Category Archives: Entertainment

THeSpians Make “Roxie” the Talk of the Town

Katie DeRose ‘22
EE Staff Writer

Senior Jacqueline Mate and Sophomore Caroline Marchetti singing duet at Trumbull’s production of Chicago.

After three long months of thorough preparation and an outstanding two week run, the windy city has finally blown through the Robert E. McCarthy Theatre.

From the second the curtains were cued with the excitement of the orchestra’s big band jazz to the moment the entire company came together and bade the audience goodbye, there was never a dull moment as the cast, crew, and directors of Chicago marveled the audience with their musical talents and great precision in bringing the once Broadway show to Trumbull High.

When murderess Roxie Hart looks to reach for fame in Vaudeville using her new celebrity-like status from immoral actions, she battles her inmate and later friend, Velma Kelly, for attention on the media as she works to win her pending court trial with the help of hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn. As the cast of Chicago drives the audience to feel right with their characters, the theatre is transformed into a warm room full of drama, suspense, fun, and laughter.

Windy City Musical Blows into Trumbull

Arnav Srivastava‘19
EE Co-Editor-in-Chief

The cast and crew of last year’s musical, Curtains, outside of the THS auditorium.

The perfect A-major chord ripples through the stage and the audience cannot help but smile. Once again, Trumbull High School has begun fervently preparing for its spring musical: Chicago.

Set in Jazz Age, the musical is based on a 1926 play by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The plot is a satire on celebrity and criminal justice, as well as criminal “celebrities,” and has achieved massive success as the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

Ambitiously following this success, Trumbull High School recently held auditions for the musical, and the cast has been set! Everyone holds high prospects for the musical, as senior Douglas Flam explains, “the cast is super excited to see how Mrs. Spillane as director puts her own spin on Bob Fosse classic.”

Rhyming to Reach Out

Kyle Beck ‘19
EE Senior Opinions Editor

Mr. McCaffrey meets with his senior poetry student teachers while they work to plan a lesson for English classes.

We all come from different backgrounds. We all are different shapes and sizes. We all think differently and have our own opinions. However, one thing that never fails to bring us together is the magic of poetry.

On Tuesday, December 11th, and Thursday, December 13th, students from Mr. McCaffrey’s senior poetry classes visited Trumbull High School’s English classes to teach them a lesson in poetry. After experiencing a semester filled with learning different forms and styles of poetry, these experts spent weeks coming together to write a lesson plan, which they executed to perfection when teaching the students that represent English classes from grades nine through twelve.

This group of student teachers visited five classes during these two school days, which are currently taught by Ms. Nancy Conroy, Mrs. Mimi Seperack, and Mr. Matthew Landin. One such teacher, senior Regina Misercola, remarked on the program, “I taught two English classes today and I loved it. As someone who wants to be an English teacher, it was a really special opportunity to connect with our peers through writing. I think that’s exactly what writing, especially poetry, serves as – a form of connection.” She went on to describe how the experience changed her. “I connected with the students and I saw them jump right into the lesson and then into writing their own poem. I’m excited to continue working with these students and help them craft their final poems.”

Mrs. Spillane Brings the “Razzle Dazzle” to the Stage

Ali Karpowich’19
EE Contributor

THS students shown rehearsing for the 2018 production of Curtains.

Next stop for Chicago, one of the longest running shows on Broadway: Trumbull High School’s stage. In the spring of 2019, THS will produce Chicago the Musical: School Edition.

Mrs. Jessica Spillane ㅡ a Connecticut High School Musical Theater Award winning artistic director ㅡ is returning for her 21st year working with THS students. “The storyline itself has not been touched, but some language has been changed to be less jarring,” says Mrs. Spillane, explaining how the Broadway version is different from the High School version. “We went with the version to be more in the comfort zone of a high school.”

Chicago focuses on the media portrayal of two women who have committed horrible crimes. “It was so different back then, even though these women committed heinous crimes, they were painted as celebrities,” explains Mrs. Spillane.

“Working with Mrs. Spillane is always incredible. Every time I work with her I always learn something new. She is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met and I am honored she has given me so many opportunities to learn and create,” says Harrison Gilberti, a senior at Trumbull High.

A Unique Love Story…

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
EE Staff Writer

Love, Simon is the not-so-classic love story that the world has been waiting for. This inspirational rom-com based on the novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli follows a closeted gay teenager named Simon struggling through life while carrying the secret of his sexuality, a burden that many can relate to.

