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Popular CoHo Titles Recommended

Alexis Kokosa ’26
EE Staff Writer


Written from the point of view of Lily Bloom, a 23 year old, who moved to Boston after the death of her father, It Ends With Us, is a highly sought-after title from best-selling author Colleen Hoover who has a number of books that appeal to a crossover young adult audience.

All was well with Lily until she met the neurosurgeon, Ryle Kincaid, who she eventually falls in love with. Their relationship gets difficult over time when Bloom crosses paths with her first love, Atlas Corrigan.

The way Colleen Hoover addresses each character makes you love them just that much more. I wasn’t sure what to expect as an outcome of this book, but lets just say it was rather shocking. It is a story about domestic abuse and violence with a heartbreaking yet needed ending.

I still am unable to wrap my head around how while It Ends With Us is not considered a romance story–it is 100% a love story first and foremost. It puts you in a spot that forces you to choose yourself over someone you strongly love. Lily Bloom needed to put an end to the continuous violence she was experiencing to help herself in the long-run. I would give this read a 5/5 due to how it pulled at my heart and by how much enjoyment I received from this novel.

Fall Play Underway

Isabella Mercado ‘23
EE Staff Writer

Ali Hassan & Mars Czarnecki rehearse under the watch of their Director, Isabel O’Neil & Stage Manager, Elizabeth Caron. Almost, Maine premiers November 18th & 19th.

Most of us here at Trumbull High are familiar with the spring musicals put on every March, but one of the hidden underground gems of THS Arts is the fall play. While the plays are not as big in extravagance as the spring musicals, they have always been beautiful productions that never receive enough praise. This year, TheSpians is putting on the play Almost, Maine by John Cariani.

One of the unique elements of the fall play is that it is completely student run. This means that leadership positions such as directors, stage managers, designers, producers, and other crew leadership positions are filled by students. Some of these roles are filled by adults in the spring, so the fall productions give students a chance at showing off their leadership qualities, as well as preparing them for a future in theatre if they so choose.

“It’s been so great working with such amazing actors, and it’s awesome to work under the guidance of Mrs Spillane, especially since I want to go into directing later in life,” said Skylar Cuminotto-Reis, one of the directors of Almost Maine.

Anyone with a leadership position works under the guidance of Mrs Spillane and Mr Bracksieck, the THeSpian advisors, so that they are able to ask questions and perform to the best of their abilities. Some leadership was even determined last school year, so that work on the play could begin as soon as this year began. 

Lake Compounce’s Phantom Fall Fest Haunts

Lillian Von Kohorn ‘24
EE Staff Writer

Fog machines and dimmed yellow lighting help create a perfect Halloween atmosphere.

The spooky season is upon us, and Lake Compounce has just introduced a brand new way to enjoy it!

As teenagers transition from treat to trick, the 2022 Phantom Fall Fest brings the best of both worlds into their park. From opening time until 6 p.m., all are welcome to enjoy the park’s classic entertainments, great themed food, and flashy Halloween decor. When the clock strikes 6, though, the horrors of the night come out and the park transforms into a full-blown haunted realm. The Phantom Fall Fest features four haunted labyrinths, and three themed “scare-zones”. 

The first of the labyrinths, MediEvil, brings you face to face with an inquisitor’s torture chamber. The second, Root of All Evil, takes place in the manor of a mad scientist, and Spirits of the Swamp has you trek through a haunted bayou. Finally, mAlice in Wonderland, the largest of the haunted paths, takes you through the looking glass or down the rabbit hole with a choose your own adventure experience.

Not a huge fan of horror? No problem. There are plenty of other fun Halloween activities, such as the Kid’s Costume Party and the Apple Fritter Eating Contest, for the whole family to enjoy. In fact, according to the General Manager, Jeff Davis, “Even if you’re not into haunted houses, I think you can come here and get just the right level of scare that’s appropriate”. 

“It’s a chill yet thrilling experience perfect from a fun night out,” according to one 11th grade Trumbull High School student. “It literally feels like I’m walking through a classic horror movie–but not in the ‘Oh no I’m gonna die type of way,’ you know?”

