“Fiddler on the Roof” Exceeds Expectations

by Isabella Pilot ’18 The fall musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” opened last Friday night. Pulling off a successful rendition of this famed musical is no small feat, but C.A.S.T. exceeded expectations with strong male and female leads as well as a great, full sound from the pit band. The story centers around a small Jewish town in Imperial Russia, … Read More

“Dear Evan Hansen” Is Broadway’s Newest Game-Changer

by Sarah Nove (‘20) After the unprecedented success of “Hamilton,” many doubted that any show would be able to rival its popularity. Though no production since has garnered the same mass following, “Dear Evan Hansen” has come close. The show, which took home six Tony Awards in 2017 including Best New Musical, regularly performs for sold-out audiences filled with devoted … Read More

Former Student Publishes Second Poetry Book

by Danielle Katz ’18 As seniors agonize about what college to attend, what to major in, and what to do for a living, very few, if any, plan on pursuing poetry. Sherwood alumna Marlena Chertock released her second published poetry collection, “crumb-sized,” after graduating from University of Maryland in 2013 with a journalism major, creative writing minor, and Jiménez-Porter Writers’ … Read More

Professional Theatre Now More Accessible to Teens

by Natalie Murray ’18 When examining the demographics of past Broadway audiences, it’s fairly obvious that most theatregoers are middle aged and older – teens and young adults in attendance are very few, mainly due to the lack of musicals that catered to a younger audience. However, more and more musicals, like “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Heathers,” and “Be More Chill” … Read More

‘It’ Is Hilarious Yet Haunting

by Owen Steffan ’18 From children joking one minute to a horrifying killer clown scaring audiences the next, “It” succeeds with its seamless blend of humor and terror. Based on the critically acclaimed 1986 Stephen King novel of the same title, this highly anticipated R-rated horror film takes place in the 1980s in the fictional town of Derry, Maine. After … Read More

‘Stronger’ Tells a Story About a Real-Life Hero

by Isabella Pilot ’18 “Stronger,” the real-life drama based on Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, opens with a scene of Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal) taking out the trash at Costco, where he works as a deli clerk. He returns to the deli, mistakenly burns himself on the rotisserie chicken oven, and then convinces his boss to let him off early … Read More

It: A Hilarious Yet Haunting Experience

By Owen Steffan ’18 From children cracking jokes one minute to scaring audiences with a killer clown the next, “It” finds success with its seamless blend of humor and terror. Based on the critically acclaimed 1986 Stephen King novel of the same title, this highly anticipated R-rated horror film takes place in the 1980s in the fictional town of Derry, … Read More

Guardians Vol. 2 Is an Empowering CGI Masterpiece

by Lucy Kuchma ‘18 From the kick-butt soundtrack to its incredible CGI, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”(GOTG2) measures up, technically speaking, to its predecessor. Although the gang consists of superheroes, the film touches on many emotional complexities such as romantic longing and the importance of family. The story follows the same group of galactic warriors including Peter Quill (Chris … Read More

Logic Album Draws Attention to Issues of Racial Tension and Bias

by Alex Nnabue ‘18 Logic, rapper and Montgomery County native, released his third studio album “Everybody” on May 5. The album is centered around strong political and social messages as Logic raps about his upbringing in Gaithersburg, systematic inequality, racism, and mental health. Following the format of Logic’s previous projects, “Everybody” includes a storyline with skits embedded in select songs. … Read More