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Charlie Brown Right Around the Corner

When it comes to musicals, look no further than the Eggplant! A fabulous annual tradition of Catholic Central, every year’s play adds another victory onto an ever-growing legacy. This year’s production, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, is just around the corner and raring to go, showing from March 10th to March 18th.

Telling the story of Charles M. Schultz’s popular comic strip character, Charlie Brown and his gang, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown  brings the comic characters to life at a whole new level. The talented actors of our school have been running non-stop to make this show a great one, so don’t let their hard work go to waste and grab your tickets!

To get a small feel of the play and a few of the lead actors themselves, let’s take a look at their responses to a few questions. Below, I’ve interviewed four members of the cast, asking each the same three questions.

Interviewer: What is your favorite thing about the play, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown?

Brad Hawkins (Charlie Brown): Oh, the music I love so much.

Bailey Dyck (Snoopy): It is just a happy, fun and cute show, and it just leaves the audience feeling good afterward.

Aiden Boon (Lucy): The comraderie of the cast, and how we’re all kind of little kids at heart. It’s nice to be able to reflect that in the show where we can portray how close we all are.

Isaac Gokarn (Linus): The people involved. Cast, orchestra, crew, everyone. The show family.

 

Interviewer: What aspect of theatre do you enjoy the most?

BH: Probably singing and acting.

BD: I’d say dancing and acting is my favorite, and just performing in general.

AB: I wish I could say dancing, but I’m terrible at it. I just really love everything about it, seeing a project come together in the end, how each individual plays a part in making this amazing thing come true.

IG: Singing, I’d say.

 

Interviewer: What do you think the moral of this Charlie Brown story is?

BH: That even though you’re put down or sad, your friends will be there for you and you got to just push through it.

BD: I feel like the overall general message is you can find happiness in anything. For Snoopy, it’s suppertime.

AB: No matter how big or small an accomplishment is, happiness and love is everywhere, and you gotta look for it to see it. Open your eyes to find it, you know?

IG: To be accepting of everyone, I guess. Everyone has their faults,but try to see the good in people.

These charming young men and women are all set to give you a mind-blowing experience! Tickets for Catholic Central’s You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown are available for sale now at Campus East’s main office. Get them now for $15 each before they’re out!

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Addison Gatner is a grade ten student at CCH. In her spare time she enjoys murder mystery parties, acting, singing, reading, writing and fangirling. Currently, she is experimenting with supernatural fandom. Her favourite things about CCH is having the library right next door to Campus West and the Honours classes.

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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Here’s a riddle for you. What starts in the middle of October, ends in March, and features many talented people, both in and out of the picture? Any guesses? Here’s the answer: the annual school musical! That’s right folks, CCH is all systems go for this display of talent, presenting the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

This musical is sure to be a big hit, provoking interest in viewers of all ages. “I am very excited for this play. It’s a classic, and it’s been around for more than 50 years,” says Mrs. Mitchell, the drama teacher and director. “I think the students should be excited about playing the classic Peanuts characters with all their foibles. It’s going to be a great show.” Many students have already signed up to audition.

The play follows the memorable characters, like Charlie Brown,  Linus and Lucy, Schroeder, Sally, and Snoopy. The musical devotes itself to their classic pastimes like baseball, flying kites, the Little Red-Headed Girl, and school troubles. Mainly, Charlie Brown believes his friends are just saying he is a “good man” and suspects he is not all that they say. Charlie Brown thinks none of his friends really like him and that he is a failure. Poor Charlie Brown. They lose their baseball games, by fault of Charlie. He wants to become a better person, and by the end of the play, receives the acceptance of his friends, and the realization that life isn’t so bad after all, woven throughout singing and dancing.

Audition preparation with Mrs. Christensen will be on October 24th on Campus East; 11:00-11:25 for boys and 11:30-11:55 for girls. On Campus West, audition prep will take place on the 27th, girls from 11:00-11:25 and boys from 11:30-11:55.

Men and women will be auditioning separately, on the 1st and 2nd of November, respectively, and callbacks will be on the 4th. Rehearsals will begin very closely after that, on November 14th.

