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La Vie Bemused- South Stage No Longer Set to do Rent

October 23, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

South Stage announced on Monday that, because of complications with the rights for Rent, the school will not be allowed to put on the production this year. Jeff Knoedler, Newton South’s theater director, announced during a South Stage meeting that Rent – Jonathan Larson’s edgy rock-musical depicting the dark, angst-filled lives of struggling artists that had been scheduled as South Stage’s winter musical since last spring – had to be pulled due to […]

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Review: Lion King on Stage Just as Magical as Disney Original

October 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Abby Lass Disney’s The Lion King is the highest grossing musical in history, and it’s not hard to see why. While the show doesn’t exactly have the macabre sex appeal of Chicago or the hitting social challenges of Witness Uganda, the show is still a thrilling experience for the audience. The story closely follows its animated inspiration, with the addition of a few new songs such as “They Live in You” and […]

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New Theater Department Teacher Adjusts to Teaching at Newton South

October 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Abby Lass It is second lunch on a Monday, and Ms. Perkinson sits at her desk in the Theater Office. Perkinson is the newest addition to the NSHS Theater Department’s staff, teaching sections of Public Speaking, Actor’s Workshop, Acting for the Stage and Screen, and ELL Drama and Speech -a new class focused on giving new English speakers the confidence to speak publicly and create characters. She does all this while in […]

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Review: Song of Achilles Troy

October 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Gil Alon   Theatre Ink, Newton North’s theatre program, and Newton Theatre Company worked together to bring Part Two of the Song of Achilles Troy to Newton North, which premiered September 18th-20th under the direction of Melissa Bernstein, the parent of a South student. The actors participating in the production were mainly members of the Newton community, consisting of students from both North and South, college students, and other adults in the […]

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This is a Review About Zombies

June 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Karen Weinstock This is a Musical About Zombies (TIAMAZ) is a completely student-operated production that debuted last week and ran from May 29-31. The musical was written by senior Celina Siegel and directed by senior Sophie Cash, with students filling most other typically adult roles, such as choreographer. The show was performed in the lab theater, which gave it a very intimate feeling. There was a platform creating a second level and […]

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Students Perform in Boston Ballet’s ‘Next Generation’

May 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Siena Small   For students at the Boston Ballet, dance is a passion and something that can always be taken a step further.  The studio, directed by Margaret Tracey, is considered a place of practice and skill. On May 14, the school had its fifth annual showcase for dancers in their pre-professional program, called Next Generation.  Among these dancers were Newton South students Ethan Epstein, Bona Lee, and Isabella Auerbach. The show […]

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Teacher Band, Sleepyhead, Continues to Perform

May 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Siena Small Sometimes it’s easy to forget that teachers have lives outside of school; however, Sleepyhead, a band entirely composed of Newton teachers, is a strong reminder they do. The band, formed in the ‘90s, features South teachers Rachael McNally and Derek VanBeever, as well as Zervas teacher Chris O’Rourke. As McNally was going into her senior year of college, she passed a jazz band on the street with her family; soon […]

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Review: SouthStage, Theater Ink Take Modern Twist to Old Classic

May 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Karen Weinstock Almost 400 years after the play was written by Sir William Shakespeare, SouthStage and Theater Ink present a performance of “Much Ado About Nothing,” directed by Jen Lewis. The play takes a modern twist; this collaborative show was a fresh change to classic Shakespearean plays. The first thing I noticed when I walked into the theater was the small stage and the intimate surrounding audience. Audience seats climbed the walls […]

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‘This is a Musical About Zombies’ Comes To South Stage

May 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

  By Siena Small This is a Musical About Zombies (TIAMAZ), a musical written by Celina Siegel, will make its debut on Newton South Stage at the end of May. The musical is about a teenage protagonist who feels imprisoned by her small town, and who has only her sister for companionship.  As she begins to fall for the new boy at school, a zombie apocalypse begins; the musical encases the ideas of […]

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Review: Faculty Variety Show A Night of Remembrance

April 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Vanessa Chen The 9th annual faculty talent show, hosted by history teacher Jamie Rinaldi and English teacher Dave Weintraub on March 29, was a night that marked a new beginning for the South Community. 2014 has been a big year for South, and the transition was the main theme of the night. Four new teachers (history teacher Corey Davison, English teacher Beilin Ye, English teacher Mickeyl Lenzi, and English teacher Samuel Lee) […]