By Alexcia McKinley
This year, eight Red Lion students made District Choir.
Amica Bonitz, Michaela Carey, Joseph Lanehart, Qi Li, Teague Rudacille, Isaac Sattazahn, Gavin Scallorn, and Victoria Stigile were those eight students who auditioned for and made PMEA District Choir.
By Aidan Nelson
Students in Red Lion displayed their works of art at the annual City Arts Gallery Art Show on Friday April 9th, which gave students the chance to display their pieces of art and Red Lion’s talent first hand.
“I think it’s pretty cool that Hopkins does this. It gives students the chance to show off their artwork that they work so hard on,” senior Carley Blanchard said.
One student, senior Miranda Beaver, is very proud of her clock painted with water colors entitled “Beginning to End” which now is currently hanging in the commons.
“I am my biggest critique, never feeling completely satisfied with my finished products. However, I am proud of the pieces that I create, and only wish to get better,” Miranda Beaver said.
Miranda entered four pieces into the show, one being her water color clock. She also entered two ceramic pieces that she has created along with a mosaic of the Red Lion Lion logo made out of just broken CD pieces.
She plans on attending Delaware University for Art Education in the Spring of 2017.
“Whether that be to elementary school kids or high schoolers. It does not matter to me, either would be awesome,” Miranda Beaver said.
Many other students entered their pieces into the show as well. Some of them include senior Hannah Kokta, junior Olivia Riggs, junior Eion McCleary, and junior Zayne Mummert.
“Art is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life,” -Miranda Beaver
By Eli Gregory
On Saturday, November 14, the 2015 Marching Lions scored a 92.75 during the Cavalcade of Bands Championships in Hershey, earning the highest overall score in Red Lion history.
Throughout the season, The Lions continuously increased their scores from competition to competition. Their final competition at New Oxford yielded their highest score of the competition season, a 91.6, just barely lower than the Lions previous all time high score of 92.5.
The scores the Lions received this season placed them in the upper tier of competitors for championships; open. This means the Marching Lions and seven other of the highest scoring bands in their division will compete for the last and possibly most important score of the season.
After an energy filled and focused practice saturday, band members chowed down on pizza and relaxed before the big show. The air was filled with bittersweet excitement, as the band realized their last performance of the year was that night. But for some, this would be the last performance of their lives.
As the band headed towards Hershey stadium, other bands exchanged good lucks and smiles. Cold air stung cheeks and joints froze, but the show must go on. Cheers erupted from the stadium as the Red Lion Marching Lions were announced, and streaks of black and gold flashed.
The performance was exactly what the Lions needed; a solid performance to show the other competitors that they deserved to be in open with the other top bands. Band directors Mr. Crone and Mr. Kriebel expressed their pride and satisfaction with the show afterwards, smiles bloomed and tears were shed.
“Walking off the field for the last time was rewarding knowing I poured my heart out into the show I loved to perform,” senior color guard member Tiffany Beckette said. “I will miss band, but I thank Mr. Crone for giving me the best four years I could have.”
When the seniors joined the field for scores alongside drum majors Kevin Scheetz and Kira Brandt, the realization that this was the end began to hit home. The Lions ended up placing sixth with a total score of 92.75, the highest score in Red Lion history.
The seniors were overjoyed to realize they were able to make history in their final year, a great way to leave the organization. Although it’s not a very high placing, its considered a higher placing compared to their first place finish last year.
Back at the school, four year marchers gave their final speeches to the tightly-knit bunch.
“Leaders don’t make followers, leaders make leaders, and I’m impressed with the leadership already being shown in the underclassman,” senior and four year marcher Anah Zieber said. “I look forward to taking what I learned in this activity and applying it to my future.”
By Adrianna Clinton
“Tarzan”, better known as Mark Peters, shows his determination and drive to make this year’s musical successful.
While most students are either asleep or starting to get ready for school, junior Mark Peters is already awake and in the weight room working out, but not for a sport--for musical.
This March, Red Lion Theatre will become the first high school musical group in York County to perform Disney’s “Tarzan,” and its star has been long preparing for the physical demands of playing Tarzan. Even before auditions began, Peters has been hitting the weight room, first on his own to build a foundation for what exercises were to come, then partnering with Mr. Keenan Schaeffer for half hour workouts four days a week in the morning at approximately 6:30 AM.
On Mondays and Thursdays, Schaeffer and Peters focus mostly on bench presses, and Tuesdays and Fridays are dedicated to power cleans, all in an effort to give Peters the strength to lift junior Alex Shaffer in the musical, and to look the role.
