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Arts &
Amanda Berman Spectrum Staff ‘09 Joanna Sugameli, a junior at CHS, is one of the kids at Canton High who is constantly in the arts and music wing of the school. It is amazing that she could take time out of her busy schedule to chat with me. Our interview was during the production week of the school play, Fools, which Joanna was in as Mishkin the Postman. Soon after the Fools production, she will be singing in the All-State Festival on March 30th. Joanna is very involved in the performing arts at CHS; she sings soprano and alto in the high school chorus and a cappella group, plays violin in the band, and is in all of the drama club shows as well as being the club president. She is also part of the music honor society, Tri-M, and plays the piano and the guitar on the side. With all her musical credentials, it seems that Joanna has loved music forever. This is mostly true, as even in elementary school she was interested in music. She was excited to play her first instrument, the violin, in third grade because she saw her sister playing and wanted to be included. Her grandmother and mother play the violin also, so it was, as she put it, “a generation thing.” Joanna’s first ever solo was given to her for a 5th grade concert, and she continued with her interest for music through middle school. During her years at the Galvin Middle School, she felt insecure about how well she sang and played. When musical results didn’t go well (such as the cast list for the Galvin drama productions), she was sad and believed that she wasn’t good enough. “I just had a typical insecure and awkward Middle School experience in general.” In high school, she gained confidence in herself and developed more and more of an interest in music. She has tried many other activities in the past, but soon realized that drama and music were the right fit for her. Her in-

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high-caliber District Choruses. The music she had to audition with was harder, and so was the scoring; she was adjudicated in all sorts of “bizarre” categories, like breathing and facial expression. The sight-reading for that audition, Joanna said, was “ridiculous.” It was very competitive, but Joanna was accepted and was excited to be performing at Symphony Hall. She says she hates auditions because they are much more nerve-wracking than performances. Joanna attributes this extra nervousness to the feeling of being evaluated and of being unsure of the outcome. She feels that people in the performing arts are some of the bravest people because they are performing on a stage in front of others all the time, sometimes doing crazy things (like in drama). “As a performer you put on a ridiculous outfit, obnoxious makeup, sing and dance around stage; and to make it worse, throw in a spotlight. At times I have cried the instant I’ve gotten off stage, but I still went back on. I think it takes a lot of guts to put yourself in that vulnerable a position.” It takes a lot to get the courage to perform, but the rewards far outweigh the fears. A new experience that she tried this past summer required a lot of courage. She auditioned for Needham’s Saint Joseph’s Summer Theater production of The Wiz without knowing anyone there. The audition was scary, but she overcame her fears, got in, and even landed a great part as Addaperle, one of the witches. She made so many new friends and was extremely glad to have tried a new group. Joanna is probably going to return to “Saint Joe’s” next year. With all her new friends from different towns in different schools, she ends up seeing a lot of school shows in the area. Joanna also loves to see professional shows on Broadway. In Boston, she likes to go see the Boston Pops and Blue Man Group. She keeps every program from all the shows and concerts she has seen and saves them. She loves going to see and hear musical events because “my love for music has a lot to do with the people I’ve met.” Joanna listens to almost any type of music. She likes listening and playing classical music because she likes the challenge, but she also likes listening to modern music like hip hop and rap. “The more I learn about [classical music], the more liberal arts school with a big music program. For graduate school (although she’s really not thinking that far ahead), she is speculating about going to a conservatory like the New England Conservatory right in Boston. She would like to work as a high school music teacher because it would allow her to give students the opportunity to make music and enjoy it just as much as she does right now. Whatever she ends up doing, music will always be a major part of her life. Her enjoyment and love of music comes from two places. She loves music because of the emotions that come with it. To her, music is “like a language; every part has its purpose. It’s very personal.” When she listens to music or performs a piece, memories of other times with her friends in music come to mind. This has to do with the other half of why she loves music: the people who do chorus, band, and theater with her. The connections with people that Joanna has made through music have strengthened her enjoyment of music immeasurably. Music has taught her so much: to try new things, to respect people different from herself, and to overcome fear. Joanna’s message for everyone who is interested in music is this: “Try to come and understand it a bit more.” She believes that music is for everyone and there is no stereotypical kid who likes music or is in the music program. There are people who like music who do not even take a music class. Being interested in music is not an uncool or unpopular idea; anyone can try music if he or she likes. She closed the interview with the simple statement, “I hope people kinda give it a shot.”

