To Whom it May Concern is an original play written by the students of Estancia’s production drama. They performed on January 17 through the 19th at the Barbara Van Holt Theater located in Estancia’s High School. Estancia’s drama teacher Pauline Maranian and Carlo Odicino worked together to produce the show. The play is based off of 4 different scenes. Each scene covered a different situation based on students, families, children, parents and peers from Costa Mesa. These stories are based on real life scenarios presented by members of Estancia’s student body. Each of the four scenes covered topics such as anxiety, depression, immigration, finances and the common struggles that many of us share.
Under Pressure was about a Mexican household with two parents who came to the U.S. as immigrants with hopes to provide their children with a better lifestyle. The youngest child Jordan was the only child in the family with the a goal to go to college, however, his parents were not supportive of his decision. Like many immigrant families they wanted him to work to provide for the family.
Easy Street was about a family struggling financially. The father was unemployed with nothing to little luck with finding a job, a mother who worked day in and day out cleaning houses, and a daughter who wishes her family didn’t have to struggle anymore. The episode gave two different points of views of the story. One being the family that doesn’t have money, and another family that has more than enough money but are a broken family.
Being able to relate to these two episodes brought a mix of emotions. They were so relatable that it was as if I was seeing my family up on stage. My parents came to the U.S to give my siblings a better life than the one that they had. With me being the only girl in the household my dad was completely against me wanting to go to college just like Jordan’s family. Till this day I struggle with my parents being accepting of what I want to do with my future. Just like in Easy Street, my dad is unemployed and money plays a major role in my family. With my mom being our only source of income we struggle trying to keep everyone at home happy.
For To Whom it May Concern being my first ever play I am glad to say that I had a great experience. The play was well organized and the students were incredible with their acting skills. I was able to notice the amount of emotions put into each episode. The four stories show how regardless of one’s issue they are not alone. The play was written by the drama students and It was no surprise that all three shows were sold out.
Reporter: Gisselle Suarez
The House With Clocks in Its Walls (release date Sept. 21, 2018) Directed by: Eli Roth is an American film director, producer, writer and actor. He is more associated with the horror genre. Some movies he has directed are, ‘Inglourious Basterds”, “The Green Inferno”, “Hostel”, and“Knock Knock”. . .The House with Clocks in its Walls is based on a juvenile fiction book in 1973 by John Bellairs. The actors that star in this movie are Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Sunny Suljic and Kyle MacLachlan.
The House with Clocks in its Walls is a very magical, adventurous, comedy. The story follows a 10 year old boy named Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), who loses both of his parents has to go live with his uncle Jonathan (Jack Black). After witnessing abnormal activity around the house, Lewis eventually discovers that his uncle is a warlock.. Since Lewis doesn’t have many friends he calls on his uncle to bring to life a wizard who turns out to be evil. The remainder of the plot deals with Jonathan and Lewis stopping the trouble they brought. They have to stop the evil wizard and his wife before they change everything from the past.
I really enjoyed watching The House with Clocks in Its Walls because it was very entertaining. Some scenes of the movie were magical and the actors were very believable. In my opinion I think the actors did a spectacular job. I would rate this movie a B.
Reporter: Anahi Barcenas
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) was released August 17, 2018 to theaters nationwide based on the book called Crazy Rich Asians by. This movie was directed by Jon M. Chu, an American director and has also directed many other famous movies like Step up 2, Now You See Me 2, and Justin Bieber’s Believe. Crazy Rich Asians is the first American film with an all Japanese cast.
The movie stars Constance Wu as Rachel Chu and Henry Golding as Nick Young in the roles of lead characters. While Wu has appeared in over 20 movies it is the first for Golding. This story is about Rachel (Wu) as she accompanies her long term boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding) to Singapore for his best friend's wedding. Rachel is excited to go to Asia for the first time but is nervous to meet Nick’s family after she finds out he's a millionaire. Being Nick Young's girlfriend, Rachel deals with jealous socialites and worse, Nick's own disapproving mother.
Going into this movie I didn’t really think i was going to like it. I usually don't like watching movies because I get bored quickly or distracted . Throughout the movie I did laugh quite a lot as it was funnier than I expected. At times it did get a bit boring but was enjoyable because of the slow development of the plot. The actors portrayed believable characters, however, think I would have liked to stay home and watch it on tv rather than paying to see it in the theater. I would give this movie a B, because it didn't meet my expectations, but it did make me laugh.
Reporter: Natalie Garcia
Halloween, Its been some time since Michael Myers has been on a killing spree. Laurie Strode(Jamie Lee Curtis) and her daughter Karen Strode(Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson(Andi Matichak) try to survive Halloween night in Haddonfield, Illinois with Michael Myers(James Jude Courtney) running around killing people once again. This mystery slasher film really gets the attention of the viewers right away. When John Carpenter’s Halloween theme song plays at the start of the movie you know, Michael Myers is back. After 40 years of being locked up in a mental institution Michael Myers finally escapes and is wanting to get vengeance for being locked up. The actor who played Michael Myers(James Jude Courtney) couldn't have played his role any better. He said “There’s a stealth efficiency to the way an actual trained killer works”. He once lived with a hitman who actually showed him how a killer doesn't waste time killing their victim. Michael Myers goes after the friends of Allyson sort of reminding the viewers how 40 years ago he did the same with Laurie and her friends. Later in the story Laurie Strode is put face to face with Myers and they fight it out until she finally traps him with the help of her daughter Karen and her granddaughter Allyson. Overall, I would rate this movie a B+ because it delivered the suspense and the gore but I feel like towards the end they could've added just a bit more to the struggle between Michael and Strode. If you’re a die hard slasher fan I would recommend you watch it because you’ll definitely enjoy it.
