The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

Blast 34: Into the Wild is an energetic and vibrant production, created by the work of incredible tech crew, dancers, singers and directors.

Swing into spring with WCHS Blast 34: Into the Wild

By Dehab Deglel, Assistant Features Editor May 1, 2024

“Blast 34: Into the Wild” is the most popular WCHS Blast of the decade, with over 600 audience members attending its opening night. This is unsurprising, as the experienced directors and leaders have...

WCHS Blast members practice choreography and vocals in preparation for the outdoor shows this April. Formations for the numbers are based around the animal features.

The stage roars to life as Blast goes beast-mode

By Ananya Pandit, Part-time Editor, Full-time Traveler April 23, 2024

With elaborate stage design, captivating vocals and thoroughly planned costumes, Blast is a revered WCHS tradition that attracts thousands of attendees every year. The Blast performances are centered around...

With performances on five different nights in March, Blast 32 will be the first Blast production since 2019. The performers have put in work, both in person and virtually, since mid November.

WCHS Blast will re-unite with audiences this March

By Jordan Pashkoff, Arts Editor March 11, 2022

This March, the fan-favorite production of Blast is making a comeback after not being performed in two years. Back in early 2020, WCHS students were working on the 31st production of Blast - Blast: Spectrum....

The dance ensemble for the Blast 31: Spectrum performance of Kacey Musgraves Rainbow rehearse their dance choreographed by senior Michael Castelli and junior Sydney Rubin.

Spring theater cancellations saddens WCHS seniors

By Olivia Yasharoff, Assistant Sports Editor May 13, 2020

Seniors have looked forward to this year since their freshman year of high school, or maybe even longer. Senior year is the year where you get to celebrate all the work you have put in over the years by...

Blast 30: Blast from the Past included memorable performances that allowed students of all grade levels to showcase their talents.

Blast 30 brings WCHS students to center stage

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief April 1, 2019

Outstanding solo performances, catchy songs, sparkling lights and talented dancers. Blast 30: Blast From the Past included all of these aspects and more, and it definitely proved to be a memorable show...

(Left to right) Juniors Marshall Harner and Merrick Willeford and senior Vinny Douglass perform “I’m A Believer” during last year’s Blast production.

WCHS celebrates 30 years of student tradition

By Laura Sneller, Arts Editor March 6, 2019

Every year, the WCHS community comes together to experience a voyage through time through song. Blast has been a WCHS tradition that consists of a series of popular musical numbers from throughout time...

Junior Sam Nasar recently released his EP Self Signed, which features original songs.

Junior Releases Original EP

By Sarah O'Brien and Thomas Atkinson, Arts Editor and News Editor September 22, 2016

On Sept. 15, junior Sam Nasar released his first Extended Preview (EP), “Self Signed.” Ever since Nasar’s mother introduced him to musical theater, he has always had a passion for the arts. Nasar...

Alumna Kristina Hann works on her music in a recording studio. Hann is currently studying Music at Belmont University.

CHS Alumni Continue in their Arts Exploration

By Sarah O’Brien, Arts Editor April 29, 2016

All students take some form of art class at CHS, yet most do not continue once they graduate. The Observer has contacted a few recent graduates who have continued their passions in art after their...

Members of Blast Perform at Rio

Members of Blast Perform at Rio

By Arielle Gordon and Thomas Atkinson March 24, 2015

Student performers in Blast 26: Opposition, performed at Rio shopping center in Gaithersburg March 14 to advertise their upcoming shows. “We thought of presenting some songs somewhere,” parent...

Blast performers rehearse Girl on Fire for the upcoming show.

‘Blast’ returns for its 26th year with ‘Opposition’

By Sai Sreenivasan, Staff Writer March 23, 2015

It’s opening night and the crowd is buzzing. But when the lights hit the stage, silence fills the air. Blast begins. Blast has been a unique CHS production for 26 years and returns to the stage with...

Students question if curtain will rise on future shows

By Emily Birnbaum, Editor-in-Chief September 25, 2013

Following the departures of technical director Scott Selman and choral director Carlos Barillo last year and theater director Lynda Scionti in mid-September, students are left wondering: What will become...

‘Blast’ returns to the past with ‘American Bandstand’

‘Blast’ returns to the past with ‘American Bandstand’

By Emily Birnbaum, Features Editor December 3, 2012

What we now know as Blast, CHS’s epic annual musical review, was originally designed to be a blast from the past—a show comprised of and dedicated to music from previous decades. Although in recent...

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