by ANJALEIGH HART
Recently, Tiffin University put on the play "Good Kids", written by Naomi Iizuka. The play was put on by Tiffin University’s Dragon Den actors.
The play is one of the most progressive and one of the most controversial plays that has ever been put on by the Tiffin University’s Dragon Den. The play has strong language and it depicts scenes that involve acts of sexual violence and is intended for mature audiences only.
The director of the play was Mika Gibson, who always works at The Ritz Theater, and also works with the local high schools theater departments, stepped in to help out Tiffin University. The previous director of the fall plays at Tiffin University recently retired, which does leave a bit of question as to who will become the new permanent director of the fall plays.
The show also did something different that had never been done after a play at Tiffin University, which is a talk-back. This means that after the show ended, there was be a few cast members and others who are qualified to answer any of the questions that the audience had on the show. This was one of the first of its kind at Tiffin University. The talk-back segment lasted about fifteen to twenty minutes after the show. Some of the cast members also shared their own comments and thoughts and personal stories that related to the concept of the play.
The play includes four male football players who are the ones who carry out the sexual assault on a girl who crashes a party on the other side of town. The play is narrated by a girl who is watching the entire assault play out on social media and is tracking the movements of each high school student involved with the incident. There are four male characters and eight female characters in the show.
by REBECCA KIELBASA
The Diane Kid Gallery featured a Veterans Day show that chronicled 145 drawings, depicting a veteran’s story drawn during 50 weeks of art therapy.
“One Soldier’s PTSD Story”, by G.A. Hunt, a former U.S. Army Major, are black ink drawings, except for a couple pieces that are in watercolor.
Hunt served from 2003 through 2017, deploying three times. In 2017, she returned to the United States and received 50 weeks of treatment in Fort Belvoir, Virginia for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Hunt was medically retired in 2019 for PTSD and has since been partnered with a service dog through K9’s for Warriors.
During Hunt's 50 weeks of treatment, art therapy was used to try and work through her memories and traumas. The art dates range from September 2017 until September 2019, and are not in chronological order of Hunt’s story, but what memories she worked through and when, according to Joseph Van Kerkhove, gallery director and Tiffin University professor.
Hunt is unable to leave her home due to her PTSD and did not offer comments on the work.
by MAKENNAH RETTIG
I got the amazing opportunity to sit down with the nonfiction author Steve Sheinkin when he visited Mohawk High School and this is what happened! He talked about his favorite book, his "failed" movie, and alternate careers for historical figures.
Watch the video below.
by JESSICA HOLLAN
The tag line read “this show is... like totally… not for kids” so as I sat down in the front row of Marion the weekend of Feb. 15, eye level with the makeshift stage, I glanced around to ensure there were no children in sight. I had arrived armed with the knowledge that Heathers: The Musical had adult themes, but that didn’t concern me. I had seen the movie after all, I knew that some teenage girls would inevitably meet their doom via staged suicides. But that didn’t prepare me for the hilarious, disastrous, murderous, sex-on-the-stage-ous whirlwind I was about to witness.
by BRANDON UTLEY
When you think of global pop group, who do you think of?
As great as all of these groups are, that group that comes to mind may soon be Now United.
Now United is the creation of Spice Girls’ manager Simon Fuller. It was based on the idea of making the first ever global pop group comprised of singers and dancers from around the world. The group is formed by 14 members from 14 different countries.
Members are as followed:
by BRANDON UTLEY
In the past few years, Sony Pictures Entertainment has partnered with Marvel Studios and brought the marvelous world of The Amazing Spider-Man into the already developed Marvel Cinematic Universe. This collaboration marked the first time that the web-slinging hero would be portrayed on the big screen along the likes of Marvel greats such as Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America.
This led to a serious issue within Sony Pictures. With the rights to Peter Parker’s Spider-Man in Marvel’s hands, where were they going to go with their planned future for the character? Out of this confusion came the idea for an animated film focused on the new iteration of the superhero, Miles Morales.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse marks the first time that Miles Morales has been portrayed on the big screen and it has been well worth the wait. According to the official Marvel website, Morales is from the alternate reality Earth-1610. He was bitten by a genetically enhanced spider and was forced to take up the mantle of Spider-Man. You’ll have to see the film to find out the rest here.
by BRANDON UTLEY
Have you ever wondered what a show that is a perfect cross between Gossip Girl and How to Get Away with Murder would look like? Well look no further.
Elite is Netflix’s new Spanish teen murder drama and it is unlike anything seen before. The drama, the scandals, the suspense. The show will have you glued to the screen from start to finish.
Fair warning, Elite is a Spanish show that has been English dubbed, so the words you hear do not match those coming from the actors’ mouths, but you get used to it. The show is worth it so give the awkward mismatch a chance.
Elite is the story of three working class teenagers who receive a scholarship to attend an elite prep school, Las Encinas. The tension between the new students and the wealthy teens already attending Las Encinas results in a murder mystery you do not want to miss.