Musician of the Issue: Joanna Sugameli

photo taken by Lucca Chin terest and love of music grows with each new experience. One of Joanna’s most incredible experiences was being accepted to the Senior Southeast District Chorus and participating in the group’s Festival in her sophomore and junior years. She had to audition to be admitted, and rehearsed one day with the whole group before performing. She said that it was amazing to hear the sound of a huge, balanced chorus. She thought it was great that everyone there was really interested in music and had music as a meaningful part of their lives. The first year she felt intimidated by the conductor, though. This year, because of her high score on her District audition, she was invited to try out for the All-State Chorus. Auditioning for All-State was scarier for her because she knew everyone there had already been accepted into his or her respective

“At times I have cried the instant I’ve gotten off stage, but I still went back on. I think it takes a lot of guts to put yourself in that vulnerable a position.”
I appreciate it,” she adds. Even if she doesn’t like a particular song, she values all types of music. Also, being in musicals has expanded the musical and movie soundtracks she listens to. Sure, Joanna participates in many music programs in high school, but will she continue this trend in college? She says yes. As a high school junior thinking about colleges, Joanna has thought about majoring in music, but not at a music conservatory. She would like to go to a

A Foolish Waste of Time?
Hannah Chenkin Spectrum Staff ‘11 I saw the Drama Club’s production of Fools on Friday, March 14th. When I first got to the auditorium, there were only a handful of people there. I had predicted that the turnout was not going to be good, but to my surprise, people just kept coming and coming. I didn’t think that so many people would go see a school play. The first half of the show felt a bit drawn out. The town is full of stupid people, whose intelligence was sapped by the curse of a count many years earlier. We all got that pretty quickly. I don’t know if the first half was long, or just felt long to only me, but either way, I was grateful when the lights came on for intermission. To be honest, I was ready to leave during intermission, but luckily, I stayed for the second half. The second half of the show was very entertaining. It was really funny, and the acting was exceptional. The cast seemed to come together, and the show moved along very quickly. My favorite characters were Dr. Zubritsky and his wife, played by Kevin Fortin and Tempest Newton. They played off each other very well and seemed very natural in their roles. Another one of my favorite characters was Sophia Zubritsky, played by Julia McLaughlin. She was hilarious as the dim-witted daughter of the Zubritskies. The main character, Leon Tolchinsky, was played by TJ Leuken. I would have liked to have seen his character a little more animated, especially as his frustrations with the people of the town grew. Ben Chambers, who played the role of Count Gregor Yousekevitch, did a great job. I especially liked when he communicated to the audience about how we liked Leon better than him. The supporting characters, Snetsky, Slovitch, Mishkin, Yenchna, the Magistrate, the Patient, and the Sheep/ Town Crier’s, all did a wonderful job of portraying the background of the dumb village of Kulyenchikov. Overall, the performance was good. It wasn’t as funny as I was told it would be, but the second half, which was a lot better than the first, met my expectations. However, all of the actors did a wonderful job.

photo taken by Justin Gaines TJ Leuken as Leon Steponovitch Tolchinsky and Julia McLaughlin as his wife Sophia Irena Elenya Zubritsky

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That’s Amore...Not!
Margaret Pesikov Spectrum Staff ‘09 A few years back, rapper Flavor Flav (the wanna-be Viking) set the trend for a new kind of dating show, and now other celebrities and reality TV stars are continuing with it. These celebhearts (HA!), decided to grant him his own show where he would continue in his search for the perfect “American Sweetheart”. Good luck with that… The way the dating game works is that Domenico and the producers (probably just the producers) select contestants from a bunch of audition tapes that they feel would be compatible (make good television) with Domenico. The pathetic thing is that Domenico actually thinks that these girls have a genuine interest in a relationship, when in reality all that they want is fame. When selected, these girls have to live in a house together for a few weeks and take part in many strange and sometimes disturbing activities to prove their love and desire to be with Domenico. This type of show is so overdone that it is somewhat nauseating to watch (yet addicting nonetheless). That’s Amore and other shows like it are created for people who would rather watch an hour of mindless lowlifes talking about their hair, screaming, and acting trashy than actually doing something slightly productive. Unfortunately I happen to be a part of that audience, but at least I realize that every single time I turn the show on, a couple hundred (or thousand...perhaps million) brain cells of mine are destroyed. Now that I think about it, the only reason I watch it, most likely, is that it boosts my selfesteem to know that there are people in the world with approximately the same mind capacity as a donkey.

