Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

Final production of the year takes the stage

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

By Jack Greenwood
Staff writer

“21 Guns,” “Wake me up when September Ends,” “Holiday,” are just some of the legendary Green Day songs incorporated into the stage musical, “American Idiot”, which will round out a strong year for Hutchinson Community College’s theatre department.
The musical follows the self proclaimed “Jesus of Suburbia,” Johnny, in his quest to escape the suburban life, with his two buddies, Will and Tunny. However, after leaving the city, Johnny finds himself in a passionate affair with a rebellious woman only known in the show as ‘Whatsername’.
Shortly after, Johnny conjures up a troubling alter ego in St. Jimmy, who encourages drug use and damages Johnny’s relationship.
The musical uses music from two of Green Day’s albums: “American Idiot” and “21st Century Breakdown”. It debuted on Broadway in 2009 and was nominated for three Tony awards, including Best Musical. Throughout its original run, lead singer of Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong, would play the character St. Jimmy.
The show contains sensitive material including drugs, military propaganda and sex, among others. The cast didn’t hesitate to take on these subjects and prepared to do the story justice.
The show is high energy and physically demanding. At times, the cast sings while performing extreme choreography. To prepare, the cast did cardio and endurance workouts for part of their rehearsals.
The musical finishes out an impressive year for HutchCC theatre, with previous successful productions in September and November with “Gruesome Playground Injuries” and “The Importance of Being Earnest”.
The show runs April 12-14 at Stringer Fine Arts Center, starting at 7:30 p.m. Students and faculty can get in free with an ID but are advised to reserve tickets ahead of time.

‘The Tulgey Wood’ editor has passion for photography

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

By Brenna Eller
Opinion Page Editor

Allison Schweizer became editor of “The Tulgey Wood” last year as a Hutchinson Community College freshmen. “The Tulgey Wood” is HutchCC’s literary magazine used to display student photography, poems, fiction/ non-fiction work, and art. Someone suggested her to be editor to her English teacher, Dan Pohl. He saw her talent and hard work, and selected her to be editor.

Schweizer, a Sterling native, stayed as editor again this year, but got to choose a freshmen co-editor, Hannah Knoche, Abbeyville, to train.

“I have had fun reading and looking through the submissions and getting to pick and choose what is best to include in ‘The Tulgey Wood’,” Schweizer.said.

When she isn’t going through submissions, Schweizer is hanging up posters, reminding English teachers, and spreading the word about “The Tulgey Wood”.

A lot of work is put into this magazine, and it is time consuming right before the deadline, according to Schweizer.

“I don’t have hardly any submissions in yet so please send stuff my way,” she said.

Schweizer also mentioned that once she gets submissions, her job is fairly easy. She then just has to lay out the picks and design for print.

Aside from the annual magazine, Schweizer is on “Dragon’s Tale”, the college magazine, takes pictures for HutchCC Sports Information, and has her own photography business – Allison Schweizer Photography – four years running.

“My favorite is senior photography, however I also do family, engagement, wedding and more,” Schweizer said. “When I am not working, I am usually out taking pictures for fun.”

On “Dragon’s Tale”, she writes, takes photos and designs which takes up hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Some of her sports pictures are even used in The Collegian. She is also taking 19 credit hours this semester.

When asked about her busy schedule, Schweizer said, “I have a lot on my plate and it definitely keeps me on my toes, however, I think I am able to manage everything because I love what I do. I love photography and being able to work for the “Dragons Tale”, help out with The Collegian, and take pictures for Sports Information.”

 

Drama around the clock

Friday, February 9th, 2018

By Pablo Sanchez
Staff writer

The 24-Hour Play festival is Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and is located in the BJ Warner Recital Hall in Stringer Fine Arts Center.

When it comes to the 24-Hour Play Festival, there are four skits that the students work to write, audition for, rehearse and then, finally, perform.

“Memorizing your lines can be hard because some are short and some are long,” Isaac Glover, a Hutchinson Community College student majoring in the drama said.

