started teaching here for the 2020-2021 school year. He talked to me about how different it is here saying, “It is different to be teaching older, more mature, students that are all so close in age”. He says he enjoys teaching older students and getting to play with them and interact with them on almost a daily basis. “I end up playing a lot of games and getting in on activities with all of my students and I really enjoy it”. Mr. Burns is almost like one of the kids in class and gym class with him is so fun. He also has some of his former students from Northwood in his new class and everyone involved enjoys the fun and lighthearted atmosphere!

I also had some time and asked him how the experience of being a CBNA bear is going for him. He told me that it is definitely different to be teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic especially it being his first year here. He also says that it has been good for his teaching style to receive feedback from his fellow faculty members and that he too is learning a lot. The only difference from Northwood he says, “I got to walk around the whole school when I had freetime. Now I’m kind of stuck in Smith Hall all day but I do have lots of kids and classes”. Overall Mr. Burns has decided that he really likes being a part of CBNA and most of his students would say that we love having him.

 

– Ella Brooks

Care About Your Local Election

As everyone knows the day of voting is almost here for the next election. I’m sure you’ve seen political ads on Chris Sununu, Dan Feltes, Biden, and Trump, with everyone telling you that “this is the most important election of our time”. Well in some ways it is, but why should high school students care when most of us can’t even vote yet? Even though you are not the legal age to vote, you should still pay attention to your country’s politics. Listening to debates, reading articles, or watching the news could improve your understanding of what’s happening. If you still don’t understand, ask your parents or grandparents about politics, what their views are, who they are going to vote for, and why. Local elections are just as important as national elections. Chris Sununu is the Governor of New Hampshire, which means he makes a lot of important decisions for our state. Even he is running this year for another term. You should care about what happens to where you live. 

It’s a part of your American rights to be aware of politics. Even as a teenager, you are shaping the very world you stand in. Our generation is the future of America.. Eventually, it will be your turn to decide on your candidate and to vote for them, if you pay attention now, you’ll be ready. Your vote will be one of the most important things you can do as an American citizen. So get out and do your research! sure you learn as much as possible about politics and voting because one day you might need to.

Samuel Marcotte

Should I Get a Yearbook?

Whether it’s your freshman year or the last time you’ll ever be in high school again, school yearbooks capture multiple memories over the years. Here’s the top fourteen reasons you should buy a yearbook! 

  1. Remember your friends and teachers when you were at school.
  2. It’s a collectible; a piece of history.
  3. An entire year’s worth of memories are in one book.
  4. Look back at what you were wearing and what the biggest trends were–and maybe wonder what you were thinking!
  5. In years to come, you can prove that you went to school with a famous person.
  6. When you have a school reunion in the future, see if people followed their ‘In 10 years time I’ll be…’ ambitions.
  7. In the future, enjoy looking back and getting nostalgic. A yearbook is a memory book too.
  8. Future children will laugh at the changes in generations.
  9. A piece to smile, laugh and reminisce with down the road.
  10. A cherished piece if a life is suddenly lost.
  11. It can stand the test of time, unlike the digital world that changes consistently.
  12. It’ll be more valuable to you when you are older.
  13. It is about you; YOU are in it!
  14. Celebrate the achievement of finishing school with the excitement of receiving your yearbook!

The last day to order your CBNA 2019-2020 yearbooks is Friday, January 24. There is no guarantee that books will be available after this date. All yearbook orders automatically include the 32 page spring supplement, which includes spring sports, Prom, Spring play and concert, graduation and Baccalaureate. Supplements are completed over the summer. To order, use the link on the Coe-Brown website (https://coebrown.org/2019/12/20/order-a-coe-brown-northwood-academy-yearbook-for-your-student/). See Prof Clauss or Mrs. Biery if you have any questions.

 

– Lauren Best

Jumanji: The Next Level: A Review

Over vacation, my sister and I went to go see Jumanji: The Next Level, and I have to say that this movie was better than the first. Now, I’m not going to spoil any scenes or any big plot, I’m only to say that you should go see it for yourself. 

The first Jumanji introduces the magical board game that unleashes a world of adventure. When four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of—Jumanji—they’re immediately drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they chose; gamer Spencer becomes a brawny adventurer (Dwayne Johnson); football jock Fridge loses (in his words) “the top two feet of his body” and becomes an Einstein (Kevin Hart); popular girl Bethany becomes a middle-aged male professor (Jack Black); and wallflower Martha becomes a badass warrior (Karen Gillan). What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji—you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves—or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…

The second movie has a twist to it. It’s years later and all the group is in college doing their own thing. All of the characters enter back into the world of their video game. When Spencer goes back into the fantastical world of Jumanji, his pals Martha, Fridge and Bethany re-enter the game to bring him home. But the game is now broken—and fighting back. Everything the friends know about Jumanji is about to change, as they soon discover there’s more obstacles and more danger to overcome. New characters are added into the mix, and help the new characters learn and develop personally. 

