As the new school year is starting up, so are the activities. The fall play is no exception. This year's play is “12 Angry Jurors”. With several familiar faces and a big group of seniors returning for another year, the show is sure to wow.
We sat down with drama director Mrs. Moore for a sneak peek into this year's production. Mrs. Moore said: “This year's play is about a murder trial. We have a 19 year old boy who is on trial for murder and there are 12 jurors who have to decide whether or not he should get the electric chair or be let off.” When asked where she got the inspiration she said, “There is a movie out called, ‘12 Angry Men’ from 1957.” “The play has been done many times at several different schools. It’s a very dramatic show. They now have it to where you can get a script for both the ‘12 Angry Men’ and ‘12 Angry Women’ and that's what we’re doing. So you combine the 2 so that we can have both guys and girls who play the jurors in it.”
Third-year drama participant Sierra Centola has very high hopes for this year’s production. “This year's play, I think it is going to be a very different play, but I think that it will be good for all of the actors in it. Everything we have done before was either comedy or a story. This one is still a story, but its very dark and very serious. I hope that it is just a fun year, especially for my senior year. I hope everybody enjoys it, everybody gets along, and that we just have a smooth ride this year.”
One person who everyone is excited to see is senior, Will Bryan. “‘12 Angry Men’ is one of my favorite movies, so I'm really excited to get the chance to act in the play. It's a "bottle movie," a movie (in this instance a play) where roughly the entire thing takes place in one room, so it's a nice change in pace from last year's Peter Pan, which had us flying around Neverland.”
Overall, both the seniors and Mrs. Moore have very high hopes for this year's play. This year's fall play is definitely an event you will not want to miss.
Beth Stacey and Faith Buoy
Beth Stacey and Faith Buoy are both sophomores at SVHS. Beth is also Publication Club's Editor and Chief.
This band season will be like no other. There are many exciting ideas that are being prepared for this school year. There are also new faces in the band and a new and improved show. I spoke with Mr. Gorecki about his goals for this year and competitions to come in the future. Mr. Gorecki’s goal for the band students is always that they learn how to respect and cooperate with each other, and that they put on an awesome show for the audience! The band will be attending three competitions this year in Monticello, Newton, and Effingham. To prepare for the performances they practice together everyday during first hour and Wednesday evenings.
Their biggest competitors, since we are a smaller school, are Okaw Valley, Heritage, Arcola, Bement, and Oblong, which all have excellent band programs. Now, for the question we have all been waiting for: What songs are the band going to play during the games? The band is going to stick to the more traditional songs since most of their rehearsal time and effort goes into the halftime show, which always delivers. Needless to say, this band season is going to be very fun and exciting, and with many hours of practice plus competitions, it is sure to be memorable.
Ashlyn is a sophomore at SVHS. She is also our Sport's editor for The Bolt.
The Winter Concert featuring the fine arts of SVHS kicked off on December 12 at 7:00. With a gym packed with families and friends, the band, choir and art students were ready to show off what they have been working on.
The Choral program started off the concert with a selection of songs: "Howl like a Winter", "Pata Pan", "Silent Night", "Sweet Singing in the Choir", and "Feliz Navidad". Miss Johnson conducted the "Howl like a Winter", a showcase for our choir this season.
Johnson has been working hard with our choral students throughout the last few concerts for her college classes. The choir students at SVHS have been taught a few exercises and breathing techniques while she has been here that have really brought out our top performances.
The band finished the program with, scenes From The Nutcracker, "Mary’s Boy Child", "Baby it’s Cold Outside", "Solitary Wish", and Fantasia.
Story by Logan Brisch.
Each year, the Marching STORM arrives a few weeks before school starts to start band camp, a week long rehearsal where students organize and practice for the coming year's show. This year's show, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is set to wow the crowds with a marching band full of wonderful and creative student musicians.
You can catch the Marching STORM as they play during every home football game, performing during the halftime show and pumping up the crowd with their “Storm Shorties.”
We caught up with Fine Arts Director Mr. John Gorecki and he commented on his thoughts for the start of this band season. He said “I am very happy with the band's progress this season. Marching band can be a difficult activity - students have to think about the music they are playing, their horn and body position, their marching technique, where they are going in the drill, and when to stop and start moving. My expectation is that they give their best effort each day at rehearsal, and come on time and prepared. We have an excellent group this year and I know they will do great things at our two competitions!”
Students in the Marching Band love to be a part of Mr. Gorecki's program and Sophomore Caleb Incarnato who plays tuba in concert band and sousaphone in the marching band had some wonderful things to say about his love of band. Caleb said “that ever since I joined In 5th grade, I have enjoyed being apart of the band and the experience of Marching Band.”
The Marching Storm has many performances throughout the year, but the ones that they really look forward to are the competitions. Their first competition is on Saturday, Sep. 22 at Mt. Zion High School. Come out and see this year's performance and cheer on the Storm as they march their way to another victory (fingers crossed).