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The Other Leading Lady Learning to share a role had its rewards. Kaitlyn Pettinato '11, and Hannah Richard '11 both played the role of Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera. The girls rehearsed together and on their off nights, they sat in the audience and took notes to share with each other to help improve each other's performances. Both girls had classical training in opera, and their strong performances guaranteed a great show whichever night one attended. Photos: Windborne Studios.

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Top Right: Floating across the stage in a dense fog in a motorized boat, John Oakley '11 and Katie McCall '12 were both leads in the spring musical. John played the Phantom and Katie played Christine, the woman who the Phantom pursues from under the opera house. Photo: S. Dillon Right: Dancing during the masquerade scene of the musical, the entire cast appears on stage. Megan Kiehle '13 and Aaron Mahoney '13 had to pose before the curtain closed in front of the rest of the performers. “It taught me how to hold myself accountable, because if I didn't know the music or the moves, I would drop the ball for the whole production.” Aaron said. Photo: S. Dillon Middle Left: Sharing the spotlight together, Eric Fegan '12, who played Raul, comforts Christine, played by Mary Gardner '12, before she leaves for the cemetery. Photo: S. Dillon Bottom: Chorus members Camy Hanna '12, Susanna Oakely '13, and Sara Meed '12, Emily Keen '11, Liz Palison '11, and Nicole, watch on as Katelyn Pettinato '11, Katie McCall '12, and Amy Dixon '11 sing during the IL Muto scene. “I have been singing my whole life,” Katelyn said. She had been in choir since first grade. “I did not know I was going to get a lead, but I was really hoping for one. When I saw the casting list, my stomach and jaw just dropped when I saw I got a leading role,” Katelyn said. And a leading role in the most famous Broadway musical ever made meant she had to be perfect in that role. She put in plenty of work to make sure our production of Phantom of the Opera was one of the best musicals our school had ever produced. “Musical is the most intense, exhausting and most rewarding experience anyone could ever be involved in,” she said. Photo: Steven Dillon

Singing In The Spotlight For a Fine Balancing Act

Being a junior was hard enough, but adding the pressure of being a lead in one of the biggest performances in our school's history added a bit of pressure. With ACTs, homework, work, and balancing a social life, being in the musical was a tough job to add on to an already busy schedule. Katie McCall ‘12, took on one of the biggest roles in the theater performance of Phantom of the Opera. “It was really cool,” Katie said. “I wasn't expecting to get a lead. I wasn't even planning on trying out for one. I’m glad I decided to though.” Katie was so shocked, she didn't even believe she had made it into the cast, much less the lead of playing

Christine. “I walked into school and saw my name on the list and thought that someone had typed it and put it up as a joke.” Phantom of the Opera was the longest standing Broadway musical in history. Our music department took this seriously and put in an amazing amount of work to bring it to the stage in a way that would make Andrew Lloyd Weber proud. Mr. Larimer, the choir director, even brought in Franco D'Ambrosio, the actor who played the Phantom in over 2,600 productions for a workshop to help train our cast. Spring is the busiest time of the year, especially for juniors, who are preparing for ACTs and college visits.

However, Katie knew she could do it. “I spent a lot of time memorizing my script,” Katie said. “I watched YouTube videos to see what people on Broadway did.” Katie did learn to balance all of her responsibilities and pulled off a great performance. “I guess it made me appreciate other people's hard work,” Katie said. “We all had to pull through for each other to make the show good in a short amount of time.” The hard work paid off in the end. Phantom of the Opera was a huge hit, and was so popular that we ran an extra nine sold out shows so everyone could see it. By B. Stepka and K. Fay. Photos: Steven Dillon at Windborne

The Men Take the Lead Before the chandelier dropped, the boys took to the stage to make Phantom memorable Zeky Nadji '12, performs in The Phantom of The Opera as one of the Opera House owner and manager. Joesph Kiessling '13 as Firman and Sean Brown '11 as Andre also had key roles of the owners and managers. “Seeing that it was my first year as a lead, I wanted to try and do my best and have as much as fun as I Sean Brown '12 playing the role of Andre. could,“ Sean said. “I had fun doing all the extra shows, and I really enjoyed being on stage. I really enjoyed performing in the show. It made me a more confident performer.” Spring Musical 21

“My favorite memory from musical was meeting my girlfriend Macy.”