“Keep moving forward,” Glover said. “Don’t give up, life moves on.”

For those involved with theater and acting, drama can be both rewarding and stressful according to another drama major, Jocelyn Reed.

“There are going to be bad days and performances,” Reed said.

When Reed on the stage, she believes that the audience hardly notices her or isn’t paying attention.

“Freshmen year is good time to express yourself,” Reed said. “It gives you an open window to experience new things.”

Reed and Glover are both involved with the 24-Hour Play Festival and will be performing along with their peers on Saturday.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Reed said. “The more you fail, the more you learn. It’s more about diving into the character to get the full aspect of what you love doing the most.”

Everyone shows up at 8:30 Friday evening and does a brief introduction and audition if you’re an actor. Actors then can present any special skills they have that may be incorporated into the show.

Following this, everyone leaves except the playwrights. The playwrights write through the night and have a script done before the actors get there at 7. Then the actors and directors and technicians have until 730 that night to prepare everything needed to bring the shows to life. Curtain goes up at 730 and we see 6 new plays.

This year we have 42 people participating in various capacities

In order for any show to happen, there needs to be lighting and sound technicians, and everything has to be as spot on as possible. Reed and Glover both have experience as technicians and both said they loved it even though understanding when to cue the lights and sound at the right time is a challenge.

Deidre Ensz-Mattox, Director of Theatre at HutchCC, fell in love with theater in high school, where she acted and participated in plays.

She attended HutchCC many years ago, where she had her first college theater experience. Ensz-Mattox said she loves her work. She said she wouldn’t want to do anything else. Ensz-

She teaches all of the performance-based courses and is the faculty sponsor for the college’s chapter of Delta Psi Omega, the National Collegiate Theater Organization.

HutchCC theatre students headed to Iowa for competition

Friday, December 1st, 2017

By Jack Greenwood
Staff writer

Winter break is coming up, which means most students will use that time to detox from the stresses of the semester and spend time with family. However, a handful of students from Hutchinson Community College’s theatre department will be finding scripts, rehearsing scenes, preparing portfolios and presentations and perfecting performance pieces.

In January, four students will be competing for the prestigious Irene Ryan Scholarship at the region give American College Theatre Festival. The festival is an opportunity for theatre majors to be submerged in their craft and work on improving through workshops and competitions.

To compete for the scholarship, the productions that HutchCC put on had to be entered and judged. A judge would then choose two of the actors to compete, whom he felt exceeded performance quality. For their performances in the September’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries,” students Jack Greenwood, Valley Center, and Gabby Hernandez, Hutchinson, will compete. They are joined by nominees from the November production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” Jocelyn Reed, Hutchinson, and Isaac Glover, Hutchinson.

In addition to acting, students also can also explore stage makeup, costumes, playwriting, directing, stage managing, set design, dance, lighting and sound design.

Greenwood will be competing in the acting competition but has also written a 10-minute play that has been submitted for consideration for scholarship, and will possibly receive a staged concert reading.

Reed will be competing in acting and stage managing.

“It’s an honor to be representing a college that really values the success of its students and understands the importance of live theatre,” Reed said. “Theatre can expose people to different walks of life and social issues. It teaches us how to be empathetic to the plights of those different from us.”

Each acting nominee will take a partner to act with them in the competition. Partners include Dylan Kramer, McPherson, who will be Greenwood’s partner, Hannah Gomez, Hutchinson, who will be Glover’s partner, Lauren Couchman, Newton, who will be Reed’s partner and Alex Acosta, Hutchinson, who will be Hernandez’s partner.

“It’s an exciting to have this opportunity, I’m thankful,” Acosta said.

“I’m excited to get to do the workshops and to make connections,” Couchman said. “I’m also really excited to compete with Jocelyn in the Irene Ryan competition, it will be interesting to see how far we get.”

The festival also an opportunity to make professional and school connections. HutchCC students fall into region five, which consists of Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. Most four-year colleges will be represented at the festival and have recruitment opportunities for students.
The festival also attracts theatre professionals from across the country, including Broadway. This year, famed playwright Neil Labute will be a part of the festival.

