There’s something wonderful about ‘Mean Girls’

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent 
   For many young people, the response to bullies and “mean girls” is to dehumanize them and see them as nothing more than plastic.
   This is what the musical “Mean Girls” at the Durham Performing Arts Center is all about. Based on the beloved 2004 movie, this production brings the story alive with energetic pop-style numbers, all while keeping in all the characters and lines we love to quote.
   The show follows former Kenya-dwelling homeschooler Cady Heron (Danielle Wade) finding where she belongs in the public high school scene. She meets loveable duo Janis (English Bernhardt) and Damian (Eric Htuffman), but also gets sucked into the world of the “Plastics”- Regina (Mariah Rose Faith), Gretchen (Megan Masako Haley), and Karen (Olivia Renteria). Throughout the story, Cady goes on a journey of self-growth, as well as learning lessons about friendship and being yourself along the way.

Poll question: Describe your ideal Valentine’s Day

By Emily Clark
Times-News correspondent
   Teens & 20s asked teens and twenty-somethings to describe their ideal Valentine‘s Day.
   “Actually having a girlfriend to spend the day with.” — Hunter Orel, senior at Burlington Christian Academy
   “To me, a perfect Valentine’s Day is spent in front of the fire while watching movies, playing chess and eating Chili’s lava cakes.” — Karissa Teer, 19, of Burlington
    “To me, Valentine’s Day is too commercialized. It’s exaggerated and honestly offensive to me as a woman. I don’t need a man to buy me flowers and chocolates and gushy cards, I can buy that for myself. If I were to celebrate Valentine’s Day, it would be to celebrate important women in my life.” — Kaleigh Farrell, senior at Burlington Christian Academy
    “I want a chill Valentine’s Day. Takeout at home, a movie and a warm blanket.” — Ragan Parker, senior at Burlington Christian Academy
   “I like a chill Valentine’s Day, like cooking at home with my dog and watching a movie in pjs, with chocolate.” — Carly West, senior at Burlington Christian Academy
Emily Clark is a senior at Burlington Christian Academy and a Teens & 20s writer. 

Things To Do (week of Feb. 10, 2020)

• Paramount Acting Company presents “Driving Miss Daisy”: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. Tickets are $11 to $16 and can be purchased at etix.com, www.burlingtonnc.gov/paramount and by calling 800-514-3849 or visiting the box office between noon and 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and one hour prior to showtime.
• The International Championship of High School A Cappella 2020 Tournament South Quarterfinal: 7 p.m. Saturday, Western Alamance High School, 1731 Hwy. 87 North, Elon. Western Alamance High School Chorus will serve as host for the event. $15 for both adults and students; tickets can be purchased at www.varsityvocals.com/events.
• Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival: 8 p.m. Sunday, Greensboro Coliseum. $59 to $125; tickets available through Ticketmaster.

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