His uniform will consist of compression shorts and a loin cloth, requiring Peters to get in the best shape of his life, though he is not worried about how he will look as Tarzan. In the three months or so that Peters has been working out to “fulfill his role as Tarzan,” he has lost thirty pounds and can tell that he is getting stronger.
“My endurance is getting better...I feel confident,” Peters said. In addition to workouts, Peters has changed his eating diets as well.
Schaeffer, his trainer, said Mark has made good progress. “It has been going very well. He has dedicated a lot of effort to get where he needs to be, and he has come a long way.”
He went on to say that this will help Peters beyond his role as Tarzan as he improves his lifestyle choices.
By Helen Zeidman
I am not an expert on musicals, or even music for that matter, but I do know that Tarzan the Musical, performed by the cast and crew of Red Lion Area Senior High School, was amazing.
The show is being performed March 12 at 7 PM as a make up for the cancellation on March 5, there are also shows on March 13 and 14 at 7 PM and March 12 and 14 at 2 PM in the auditorium. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Everything from the vocals and pit music to the acting and dancing was performed with great emotion and passion.
Mark Peters, the junior who starred as Tarzan, was strong in his lead role. His vocals soared as high as the apes swung.
Allison Thomas, the junior who played Tarzan’s leading lady Jane, charmed the audience with her elegant British accent and stunning vocals.
Terk, Tarzan’s best ape friend, was played by Sarah Foess and Brittany Mancha, who both brought the humorous character to life on the stage.
Hannah Sattazhan excelled in her motherly role as Kala, Tarzan’s adoptive ape mother. She managed to portray the gentleness of a mother and the ferocity of a gorilla at the same time.
The entire cast of apes, including elementary school students, blazed on the stage and in the aisles of the auditorium with endless energy. Even when swinging from vines and tumbling on the stage, they kept smiles on their faces.
The musical is based on Disney’s movie, Tarzan. The show starts off with Tarzan’s parents surviving a shipwreck to be killed by a Leopard, played by Alex Schafer. Kala finds the human baby and becomes determined to raise him as her own.
On the other hand, Kerchak, played by Dante Zumbo, is not to keen on the idea of bringing the “enemy” into his family’s land.
As Tarzan grows up, he must learn to navigate the jungle and the dangerous game of deciding where he belongs.
His decision is complicated when an expedition crew, including Professor Porter and his daughter Jane, come to study gorillas.
Tarzan must choose between his adoptive family and the new-found love he discovered for the strangers like him.
The musical follows a journey of self-discovery, first love and family.
The set, designed by National Art Honor Society volunteers, tricked me into thinking that I was really in the jungle, as did the costumes.
The cast projected their emotions onto the audience so they could feel Tarzan’s struggle of being an outsider in your own family, Jane’s excitement for falling in love for the first time, and Terk’s enthusiasm for pranks and games.
Seeing the cast fly is worth going to the show. The actors gracefully soared through the air with impressive aerobatics.
I would recommend seeing this show to those who love Disney, musicals, or just need something to do on the weekend.
After all, there is no other way to experience the harmony and compassion of this year’s cast and crew.
By Eli Gregory
Art and Creative writing can often tie into the same thing, which is what makes it so important and a huge role this school year at the Red Lion Area Senior High School.
“This program is about matching our creative artists visually with our creative artists literally.” Art teacher Mr. Hopkins said when asked what the goal of the project was.
The creative writing students later decide which of the pieces best represents what they are trying to write about. “I don’t want them to know who the writer is because I don’t want that to influence their creative process,” Hopkins added.
The end product of the collaboration will be either an online flip book or a website dedicated to the artists. Mr. Hopkins hopes to allow more access to the sites so that more people district wide can see it and appreciate the hard work put into the pieces. This project is a great way for each group to learn how to create their art better, whether their art is words or pictures.
Students select their stories at random by picking cards out of a hat. Multiple artists get the same piece, which benefits the writer because they are able to see how people interpret their story in different ways. The creative writing students decide later on which of the pieces best represents what they were trying to write about.
“I don’t want them to know who the writer is because I don’t want that to influence their creative process,” Hopkins said. Sophomore Hannah Andrews is painting a forest because it’s the setting and a big part of her story. Others, such as Senior Raquan Mitchell, are creating a piece involving things that were key parts in their story.
This is the fourth year the two classes have worked on the project together, “I’ve been doing this for four years, and former students have said they enjoyed this project,” Mr. Hopkins said.
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