Some schools also enter their shows to be transferred to festival and will be performed again in Des Moines.

“Last year, the festival gave me the opportunity to bond with the people who are now my best friends, so I’m excited to see how the new students enjoy it,” Hernandez said. “It also helped me realize that I want to be involved in theatre for the rest of my life.”

Women spend more on shoes? Times have changed

Friday, December 1st, 2017

By Brenna Eller

Opinion Page Editor

The myth that women buy more shoes than men is out the window now.

Since Michael Jordan’s sneakers, Air Jordans, it seems that guys are inclined to buy more athletic shoes than women are to buying high heels. In fact, the thought of women purchasing pumps is inaccurate in today’s society as well. Many women pay for comfort over fashion now.

A student at Hutchinson Community College is one of many guys that own several pairs of athletic shoes. His name is Taylor James, from Jetmore.

“I started buying shoes senior year of high school,” James said.

He is now up to about 20 pairs. Athletic shoes have also become very expensive lately.

“My favorite brand is Nike,” James said.

Stated on forbes.com, in an article titled: The World’s Most Valuable Sports Brands, Nike shoes are one of the highest athletic brand names, and range from $80 and higher if they are brand new. James bought a pair of Gold Jordan 11’s/ retro shoes for $200. It may sound like a lot, but there is much higher than that, price wise.

Ever seen or heard a guy freak out about his new shoes getting dirty or wet? It is common with high school and college males to get upset when they have a spot of dirt on their brand new Jordans. With shoes being so expensive, it is no wonder men feel the need to take care of them like they are their pride and joy.

However, this isn’t directed to all males in this age range. There are also guys who couldn’t care less and have about two or three decent pair of shoes and for cheap prices.

Another HutchCC student, Dusty Page from Little River, shared his views on buying shoes. Unlike James, he prefers purchasing his shoes via thrift stores and second-hand stores.

“When I buy shoes, I think about the price and don’t normally spend over $50 because I like bargains from Goodwill or discount racks in any shoe store,” Page said.

Women still tend to purchase a large sum of shoes, but not as much as they used to according to executivestyle.com.

The web site states, “Women’s sales are shrinking as men’s continue to rise, in both revenue and number of pairs sold.”

When there are so many new athletic shoes being made, it is hard for some to resist the temptation of buying the newest, coolest thing. Catalogs, magazines, and commercials make new shoes harder to stay away from. There are several categories that shoes fall under, that being said, it is common to have shoes for any kind of sporting event or outdoors activity.

Whether you are the male who pays a good sum of money for a pair of brand new Nike’s and cleans their shoes often, or are the one that has only a few pairs of shoes, but pays less than half of what the other does, shoes are shoes, it just depends on the person wearing the shoes.

Amanda’s Thanksgiving potatoes

Friday, November 17th, 2017

By Amanda Carney
Online Editor

Thanksgiving is finally here, and that means one thing – it’s time for food.

Growing up, I have always helped my mom in the kitchen prepping the food and desserts. Now that I am old enough, I have taken over certain parts of the cooking. This involves a side dish and desserts. My side dish is always some sort of potatoes. Below I have listed two recipes that I love to cook and eat.
Enjoy!

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole
4 slices Oscar Mayer Bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1pkg. (30oz.) frozen shredded has browns, thawed
1 can (10-3/4 oz.) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 cup Breakstone’s Reduced Fat or Knudsen Light Sour Cream
1-1/4 cups Kraft 2% Milk Shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheeses, divided
Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cook bacon and onions in large skillet on medium-high heat 5 min. Transfer to large bowl.
Add has browns, soup, sour cream and 1 cup cheese, mix lightly. Spoon into 13×9-inch baking dish; tip with remaining cheese.
Bake 40 to 45 min.

