This Week in Arts- 12/5

Graphic by Melanie Egan

By Chloe Frantzis

Managing Editor of Arts

This Past Week:

Friday 12/2: This past Friday night, the much anticipated Hamilton Mixtape made its debut. The record included everything from songs than Miranda had to cut from the stage production to his show-stopping tunes done by other famous artists. For those who love Hamilton, this new album will not disappoint– it takes all of Hamilton’s original themes and goals, and takes them to a whole other level. Here’s just a few examples to get you hyped all over again: “Wait for It” is done beautifully by Usher, Jimmy Fallon does a hilarious version of “You’ll be Back”, and “Cabinet Battle #3”  –a song which Miranda had to cut– are all included in this masterpiece.

Friday 12/2: Children of the Candy Corn, Newton South’s improv troupe, had their first show of the year, entitled Your Ideal Man. The 90-minute show featured a wide variety of improvised humor, from a three-headed, question-answering Buddha to a fish-themed pawn shop to a swamp dating game. Though many of the people onstage were familiar faces, the obvious trust between new and old members made for a fantastic ensemble creation and left the audience thoroughly excited for the group’s next performance. You can watch the show here.

This Coming Week:

Monday 12/5: With cast lists officially announced over the weekend, South Stage’s winter season is finally beginning. Over the next few months students will work tirelessly to put on two productions: Commedia Dell’Arte, a devised production based on Renaissance physical comedy styles, and Rent, the 1996 rock opera about starving artists looking to beat AIDS and pursue their passions. Although it’s too late to audition, tech positions for both productions are still available. If you’re interested, speak to Ryan Spruck in the lab theater during the school day.

Wednesday 12/7: This Wednesday, NBC is continuing its streak of live TV musicals with a production of Hairspray. The musical, which follows teenager Tracy Turnblad as she dreams of becoming a star and deals with themes of acceptance and civil rights, will premier at 8 pm.