This musical is going to be very light-hearted, and everyone is encouraged to try out! Even if you don’t get to be an actual actor or actress, you can always be backstage helping out with transitions or creating sets. This is a great opportunity to show off your genius for almost anything. I personally am encouraging you to try out for this play. Get involved!

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Emily Borthwick is a grade ten student at CCH. She enjoys reading an odd mix of dystopian YA books and classic books, as well as writing sarcastic comments into her presentations and then editing them out because she knows she can’t write things like that. Her favourite things about CCH are the quarter system and her teachers.

 

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Not So Indiana Jones – My Interesting Finds

It’s hard to believe CCH is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Other than 50 years of great education for many students of different generations, there are many elements of the school that have been around for a long time, or have cool backstories that accompany them throughout the years. I have found three artifacts that might pique your interest.

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The first artifact isn’t something small, like a painting or a statue; rather, it’s a whole building. I was told about the changes made to the building by a friend of my parents, who attended the school in the late 1980’s. This is a building we should all know: the Trinity Learning Centre. I discovered that the Trinity Learning Centre used to be a building dedicated to drama. Some twenty years ago, that building used to be where students would act and perform shows on a large scale. (Can you even imagine?!?) The stage was larger than the Eggplant we have today, and one of the ways people could tell it was the drama room back then was that every window was covered, giving it a dark, ominous look.

The second discovery I made was thanks to Mr. Nixon, who was very willing to give me information on all things that had to do with the chapel. In the west side chapel, there is a crucifix in there that came all the way from Cuernavaca, Mexico. The wood of the crucifix was made out of the wood of the portico (kind of like a gate) of a chapel-like courtyard around that area of Mexico. The wood is over 400 years old now! The corpus is thought to be made out of pewter from that area, and the crucifix was handmade just for the school.

The third discovery of many that I made has to do with the stations of the cross that are spread throughout Campus East. The story behind this one starts at an elementary school called St. Luke’s elementary, and throughout their school, they had the different stages of the cross spread throughout so that the children could be exposed to them more often, and almost follow them on a  daily basis. This gave Mr. Nixon the idea to do the same thing for our school. He collected two kinds of stations of the cross: the basic version, and the social justice version as well, that depicts issues that happen throughout the world today. You can find these pictures hung on entryways and walls around both campuses.

These are just a few of the many stories I’ve heard from different teachers and former students. CCH, I have found out, is full of history and adventures that, if you’re a curious person like me, might strike you as interesting. If you enjoy discoveries, ask around, and I’m sure you’ll find many things just like I did.

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Ashley Judge is a grade ten student at CCH. She enjoys music, reading, and writing. Her favourite thing about CCH is that the food smells so good.

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Meet the Leads – Anne of Green Gables

This year’s musical is none other than the timeless classic, Anne of Green Gables. The musical has been around since 1965 and is based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. It tells the story of a spunky, redheaded orphan who is sent to P.E.I to live with a pair of elderly siblings. The couple had “clearly requested a boy” and the misunderstanding is the trigger for quite the story. Catholic Central High School has always produced a high caliber of shows and this year will be no different. A cast and crew of 100 of CCH’s finest have come together to enact this captivating play.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the front office. The production runs from March 6th, to March 15th, in the Eggplant Theater.

Now it’s time for small Q&A with the some of the leading roles of the show!

Anne Shirley (played by Aleigha Goldade)  

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your character?

A: “My character is a spunky little redhead. She’s got a big spirit and a big heart! She starts off having quite a tough life but I think that’s what drives her to work so hard.”

Q: What is your favorite thing about the play this year?

A: “I love the family atmosphere and just the experience it gives you for the future. The drama, the singing and the acting is really what makes it all so great!”

Q: Why should people come out to see the play?

A: “There’s a great story to it and, of course, it’s Canadian! It’s also very humorous and I think people are going to love it!”

Q: How did you get involved in the fine arts?

A: “I’ve always been involved in the fine arts and I’m really passionate about it, so participating in the musical was a no-brainer.”

Gilbert Blythe (played by Thomas Schmelzer)

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your character?

A: “Gilbert Blythe is a farm boy who has a huge crush on Anne. The whole long of the story he is just trying to win her over and basically make her fall in love with him.”

Q: What is your favorite thing about the play this year?

