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Weekly playlist: 80s hits

By Marah Harbison, Allison Werner, Nathan Hemminger, Chase Gosman, Lauren Holstner, Cody Repine and Alyssa Book
It is time to bust out your shoulder pads and big sneakers. A&E’s playlist of the week is a flashback to the 80s. That means you can jam to these stellar beats on your way to the arcade.

1. “In Between Days” by The Cure

2. “The King of Wishful Thinking” by Go West

3. “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top

4. “Material Girl” by Madonna

5. “The Promise” by When In Rome

6. “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners

7. “Oh Yeah” by Yello

8. “Take On Me” by A-ha

9. “Beat It” by Michael Jackson

10. “Call Me” by Blondie

11. “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Mind

12. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” by Elton John

‘E.A. Poe’ performance captures author’s heartache

By Alyssa Book

“E.A Poe..Into The Mind of Madness” was shown Friday and Saturday evenings in Studio One. The play, directed by Chris Bundy, takes us into the disturbed mind of one of the most famous poets, Edgar Allan Poe.The performance started off with the aisles full of students dressed in torn clothing staring blankly beyond the crowd. The tone was set from the very beginning when audience members stepped foot into the auditorium. The audience became silent as the lights dimmed and the piano keys started in with a tune meant to send shivers down their spines.The play went through the details surrounding Poe’s life and what inspired his most famous pieces. It was great to see the poems we’ve read over and over again in school come to life on stage.

Another memorable aspect of the play was the use of lighting and the video backgrounds directly behind the actors performing on stage. As the actors were describing a scene or reciting a poem of Poe’s, the videos showed them actually performing the poem.

Although the material was deep and held raw emotion, the performance really brought a sense of forgiveness and sympathy for Poe. The audience saw the traumatic reasons for Poe’s twisted poems, especially through the emotional portrayal of Poe by senior Zach Hebert. Hebert’s performance was memorable, as he literally became the character on stage through his mannerisms.

The play was very dark and shared the most intimate moments of Poe’s life. It was discouraged for children to go, and that was a very good idea. The play went through topics such as abandonment and heartache, then spiraled into death and murder.

The overall experience of the play was very interesting and unique. As the last scene came to a wrap and the audience cheered out of their seats, the echos of shouting and the large applause gave the play an unanimous two thumbs up.

Weekly playlist: Adrenaline pumping music

By Marah Harbison, Allison Werner, Nathan Hemminger, Chase Gosman, and Alyssa Book

Everyone loves a good rivalry and there is no better proof of that than this week’s face off with Providence on the soccer and and football fields. What is the best way to pump up before the big game? Listen to some music that will get your heart pumping and your blood flowing. A&E’s playlist of the week is the top 10 songs to get pumped up to. 

1. “Don’t Let This Win Over You” by Set Your Goals

2. “Dreams Be Dreams” by Jack Johnson

3. “Yeah 3x” by Chris Brown

4. “Feel It In Your Heart” by Abandon

5. “Hey Baby” by DJ Otzi

6. “Shoot To Thrill” by AC/DC

7. “The Pretender” by Foo Fighters

8. “Panama” by Van Halen

9. “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor

10. “Headstrong” by Trapt

Theatre puts on encore performance of ‘E.A. Poe’ this weekend

By Alyssa Book, Lauren Holstner, and Cody Repine
This Friday and Saturday at FC, the theatre department will be performing a show that digs deep into the twisted fantasy world of Edgar Allan Poe.
The play, “E.A. Poe…. Into The Mind of Madness” is about the life and times of the famous poet Edgar Allen Poe. The production shows how he loses his perception of what is real and what is not reality.This play was not limited to the eyes of FC; it was the chosen production to be performed at the Fringe Festival when the theatre department ventured over to Scotland this past summer.
“We had a great response from the Scottish audiences and we hope our local patrons will equally enjoy the show,” said theatre director Chris Bundy.

“Performing at the festival was really cool. We liked it  because we performed in front of a small crowd and it made us appreciate what we have at home. An average size audience was eight people. Even though it was small, you realize that being there you were a part of something much bigger,” said junior Laura Duncan.

The audience should expect to be entertained with the dark visual world Poe described through his poetry. Duncan described the play as being a collection of the words trippy, mysterious, and suspenseful.

“Due to the rather macabre nature of Poe’s works, we have requested that young children be discouraged from attending.  This would be sure to cause nightmares,” said Bundy.

“E.A. Poe is one of the most famous poets, and people are still wondering about his life and how he died,” said sophomore Shelby Clark.

The cast is hoping that the play embodies his life and honors it in a way that only Poe would want it, mysterious and twisted.

“I think it’s unique in that while many adaptations have been made of Poe’s stories, I wanted to approach the show with a look at what actually happened in his life that might have influenced his morbid fascination.  We get a look at his actual life which drifts in and out of his fantasy world.  By the way, the show was a collaboration between myself and a former student who is a playwright, Jason Roseberry,” Bundy explained.

The ticket price for all students will be $5,”E.A. Poe…. Into The Mind of Madness,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. Come get a glimpse into the mind of the mad.