Photos by Jenny North
To buy tickets to the show this weekend visit http://www.floydcentraltheatre.org/box-office.html. Shows run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
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By Christian DiMartino
Back in the ’90s when I was a little Christian, I did not really watch Disney movies. Occasionally I would put on The Aristocats or The Rescuers, but for the most part I was drawn to some of Robin Williams movies, like Jumanji, Flubber, and even The Birdcage (a strange movie to watch as a kid but I was not like most). When I was a kid, Robin Williams was the man. So, that is partially why his recent passing is so difficult for me to accept.
As I sit here typing this, I am honestly at a loss for words. It has been a few days since Williams passed away, and I have not quite come to terms. I grew up with Robin Williams. His films were a part of my childhood, so losing him, in a way, is sort of like losing a family member. Obviously, I did not know him personally. Yet, I was so used to a world with Robin Williams that the thought of a world without him just did not seem right.
Williams was first introduced to the world in 1978, when he played Mork during a brief stint on Happy Days. A few years later, the Mork character received his own spinoff show called Mork and Mindy. From then on, his fame only grew, in roles such as Good Morning, Vietnam and Dead Poets Society (for which he scored Oscar nominations). Williams did a variety of family films, such as Hook, Flubber, and Jumanji. He did plenty of voice work, in films such as Aladdin, Robots, and Happy Feet. In 1997, Williams took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Good Will Hunting, but his acting range went beyond just comedic and dramatic roles, which is part of what made him such a fascinating actor.
Yes, he did comedies, dramas, and voice work, but yet, here and there he would release the dark side. By the dark side, I am referring to his work in One Hour Photo, and Insomnia. Those performances were examples of what made him so interesting, because he was a wild card, full of surprises. He would go from playing a friendly robot to playing a psychotic author. I truly believe he was capable of anything. He did not always make great movies, but he usually gave a pure, strong performance.
Williams made films that appealed to most. As a kid, I loved his movies. When I grew up, I learned to appreciate some of his films, such as Mrs. Doubtfire, even more. He was not just a part of my childhood though; his films were a part of other students childhoods also.
“I loved him in Jumanji,” said senior Allison Burkhart. “It was just something I remember from my childhood and I just love his acting.”
“When I was a kid Mrs. Doubtfire was my favorite because my mom liked it, so we would always watch it together and quote from it,” said junior Trevor Mason.
“My favorite Robin Williams movie is probably RV because his character reminds me of the way my dad acts,” said freshman Emily Bible.
“My favorite Robin Williams movie when I was younger was Hook. Every time I went to my grandparents’ house we’d put in the VHS copy and rewind it from the last time we were over there. I liked it because I really liked Peter Pan and it was really cool to revisit that world and all the funny and quirky characters. The best part was always Robin because he reinforced the idea that maybe you could be a kid forever,” said senior Brett Yeaton.
Williams was an entertainer; he lived to entertain. He lived to entertain and in doing so he brought so much joy. He brought so much happiness to the world that it truly saddens me to hear that he himself was not happy.
On Monday, Aug. 11, the world lost a wonderful member. Williams may be gone, but his movies still live in my heart, and will continue to bring joy and laughter for years to come.
By Gwen P. Galeza
The effects of the recession might have hit some people hard, but among the creative people, it has only brought out their more productive and creative sides.
“The number one reason is that I am very cheap,” joked computer apps and web design teacher Kelly Bratcher. “However, I also am a creative person and I like to see the outcome of projects that I created from scratch.”
DIY (do it yourself) projects have been around since the dawn of time, but it is nothing like what society has today. With the boom of blogs and social media it has become easier to do things in a unique way.
“With social media now, people are able to share ideas better than ever. I think it is motivating or inspiring people to try their own DIY projects. You no longer need to purchase a book; you can get thousands of ideas instantly from websites,” said Bratcher.
Bratcher’s DIY projects started off when she purchased her new Kindle. While browsing for cases she found the prices way beyond her budget and called them ‘ridiculous.’ She then searched online (Etsy.com) for inspiration and decided to take a journey to her closet and the Dollar Store.
“I started saving some shirts and jackets that I planned on getting rid of to use. My tip is to use items around the house,” said Bratcher.
While some use DIY projects for alternatives, other use it as a way to come out of their shells.
“It is very important to me because I am a quiet person and it gives me a way to express myself,” said senior Brandi Wilson.
Wilson enjoys making her own clothing and paper dresses. She aspires to be a Fashion Designer in the near future.
“DIYing” is also another way for students to create a certain comfort zone because of the personality that it brought.
“I do DIY projects to get my mind off of things. It keeps me entertained and I like making things,” said junior Jenna Knauer.
In her free time, Knauer makes bracelets that she sports everyday. She also joined the National Art Honor Society and sold her bracelets to profit the club.
When the norm has become “I made this” rather than “I bought this,” this DIY trend will surely hit it big with everybody.
“I think more people will do it because people are starting to break away and not do what is expected of them,” said Wilson. “People want to stand out and by making something, you put your personality into it.”
How to make Peter Pan collars by Grace Runkel.
Peter Pan collars are one of the more popular trend in the DIY area. They compliment every outfit even as boring as boring as sweaters and t-shirts.
2 pieces of 21 inches of lace trim