This aesthetic is due to the constant fog machines and dimmed yellow lighting, creating that perfect Halloween atmosphere even on the clearest of nights.

The Phantom Fall Fest, which will run from September 30th through October 30th, is opened from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, and from noon till 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Aside from mAlice in Wonderland, all attractions are free with admission.

Thorne’s Hating Game Not Loved…or Hated

Alexis Kokosa ’26
EE Staff Writer

The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne

Lucy Hutton works in an office with her so-called ‘enemy’ Joshua Templeman. Everything that transpires there becomes an excuse to show him just how much she hates him–but she isn’t doing too well with that. Lucy doesn’t exactly understand why Joshua hates her so much, but she happily returns the favor. But when an opportunity to gain a promotion comes onto the table, their relationship completely changes. Lucy eventually realizes that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua after all, and Joshua doesn’t hate her. Or is that just another one of their games? 

The book’s best character is Helene Pascal, Lucy’s boss. Although her role is small, she’s a funny character who is genuinely likeable from the start all the way through to the finish. The scenes come to life throughout this book, and, overall, it was a pretty good read. One particularly great quote from the text is: “I was always covering for you”. It gave the book just a touch of romance that made it just that much better

Thorne’s writing is not exceptional. The reader can often predict what’s coming, and it got pretty repetitive. Also, the nickname that Joshua gave Lucy made me visibly cringe every time I read it on the paper. Lastly, the amount of times Lucy explained how short she was in different ways just within the first 18 pages was absurd.

Overall, this book would be good for someone who wants a quick read, or is interested in an enemies-to-lovers trope. It would also be good for somebody who is just getting into this style of writing. As someone who has been reading these types of books for quite a while, it definitely wasn’t my favorite, but it was okay. 

Allen’s Other Birds Delights

Caleb Carley ’24
EE Staff Writer

Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

Image of book coverWhat does it mean when a story’s setting acts as an additional character? It must be more than just a well-defined place where players act out their roles. Instead, it must feel like an extra layer where secrets might be kept—and possibly revealed. An apartment building on Mallow Island, South Carolina, beautifully illustrates this principle in Sarah Addison Allen’s sixth novel, Other Birds.

Zoey never felt at home with her father and stepmother in Tulsa, Oklahoma, so after turning 18, she moved to the island to live in the apartment left by her late mother. Zoey finds herself at the Dellawisp, a quirky old building that hosts a flock of nosy, noisy birds for which it is named. So, too, it has become a home for several exciting people. From Zoey’s artist neighbor, Charlotte, to the property manager, Frasier, each tenant of the Dellawisp is haunted by ghosts—of who they were, whom they love, and pasts they either don’t understand or want to flee from. In time, each resident seeks to be understood, build connections with one another, and understand how their lives are intertwined.

Magical elements are hewn into the marrow of Other Birds. Ghosts and birds—imagined or real, but all mysterious—guide the meandering cast, allowing opportunities for joyful circumstances. The fictional dellawisps—curious, loud, and loitering—shape the setting and how the characters interact within it. Zoey even has a bird named Pigeon that only she can see. Pigeon prods and cajoles Zoey, helping her grow.

If you’re looking for a bit of mystery, whimsical characters, and a keen sense of place, Other Birds offers all these delights and more. Allen immerses readers in this island world and the process of self-discovery, the experiences of being haunted, and the gift of surrendering to what we can and cannot control.

Footloose is a Wrap!

Kylie Totten ’24
EE Section Editor 

It’s time for the cast and crew to take their final bow, because Footloose is officially a wrap! This year’s school musical, Footloose, made its final debut Sunday, 3/27, and it was a huge crowd pleaser for everyone who went to see. So before we start thinking about what’s next, let’s talk about all the hard work into making this play a success.

