Fiddler on the Roof Debuts Tonight

April 23, 2015
Arnav Damodhar | Staff Writer
Fiddler on the Roof

Rather than fiddling away the past two months, the Mason High School drama club has been working hard on its latest production, Fiddler on the Roof. The play premieres tonight, Thursday, April 23, and according to Drama Club advisor Allen Young, it was specifically chosen because of its theme of cultural identity and its outstanding literary crafting.

“There are a lot of considerations that go into picking our season,” Young said. “The play is about tradition and pride in your culture. That is a theme for the ages. The play is exceptionally well written. You really can’t say that about a lot of musicals. A lot of musicals are thrown together. They might have good music or they might have good dancing, but Fiddler on the Roof really works together as a piece of literature and a piece of theater. There are great songs that everyone knows. That combined with the story, and the thematic materials really makes an exceptional show.”

According to senior Ryley Arnold, the play’s lead, Fiddler on the Roof is about a Jewish family living in Russia during the time of the Russian revolution. The play is about Tevye and how he adapts and evolves to the changing norms of his culture.

“I play Tevye,” Arnold said. “The play is about a man named Tevye living in an orthodox Jewish town in 1908. Tevye’s daughters are growing up and falling in love with a man. However, according to him, they aren’t going about it the right way. During the course of the play, Tevye has to deal with break(ing) traditions and how to evolve as a person beyond how he has been told to be and how he has told to feel.”

The audience, both young and old, can connect with this play, Arnold said.

“It’s the 50th anniversary of Fiddler,” Arnold said.  “I know that a lot of parents and grandparents, that have seen Fiddler before, are excited to see it.  For our generations, many teenagers can connect to the topic of social acceptance discussed in the play. “

According to senior and assistant director Katey Jo Henry, the cast has put much work and effort toward the production of the play, and it’s a very rewarding experience. There are even difficult dances and songs on which the cast has done a good job, Henry said.

“We have had rehearsal every day for the past two months,” Henry said.  “The cast has put in a lot of work with dancing, learning lines and singing. The dances are pretty strenuous for some of the guys. Our actors did a really good job modernizing the show. I enjoy being able to work really hard on something and watch it come together.”

 

 

 

Helping Hand

April 17, 2015
Arnav Damodhar | Staff Writer
Helping Hand

Sophomore Josh Suguitan volunteers in Over the Rhine to help the less fortunate.

Give and you shall receive.

Mason High School students are helping the less unfortunate by volunteering in homeless shelters and soup kitchens in Over the Rhine.

Sophomore Josh Suguitan has regularly been going with his father, a pastor at the Prince of Peace, to feed the homeless in downtown Cincinnati and better their lives by interacting and talking with them. According to Suguitan, helping those people has become part of his life.

“I grew up there doing volunteer work,” Suguitan said. “…We have church and we give them donuts, food, counseling. They become members and they come back every week.”

Apart from feeding the homeless, Suguitan also counsels children on making the right choices.

“I always try to influence them on their future lives,” Suguitan said. “There’s this one kid, and we always hang out. He runs up to me and has me carry him around and we go do activities.”

Junior Sean Reid said he volunteers with an organization that he created, called Service Workers Achieving Greatness or S.W.A.G., Reid said.

“We have done City Gospel Mission, which is an extremely humbling experience, where you can serve breakfast, lunch, or dinner,” Reid said. “The mission that they’re trying to complete is that they bring kids off the street, they have seminars, they have everything from food to church…They also have seminars that prepare people for jobs and give them clothes and interviews to get them involved.”

According to Reid, helping them also has had an impact on him.

“They just thank you so much for everything that you could do for them, because their situation hasn’t been so great,” Reid said. “But seeing that for me and them in that situation, being so thankful and so happy for everything, just gives me a totally different perspective on life.”

Volunteering and helping the homeless also changes perspective on life, Suguitan said. It really exposes him to the real world.

“(It) exposes me to a lot of things I don’t see in Mason,” Suguitan said. “It makes you humble and I complain less about my life, which is really easy, compared to those who can’t get off drugs, they’re going through challenges, and they’re just harsher lives out there and I think it’s good to see it up close and in person.”

Importance of High School Journalism

There is one organization in the entire Mason High School that has become my utmost priority. There is one organization that has shifted my focus. There is one organization that has become my life. The Chronicle.

Everyday, as the bell rings, I walk through the door of room C103. I feel privileged to be there. A lightening bolt of passion and dedication strikes me as I step foot into that room. I have emerged as a completely different person because of The Chronicle. Never have I ever, had such a boost in confidence. Coming out after conducting my first interview for a CSPN story, I will never forget that breath of relief. I will never forget the first time my name The Chronicle has exposed me to so much. I have interviewed a variety of different people from school officials, to project managers constructing new buildings, to high school students. I have been to a soup kitchen in Over the Rhine and have directly interacted with the homeless and the needy. I have grown so much because of our journalism program. A program, that not all are lucky enough to have.

In fact, due to the lack of funding, many high school newspapers are forced to fold. But I know the Chronicle will never have to face that day because, we have outstanding business managers like Emily and Ashton. Programs like the Chronicle and MBC are what connect the 3,600 students attending Mason High School. It gives students a  chance to voice their opinions through staff editorial and opinion columns. After looking at the latest issue of the Chronicle or the latest MBC broadcast, it creates a synergy between the audience. Like  Mr. Conner said, students are able to come together and talk about it and bond over it, creating a bridge between students. Through this, the journalism program has become and will remain an integral part of MHS culture.