The movie begins with a description of Simon and his daily life, but is shortly followed by the revelation that he is keeping “one huge-ass secret”. Conflict begins to rise with increasing dramatic irony in which the audience is aware of Simon’s sexuality but his peers are not. Blackmail, peer-pressure, and unwanted outing keeps readers on the edge of their seats and on the verge of tears.

An immense hurdle the directors of Love, Simon had to overcome was to make their story just that: a story. The fact that Simon was gay should not have been over accentuated, since the point of creating a movie based on a gay protagonist was to show what little differences there are between the LGBTQ community and heterosexuals. This was accomplished extraordinarily with the common format of a drama that the world has grown to love.

Raving For Radio Silence

Rebecca Horton ’21
EE Contributor

What if everything you’re supposed to be isn’t what you want to be? This is the question Radio Silence by Alice Oseman aims to answer. With the release of her third book, I Was Born for This, on the horizon (set to be released in May of 2018) all are scrambling to reread this testament to Osemans writing ability.

Oseman released her first book in July of 2014, when she was only nineteen years old. Since then, she has released Radio Silence, her most critically acclaimed book to date. The book follows the life of teenager Frances Janvier as she struggles to balance her promising academic career with her “social” life. Frances, who has always been a top student and is basically guaranteed a spot in the most prestigious universities, has her world turned upside-down when she befriends the unusual Aled Last, who also happens to be the mastermind behind her favorite podcast, Universe City.

Radio Silence contains everything that makes a YA novel great. It has relatability, love, diversity, and emotion- and not to mention puns, lots of puns. The characters carry a certain depth that makes you care about their struggles. And unlike most contemporary YA books, it has an incredible plot. It’s not just about high school drama and romance. It contains thought-provoking plot-points about creating art, being a fangirl, and being yourself- even if you have to discover who “yourself” is first.

Not a single person who reads this book will be disappointed, Goodreads critics agree. “This book was like, the spiritual equivalent of eating a perfectly toasted bagel… [It] was a show of unity to the millennial experience,” said user softlykaz.

And the Epic Story Continues…

Jonathon Moreno ‘21
EE Staff Writer

If you’re a Star Wars geek or just a person looking for a decent movie to watch, this electrifying yet heart touching film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is just the movie to get your adrenaline pumping.

From exciting space battles to a mission to save the Resistance from certain doom, the 8th episode in the Star Wars series features just about everything you could ask for in a Star Wars film. Star Wars: The Last Jedi starts off from the last scene in episode 7, “The Force Awakens” where Rey (Daisy Ridley) is shown offering Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) his original lightsaber. In the meantime, The Resistance is being chased by The First Order and with only a small fleet, they have no choice but to run with The First Order on their tail.

IT’s Horrifying

Jason Winegar ‘21
EE Staff Writer

“It” movie poster.

If you like horror movies then “IT” is the movie for you. Director Andrés Muschietti’s version of the Stephen King novel, “IT” is about the seven teen outcasts Bill (Jaeden Lieberher), Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Bev (Sophia Lillis), Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Mike (Chosen Jacobs), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), and Stanley (Wyatt Oleff). They live in the town of Derry, Maine.

One summer, they are confronted by an evil clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgaͦrd) that comes out of the sewers every twenty-seven years and kidnaps children. Each of them must face their greatest fear in order to find the missing children and stop Pennywise, but will they really be able to defeat this force of evil that has been terrorizing Derry’s children for years?

The Hidden Figures Within Us All

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Freshman Brandon Travisano reading the book that inspired the movie.

Haley Travisano ’18
EE Staff Writer

“Here at NASA, we all pee the same color!” said Al Harrison, the lead supervisor in the John Glenn launch.

The movie, Hidden Figures, tells the historic story of three African American women who changed the face of NASA in 1961 by creating their own launch, while overcoming racisim and sexism in 127 minutes.

The movie highlights three women: Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), who all worked in the division of Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Katherine was the brain of the group and worked with the calculations of the John Glenn launch. Dorothy was the unofficial supervisor of the African-American women and, lastly, Mary was an aspiring engineer.

Is Television Going Extinct?

Katie Boback ’17
EE Sr. Entertainment Editor

Netflix TVOur generation has everything at our fingertips. Contacts, social media, the internet, and more recently, our entertainment have been very readily accessible. With so many sources of TV shows and movies on the internet, such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, and YouTube Red, just to name a few, it isn’t hard to believe that television viewing among teens has been rapidly declining.

According to the chronicle.com, teen television viewer numbers declined twenty percent from 2011 to 2015. With these numbers, it seems likely that TV will soon become extinct altogether. In fact, even Netflix’s chief executive claims that it will be dead by 2030.


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