Hononegah Highlights

Hononegah Highlights

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over I grabbed my things and went over to this student's house and rang the doorbell." She goes on to tell of how she consoled the student, even bringing them Houghton's favorite things, Pepsi and chocolate. "Those forty-five minutes changed her life for the rest of the school year… I gave her a lifeboat." She believes she started a chain reaction of students being a little more cheery and looking out for each other to a greater extent. Following that question, and a little bit more discussion, I ended the interview with a final series of questions, all deal- ing with "what's next" for the future of these lives. Houghton figures the best she can do now is look out for students in need all the time, but also keep on going with the social-emotional learning put in place by the admin at Willowbrook. She tells of how once a week, all teach- ers are required to incorporate this top- ic into their everyday teaching plans. That week was The Tell-Tale Heart , by Edgar Allan Poe, and the social-emo- tional education was going to dive into educating the students about mental illnesses, such as the one seen in the story. She believes it helps quite a large amount of the kid's day to day lives and hopes that it'll continue. Barczuk responded with how she'd like to become a therapist in the future, specifically a horticultural therapist, someone who does therapy in a hands- on matter, dealing with plants and veg- etational growth. She also hopes to see more changes to Hononegah's learning in the future, advocating for more men- tal health awareness wherever she goes. We also discussed what Hononegah could do more to advocate on this top- ic. Barczuk suggested charity walks or weekly check-ins. We plan to recon- vene later on and further discuss these topics and ways to advocate. Mr. Dougherty hopes to see "social- emotional education come to Honone- gah, especially at the freshman level. An orientation type of course." He has been working on meeting with a few clubs and the board to get the ball rolling on more advocacy on this topic, including the start of a "Mental Health Po d c a s t C l u b " b a s e d o u t o f Hononegah. Enjoying the day she's started for stu- dents, Mrs. Ball hopes to continue with her WOW days, and hopes to further the social-emotional learning at Wil- lowbrook. "The parents love these days. Kids are excited to do them. It is

very positive, almost like you're getting PE, but without the main aspect of PE." I blurted out "No more gym clothes!" in excitement, which ended our interview with a round of laughs and reminiscing on the times I had there. Overall, despite the heaviness of the topic and what I discussed with these interviewees, I received more than what I was hoping to hear for schools and a very optimistic outlook on what's to come for the future of educa- tion and how these new generations will be suited to deal with this topic ∎

who played the White Rabbit, only used a bunny ears headpiece and her gray outfit-- although by Miranda's body language and facial expressions, the audience could understand the role she was trying to fill. Onstage, there was also little to no decorative scenery, which contributes to the idea of inter- pretation and gives the audience the ability to use their own imagination. As compared by Mr. Mazur, when some- one reads a book there are o t en no pictures; however, their imagination is able to create pictures, similar to a "pop-up storybook". Throughout the preparation prior to the production, both the actors and the directors have had to make adjust- ments to their previous plans due to the pandemic. There was the first thing t h a t h a d t o b e t a k e n i n t o consideration-- the hybrid schedule. Since there are both purple and gold days this year, students do not come to school on the same day. Because of this, on the days students don't go to school, there had to be extra health and temperature checks. To make the process more lighthearted, Mr. Mazur o ff ered prizes for those who got the "exact temperature of the day". For ex- ample, if the "temperature of the day" was 98.6 degrees, and a student got that temperature, they would get a package of popcorn or some sort of small reward. When asked about the challenges due to COVID-19, the general cast replied that "staying socially distant" was the hardest accommodation that had to be made. Whether on stage, in the dress- ing rooms or in the hallways, staying Challenges Down the Rabbit Hole

Outlooks on the Performance

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" was an interesting approach into the original tale and wonderfully done by the cast and crew! I enjoyed how the various roles of the cast acted along- side the main characters on stage. I feel like it helped create visuals and give in- sight into the plot of the story. There were certain lines that the entire cast would vocalize either from the wings or from on stage that helped contribute to the main character's lines as well. I also appreciated being able to watch it live online regardless of the circum- stances. Even through video, you could tell who was speaking. Overall, con- gratulations to everyone who played a role in this production! When interviewing with the director of the play, Mr. Mazur mentioned that the idea originated from the Theater II class last spring-- until the pandemic struck. The class continued to develop the play during quarantine, and over time they had come across the idea of interpretation. Group interpretation is centered around the idea of o ff stage focus. Rather than more props and scenery, the audience has the ability to use their imagination. "We create Won- derland with our voices, with our facial expressions, with our body language, with our interpretation of the story in these characters," Mazur says. Another concept for interpretation was the costuming and the multiple roles. By wearing plain gray shirts/dresses, the cast members were able to switch their roles with a small array of cos- tumes. For instance, Miranda Fishe, How the Production Came to Be

Down the Rabbit Hole

By Annalise Schmidt and Olivia Gib- son

A Brief Overview

In the interpretation of the play, "Alice in Wonderland", the viewers saw the main character, Alice, fall down a rab- b i t h o l e i n t o a p l a c e c a l l e d Wonderland. There, she met many strange and fanciful characters, who add to the story in unique and original ways. She encounters well-known characters, such as the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, the Caterpillar, and Twee- dledee and Tweedledum. Hononegah performed their own version in the fall p l a y " A l i c e ' s A d v e n t u r e s i n Wonderland."Through this version, the audience has the ability to use their own imagination while diving into the original tale.

Alice, played by senior Jenna Koroll, lures the White Rabbit, played by freshman Miranda Fishe, with a carrot.

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