Twice Bake Potatoes
Potatoes (however many you want to eat)
½ cup butter or margin
1/3 cup milk
½ cup dairy sour cream
Extras: salt, paper, shredded chesses, bacon bits and sour cream
Bake potatoes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour, or until soft.

Cut an oval slice off the top of the potatoes. Scoop out pulp and place into a bowl. Add butter and mash. Then add milk, sour cream, salt and pepper. Spoon mashed potatoes back into potatoes and fill with cheese, bacon bits and cheese.

Blue Dragons end regular season with a win

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor
The Hutchinson Community College football team’s regular season came to a close as the Blue Dragons cruised to a 27-6 win over Dodge City Community College on Saturday.
The Blue Dragons snapped their three-game losing streak, finishing 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the Jayhawk Conference. The Conquistadors finish 4-7 and 1-6.
After leading by seven late in the first half, the Blue Dragons pulled off one impressive play to head into halftime. Dodge City lined up for a 24-yard field goal when Hutchinson blocked the kick. The play wasn’t over however, because Hutchinson’s Jerry Jacobs picked up the loose ball, and took it back for a 86-yard touchdown. The Blue Dragons led 13-0 at halftime, and they didn’t slow down in the second half.
Hutchinson used an interception, a goal line stop, and a punt return for a touchdown to secure the victory over the Conquistadors.
The Blue Dragon defense held Dodge City to 237 total yards and 51 rushing, but Hutchinson compiled only 206 total yards for themselves. Three running backs, B.J. Emmons, Dezmon Jackson, and Andrew Lee split Hutchinson’s 125 rushing yards. Quarterback Eric Forrest went 12 of 16 on passing attempts, for a total of 69 yards.
Sunday’s win marked Rion Rhoades’ 80th victory as head coach for the Blue Dragons. He also reached this mark faster than any other coach in Hutchinson Community College history.
Next up for the Blue Dragons will be the Salt City Bowl on Dec. 2. They will face the Eastern Arizona Gila Monsters at Gowans Stadium. This will be the second meeting between the two teams, playing each other last in the 2010 Salt City Bowl.

The Unfortunate Events of Brenna

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Brenna Eller

Opinion Editor

So this past weekend I went to Las Vegas with my best friend to go to a Marine Ball. As I was there, I couldn’t help but think of the time I went to Washington D.C. my junior year of high school because that was the last time we had flown together.

The history teacher at Little River, Mr. Keith Rains, takes students every year to Washington D.C. during the summer with a group from surrounding areas. I’m not sure how he has gone time and time again, but I think I’m good with not going for a while.
Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast on the trip and loved the memorials, but since I am an Eller, and my two older sisters had been forgetful the years they went to Washington, I was just bound to forget something too.
That being said, my oldest sister wandered away from the group a lot when she went, scaring Mr. Rains quite a bit, and my other sister left her phone under a bench on Capitol Hill. Luckily there was a guy in her group who was training for a marathon, so he ran back and got the phone for her.
Me being the most irresponsible, unlucky, and clumsiest of the Ellers, just had to one-up them. I left much more than a cell phone. In fact, I didn’t lose my cell phone of all things.
It was the first day of the trip, and I had to get up at 5:30 a.m. so we could get to the airport on time. My sister had informed Mr. Rains that I am way worse than they were and that he needed to keep an eye on me.
When we got to D.C., I went to get my suitcase from the baggage claim. There were so many people, I felt claustrophobic. I tried to squeeze myself into the crowd and accidently bumped into an older lady. I said, “Sorry, excuse me.” She just looked at me like I slapper her in the face or something and shoved me back. So, I just waited until people cleared out to get my bag and moved onto the metro platform.
One of the leaders of our group told us to wait, because the metro that pulled up wasn’t the right one. so I decided to take my backpack that I had been lugging around off. Then the same leader said, “Nevermind, this is us, everyone get on!” So I grabbed my suitcase and got on so I wouldn’t miss it.
It had just started to rain when we got to our stop near the hotel we were staying at. One of the people in our group asked me if she could use my umbrella that I was so happy I brought before.
I said,” Sure!” As I reached behind me, I already knew the inevitable. It was like my heart dropped not only to my stomach, but to my feet.
I started having a mini panic attack and laughed hysterically. I just could not believe I would lose my backpack that had my camera in it, my purse, money, social security card, and umbrella.
I ran to Mr. Rains and he could tell by the horrified look on my face that I had lost something. He said, “What was it?” and I told him where I last saw it. It was at the airport metro platform.
So, we left our group and ran to catch a metro going back to the airport. We finally found the right one and hopped on. When we got to the platform, it was a ghost town. There were zero security guards in sight. I thought I was losing my mind. I was so scared. Finally, we got to a booth where four or five security guards were standing bent over rummaging through something.
Mr. Rains asked if they had found a blue bag with elephants on it and one lady looked at me and said, “What’s your name?” I answered her and she looked at an I.D, then said, “It’s her.” I was just thinking to myself, Oh crap! I’m in a lot of trouble, they think I’m a bomb terrorist, I can’t be seen in this place ever again.
Then I had to sign a paper that stated that everything I had was in the bag. I was so relieved I think I may have teared up a bit. As we were getting to the hotel area, it started to just downpour.
So I got out my umbrella and we shared it walking to the hotel. As I was approaching the rest of our group, someone had started a slow clap and all of a sudden everyone was slow clapping for me. I was so embarrassed I couldn’t even look at anyone.
On the bright side, I took a lot of great pictures and the rest of the week went smoothly even though I had people asking me if I had my bag everyday.

