Mustangs on stage – “The Wedding Singer” strikes a chord

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The cast of LRHS’s “The Wedding Singer” performs a dance number

Christina Bowley – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Lakewood Ranch Mustang Players were dancing to the chapel Thursday night with the opening of the “The Wedding Singer”.

The musical comedy premiered at the LRHS auditorium as parents and friends came out to watch.

For the first performance was wonderful and the cast preformed at their best. The show was given a standing ovation at the end, and was covered by other news local media outlets such as the East County Observer and Sarasota Herald Tribune.

“The Wedding Singer” was written by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy with music by Mathew Skylar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin. The show is based on a 1998 Adam Sandler film.

Senior Sabrina Gallien, who played Holly, said “I was ecstatic personally, it all came together really well.”

The musical features Southeast High senior Danny Shevlin as the wedding singer who is left at the altar by Linda, played by Mustang junior Bella Guzman, and ends up falling in love with Julia Sullivan, played by LRHS sophomore Sophia Masterson.

Mustang drama adviser Roxanne Caravan said, “It was a great run of the show and I’m happy that everyone had such a great time in the audience and on the stage. It was a great opportunity for the students who are preforming and very rewarding for all the hard work they put into the show.”

Junior Kylee Ridson and Sean Knowles worked the show’s music and lighting cues to pull the production together and immerse the audience into the show.

Gallien said, “I hope we, the entire cast and crew, made Caravan proud last night as we always try to do whenever we go out on stage because she helps guide us and teach us and make us confident and proud when we go out on that stage.”

The entire cast and crew did a remarkable job and was successful with enveloping the audience in the story with laughs and hoots at their favorite parts and awed by the great performances.

 

Cast and Production Staff:
Robbie Hart……………………………………Danny Shevlin*
Julia Sulivan…………………………………Sophia Masterson
George………………………………………….Joseph Grosso*
Sammy………………………………………….Jackson Helwege
Holly……………………………………………..Sabrina Gallien*
Glen Guglia…………………………………….Bryce Register*
Rosie…………………………………………….Cassie Rankin*
Linda…………………………………………….Bella Guzman*
Angie……………………………………………..Sarah Cox

Featured Ensemble:
Sarah Baeder*
Kiara Beverly
Katie Ciemniecki*
Rebekah Frey*
Tatiana Galante
Rachel Gross*
Zach Hartman*
Chrissie Heath
Jacob Henry*
Nick Kim
Jackie Koelsch
Lentz Laurent
Kylee McKinney*
Kristen Mendez*
Pascale Molina
John Patneaude
Nicole Petersen
Nick Wilcox

Ensemble:
Lindsey Chandler
Alexandra Cofer
Marykate Crowley
Kaylee Dowd
Savannah Isreal
Jessie Kroupa
Anna Kwiatkowski
Sara Scott
Alena Stranovsky
Moriah Tuttle

Impersonators:
Ms. Teri Grimes
Ms. Anya Grady
Mr. Larry Hickman

Producer/Director……………………………..Mrs. Roxane Caravan*
Choreographers……………………………Ms. Patricia Ross* and Ms. Katy Knowles*
Vocal Director……………………………….Ms. Lori Pike
Set Designer…………………………………Mr. Christopher Parrish*
Sound Design/ Sound Board Operator……….Mr. Sean Knowles*
Stage Manager…………………………………Kylee Ridson*
Costume Mistress/ Hair & Makeup……………Ms. Rachel Knowles
Costume Crew…………………Melina Cuffaro*, Joseph Grosso*, Kristen Mendez*
Grip………………………………………………Alysa Ness
Spot Operator……………………………………..Andrew Stevens

*Denotes Member of the International Thespian Society

Valentines Day doesn’t have to mean stress

Layne Thompson – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – “Valentine’s Day stinks!” or “Valentine’s Day is great!” Guess which statement is made by a single person.

February 14 can be a difficult day for anyone. Those in a relationship stress over the perfect gift while those not in a relationship have to put up with all the sappy couples.

For the single ladies, guys too, remember that it’s just a holiday. It’s not even a big holiday either, just something to occupy the time between Christmas and Easter. Go out and do something on Valentines Day, go to a movie with your best friends or find a fun activity to do.

Treat yourself to a nice dinner and some frozen yogurt. Don’t stay in by yourself gorging yourself with popcorn and crying to sappy movies.

For the lucky ones that happen to be in a relationship on Valentines Day, just have fun with it. Plan a fun date with your boyfriend/girlfriend and exchange cheesy gifts. Try to do an activity you don’t normally do, just to switch it up. You can go watch the sunset at the beach or try going to a new restaurant. It’s a minor holiday so don’t go blowing obscene amounts of money on gifts and save those for birthdays and Christmas.

Guys trying to impress their ladies this Valentine’s Day can’t go wrong with gigantic teddy bears.

“I’ve always wanted a guy to get me one of those giant bears you can get at Walmart,” said Sophomore Sierra Camuto.

They’re inexpensive and girls find them to die for. Don’t go all out on Valentines Day because then you’ll have to top it each holiday and soon it will get to be too much. Do just enough to make your lady swoon but don’t go over board. Chocolate and jewelry are also fantastic presents for your girl. As girls we love something sweet and something shiny.