After watching the second movie, it’s pretty clear that people need to watch the first to understand some of the things that happen. Both movies are not separate, and the concepts and ideas are similar. The second movie doesn’t forget the first, but it also creates a new meaning for the characters with a fast-moving plot. 

Jumanji: The Next Level has already made $311.9 million in the box office since its release date December 13. In the local area, show dates and times can be found on http://barnzs.com/location/3118/BarnZs-Barrington-Cinema-Showtimes, https://oneilcinemas.com/, https://www.regmovies.com/, and https://www.cinemagicmovies.com/

 

-Lauren Best

Why the Soda Can Design is Flawed

Imagine, you are at a party. Your mouth is dry and you feel a strong thirst hang over you. You decide to go to the party’s designated drink container and pick up a cold root beer. You pinch the oh so familiar tab and push down, hearing the crisp snap of the can opening. You purse your lips to the aluminum can and start to drink the sweet carbonated beverage inside.

This is a common scenario among many individuals. That urge to open a cold carbonated drink and taste your preferred brand or flavor. This is why the soda can has become a main staple in culture, since the invention of aluminum cans in 1959. But even if it’s the norm, it doesn’t prevent the design from being flawed. There are numerous problems with our modern day soda cans. This isn’t about how they are bad for the environment or if they have health drawbacks. This is about how from a design stand-point, soda cans are flawed. 

If you look over at the beer and alcohol industries, you will know the iconic beer bottle design. The long smooth cylinder body with the stalk at the top, covered with a bottle cap. If you don’t know by now, the stalk at the top is supposed to be held, not the body. This design choice was made to help prevent your hands from getting cold, but more importantly to keep the drink cool. Now you can start to see the soda can design start to crumble. Without the stalk or even a handle, you are forced to hold the can and deal with holding the cold beverage and your hand heating it up. Some would suggest wearing gloves or a piece of cloth, but not everyone has those readily available. 

There is also the issue of drinking the beverage. If you look at the top of the can, you will notice the hole from which you drink from is not on the rim of the can. Older cans do have their opening on the rim, so what is the issue? Well after drinking a sufficient amount of the beverage, the remaining liquid always gets caught swirling around the rim as you desperately try to drink what’s left. This is why so many cans always has a little bit of drink still left inside. 

There is also the issue of a soda can that has the top and bottom bulging outwards. This is caused by the soda freezing, causing the water molecules to expand and take up more space resulting in the two ends to bulge out. This causes a double-edge sword occasion to occur. If you want to keep you soda extra cool, you run the risk of making it impossible to place it down (bringing up the first problem) or having a much warmer drink instead.

Of course this doesn’t matter in the long-run. A soda is a soda, no matter the container. This is more of just an overview of how even the most iconic of objects can look silly from a design standpoint. No matter what way you drink your soda we can all agree it’s a perfect party-time drink and to be fair were not thinking about how poorly designed a drink can is. We just want a drink.

Ian Helm

Do you like the likes?: Opinion

Instagram is a very popular social networking site.  In June of 2018 Instagram had one billion active users (statista), and in November the company announced users in the US can expect to see likes soon disappear. This has caused some disagreement. Not everyone is happy with this decision, but I think it would  be kind of cool. You will be able to see your own likes, but no one else can see them. It shows that you’re not worth the amount of likes you get on your selfie. Now sure you may want to see how many likes Kylie Jenner is getting, but is it really that important? Didn’t think so. People are very opinionated when it comes to their social media and no one likes new updates. 

The only reason someone would be upset over Instagram getting rid of likes would be popularity. It is 2020, I thought we were past that, but I guess not. I do not think people really care and look at how many likes their peer gets on their pictures. I think it will be beneficial because some people get self conscious about their amount of likes on their pictures. I think it will look cool without the likes. It will definitely be something to get used to, but I know we can all do it. Change is hard and the new look will be different, but later down the road, everyone will be so used to it that they won’t notice it anymore. Megan Edgecomb, a senior at Coe-Brown did not know about this topic until I introduced it to her. She is impartial about Instagram getting rid of likes. She said, “I don’t really care about likes but I’m confused about what other people will see. Under the picture instead of saying the likes what will it say?” She doesn’t care about seeing people’s likes and she doesn’t care about people seeing her likes. 