Your early, early, Oscars 2018 preview

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Halloween is over and you know what that means! Oscar season has officially begun! If you’ve read my previous articles you’ll know that I’ve said Halloween is my favorite holiday. But if the Oscars were a holiday, it might just beat it. Which is why over the next few months I’ll be dedicating myself to seeing the movies that are getting raves and potentially Oscar gold. It might be too early to have a for sure list, but based on the research and reviews that I have seen, here is who to watch right now.

BEST ACTOR
Frontrunners:
Gary Oldman: Darkest Hour
Daniel Day-Lewis: Phantom Thread
James Franco: The Disaster Artist
Denzel Washington: Roman Israel, Esq
Andrew Garfield: Breathe

Potential:
Hugh Jackman: The Greatest Showman
Tom Hanks: The Post
Kumail Nanjiani: The Big Sick

Analysis:
As it stands, Gary Oldman, though a veteran actor, has never won the Oscar. The Academy has a trend of rewarding actors after they have been snubbed multiple times, which benefits Oldman. That on top of the rave reviews he’s getting for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour has catapulted him to an early lead. However, Daniel Day-Lewis has announced he is retiring after his latest film, Phantom Thread. Day-Lewis is often seen as one of the greatest all time actors, and he has been rewarded Oscar gold three times. One more win, and he would tie Katharine Hepburn for the all-time record. So don’t count him out either. James Franco is perhaps the biggest wildcard here. Franco both starred and directed in the disaster artist, which tells the true story of the behind the scenes filming of the cult movie The Room. His performance has received acclaim and he also has never won the award. Finally, we have Denzel Washington for Roman Israel, Esq and Andrew Garfield for Breathe. The academy is also infamous for awarding nominations and sometimes wins to those who lost the year before. But with Washington and Garfield, who were both nominated last year, their performances last year were seen as stronger than eventual winner, Casey Affleck. The academy could look to rectify the award by giving it to one or the other. Other contenders include Hugh Jackman for musical movie The Greatest Showman, Tom Hanks in The Post and Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick.