So why Footloose? Director Mrs. Spillane said, “We knew that we wanted a show that was going to be really joyful, that people just kind of needed that in their lives”. It’s been a few tough years for the theater department, as well as the rest of Trumbull High, while dealing with the COVID-19 outbreaks. So a play like Footloose, with so much color and noise, and especially dancing, was just a great play to boost spirits and put a smile on people’s faces.

This year’s musical featured a huge cast, but prominent roles included: Ren McCormack (Nicolas Ferreira, 10) , Ariel Moore (Nora Watson, 10), Reverend Shaw Moore (Nathan Ayotte, 12), Vi Moore (Mia Bekech, 12), Willard Hewitt (Tim Spillane, 10) , Rusty Rodriguez (Ella Cook, 12) and Chuck Cranston (Paul Litchfield, 10). 

Family, friends, students, and teachers filled the auditorium night after night, supporting the cast and crew as they put on an amazing performance. Nicole Soares, a sophomore at Trumbull High who went to see the play, said, “I loved it! I was right up front so it really felt like I was in the musical. I would tell the cast and crew that I am SO PROUD, and I’d like to thank them for all the dedication and hard work they put into the musical”. 

It truly is amazing what the cast was able to accomplish in just a couple months, especially after the last two years. Obviously the production wasn’t without its challenges, one of the main ones being that until March they were still required to wear masks while rehearsing. But all the hard work just made the moments on stage that much better. 

Let’s Talk About Bruno

Kylie Totten ’24
EE Staff Writer

Lin-Manuel Miranda has done it again. Since the release of Disney’s newest movie Encanto in November of 2021, it’s song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” has made its way into millions of households all over the world. It has climbed to the top of many different charts, including Spotify’s Top Songs-USA and the Billboard Hot 100. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is on the rise, and it doesn’t look like it’s about to stop anytime soon.

Disney’s Encanto was released on November 24, 2021 and it’s popular soundtrack was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, a well-known playwright, musician and actor. He played major roles in productions such as Hamilton, In the Heights, and fellow Disney film Moana

Miranda has proved time and again he knows how to write a catchy song, but none have been as popular as “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”. It rocketed through multiple music charts, holding the top spot in both Spotify’s Top Songs-USA chart and the Billboard Hot 100. Another Encanto song, “Surface Pressure”, which was also written by Miranda, made its way to Number 5 on the same Spotify Top Songs-USA list.

The popular song brings almost the entire main cast of the movie together, combining different melodies and individual styles of each character. The song itself is credited to Carolina Gaitan (Pepa), Mauro Castillo (Félix), Adassa (Dolores), Rhenzy Feliz (Camilo), Diane Guerrero (Isabela), Stephanie Beatriz (Mirabel) & the Encanto Cast.

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” taking the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart makes it one of Disney’s most popular songs ever. Even “Let It Go”, the breakout hit from the 2013 movie Frozen, peaked at the number five spot. The only other Disney song to ever top the Billboard 100 Chart was “A Whole New World” from the movie Aladdin, which made it to the number one spot in 1993.

Movie Review: Marvel’s Eternals

Eric Nteziryayo ’22
EE Staff Writer

With the new release of Marvel’s latest blockbuster, everyone’s most important question remains: is it that bad?

After the releases of by far the most colossal movies of the decade, this film was supposed to be the next juggernaut in the Marvel franchise. However, since its anticipated release, the film has received significant backlash. As many critics have rated the movie, the main issue of Eternals is that it’s too ambitious for its own good. The film is trying to be too many things at once.

Chaim Gartenberg, in his review for The Verge, best describes this overwhelming drawback of Marvel’s Eternals: The film bounds across thousands of years of human history, has no less than ten main characters, four villains, a love quadrangle, and even Marvel’s first on-screen erotic scene”.

The film strays away from focusing on specific characters and genres, leaving the film feeling dull. I wouldn’t call this movie boring, because I think that boring can be good sometimes. This film just feels underdeveloped and most likely leaves the viewer unsatisfied.