Pumped Up Kids Getting wild and crazy

“Being apart of the bucket brigade is fun and I enjoy getting pumped up and wild at games.” - Cameron Seeley '12

Maxwell Jenner '13

“I love getting wild and crazy at games.” Max said. “The basketball games are my favorite because you are all compacted in to one room.” Photo: K. Fay


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The Bleacher Creatures made cheering from the stands not only cool, but also very colorful. Alumni Chase O' Black brought the Bleacher Creatures to life in 2008, and that same year the Bucket Brigade started chanting along side them while banging on large, plastic paint buckets. Both groups had the same agenda: to keep the crowd pumped up to cheer on their favorite Titan team. “It keeps getting wilder every year,” Bleacher Creature and Senior Class Council President and Senate Governor Joey Vanderbosch '12, said. The Bucket Brigade took some time off from appearing at sporting events, but Cameron Seeley '12, fired up the group last year when he was a junior. “Being apart of the Bucket Brigade is fun,” Cameron said. “I enjoy pumping up the crowed and getting wild at the games with friends.” Cameron led the Bucket Brigade and Bleacher Creatures at one of our biggest athletic events, the night we defeated our across town rivals, Central High School, 41-31 at Thirlby Field. The Creatures never wavered in their loud dedication to the football team that night. “I love how they get everyone involved and pumped at the game,”

Elle Rivard '12

“Being a bleacher creature makes me feel like I'm contributing to my school's spirit.” Photo: B. Stepka

football fan Molly Davis '13, said. This year the Student Senate worked with the Bleacher Creatures to even the playing field, not just for games, but for equality amongst the boys' and girls' sporting events. They were dedicated to not only making it to the bigger, more well-known games, but also to the smaller sporting events that were sometimes less attended. They made it cool to dress up for the girls' basketball and volleyball games, and fans took notice so more games were attended. “We always have a great turn out for the fall and winter seasons of guys sports and we were hoping to do the same for the girls,” Junior Senate member Monica Hessler '13, said. “The girls put as much work and heart into their games so why not have a student section to keep them pumped up.” Emotions tend to run high in any fast paced sport, but nothing pulls a team together more than knowing that the fans are there to support the players to a win. Our athletes came to rely on their own cheering section to keep them focused on winning the game. “I like them being there because it makes me feel important and powerful out on the court,” Katie Placek '15, said. “It gives me inspiration to play and do my best.” By H. Thomack & M. Gauld

EmilyLambert '12

“Being a part of color guard and cheering from the stands is like being a part of a big family.” Photo K. fay

Jessica Stevenson '12 “My favorite part of being a bleacher creature is dressing up and going wild with my friends.” Photo K. fay

Body Art

Spelling out school SPIRIT

“Making new chants and doing random things like the 'Tim Tebow' dance is the best part of being a Bleacher Creature.” Photo K. Fay

Eryl Masters '12

“My favorite part about being a bleacher creature is going crazy and the quality time you spend screaming with your sweaty stinky friends.” Photo: B.Stepka


Ben Greenman '12

Meet the Creatures

Top: Hannah Polhman '12, goes wild and crazy at a home football game. “I actually like watching the games, but I also enjoy going crazy and I don't get embarrassed at all,” she said. Photo: M. Gauld Bottom: Payden Myers '13, put his game face on and was ready to win. “Being able to express yourself and making new cheers is a great atmosphere to be in while keeping our team energized,” he said. Photo: H. Thomack Main: Charlie Pacer '12, has his noise maker in hand to cheer on the football team to victory. “Being apart of Bleacher Creatures is like being a part of a huge family. We get buck wild and it's absolutely amazing.” Photo: H. Thomack

Bleacher Creatures often painted their bodies to spell out our school's team spirit. Fans even stood out in freezing temperatures and rain, skin exposed, to show off their body art messages to cheer on our teams. Top: For the Homecoming game Aaron Bur '14, Shale Nowland '14, Brad Norton '14, Nick Kurtz '14, Charles Vanderklipp '14, Chad Kendziorski '14 decided at the last minuet to paint there bodies for the game. “Even though we didn't win, we helped pump up the crowd,” Charles said. Their loud and outgoing personalities helped them not be self conscious, and cheer on the team. “We're only in high school once, so we all decided to out-do ourself and make it count.” Chad said. Middle & Bottom: At the big West vs. Central hockey game, Charlie Pacer '12, Max Verellen '12 , Jonah Lausrsen '12, and Levi Gourdie '12, planned to meet up in the lobby to paint themselves before the game to cheer on their friends. “This game was the best of the year, and I really enjoyed leading the student section.” Charlie said. They painted “Fedo” on their bodies to cheer on their good friend Jason Fedorinchik '12. Jason's grandpa found them at the game and thanked them for cheering on his grandson. I Cheer From the Stands 109

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