Lakewood Ranch High School conducted a compatibility test to find the perfect match either in your grade or the whole school. It can also find people you’d be compatible friends with. All you need to do is fill out the pink for you got in first period, then pay a small price when they come out with the results.

Valentine’s Day is actually a church sanctioned holiday, as Pope Gelasius deemed February 14 St. Valentine’s Day in the late fifth century. According to legend, St. Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl, who may have been his jailor’s daughter, who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. So of course card and chocolate companies had to take advantage of it.

So remember, it’s just a holiday, go do something different than your usual, and do enough but not too much. Have a happy Valentines Day!

Mustangs battle to overcome “Senioritis”

Kailyn Scully and Mackenzie Pierce – LRHS News

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LRHS senior Anthony Satira displays the symptoms of “Senioritis.”

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – An ancient epidemic is plaguing the inhabitants of Lakewood Ranch High School. The symptoms haven’t changed over the years…laziness, carelessness and drowsiness.  It is the inevitable Senioritis.

It begins with just a few quick naps in class, but it rapidly escalates into plummeting grades and countless absences. Students’ cravings for sleep and freedom start hindering their ability to concentrate on their schoolwork.

Victim Joe Black said, “[Senioritis] stems from our excitement for the start of something new…college. I think that because the application process begins so early in senior year, the rest of the year is spent worrying and looking forward to getting into college rather than focusing on the same old routine of going to high school.”

By second semester in a student’s last year of high school, Senioritis strikes harder than ever. Many of Lakewood Ranch’s students have already been accepted into college, and second semester has little affect on their future plans. Senioritis brainwashes students into believing that they will not benefit from a final semester of high school.

Senior Catie Hanson said, “When it comes to senior year, all you want to do is take the easy way out of anything and everything academic. Your motivation becomes worse and worse with the anticipation of the end of your high school career.”

It’s not hard to identify a victim of Senioritis, especially since almost the entire senior class has been affected.

LRHS assistant principal Valencia Lowen explained, “I have no doubt that Senioritis exists, and that everyone gets it.”

The disease is so contagious that it has even engulfed the minds of freshman.

Freshman LaDahzia Williams said, “I already have Senioritis. I barely do my homework anymore and I just got done with a nice nap in my English class.”

According to LRHS teacher Lillian Martinez, “the effects of Senioritis are evident in all of my students, both seniors and juniors.”

There is no controlling the vicious virus. All a person can do is push through the fog until the light of college shines through.

Senior John Akar said, “Even though I’ve started slacking off, there is still a part of me that doesn’t want all my hard work over the past four years to go to waste.”

Contamination destroys determination, but all hope is not lost.

Lowen said, “Senioritis is a natural habit that shows a student’s excitement for moving on from high school.”

Freedom lays right around the corner, and LRHS seniors hope to survive the disease long enough to make it to graduation.

SGA dance turns tradition on its head

Tyler Gordon – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Student Government Association (SGA) is hosting an outdoor “Sadie Hawkins” dance.

SGA will host the event 7-10 p.m., Feb. 7 in the courtyard area between the auditorium and cafeteria.

Sadie Hawkins dances originated from the old “Li’l Abner” comic strip describing a day when all the single girls could chase eligible bachelors around town. It was a girl named Sadie Hawkins’ favorite day of the year.

Girls will be responsible for asking the boys to the dance for a change. The dress code is informal. Students area allowed to wear jeans, flannels and other appropriate clothing.

“I think it’s a really cool idea. It’s something different from the usual dances, it should be a lot of fun,” said Senior SGA member Christina Rothenberger.

Proceeds from the dance will benefit LRHS sophomore Matt Baar’s ongoing battle against cancer.

SGA adviser Kent Rehnquist said, “I’m very excited for this dance. I hope a lot of girls ask a lot of guys.”

Mustangs shine at Manatee County Fair

Sydney Wolf – LRHS News

LRHS FFA students stood out at Heifer and Steer week at the Manatee County Fair with an impressive amount of results and awards.

Senior Jesse Embach had a great weekend. She won Champion Steer, Champion Heifer, Champion Senior Showmanship, and received a Herdsman Award.

“I don’t think I could have ended it any better,” said Embach.  “All my hard work paid off my senior year.  I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to be a part of the fair and have the chance to win all that I did.”

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LRHS sophomore Caitlyn Corbran displays the school’s chapter steer “Diesel”.

Junior Ashley Huddleston Placed Second in show with the Chapter Heifer. The chapter heifer belongs to the school and is cared for by FFA students.

Sophomore Caitlyn Corbran placed third overall in Senior Showmanship with the chapter steer who weighed about 1150 pounds and sold for $3.00 a pound.
She said, “It was a really exciting year for me. This was my first year showing a Steer and I enjoyed bonding with Diesel and being able to work with him.”

Sophomore Alyssa Riggio received a Leadership Award and sold her 1275 pound Steer for $6.00 a pound.
She said “I was really happy to be able to purchase my own Steer this year and sell him for personal profit. It was a great experience and I plan on doing a Heifer and a Steer next year.”

For further information visit the Manatee County Fair website.