December 2017 Trojan Tribune

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Deceber 21, 2017

Volume 3, Issue 4

Cambridge’s First Unified Bowling Team Goes To State By: MacKenzie Weaver The Cambridge Unified Bowling team had a great first year! They got second place the first meet they went to, where they bowled against Lexington and McCook. They also won their second meet, a triangular, against Grand Island and McCook. The team then traveled to Fremont and won. The bowlers then made their way to districts in Grand Island and ended up winning against the the team that won state last year.

Above: Front Row Left to Right: Kyle Borland, Tyler Borland, and Adam Wright Back Row Left to Right: John Hilker, Ryann Lewis, Kaelie Tomlin, and Cindy Borland. Left: John Hilker rolling his way to state bowling.

Elf Jr. Interview with director, Mrs. Sarah Witt Everyone who wanted some kind of speaking part was given something to say, maybe not exactly the How long was the process from part they were hoping for, but there start to finish directing this show? were parts for everyone who was We began working on the muwilling to have one. sical at the end of September and Was there any particular reason rehearsed during music class. We you chose this play specifically? were also preparing for our Vet The movie Elf has become a erans Day program, so we didn’t Christmas favorite over the last spend every day on the musical. few years. Most of the students Our performances were Dec. 2 and know the story and like the movie. 3. I wanted to choose a musical that How did you find the kids to have was familiar and light-hearted and to lead roles? Were auditions held the fact that it was about Christmas or did you already have an idea in made it great for this time of year. mind? What was the hardest part in the Once we had read through process of getting to the final the script and watched another show? school’s performance of Elf Jr. the There were a ton of little deMusical on YouTube, I held auditails that needed to be learned, like tions during class for the lead roles. what props needed to go where,

By Bria Tomlin

who should move what set pieces, what microphones to use and where to stand. Coordinating all those little parts meant time was needed in rehearsal to just talk about things. Talking about little details is not very exciting to middle school students, so there were some behavior management issues that came up. I also made the decision to require all the students to participate in the musical, no exceptions. Some students would not have chosen to do it, and therefore were not as motivated to sing. How was directing this musical different from directing the high school musical last year? Elf Jr. was the first time any of these students has been in a production this big. There is a lot

of basic theater vocabulary that needed to be explained and I also had to be very specific in my directions. High school students are more independent and able to react on their own more easily. I really enjoy working with both age levels. It’s exciting to see the talent emerge in the younger students, but it’s also exciting to bring out the talent in older students. What was your overall favorite part of doing Elf Jr.? Our Sunday performance was the perfect ending to the whole process. I was so proud of all the students. My favorite part was seeing everything come together and watching the happiness on the faces of the students who knew they had done a great job.