BEST ACTRESS
Nominees:
Jennifer Lawrence: Mother!
Margot Robbie: I, Tonya
Meryl Streep: The Post
Jessica Chastain: Molly’s Game
Frances McDormand: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Potential:
Emma Stone: Battle of the Sexes
Judi Dench: Victoria & Abdul
Gal Gadot: Wonder Woman

Analysis:
Let me start by saying this: Jennifer Lawrence is the best young actress out there. No contest. She deserves her second Oscar ASAP. The question remains though if she will get it for her work in abstract horror film, Mother! The film split audiences with half claiming it was horrible and the other half claiming it was one of the best films they’ve ever seen. But what they agree on is that Lawrence delivers a spell binding performance. But coming up behind her is recent breakout star, Margot Robbie. Her performance as ice skater Tonya Harding has received acclaim among critics. That, on top of her growing star after successful performances in Suicide Squad and Wolf of Wall Street, could make Robbie into the next Hollywood it girl and propel her to Oscar gold. Speaking of Hollywood it girls, perhaps there will never be an it girl bigger than Meryl Streep. Streep stars in the film The Post the film about Kay Graham as Washington Post executive taking on the federal government. Streep will win a fourth Oscar eventually. I guarantee at some point, she will tie Hepburn for the record of Oscar wins and perhaps even beat her. But since no one has seen the film yet, no one can tell if this will be Streep’s year of reckoning. Perhaps one of the more overdue actresses for an Oscar, is Jessica Chastain. She dazzled audiences in Zero Dark Thirty, The Help, and Miss Sloane but has yet to claim an Oscar victory. Her performance in Molly’s Game has already propelled her to the front of the pack on most prediction lists. Her incredible performance on top of her incredible past performances could lead her to the gold come Oscar night. Finally, Frances McDormand plays a vengeful mother of a murdered child in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Perhaps the most chilling performance this year, McDormand is not one to be counted out. McDormand is also one of the most respected actresses in the business and hasn’t been in the Oscar running in several years, so look to see her in the mix. Other strong contenders include last year’s Best Actress champ, Emma Stone in Battle of the Sexes. As well as Dame Judie Dench portraying Queen Victoria (Her second time doing so) in Victoria & Abdul, as well as Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot.

The unfortunate events of Brenna: My senior picture experience

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Since leaves are changing colors, the sky is becoming more colorful, and the weather is the right amount of chilly, fall seems to be the time of year for many high school seniors to take pictures.
My best friend and I tried to take pictures, in which we got some good ones of her and I just wasn’t having a good modeling day, So I got my pictures taken in the spring.
Even though I took mine in the spring of last year, I still had some pretty unfortunate things happen that I’m sure not most seniors have experienced.
First of all, I am very grateful to my sister’s best friend, Rheanna for taking my pictures because they turned out really well despite the interesting occurrences.
I picked out three outfits for my pictures, a nice shirt with jeans and boots, and two dresses. One of my locations to take pictures at was at the Little Arkansas River and I went to some rocks near the water.
I did some fun poses pretending to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid while laying on a big flat rock, and when I put my feet into the freezing water, I felt tiny worms crawling all over. They were moving up my legs and I was pretty disgusted as you could imagine.
After that, I put on a different dress and matched it with some cowboy boots. We went to some old railroad tracks by the grain elevators.
Rheanna found the spot she wanted me to squat at and as I was kneeling for the picture on the tracks, I heard a weird rattling noise. I turned and saw in front of me and off to the side, a snake coiled up getting ready to plunge at me.
So I slowly stood up not to disturb the already upset snake, and made my way back to my sister and Rheanna. They looked at me and I just said, “There’s a snake, we’re leaving.” They looked at where I was previously kneeling and saw a head poking out from one of the track beams.
They started freaking out and my sister said she was going to have nightmares even though I was the one that saw it.
When we got back in town, we walked over to Main street. I was already not in the mood to smile anymore. I was pretty much done with the day, but I still wanted to get enough pictures to choose from.
If you are unfamiliar with Little River or Main Street in Little River, usually it’s a ghost town on Sundays.
Let’s just say that this wasn’t the case because when I was laying down for a certain pose in the middle of the street, several local town-folk and church ladies had to make sure I was okay and not injured.
On the bright side, my pictures turned out great and I was really happy I got them done before graduation because I waited until the last minute to turn them in. It is also a good thing I was in Yearbook because I got to design the page that all of the senior pictures went.