Makayla DeButts, also a senior at Coe-Brown hates the idea. She said, “I think it will be weird. I don’t think it will look good. I don’t know why they would change it so drastically.  I think it will be good to get rid of the popularity factor, but other than that I am not a fan.” Many people do not feel very strongly towards Instagram getting rid of likes, but I honestly think it will be good to change it up. I think no likes will be good to make people feel more comfortable.

People will be willing to post more and feel more comfortable. And this is just because people will not see their likes. I think this is very good for people who have anxiety because only they  will see the amount of likes and no one can make fun of them for having a low number. I think Instagram getting rid of likes will be very beneficial and I think it is a good idea. Not many people agree but I believe it will ease some people’s minds. Even if people do not like the idea I think once it happens they will like it. 

Sydney Feenstra

Friends: The One Where They Leave Netflix

Hopefully you put finding a new series to rewatch endlessly as your New Year’s resolution because Friends  Netflix left on January 1, 2020. In the new year, Friends will only be available on HBO Max, the new HBO centric streaming service and a new rival for Netflix. HBO Max will have complete control over the 236 episode TV series and plans to launch sometime in the spring of 2020. 

This is not the first time something similar to this has happened, in 2018 it was announced that Friends would be removed from the streaming platform. “The Friends move from Netflix was expected after the streaming giant paid producers Warners $80 million to $100 million to continue to have the former NBC hit for all of 2019,” (Hollywood Reporter). 

If you are unfamiliar with Friends, the happy-go-lucky sitcom features six twenty-something adults played by David Schimmer who plays Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston who plays Rachel Green, Courtney Cox who plays Monica Geller, Matthew Perry who plays Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow who plays Phoebe Buffay, and Matt LeBlanc who plays Joey Tribbiani. The tune of “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts, plays at the beginning of every episode. Set in the late 90s-early 2000s, this TV show is a fun spin on how young adults cope with relationships, jobs, and life in general. Launched on September 22, 1994, Friends is comprised of ten seasons, the last ending in 2004. With WarnerMedia revoking Netflix’s license to the 90s sitcom, the public outrage is culpable. 

I asked several Coe-Brown Northwood students about their feelings on the matter and I was not surprised to hear about their anger. “Heartbroken. Like my lifeline is being taken away and put on another platform. Its injustice.” Lily Libbey, local Coe-Brown Northwood Academy senior, said when asked for her opinion. Adeline Leifer echoed her opinion when she said, “Friends is literally my favorite, (I) watch it everyday.” Many people have some extreme opinions on this move from Netflix to HBO Max,  “It sucks (because) my uncle changed his HBO password and we can’t borrow it anymore” said Emily Anderson, local Coe-Brown Northwood Academy senior. She further elaborated her feelings on this matter by saying, “I tend to watch Friends when I do my homework, it’s not a distraction unless I want it to be.”

HBO Max will feature other classics such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Pretty Little Liars, and several other HBO movies. Several other shows are set to be featured on HBO Max such as Game of Thrones, the fantasy drama series, Barry, the show about a hitman turned actor, and Euphoria, the glossy-teen drama. New movies such as A Star Is Born (2018), the reboot of the 1937 film, Joker (2019), the comic-book based origin story of the notorious villain Joker, and some old favorites like The Conjuring (2013) or Happy Feet (2006). Described on their website as “Original, groundbreaking & award-winning entertainment is yours, anytime, anywhere” (HBO Max), this platform will launch off May 2020.

Anna Principato

‘Let it Snow’ Movie Review and ‘Jaws’ Book Review

Let Go Of Let it Snow  

Wednesday afternoon, I grabbed a blanket and settled into my couch to watch Let it Snow, the newly movie adapted version of the book Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances written by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle. I was excited to watch this new Netflix movie, I knew it was going to be cheesy and had 75% Rotten Tomatoes rate but I thought maybe it had some promise.

Within the first thirty minutes I was let down. Not only were the characters stale, but the stories were overworked cliches with drama that seemed drawn out and overblown. I waited an hour and thirty-three minutes, hoping and praying that maybe the cliche tales would be wrapped up uniquely, in a way that would separate Let it Snow from the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas romances, but how I was wrong.

There are three stories that are happening over the course of this movie and they are stitched together to create a Frankenstein-esque monstrosity. In the first tale, Tobin, played here by Mitchell Hope, has to find a way to tell his best friend the Duke, played by Kiernan Shipka, that he is in love with her, but several setbacks stop him from doing so. During one portion of this movie they sing a tacky and out of place duet of “Whole of the Moon” originally sung by the Waterboys. 

