2. Wash hands for 20 seconds prior to entering the dance floor. 3. Stand inside and use provided hula-hoops to maintain a safe distance away from other stu- dents and sta ff . No student is al- lowed to misuse the hula-hoops, and those unwilling to follow this rule will be asked to leave. Can you even begin to imagine a Homecoming dance in an environment as such? English teacher, Mr. Reynolds would appreciate each person attend- ing homecoming to be placed in an acrylic, see-through, hermetically sealed bubble or pod that contains in- ternal oxygen. Then attendees can dance by bouncing o ff each other while still sustaining appropriate distance between their actual bodies. He also says that we can put snacks and so t drinks in the bubbles as well. What a considerate man Mr. Reynolds is. I would have no idea what I would do at homecoming without food or drinks. One year ago, we would have had a week of festivities: themes, dances, football games, and an overwhelming amount of Hononegah school spirit, but how does this treasured tradition look during a pandemic? Truth is: no one knows. When junior Addison Laumer was asked how she would want Homecoming during a pandemic to look, she replied with "If we had homecoming during the pandemic, I would want it to be safe and fun. I don't care if we have masks, I just real- ly want homecoming to happen! I think tables with other people would be fun instead of a dance floor too." Maybe in- stead of having a homecoming dance,
The cast of the fall play "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" socially distanced on stage.
six feet apart from one another can be challenging at times. Normally, the cast would interact with each other more on stage; however, since they could not do that this year they had to exaggerate their movements so the au- dience could understand what was go- ing on. Another struggle that had to be overcome was wearing masks onstage. Originally the directors considered us- ing checkered masks to go along with the theme of Alice in Wonderland. De- spite this original idea, they decided to use clear masks instead, so the audi- ence could see the actors' facial ex- pressions as well as who was talking. One of the biggest worries of the direc- tors concerned what would happen if one of the actors or members of the crew contracted the virus. For instance, if a student had tested positive or had to be quarantined due to being in close contact with one another; these people would not be able to come to school, or practice for two weeks. It was impor- tant that they took as many precau- tions as to not let this happen. "You just have to keep your hands clean, check your health, wear a mask the whole time, and keep distancing. But as long as you're within that, we can still function as a society. And that's part of it too, showing what could pos- sibly be done," Mazur comments. These precautions continued to last even a t er the show ended. During bows, hand sanitizer dispensers were brought up and placed on the ends of the stages, so the actors could safely take their bows without endangering anyone. Regardless of COVID, the directors and both cast and crew were very delighted to be able to take part in the play. "We took a moment to recognize that we're a part of history," said Mazur. "In a
weird way, and in the same way that the Dodgers won the world series dur- ing COVID, and that the class of 2021 produced a Fall play during COVID when very few theaters were even open or could even do a show. I think when we look back on this, it'll be well remembered, it'll be inspirational what they were able to do…" In similarity to looking back on the past, when asked what his favorite quote or line was, Mr. Mazur replied-- it is part of the story of the walrus and a carpenter who tricks some oysters into taking a walk with them. In the play, Tweedledee proclaims, "and then they eat the oysters!" The boys giggle. Alice then responds, "You shouldn't laugh, I feel bad for the little oysters" Tweedle- dum retaliates with "don't be, they weren't real" in Act One. Mr. Mazur mentions that the specific line "don't be, they weren't real" was most likely one of his favorite lines because he be- lieves it emphasizes the idea of fantasy contrasting to real life. The actors por- tray fictional characters, yet they still h a v e t h e i r o w n i n d i v i d u a l personalities. Take the caterpillar with the hookah pipe for instance. The audi- ence perceives the caterpillar character smoking a hookah pipe, yet they recog- nize the student isn't actually smoking. It's pretend. Other favorite lines from t h e p r o d u c t i o n w e r e , " T h e mayonnaise, the mustard, the dog bis- cuits!" which was a group line said al- together during a di ff erent scene. When asking the crew why other stu- dents should want to join the play, se- nior Jenna Koroll comments, It's good to be a part of people who have the same interests as you. As a group we overcame a lot of challenges," while se- Favorite Lines
nior Madison Gunderson says, "It was something to look forward to at the end of the day." ∎
Dancing Around the Pandemic
By Jocelyn Fetting
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Hon- onegah students who intend on at- tending the Homecoming dance in the year of 2020 must:
1. Wear a full-body hazmat suit over their attire.
Seniors (from le t to right) Marina Croasdale, Joseph Kline, Megan McDonald, Kaitlynn Carlson, and Ethan Larson pose for Hononegah's Halloween Spirit Week.
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