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Student Art Spotlight: Heather Kirschner

Heather Kirschner plays Cinderella in the winter musical production of

By Laura Sneller, Arts Editor

December 17, 2018

You may recognize her from her most recent role as the beloved Disney princess Cinderella in the WCHS fall musical or have seen her perform last spring in Blast, but it is no surprise that junior Heather Kirschner has set the standard for musical and theatrical performance at WCHS. Kirschner’s passion...

“One Acts” Plays Promote Student Creativity

CHS students rehearse Remington Steele’s scene that he wrote himself, a comedy about a bumbling detective.

By Becky Wolfson, Online Arts Editor

June 5, 2017

Picture a fantastic theater production complete with detailed costumes, spot-on makeup and beautiful lighting. What would you say if you learned that the entire show was produced and directed completely by students? That’s exactly what CHS’ “One Acts” student-run play festival is, a night...

‘A Funny Thing’ Fulfills Its Name

Members of the cast and crew perform in a scene that proves to be both hilarious and confusing.

By Maya Rosenberg, Opinions Editor

November 14, 2016

WCHS’ Theater Department’s fall musical, A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to the Forum, is a comedy full of talented leads and complex humor. The play takes place in Ancient Rome, and is centered around 3 adjacent homes: the House of Senex, the House of Lycus, and the House of Erroneous. Senex,...

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...

Must-see upcoming theater productions take the stage

Must-see upcoming theater productions take the stage

By Arielle Gordon, Arts Editor

December 23, 2015

The winter play You Can’t Take it With You will be performed Feb 19, 20, 26 and 27. You Can’t Take it With You is a comedy about two families whose son and daughter get engaged and all of the crazy events that ensue. The play will feature Areya Campbell-Rosen as Penny, Remington Steele as...

CHS Theater Shows How to Succeed in Musicals

The How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying cast performs on stage during a dress rehearsal. The show opened Nov. 13.

By Sofia Williamson, Production Editor

November 30, 2015

CHS’ production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opened Friday, Nov. 13. With a large crowd of parents, students and staff attending, CHS’ performance of this classic ‘60s musical was a hit. The musical itself may seem uninteresting at first glance, due to the setting...

Theater department under new management as Ratz takes the stage

Ratz will direct How to Succeed in Business to debut Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

By Sara Heimlich, Social Media Editor

September 30, 2015

Naomi Ratz, former English teacher and current Yearbook advisor, has big plans and high expectations for the theater department as she takes over as theater director this year. Ratz has graduate degrees in both English Education and Theater Education, and has always dreamed about becoming a theater te...

‘Almost, Maine’ makes CHS theater debut

By Sofia Williamson, Staff Writer

February 24, 2015

Glory, a hiker from out of town, gets lost on her way to see the Northern Lights and suddenly appears with a tent in a stranger’s backyard, wondering where she is. The stranger, introduced as East, explains that this territory is not on the map… it’s just Almost. CHS’ production of Almost,...

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 of the CHS theater department? Will Blast and the fall play happen under new direction? Blast 25 has been confirmed. Although Barillo, Blast’s director of 16 years, left CHS last year to...

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