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Intensive training: Studio 1 camp concludes with performances of “Once on this Island”

The cast of Studio 1's "Performance Intensive Sr. Camp" pose for a recent photo. / Tami Kress, Special to the Times-News

By Abby Chester
Times-News correspondent

   This summer, young actors and actresses were been able to experience the world of acting through Studio 1’s summer camp, “Performance Intensive Sr. Camp.” Tami Kress, executive director of Studio 1, has led the two-week, intensive camp for ages 12 to 18 years old.
The campers have learned lines, dances, songs and blocking to bring their musical to life.
The chosen musical “Once On This Island” is a lively and tragic show with a Caribbean feel and lots of dancing. A mix between “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Little Mermaid,” it takes place on a tropical island where poor peasant girl Ti Moune falls for the handsome but rich Daniel Beauxhomme.
Their love is forbidden, because Daniel is not allowed to marry a peasant like Ti Moune. As for Ti Moune, her read more…

Conference offers glimpse of what journalists do

Caroline Carpenter / Times-News correspondent

   FAIRFAX, Va. — I was given the opportunity to attend the 2015 Washington Journalism and Media Conference from July 12-17 at George Mason University along with 270 other students from across the United States. This weeklong conference was a chance to encourage future generations of journalists through simulations, panels and speakers.
During this week, we had the opportunity to speak to past and present members in various fields of journalism such as politics, sports and entertainment. Notable figures included Michael Shear, the New York Times’ White House correspondent, Phil Murphy from ESPN and entertainment reporter and movie critic Kevin McCarthy. The latter was not able to attend the conference in person but made a personal Skype call to the entire group from Spain, where he was residing for an upcoming movie premiere.
We had the opportunity to meet with Carol Guzy, a four-time Pulitzer-prize-winning photojournalist who brought the entire room to tears with a video presentation of her work with Sierra Leone amputees and her work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina helping wounded and abandoned animals. She really pushed the importance of how read more…

Senior year a chance to experience ‘what’s next’

Caitlin Durham / Times-News correspondent

   The start of a new school year comes with a variety of mixed emotions that students have become so familiar with — excitement, dread, nervousness and even sadness with seeing the summer end. But with the start of senior year, these emotions take on totally different meanings.
Some students may be dreading this new year because it may be their last year of freedom as a kid. Or maybe this is a dreaded year because it brings about the question, “what’s next?”
Many students do not know what is in store for them after high school, so this last year may be the time needed to figure it out. No matter what is after high school, I am sure most students can agree that they are ready for it.
Senior year is something kids dream about and wish for all their lives. And for some lucky seniors, the excitement comes from getting late arrival or early release every day.
These are the days adults look back on as the best days of their lives; and this time is upon us. With the hectic schedules, college applications, and homework, I challenge all rising seniors to take time to sit back and enjoy the ride.

 Caitlin Durham is a rising senior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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