Reporter: Brian Luna
Costa Mesa held its 4th annual art event, ARTventure filled with art, live music, and refreshments to celebrate the talents of local artists with an opening reception and awards presentation. The event is an family-friendly day full of live art entertainment, including musical, theatrical, literary, culinary, and hands on demonstrations. This ARTventure was held on October 5th and 6th, 2018, at the Reneé and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, by the Costa Mesa Cultural Art Committee highlighting Costa Mesa’s “City of Arts” motto.
The work of visual artists was displayed in various ways from paintings to drawings to photographs to sculptures. Over 100 different artists were featured at the event, along with young aspiring artists. Students from Costa Mesa High School shared their creations of clay plates, bowls, cups, etc. for sale, along with student demonstrations of how to use pottery wheels. Patrons enjoyed the art comparing various works to see which was their favorite out of hundreds of masterpieces.
There were relatively more adults than children along with some teenage volunteers helping out with exhibits. Live string music played while children and adults participated in making paper activities, painting, art, and crafts.
Art enthusiasts in Costa Mesa enjoyed a perfect chance to view local talented work while introducing their kids to appreciate creativity through art as many aspiring artists thrived on admiration.
Reporter: Guadalupe Olivares-Mendoza
Checking the weather is essential to planning your trip to Knott’s Scary Farm. A person can love the rain as well as Knott’s Scary Farm. That being said a rainy night at Knott’s Scary Farm is the worst.
Scary Farm is an annual Halloween-themed event of Knott’s Berry Farm from September 20 to October 31. From my past experience, the first thing to notice walking in, is a scary man sliding around on the floor in knee pads at the gate. On a rainy night, walking in is lame and boring because there’s a crowd of angry people trying to get refunds at the Information building. Note: there are no refunds.The rides will not be running in caution of a lighting strike. To be there unwillingly is no problem, there is nothing to be afraid of because the rain scares the monsters away. There are little to no monsters out on a rainy night compared to a regular night. This leaves the mazes and the arcade games they have as the only things to do. At least an hour wait is the average amount of time the lines are in the rain. No jacket?, When it begins to rain they sell rain ponchos for only $3. A normal night consist of high levels of suspense and terror as a variety of scary characters roam the park throughout the night. Lines are also shorter on normal nights because the rides are open as well as the mazes. In the rain, I rate the experience a 6/10. The rain absolutely robs the experience of ‘Scary Farm’. A rating of 9/10 would be a normal night full of excitement. Tickets range from $44 to $60 depending on whether you go on the weekend or weekday. It starts at 7pm to 1am, or 2am if it’s the weekend.
Reporter: Makai Walker
Beyoncé and Jay-Z started up their second tour OTR II (On The Run II). Their tour began June 6, 2018 at Cardiff, UK then brought their act to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on the 22nd and 23rd of September. Their stage took up half of the field and the audiences seats were filled with very little space to move.
Opening the show the sister act Chloe and Halle Bailey, upcoming singers and actresses on the spin-off show Grown-ish performed songs from their recent album The Kids Are Alright. The Bailey sisters got their start on Radio Disney’s NBT (Next Big Thing) TV show and since then have starred in movies separately and together such as the Disney movie Let it Shine. The Bailey Sisters were not the only artists to perform before the main act.
After Chloe and Halle left the stage a video appeared on the backdrop, slightly after the video ended DJ Khaled appeared on stage riding a scooter. Khaled then played his own music while debuting some more cameos such as Tyga, Flip Dinero, YG, Ella Mai, Tank, and Fat Joe who each performed one or two of their songs.. After the cameos another video appeared on the backdrop chronicling Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s romance/marriage and debuted their Gangster and the Queen storyline. They both performed a good amount of their own songs while still performing together, they performed for about 4 hours and yet the only early 2000’s song that Beyoncé performed was Resentment from her B’Day album. There were many costume changes and one of the back up dancers took a dance solo. The OTR II tour ended on October 4 in Seattle, Washington. The concert was an all around success with high energy and an event I suggest experiencing.
Reporter: Nessa Osso
“Get to the choppers!” Pred4tor (2018) Takes place in the streets of suburbia this time, an undoubtedly unique young boy named Rory McKenna (Jacob Tremblay) accidentally triggers the return of one of the most lethal species in the universe. In this surprisingly comedic film, ex-soldier Quinn Mckenna (Boyd Holbrook) and his team take on this new genetically modified hunter along with the bothersome government agent Traeger (Sterling K. Brown).
This film had great timing with its comedy hitting viewers when the tension was high but without overdoing it. As a person who enjoys the classics, this film would be appealing to those who enjoy the action and amazing special effects. One cool thing worth noting is how a few of the lines included in the film, referred to other scenes in previous films in the Predator series. Although this film had its hilarious moments, the majority of the plot was absolutely horrible. The original objective(revealed later in the film) of the Predator has almost no relation to the dramatic events that play out in the first half of the movie. A disappointment was that the movie was not scary, a few jumpscares would not have been a bad thing. Included in the cast are Olivia Munn (Casey Bracket), Trevante Rhodes (Nebraska Williams), Keegan-Michael Key (Coyle), Thomas Jane (Baxley), Alfie Allen(Lynch), and August Aguilera (Nettles). Although the movie was funny and action-packed, I believe that the plot earned the film a C+ for previously stated reasons.
Reporter: Makai Walker