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Review: Jesus is King by Kanye West

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Matt D'Annunzio

November 17, 2019

Very few names are as simultaneously loved and derided as “Kanye West.” Last year was a watershed moment in Kanye’s career. As part of his “Wyoming Sessions”, he worked on two of the year’s most critically acclaimed albums: Pusha T’s Daytona, which he produced, and KIDS SEE GHOSTS, a collabo...

Cast and Crew Optimistic About Fall Play

Cast and Crew Optimistic About Fall Play

Gabe Tarini

November 12, 2019

The final stretch of any theatre production is always stressful, but the cast and crew of Metamorphoses are comparatively at ease, despite the rapidly approaching opening night (November 15th).  "I think we're right on track for where we should be," says senior Michaela Fineman.  The students attr...

Freeman Rabb Composes Soundtrack for Fall Play

Freeman Rabb Composes Soundtrack for Fall Play

Gabe Tarini

November 11, 2019

Freeman Rabb, a junior at Friends Select, has been composing music digitally since freshman year. He has since become known for it, and can often be heard experimenting in the halls before school or during free periods. “If you’re in the upper school, you’ve probably heard my music at some point,...

Metamorphosis Supports WePAC

Metamorphosis Supports WePAC

Elena Milliken

November 11, 2019

On November 15th and 16th, Friends Select Theatre will perform Metamorphosis, a collection of myths based on the works of the Roman poet Ovid. Every production, Donna Romero, Head of the Drama Department, finds a new charity that ties into the themes of the current show. The cast and crew then fundrais...

Max Budnick’s New Role as Technical Theatre Director

Max Budnick’s New Role as Technical Theatre Director

October 21, 2019

Max Budnick has become the face of technical theater at Friends Select, but when he began at Friends Select, he wasn't involved in the program at all. In fact, the technical theater program wasn't even a program. Max first worked as a receptionist at the front desk. His first step into the theater p...

Featured Artist: Poli Sotnik-Platt

Featured Artist: Poli Sotnik-Platt

Gabe Tarini

October 21, 2019

Poli Sotnik-Platt is a senior at Friends Select with a passion for just about everything creative. "I honestly enjoy every type of art; if I’m creating something then I’m happy," she says. Some of the mediums Poli has worked in include painting, linoleum carving and book binding. "I can’t rememb...

Heightened Security at Theaters Across Country Due to Joker Movie Threats

Heightened Security at Theaters Across Country Due to Joker Movie Threats

Jeremy Cohen

October 16, 2019

At the Roxy Theater in Philadelphia, signs are displayed restricting face paint and masks inside the establishment in preparation for Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. Photo ID is required at the ticket booth and bag searches are performed. Patrons without identification are denied entry. Why is there this ...

Technology, Science, and Art come Together in New Fall Elective

Sophie Olah

October 16, 2019

Mike Primo may be known by students as only a computer science or engineering teacher. However, he is much more multifaceted and has skills in all sorts of different areas. Mike is that he is actually an artist. He got his bachelor of fine arts at Savannah College of Art and Design and has an extens...

The Ensemble of “Chicago”

The Ensemble of

Max Vlam, Staff Writer

May 23, 2019

The ensemble is an important yet overlooked part of every theater production. They play multiple roles, provide entertainment and comedic aspects for the audience, and provide support to the leads as well. The ensemble of Friends Select’s Chicago consisted of 18 students with lines, songs, and choreograph...

Film Modes Explored in Filmmaking

Film Modes Explored in Filmmaking

Chloe Zhang, Staff Writer

May 22, 2019

  For this assignment in our filmmaking class, we were given the choice of what kind of movie to make. There are generally three modes of filmmaking: narrative, documentary and experimental. Allura chose to make an experimental film, which disobeys the rules and conventions of narrative and documentary ...

Eli and Avery Make Music Video

Eli and Avery Make Music Video

Avery Johnson and Peter Ryan

May 15, 2019

Over the past two years, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Eli Luchak ('18) on two video projects. I met Eli during my time at Friends Select. He was in the class above me. My first experience working with Eli was on his short film Glint. Glint is a film directed by Eli Lu...

Five Stars for Chicago!

Five Stars for Chicago!

Peter Ryan, Staff Writer

April 24, 2019

In Friends Select's 2019 Spring musical, the cast of Chicago transported the opening night audience to the roaring 1920's with ease using hand fans, double breasted suits, and flapper dresses. Closing on a grand number from scandalous vaudeville murderers Roxie (Claire McHarg ['20]) and Velma (Sara Ke...