As many know, South has two theater productions each year, a fall play and a spring musical. For those who are unaware, Jennifer Rinaldi, a drama and English teacher at South, takes on these endeavors to expose the South community to theatrical productions. With a full cast consisting entirely of students, Rinaldi has her hands quite full. With these plays offered seasonally, students can anticipate a different performance with each change of temperature. This year, two plays have been announced so far, the Shakespearian play Midsummer Night’s Dream and Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias, which will be featured this winter. This year is unique because there is a winter play this year in addition to a fall play and spring musical, which will be announced later this year.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is about a love octagon that cannot seem to be resolved between a group of people afflicted by each other’s spells. As the ensuing chaos is happening, a supernatural being takes pity on the residents of Athens and attempts to help them set things straight. Unfortunately, the being sends an unreliable messenger to do her bidding, and he messes the conundrum up even further. This very well may be the most well known production among students at South High School. To see the result of the botched patch job, the play will be November 1-3.
The second school play coming in the winter is Steel Magnolias. This play is about six female friends who live in the south and trade gossip with each other at Truvy’s hair salon. They discuss everything from women’s rights to local love interests. Through good or bad, these companions stick together as the title suggests; they are tough as steel but as delicate and sweet as magnolias. The play highlights a time when they stick together and support their friend when disaster strikes her. The South Drama Club will open the curtains to this play on December 13-16.
Imagine Dragons, a band from Las Vegas, Nevada, dropped its first full length, album Night Visions. The album was released September 4, 2012 from Interscope Records. In the first week Night Visions sold 95,000 albums according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The band started off in Las Vegas, Nevada performing in casinos, lounges, and anywhere else they could. From there, people began to hear the band and thought they were good. Since then, the band has only increased its popularity by doing more shows, releasing more songs, and now releasing their album, Night Visions. It went number one on iTunes the week of September 11, 2012. There are thirteen songs on the album. The band has all kinds of different songs. The songs “Radioactive” and “Demons” can be played around a camp fire with friends chilling or in an electrified arena for a concert. The album has songs similar to classic 80s techno-pop. However, “On Top of the World” is a joyous, handclap-driven song with harmony and happy drumming. Months ago, Imagine Dragon was still trying to figure out how to make music that fans want to hear; now they’re making music and only getting better.
The Avengers, created by the great Joss Whedon, not only saved the world, its movie made ratings of 8.5 out of 10 based about 334,170 different movie critics’ ratings on metacritic.com and earned even greater reviews. The Avengers 2012 remake is all of the great superhero movies such as Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America put in to one action team movie that might just take the cake on everything.
The film starts off from the end of the film Thor, with audiences learning just what has befallen Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) after his plunge into the abyss at the end of Thor. We find Loki holed up in a strange netherworld or “realm,” hosted by dark and mysterious allies. These allies promise him re-entry to Earth and an alien army in exchange for securing the “Tesseract,” the cosmic cube seen in Captain America, from the humans who have claimed it through the covert peacekeeping organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. led by the strong an powerful Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Fury quickly moves in on is plans to start the “Avengers” project.
Loki is armed with a new weapon that can fire energy and brainwash unwilling subjects and heads for Earth to face his unknown enemy and brother, Thor. Before Fury’s new super team, or Project Avengers, can find its balance, Loki is in their heads plotting seeds of doubt, distrust, anger and conflict. Loki works to get further his plan, but Loki’s biggest conquest may have made his fate in the end.
The Avengers was a great movie and is expected to have even better sequels. Go check it out!