Throw These “Shoes” Away!
Amanda Berman Spectrum Staff ‘09 Think back to the last couple of summers. What was the one “fashion” trend that sticks out? Those rubber Crocs with the holes on top comes to my memory. I write the word “fashion” lightly because Crocs are not exactly the greatest line of shoes to ever grace shoe stores worldwide. True, people say they are comfortable to wear, but that makes no excuse for how hideous they look. Crocs come in all sorts of outrageous colors, but the problem is that they don’t go with many clothes. Also, the shape of Crocs is very wide and doesn’t flatter anyone’s feet. The style just isn’t very fashionable. The brief obsession last summer of decorating Crocs with special charms that are attached to the holes of the shoes was a silly idea on top of an already terrible shoe. Those holes were meant for air so that the wearer’s feet would have “breathing room.” The decorations looked tacky, but it’s not like one would notice, with the rest of the shoe looking so bad. More recently, Crocs’ newest ridiculous idea, Crocs with fur, has just gone too far. Rubber with fur? I don’t think so. Shoes with cloth, like clogs or even soft boots, look great, but rubber is just not a compatible material. If they were trying to market a product for the winter months, it doesn’t work because there are still holes on the top of the shoes! Crocs may have been amazingly popular for the past few summers, spurring the creation of knock-offs and different styles, but I have a feeling that Crocs won’t be returning this summer. People have moved on to more smart, stylish, and practical footwear. I don’t understand the huge popularity that Crocs inspired; maybe it was just a huge mistake. No matter what the reason is, Crocs are a thing of the past, and I hope they stay that way.

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Celebrity Quote of the Issue
“Every relationship I’ve been in, I’ve overwhelmed the girl. They just can’t handle all the love.” - Justin Timberlake

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Is 10,000 BC Worth Your $10.000?
Naomi Barker Spectrum Staff ‘09 When I first saw commercials for 10,000 BC, I figured that it would be a mostly historical movie with no real plotline. However, I was pleasantly surprised. 10,000 BC follows the life of D’Leh (Steven Strait), a mammoth hunter whose father left his tribe when he was young. He grew up as an outcast because of his father’s “cowardice,” but that all changed when his tribe found a young, prophetic girl in the mountains named Evolet (Camilla Belle). It was no surprise that Evolet and D’Leh fell in love with each other, so when given the chance, D’Leh sought to win her for his own. By this point in the movie, every turn the plot takes is explained by an underlying prophecy involving Evolet, who is said to be someday the savior of the tribe. So, when a group of men raid the village and take many of its inhabitants—including Evolet—captive, D’Leh sets out to rescue her along with the help of a seasoned warrior, a hotheaded but talented fighter, and a young boy seeking to avenge his mother’s death. The group travels into strange and distant lands and encounters many strange people and terrifying creatures, eventually coming utes). It would seem as though the movie would move very quickly, but the biggest problem I had with the film is that at first, it seemed to take a long time to go somewhere. The introduction of a movie is one of the most important parts; it’s where the viewer can decide whether or not it is worth seeing the rest of it. Since there was so much imperative background material in the movie, it took a little longer to get things going. However, once they did, they moved at a breakneck pace. It’s a tricky movie to get into, but once you do, you can appreciate how well the movie is filmed and the absolutely amazing special effects. I would recommend this movie to people who like a little of everything: drama, skilled fighting, love, prophecy, and the tiniest bit of magic. It’s a little bit of 300 meets The Chronicles of Narnia, except a lot better than that sounds. In conclusion, I definitely recommend seeing this movie, even if you wait until it comes out on DVD so that you don’t have to spend $10.

Coming Soon to Theaters
Lucca Chin Spectrum Editor ‘09 April 4 - Leatherheads, a romantic comedy about the formation of professional football, starring Renee Zellweger, John Krasinski (The Office), and George Clooney, who also directs the film - Meet Bill, a touching comedy about a doormat of a man who regains control of his life after mentoring a Charlie Bartlette-like teen, starring Aaron Eckhart (Thank You for Smoking), Jessica Alba, and Amanda Peet - Nim’s Island, a PG movie about a young girl who tries to save a secluded tropical island from greedy tour companies, starring Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, and Gerard Butler (300) April 11 - Prom Night, a bloody horror movie that follows seven friends’ struggle to escape a serial killer and to survive their prom, starring Brittany Snow (Hairspray) - Smart People, a dramedy about how an intellectually brilliant but socially awkward professor’s dysfunctional family learns to tolerate and love one another, starring Ellen Page, Dennis Quaid, and Sarah Jessica Parker April 18 - The Forbidden Kingdom, a great martial arts movie about four warriors devoted to rescuing their imprisoned king, with lots of fight scenes starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li - Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a romantic comedy about how a man copes with being dumped by his girlfriend and then stuck in the same hotel with her and her new boyfriend, starring Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis (That ‘70s Show), and Jonah Hill (Superbad) - The Life Before Her Eyes, a drama about how a Columbine-like high school shooting affects the lives of two best friends years after the traumatic incident, starring Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood (Across the Universe), and Pierce Brosnan

Internet Courtesy Photo across the several other intertwined prophecies of other tribes and peoples. A few times during the movie, I had to take a minute to quickly make sure I had the characters and their beliefs straight. There is a lot of plotline to cover in a pretty short movie (the movie is only 1 hour and 50 min-