A: “Just everyone else! We all goof off and always have a lot of fun. It’s also very exciting to get to perform in front of everyone.”

Q: How did you get involved in the fine arts?

A:  “It’s kind of a funny story. In grade 6 I was chosen at random to play Jesus in the school play and I just thought it was really cool. I’ve stuck with the plays ever since.”

Q: Why should people come out to see the play?

A: I think it’s a great way to support the CCH community and it’s going to be a great show!

Diana Barry (played by RaeAnne Boon) 

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your character?

A: “Diana Barry is Anne’s best friend and “kindred spirit”. They have quite the adventures together, and Diana gets drunk… not on purpose of course because they are good, sensible girls!”

Q: What is your favorite thing about the play this year?

A: “My favorite thing about the play is definitely hanging out with my friends.”

Q: How did you get involved in the fine arts?

A: “I’ve always wanted to be an actress since I was really little and growing up I was always involved with the fine arts. I was in my first play in grade 7 at St. Francis and I’ve been in the school musicals ever since. Right now I have an agent in Calgary and I’m working on T.V shows and a few commercials and stuff like that.

Q: Why should people come out to see the play?

A: “It’s going to be one of a kind production and I think people are really going to enjoy it!”

Marilla Cuthbert (played by Kiara Mitchell)

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your character?

A: “Marilla Cuthbert starts off not being particularly fond of Anne but she eventually warms up to her and think it’s really sweet how we can see their relationship develop.”

Q: What is your favorite thing about the play this year?

A: “I’m really appreciative of all the opportunities we have here at CCH and all the effort and commitment the teachers put in really makes this possible!”

Q: How did you get involved in the fine arts?

A: “My mom definitely influenced my passion for the fine arts, but I’ve always been involved in the plays and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Q: Why should people come out to see the play?

A: “We’ve all just put in so much effort and I think it would be a shame to not come see it. We’re all really excited to share this with the community.”

There you have it! Come and see the last week of the show’s run, beginning this Wednesday and then closing on Saturday night.

– Chloe

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Chloe Devoy is a Grade Ten student at CCH. She enjoys skating, running, and reading. Her favourite thing about CCH is Flex time.

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Welcoming CCH’s Future Students

Grade Nine Orientation. The very name strikes the fear into the hearts of students and teachers alike. It’s that wonderful time of year where grand masses of Grade Nines stream into our great halls and crowd into our gyms, in order to find out exactly what their futures are going to look like.

Being a volunteer at the Orientation this year, the first thing I realized was this: they’re more afraid of you than you are of them. And every Grade Nine handles that fear a little bit differently. (I also realized I’m not as funny as I think I am, but that’s not important right now.)

The important thing was to keep your cool. It’s alright if you start off with nine students, and then suddenly there are twelve. It’s OK if you don’t quite understand how the relay works. Roll with it.

Oh no! We don’t have a map!

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Because if you show panic, they will panic. I guarantee that.

Now, once my partner and I had finally settled into a nice routine, I started to take in the sights, and I realized something.

Our school is truly an amazing place. It’s always nerve-wracking when outsiders come into your school – your home away from home – and start judging it. It’s like showing a friend your favourite TV show. You really want them to like it, but you’re scared anything you say is going to skew their viewpoint, so you let the show do the talking.

And let me tell you, the school spoke for itself.

We truly do have something for everyone. The musical cast put on a spectacular preview, our sports teams have so many achievements, and we’re going to provide a Science and Inquiry class for Grade Tens next year (which actually made me quite jealous)!

The best part was the fact that when the Grade Nines were seated at the end of the day, after being quiet for so long, they became loud. You could tell they loved it, and their excitement was radiating off them in waves.

They had no idea of the preparation and planning that went in. But we did, and I can tell you now that it was all worth it at the end of the day.

(Also, we got pizza, so that was pretty awesome too.)

If you’re thinking of volunteering at Grade Nine Orientation next year, I say do it.

Because Grade Nine Orientation isn’t only for the Grade Nines…it’s for you to enjoy your school as well.

– Kyra

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Kyra Nicolacoupolos is a Grade Eleven student at CCH. She enjoys reading, writing, and watching British television shows. Her favourite thing about CCH is all of the co-curricular clubs.

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