Watch as Samuel, Christian, and Nadia work to insert themselves into the lives of popular teens Guzman, Marina, Ander, Carla, Polo, and Lucrecia. Sit back and enjoy the drama as you watch the personal lives of these students unwind, and the suspense as the police figure out who killed who.
Watch the Spanish trailer below and decide if the eight-episode first season is worth the watch. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
by TAYLOR NEWMAN
Are you a romantic at heart? Had you spent a majority of your younger years fantasizing about a love that you could have had with someone you met by chance? Perhaps someone you went to school with? I was one of those girls, and I found this characteristic reflected in the character Lara Jean Covey in Netflix’s new movie, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”
Imagine feeling so much emotion that after every chance encounter, or with every person you feel a spark with, you wrote them a letter. The boy you kissed playing spin the bottle years before. The first boy to ask you for a dance at Homecoming when you didn’t have a date. The boy you met at summer camp. Even the boy your older sister is dating. Put into envelopes and hidden away from sight, a little secret that only you know of. That’s what Lara Jean did.
If I did that in high school, I probably would have lost them in my bedroom under a pile of clothes. Admittedly, I would have forgotten all about them and went on with my life. I would probably throw them in my closet one day and not see them again until I did a deep clean of my room. Then I would have been so embarrassed by my spelling or the emotions laid out in the papers that I would have burned them, or at the very least I would have ripped them to shreds. I also don’t have any siblings but Lara Jean does. Lara Jean’s youngest sister does something with the best intentions that leads to some of the worst possible outcomes.
Watch as Lara Jean goes through her most drama-filled part of high school thus far. Relish in the fact that your high school days are past you. Satisfy your romantic side with this easily relatable story of a girl going from a romantic in only her fantasies to the girl finally having a slice of what she’s dreamed about her whole life. It is currently available on Netflix, and if you haven’t watched it yet, I suggest you watch it now.
by BRANDON UTLEY
If you have not heard of Netflix’s new comedy series "The Comedy Lineup," you are truly missing out. This series features a rotating group of lesser known comedians featured in fifteen minute specials.
Many people who say they do not enjoy stand-up comedy, mainly do not enjoy sitting through hour long specials. This series takes that out of the equation while shedding light on up-and-coming comedians who are attempting to break into the mainstream.
Netflix has become the go-to streaming site for anything stand-up comedy. The selection of amazing, full-length specials, both original to Netflix and previously recorded, are available to stream on the site. But if the time commitment is too much for you, or you are looking for new comedians that you have never heard of before, check out this series.
Parts one and two are now streaming on Netflix.
by ANDREW BEGLEY
If you did not see one of the Northridge Improvisational Comedy Club (NICC for short) shows this year, then you missed out. The shows are not your traditional standup comedy but instead an improvised laugh fest that brings raw, unplanned humor to the stage.
Headed by Angela Holahan, the club began in 2016. Angela is one of the co-founders, spearheading its creation after being a part of a similar group while still in high school. Joining her on stage were eight others including: Jeff Diez, Rachel Wagner, Troyana Warren, Zoe Cooper, Alex Hope, Jada Gilliam, Sadie Harris and Troy Kirkpatrick.
Collectively, the group of them come off as good friends who enjoy being in each other’s company. Their friendship can very much be attributed to shared humored as Rachel puts it, “I like being around people who are funny. Instead of having a bad day you can just go to improv because everything is funny.”
Friendship is an important element as the improv on stage is comparable to that of a group of friends just hanging out, cracking jokes and laughing at everything. They also allow for the audience to get involved by asking for certain topic suggestions. One act even incorporated the use of text messages from one of the audience member’s phone. This helped to immerse people, making even the cheesy jokes and slip ups funny for the crowd. You feel like you’re a part of the show.
You could even take it a step further and actually join them as they are holding auditions this coming September. It takes some unique comical skills, but Angela is looking for more newcomers as the group will be down two members next school year; Jeff is going to Washington, DC to study Behavioral Analysis Unit for Mental Health Corrections and Rachel is graduating this spring.
Both Jeff and Rachel were recruited by Angela, with Jeff being one of the co-founders. “We were in band camp and Angela said I was pretty funny. She asked if I wanted to start an improv group with her and I was hesitant at first but then agreed,” said Jeff. He remarked on how, while he won’t be pursuing a career in comedy, the experience has made him more comfortable in front of an audience and less embarrassed around people.
Rachel was all in the moment Angela compared the club to the popular TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway. She cited the entire cast as comical inspirations and while she isn’t looking at a career in comedy either, she thinks it is a significant part of a person’s life. “I think comedy is crucial to living a good life. I mean without laughing, who are you, you know?”
As for when you can see them live and in action, they just finished their fourth and final show of the semester, so you will have to wait. They will be performing four more shows again over the next fall and spring semester. The times and dates are still to be announced so be sure to keep up with TU Engage for information. Don’t regret missing this spontaneous concoction of hilarity.
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