Liv Hewson’s character, Dorrie, must confront a visiting cheerleader girl named Tegan, played by Anna Akana, who she likes on why she won’t acknowledge her. Their romance is refreshing in one sense as they are LGBTQ+ characters in love, but dull in that there is little to no characterization or originality in their storyline.

Julie, Isabela Merced’s character, is a girl struggling to face the real world and decide between going to college and staying to take care of her sick mother. She is about to leave on a train where she meets the new rising popstar Stuart Bale, she is annoyed by his presence and continues on her way. Minutes later she learns that the train is stuck because of snow on the tracks and gets off the train to go home where she is followed by Stuart. They are only walking for a minute when Julie says, “I got into Columbia (University). In New York. Also my mom is sick,”(Let it Snow). Are we supposed to believe that people just tell strangers about their innermost dilemmas within seconds of meeting? Julie jumps from being annoyed with Stuart for his fame to being a giggly schoolgirl over him within seconds.

Sure everyone gets their happy ending but it leaves the viewer with several questions: Will Julie go to college? How will she take care of her mother? How did Stuart get away from his publicist to see Julie? Why was Duke hanging out with JP instead of talking to Tobin? Why did that one lady wear tinfoil? Did Keon ever get to meet the Tempest? Why did I think this movie would be any good?

The rating of 5.8 out of 10 rating left on IMDb is absolutely valid as this movie lacked in not only fresh characters but also original stories and fails to draw viewers in past the first thirty minutes. While looking for a good Christmas movie to watch this year, settle for something besides Let it Snow.

– Anna Principato


What Came First; the Movie or the Book? (And Which Is Better?)

Most of us have scene the 1975 movie Jaws directed by Stephen Spielberg, the classic summer horror film that sparked a newly revived fear of sharks, but many have never read the book that came first. By the same title, Jaws, this book written by Peter Benchley came out in 1974 and became an instant sensation. 

The setting is a little town called Amityville where a young woman recently washed up on the beach, dead and torso severed, supposedly killed by a shark.  The book follows the chaos that unfolds from the now multiple shark attacks. The town thrives on its summer business of attracting tourists to the beaches, but this new threat of a killer shark threatens this coastal paradise’s welfare. We watch as Brody, the police chief, struggles between what he knows is right, shutting down the beaches, and what the mayor is pressuring him to do, keeping the beaches open for tourism money.

The book opens with a chapter dedicated to the shark’s point of view, allowing the reader to build a connection with the shark which is unique in the horror book genre. But Jaws isn’t all about sharks, guts and gore, it also dives into the personal lives of several other Amityville residents. The story circles mainly around Brody but also branches out to Brody’s wife, Ellen, and her crisis about her relationship with Brody, “This depiction of human frailty hints at Benchley’s main triumph over Spielberg”(Independent). Of course, it doesn’t bore you with the human relationships too much as there is always the lurking shark to focus on. 

The movie version of Jaws, while a classic, makes the story more about how terrifying the shark is while the book is more focused with the shark’s impact on the people of the town. The book is better than the movie because in the movie you don’t know why Hooper, the ichthyologist specializing in sharks, is so annoying and hated by Brody but the book explains their issues with one another much clearer. The movie hides these reasons and turns Hooper into an annoying, pompous know-it-all golden boy. In the book there is much more reasoning on why Hooper is the way he is. For these reasons, the original version of the story Jaws created in 1974 is much better than the movie version created in 1975. With a fast paced plot and intense scenes, Jaws is the book you need for a quick and easy read.

– Anna Principato

Bowling Season Sports Wrap

It’s the winter sports season here at CBNA. While everyone talks about basketball, there seems to be one sport that is overlooked: bowling.. The roster is looking solid this year. Returning members include Caitlyn van Gerena, Tyler Clark, Winter Lussier, Sabrina Jeffers, Lucas Laliotis, and Brianna Burke. Their game on Saturday was against Stevens High School at Maple Lanes in Claremont. Laliotis got a double strike near the end of his 1st game, though failed to make up for it in the 2nd. During the baker round, Laliotis’ squad lost by one point. When interviewed afterwards he had this to say. “We tried our hardest, but barely made it in the end. I couldn’t pretend to be upset because I was exhausted, and wanted to go home to get ready for my piano lesson at 4:30.” Their next game is up at Merrimack Ten-Pin Center in Merrimack against Souhegan High School on the 14th. They hope that you can watch their schedule and come to their games prepared to cheer the Bears on.

Kingpin