The Observer

The shoe fits: “Cinderella” exceeds expectations

Senior Michael Votaw reels the audience in with his struggle over his identity as the prince in the opening scene.

By Bryan Fletcher, Production Manager

December 21, 2018

This year, the WCHS drama department has put on the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s version of the classic “Cinderella,” and it has already proved to be one of their most spectacular productions to date. Between the talented cast of actors, beautiful stage sets and entertaining performances, this show...

CHS likes it in As You Like It

CHS likes it in As You Like It

By Garret Birnbaum, Staff Writer

June 8, 2018

CHS’s advanced theater class put on a modern reenactment of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” May 21 and 22 with the help of drama teacher Naomi Ratz. “As You Like It” is about a women Rosalind (Alex Mamalian) and her sister Celia (Areya Jade), who were banished from their uncle’s court. Th...

CHS Fall Theater Production to Open Soon

Junior Nick Schaap, Senior Alex Scott and members of the cast of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” rehearse a scene.

By Nora Holland, Contest Manager

November 1, 2016

It’s that time of year again: the air is getting cooler, the leaves are changing and the fall musical is approaching once again. This year’s fall musical, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” is a slapstick comedy centered around the events occurring in three adjacent houses in...

Art Speak! Brings Broadway Actors to CHS

Art Speak! Brings Broadway Actors to CHS

By Jake Herman, Public Relations Editor

November 1, 2016

Lights, camera, action! ArtSpeak! is coming to the CHS auditorium Nov.17. The event, which is organized and led by students enrolled in the CHS Advanced Acting and Directing class, is completely free and open to the community. It is geared towards students and parents in the community. ArtSpeak! brings...

Drama department puts on ‘Legally Blonde’

Drama department puts on 'Legally Blonde'

By By Julie Krakov, Online Arts Editor and Stacey Stein, Online Breaking News Editor

March 26, 2012

This spring, the CHS drama department will put on Legally Blonde as its annual musical instead of Blast which usually takes place in the spring but was held in Dec. The musical is based off of the movie of the same name, where a sorority girl overcomes stereotypes and goes to Harvard Law School to...

Unique combination of styles bring ‘Chronicle’ to life

Unique combination of styles bring 'Chronicle' to life

By By: Angad Kanwal, Arts Production Editor

February 23, 2012

The new sci-fi drama Chronicle provides viewers with a fresh take on the “found footage” genre, leaving them satisfied with the change of pace. Blending the over-the-shoulder, personal camera style with the always interesting superhero storyline provides an impressive outcome that fully encompasses...

Seniors win musical excellence award

By Luke Frentsos Sports Photo Editor

May 28, 2010

Congratulations to seniors Steven Riguax, Shelby Sykes and Josh Simon for winning the Superintendent’s Award for Musical Excellence. They were nominated by their drama director and teacher Jessica Speck for their extreme dedication, hard work and talent. They have all been in the drama and music department...

HBO’s ‘Treme’ portrays struggling New Orleans

By Vasant Joseph Staff Writer

May 6, 2010

The Mona Lisa of television series came and passed, yet hardly anyone even captured a glimpse of it. I am, of course, referring to The Wire, the critically acclaimed though commercially unsuccessful HBO series that enjoyed a five-season run before it was eventually cancelled due to low ratings. After a ...

Play acting class to direct January One Act Play Festival

By Julie Kracov, Contest Manager

January 5, 2010

CHS’ play-acting class will present the One Act Play Festival Jan. 8-10, which features 23 different short plays directed by the 21 students in the class and is performed by over 100 students from the entire school. The festival, which has been held at CHS six times in the last decade, is a summative...

‘Chicago’ controversy leads to new play selection policy

By Justin Rheingold, Breaking Stories Online Editor

November 25, 2009

After much controversy surrounding the production of the fall musical Chicago, the administration aims to have a new plan in place for the selection of the spring play. According to Principal Joan Benz, a plan has yet to be finalized, although it will likely include a group to support drama director...

Potomac Blockbuster will remain open

By Carly Rotter, Staff Writer

November 24, 2009

Contrary to rumor, the Blockbuster store in Cabin John Mall will remain open. Many other Blockbuster franchises in the area will be closing, however. According to Cabin John store manager Jay Rubin, the Blockbuster corporation is not going out of business, but a relatively small percentage of its...

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