Category Archives: Entertainment

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, 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.

Disney Show Teaches Us All Many Things

Katie Boback ‘17
EE Senior Entertainment Editor

hero_girlmeetsworld_home_875d74fe“Take on the world.”

That is exactly what Girl Meets World has taught us for so long. This TV show may have aired on the Disney Channel, but I can honestly say that it is for all ages, not just kids.

We have been taught so many things on Girl Meets World.

We have learned about gravity. Your loved ones are not going to be around forever, so get to know them while you can. We have learned about Pluto and how it may not be a planet, but that it is always out there. We all have someone out there for us. It may just take a while to find them.

Rouge One: A Star Wars Story: See it!

Ian Calandro-Bitjeman ’18
EE Staff Writerrogueone_onesheeta_1000_309ed8f6

Almost a year ago, the Star Wars franchise was officially revived with the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”  Director JJ Abrams took it upon himself to start off where the franchise left off, making a hopefully new trilogy with new characters and a new scenario –  but all in the same universe with some familiar faces we all know and love. So it’s no surprise that this movie was a big hit, raking in a whopping 2.8 billion dollars at the box office and  making it one of the highest grossing movies of all time.

Interestingly enough, the movie  doesn’t take place in this new universe created in the previous film, but instead goes back in time to the timeline of the original three movies. Not only that, JJ Abrams isn’t responsible for directing this movie, instead being replaced with Gareth Edwards.

Who’s Gareth Edwards? He’s a British film director, film producer and screenwriter to name a few. He is responsible for some movies such as “Godzilla” (2014) and “Monsters” (2010). These movies are, to say the least, “okay,”  but will “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” follow this trend? Will the movie be a big success for the director? Most importantly, is “Rogue One” a movie worth seeing?

“Fantastic Beasts” Casts its Spell over Hollywood

Katie Boback ‘17
EE  Senior Entertainment Editor

331103id1b_FantasticBeasts_NewtScamandar_Keyart_48x70.inddThis year has been a fantastic one for Harry Potter fans. On July 31, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released, and more recently came the debut of . The movie dives into the adventures of a new character in the Harry Potter world, Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne.

Though everyone’s favorite wizard doesn’t make an appearance in the spin-off, the movie certainly keeps the magic alive. With an action-packed plot line and dazzling special effects, the film is a hit with all Harry Potter fans.

The movie takes place in 1926 New York, certainly a different setting than the original films back in England. But the characteristic setting adds new flavor to the film and gives an interesting window into magical society in the United States.

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