Despite Eternals suffering from trying too many ideas, it still has some qualities that make up for it. The CGI does look good, the presentation is suitable, and some of the shots are very pleasing. The characters have astounding action sequences. This movie had the potential to dive into some very interesting themes such as exploring the morality of beings beyond our understanding. Yet, this movie simply does not know what it wants to be. Ultimately, this film loses itself in its heavy ideas and gets caught in the trap of what an MCU film has to be.

Arcane Dethrones Squid Game to Become Top Rated Original

Thomas Ou ’24
EE Entertainment Editor

Arcane’s Protagonists, Powder and Vi, overlooking the City of Progress from the slums.

Had I said that an animated TV show would even come close to the world-wide recognition and popularity of Squid Game, let alone surpass it for being the most watched and becoming the highest rated show, no one in their right mind would believe it. Yet even more outrageous, would be the fact that it is a show based on a video game with a deep lore; one that pop culture harbors an undeniably controversial viewpoint of.

Historically, almost all video game adaptations have failed or ended up universally disliked. It is far too easy for producers to derive their show from their the vast lore of their videogames, creating a show that only attracts hardcore fans. As apparent with the box-office failure of the World of Warcraft movie, it is difficult to downright impossible to simultaneously stay true to the story while still appealing to new watchers who might have never heard about the original source material. Being said, there are videogame shows, though few and far between, that have seen a similar critical acclaim to some of the top shows within today’s media; among these are the revered Witcher and the underrated Castlevania. However, the new top rated original, Arcane, completely sets a new standard on how to properly balance its viewership and create a heartfelt, action-packed tragedy. 

Being one of the most played and oldest computer games, League of Legends has seen some drama throughout its time. Many players find it hard to deny the draw and addictiveness of the game, that all too often leaves one unfulfilled as 40 minutes and 20 lp of a person’s life gets wasted due to the mistake of one teammate. 

“It is within the lore where the game is able to shine the most,” said League of Legends Streamer Ashkan Homayouni. “Riot’s balancing and game design team might be a bunch of monkeys, but damn can they make a more compelling story”.

12 Angry Jurors Hits the Stage This Weekend

By Kylie Totten ’24
EE Sports Editor

THS THeSpians performing in the 2021 Fall play, 12 ANGRY JURORS, hear arguments and deliberate the fate of a man accused of murder. Standing: Medha Bnatnager. Sitting L-R: Bailey Chapin, Timothy Spillane, Mia Bekech, Isaac Lyne, Sara Kocinsky, Grace Codd, Isabella Mercado, Isabel O’Neill.

The THS fall play, 12 Angry Jurors, is about to hit the stage.

There will be two performances, this Friday (11/5) at 7:00 and Saturday (11/6) at 5:00 at the Trumbull High Auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door: $10 for the general public and $7 for students. 

12 Angry Jurors was originally known as 12 Angry Men, a play written by playwright Reginald Rose in 1964. 12 Angry Jurors just allows for a more gender-inclusive cast than seen in the original story. The play has been performed in theaters all over the world, and was adapted into a movie 1957.

The play follows twelve jurors as they deliberate on a murder case, considering the guilt or innocence of the accused teenage boy. Each character brings their own individual history and biases to the jury room, making it difficult for the jurors to come to a unanimous decision. When asked why 12 Angry Jurors was the choice for this year play, student director Nathan Ayotte commented, “In a time where social justice has gained traction among young people, as more and more teenagers are developing their own ethos and belief system to deconstruct the world around them, 12 Angry Jurors is a beautiful commentary on the Justice system in American Democracy”.

There isn’t a real “main” character in 12 Angry Jurors, it’s an ensemble piece with 12 leading roles. This years cast consists of freshman Bailey Chapin (Juror 1), freshman Bella Cabral (Juror 2), senior Mia Bekech (Juror 3), senior Issac Lyne (Juror 4), junior Sara Kocinsky (Juror 5), freshman Grace Codd (Juror 6), sophomore Sam Miller (Juror 7), sophomore Nora Watson (Juror 8), junior Bella Mercado (Juror 9), junior Paul Litchfield (Juror 10), sophomore Tim Spillane (Juror 11) and sophomore Medha Bhatnagar (Juror 12).

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