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Page 10: The Sheridan Sun, Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lifestyle

There’s always an app for that Jessica Vallee Lifestyle

Scott Meiklejohn Greg Andrews, right, rehearses with a group of first year students for Glee: Live.

First-year singers ready to get Glee-ful Glee: Live trades McKinley High for Macdonald-Heaslip Hall Theatre at Trafalgar Campus Scott Meiklejohn Sheridan Arts

They’re Sheridan’s best-kept secret. You’ve no doubt heard them on campus. Their voices echoing up from the basement in G Wing. Harmonizing while they walk by in the halls. Now’s your chance to truly see them perform. Glee: Live will debut April 27-28 at the Trafalgar Campus in Macdonald-Heaslip Hall Theatre. Made up of 42 first-year Music Theatre Performance students, the show will make Glee come to life. Songs from the show, dancing, costumes, live music and our very own students will lead the charge. At the helm of the show is Greg Andrews, the head of music discipline for the Music Theatre Performance program. His passion and enthusiasm for the project is infectious. Andrews smiles and sings along at times during rehearsal, which does conjure images of Will Schuester

from the TV show. The aim of the show is simple and one Andrews first brought to life last year. “Give first year students the opportunity to perform in an authentic performance with a live band, an opportunity that they don’t get too often in first year.” Andrews has played many roles to get the project off the ground. He wrote the show, arranged the music, directs and produces it and will even play bass in the live band. “I love doing it,” said Andrews, “They’re all so positive and work so hard, they’re so talented. It’s really wonderful.” The show itself includes everything from Glee you could want: vintage classics like Journey and The Rolling Stones, and current hits from Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Auditions took place in January, when first-years tried out for the lead roles and Andrews began the tough task of casting the show. Each song has about 18-20 back-up sing-

ers and has been keyed specifically to fit the performer’s range. To say meticulous detail has been put into the show would be an understatement. Andrews carries around a five-inch thick white binder filled with papers consisting of lyrics, musical arrangements, notes and everything else for the show. “It’s a labour of love and it’s a lot of labour.” The performance will be one-of-a-kind, said Andrews “It’s that close to being on the cutting edge. Everything’s been recreated from scratch.” He would know; he’s the one who had to find all the music, arrange it to replicate what the show has done, and then tweak it for a live performance. No easy task, but Andrews is positive all the while. “It’s a great group, well-received, performed really well.” Tickets will be $20 and sold at the Theatre Sheridan box office on Trafalgar Campus.

Apple products seem to be the way of the future with its unibody enclosures, helpful customer service, touch screens, and an extensive online store full of applications that can help make your life easier or even harder to focus on. Let’s face it, Apple products are becoming more popular than sliced bread. The App Store has more than 100,000 applications, this means there is a good chance there is something for everybody. It is a plethora of games, such as Angry Birds and Paper Toss, which also includes helpful applications like Skype and Yellowpages. The top free iPhone apps in Canada, according to Apple, are Ragdoll Blaster 2, Bubble Shooter Free, StickWars, VLC Media Player, Texas Poker, Toyshop Adventures and NudeRunner-Girl Edition. Plenty of time wasters for any bored college student. According to Time.com, Netflix was the top app in 2010. This free app lets users stream movies or television shows right to their iPhone with a monthly subscription starting at just $8.99. If you are lucky enough to own an iPad, Netflix is available for it too, and is popular because of the iPad’s bigger screen. Looking for the nearest McDonalds, Tim Hortons, Best Buy, or movie theatre? The App Store has countless free locator apps for just about anything. The iPhone uses your current location to find the nearest establishment. Instagram is a free app that lets users add fun, vintage filters to their photos and share the photos on their website of choice (Flickr, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter). Users can also attach location info to their photos, as well as letting the user follow friends who are signed up to the Instagram network. The free GO Transit app is a user friendly and quick way to find GO train schedules, routes and delays. Users can even check live GO Transit tweets within the app to find out if their train is delayed and why. In the last few years more companies have started to make certified apps, and users young and old have been finding them very useful. This is why the iPhone is and will continue to be one of the most popular smart phones in Canada.


Glee: Live Advance - The Sheridan Sun