Category Archives: Opinion

‘Cats’ creates wondrous, whimsical experience

By Logan A. White Times-News correspondent  DURHAM — Journey to the junkyard and witness a monumental night in the mysterious, magical lives of a feline tribe. “Cats” will be performed today through Sunday at Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), 123 Vivian St. Based on the winding, whimsical poems of T. S. Eliot, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s [...]

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Love of dance: Dancer reflects on years with BADA

By Hannah Blalock Special to the Times-News My senior year has been a year of reflection. I have thought a lot about the people and places who have shaped me into the woman that I am. Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts (BADA) is a place that comes to mind immediately. Throughout my 16 years [...]

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Math is everywhere: It can lead to some thrilling jobs, too

By Logan A. White Times-News correspondent  Editor’s note: Majors Unmasked is a monthly series exploring some of the most fascinating career paths that stem from common college majors. Graduation time is here. Some of your biggest collegiate choices are just around the corner. Do the many majors have you overwhelmed? May’s featured major is mathematics [...]

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Adulting 101: Not all relationships are meant to last

By Sydney Horton Times-News correspondent  A crucial part of getting older is learning to let go. Letting go can be one of the most relieving, yet stressful things you can do as an adult. When do you know it’s time to let go? Whenever you feel burdened by being around a certain person, it may [...]

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Navigating the college application process

By Jakob S. Miller Times-News correspondent    Navigating the college application process doesn’t have to be a daunting task. It’s a good idea to make a list of the colleges that interest you — starting with your dream college. Here are a few tips to help you through it: • Take both the SAT and [...]

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More than acting: ‘Shrek Jr.’ role has taught determination, confidence

By Will Self Special to the Times-News    When Bethany Baker, drama teacher at The Burlington School, asked if I was interested in the role of Lord Farquaad in “Shrek, The Musical Jr.,” I was surprised, and a little bit confused. I’d never had a big part before, so the first thing that went through [...]

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Bridging the gap: Three reasons you should take a gap year

By Logan A. White Times-News correspondent     The gap year — a year of discovery or a year of disuse? Taking time off between completing high school and beginning college is a notion that’s becoming more appealing to students in the United States, but remains a misconception to most. With the popularity of gap years [...]

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‘Anastasia’ is memorable & inspiring

By Hollyann Gardner Times-News correspondent    DURHAM — The national touring production of “Anastasia” at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is a stunning show that will be beloved by audiences. With talented actors coupled with gorgeous sets and costumes, this is a production that you cannot miss. Lila Coogan plays leading lady Anya, a [...]

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‘Anastasia’ comes to DPAC

By Hollyann Gardner Times-News correspondent    DURHAM — The beloved musical “Anastasia” is coming to Durham Performing Arts Center next week. The story is based on the 1997 animated film of the same name. Lila Coogan plays determined leading lady, Anya. “I have always loved the movie,” Coogan said in a recent phone interview. “It [...]

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‘The Lightning Thief’ comes to DPAC

By Hollyann Gardner Times-News correspondent     ”The Lightning Thief,” a musical based on the novel by Rick Riordan, will be performed this week at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham. Sarah Beth Pfeifer plays rough-and-tough female fighter Clarisse, as well as eight other characters including Katie Gardner, Mrs. Dodds, and even a squirrel. “The [...]

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