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  • Montoursville Area High School 100 N. Arch Street Montoursville, PA 17754

    April 2015 Volume 42

    Issue 8

    @mhsarrowhead @MHSArrowhead

    From the time that auditions were held in December, the stu- dents involved in “Shrek the Mu- sical” worked hard to put on a good show. Rehearsals began after winter

    break was over and the students practiced three to four days a week, with focus on music and

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    The mask above was used to turn Junior Jake Deak into Shrek. It was attached by glue and any skin that was visible was painted green.

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    Pictured above is the cast of “Shrek the Musical.” The musical was directed by Mrs. Denise Connor and music directed by Mrs. Jaclyn Gilbert.

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    Pictured above is the fi nal product of Junior Jake Deak as Shrek. The process of turning into an ogre took an hour.

    choreography. Th e week before the fi rst show

    is called “Tech Week,” where stu- dents stay after school and have dinner together and then run the show with lights and micro- phones and the live pit orchestra. After Tech Week, the cast per-

    formed the musical April 17, 18, and 19. Junior Jake Deak played the role

    of Shrek and had to undergo the

    Behind the

    scenes: “Shrek

    the Musical”

    Behind the Scenes Issue long process of transforming into an ogre. Deak’s mask was a specially

    made latex foam mask that was essentially glued to his face. A new face was used every night,

    but the cowl and ogre ears were reusable. Once the face was attached, the

    makeup artist, Marissa Hickey air-brushed any visible skin green. “Imagine foam being glued to

    your face with people pressing hands fi rmly against your face, while not being allowed to touch it,” Deak said of the ogre mask. “Th e experience was like wrap- ping your face in duct tape and then acting in a musical.” Not only did he have to deal

    with an uncomfortable mask, Deak also experienced a strain on his voice from the vocally de- manding aspect of the musical. Such strain caused Deak to have a swollen throat and fever. As a result, Deak said he “felt

    bad and lost confi dence in his performance.” When asked how this show

    compared to other shows that she has been in Junior Kelsey Dow- ling said, “It was probably the most technically diffi cult show I have been in because there were a lot of props and sets, and not a lot of space because 40 people were on the stage at once.” Th e most satisfying part of being

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    in shows for Dowling is “looking back on the process and thinking we were such ugly ducklings and now we are swans.” Th e most stressful part of doing

    shows is “vocal health because ev- eryone got sick during the show.” “When people say putting on a

    show is a journey, it really is. It’s about the journey, not the desti- nation,” said Dowling. Th e biggest challenge that Se-

    nior Katie Conklin faced was trying to fi nd her own voice in playing the role of Princess Fiona. Conklin’s musical theater idol,

    Sutton Foster played Fiona on Broadway, so trying to fi nd her own version of Fiona was the hardest part of the musical. Th e most satisfying part of

    putting on shows for Conklin is “Knowing that I’m doing what I love because I’m going to make this into a career someday, so to be able to devote my life to that is the most amazing feeling.” “To be able to know that you’re

    saying your favorite line or sing- ing your favorite song in a show is the most awesome feeling, espe- cially when it’s over and you hear the audience go crazy and you can’t help but smile.” When asked how she would

    describe the process of putting together the show Conklin said, “Crazy because we had rehearsals fi ve out of the seven days of the

    week.. Certain days were devot- ed to singing, and then certain days to acting, and certain days to dancing.” “Even though we were only

    here fi ve out of the seven days we all do have rehearsal seven days a week because there should be individual time spent and that’s what makes us so good because we spend the extra time connect- ing to our characters and under- standing the deeper meaning of what the script really is.” Conklin participates in shows

    because “it’s her life.” “I’ve danced since I was a little

    girl and have been singing since I can remember. It’s just kind of where I fell and I’ve always been in choir and band.” “Just the whole musical atmo-

    sphere appealed to me when I was really young and I was very fortunate to get parts in shows,” she said. “My love for it just grew because it was like the best of my three worlds all came together into one general topic.” When asked how she felt the

    musical turned out Mrs. Denise Connor said, “It was fantastic! I’m so very proud of my cast and crew!” “Many audience members have

    told me that they had to remind themselves that they were watch- ing a high school show because the quality was so high.”

  • NEWS The Arrowhead page 2 April 2015

    A town torn by construction controversy

    Pictured above is Ron Snell adressing the school board at the meeting held at C.E. McCall Middle School on APRIL 14. Snell came prepared for the meeting with a speech adressing his concerns with the plans to build a new high school.

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    Head custodian, Mike Lander, shows the school’s boiler room to a group of people that are opposing the construction. The boilers are one of the problems that the school board is planning to fix with the new building.

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    The only thing that has been built by the decision of the Mon- toursville Area School Board’s choice to redo the high school is a wall between the people of the town. According to Mr. Chris King

    the school board has been con- timplating high school construc- tion since late January 2014. At first when presented to the

    public there was little opposition, but that changed when the $36 million price tag was announced. Many were outraged when they

    heard about a tax increase. Worried citizens presented their

    cases to the school board, and pleaded with them to reconsid- er in fear of losing their houses due to higher taxes during school board meetings on April 14 and 28. When those opposed felt that

    their voices were not being heard they started a petition against school construction. Mrs. Debby Minnier, who lives

    on Broad Street in the borough is against the school construc- tion. “I graduated from the high school (MAHS), it was all about sports and it still is,” said Minnier, “I’m not paying higher taxes for

    Montoursville supports Germany

    Pictured above are cranes that were made by students in all art classes. The cranes were one of the ways that Montoursville reached out to the German school that also lost 16 students in a horrific plane crash over the French Alps.

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    coconut shells. Help benefit a student in Guatemala to pay

    for higher education.

    See Cayla Treaster, Megan Stoner, Elizabeth

    Lee, and Mrs. Morgan for details!

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    Senior Elizabeth Lee speaks out during the April 14 school board meeting against those opposed to the construction. Lee went on to explain that she is not, nor are her peers, “At the bottom of the bar- rel” like some claimed Montoursville High School students are.

    the sports, I can’t afford it,”she said during the April 14 meeting. Others believe

    that school needs to be redone. Mr. Maynard Bo-

    gart, who lives on Washington Street taught at the high school for 35 years in the mathemat- ics department and retired in 2003. Two of Bogart’s

    daughters attend- ed MHS and three of his grandchil- dren attend it to- day. “In the long run it’s gonna be the cheapest deci- sion,” said Bogart. “I think too many

    people see only to- day, it’s very easy to be short sided,” said Bogart during the April 14 meeting. A second meeting was held on

    April 28 in the high school audi- torium. Citizens, faculty, and students

    all voiced their opinions again. While the majority of speakers in the April 14 were against the project, there was more of an even number of those who spoke both

    for an against the major decision. Also, toward the end of the

    meeting High School Princi- pal Mr. Daniel Taormina had a presentation to show all of the accomplishments of the high school. A final decision regarding the

    building project will be made in the near future.

    Chowin’ down at the FFA banquet

    kendraparke co- features editor

    Throughout the school year FFA has numeros events on the calendar, but its banquet is an event that everyone looks forward