‘Sound of Music’ entertains audiences of all ages

Reviewed by Rachel Teseneer
Times-News correspondent 

   DURHAM — A story loved by every generation graced the stage of the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) April 20-22, 2018. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical, “The Sound of Music” entertained audiences of all ages with its lively cast of characters and timeless music.
“The Sound of Music” follows Maria, a young girl who leaves the comfort of the Abbey to become a governess for the von Trapp children in pre-World War II Austria. By introducing the children to music and spontaneity, Maria soon wins over their hearts, and the heart of their widowed father.
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Living, breathing canvas: Face painting is a unique art

By Nancy Drago
Times-News correspondent


Teens & 20s writer Nancy Drago, left, applies face paint to a customer at the Triad Polar Plunge on Feb. 24 at Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park in Greensboro. [Alexis Drago / Special to the Times-News

   There’s something special about a moving, breathing, living canvas.
At least that’s what I’ve found to be true through face painting and special effects makeup artistry.
My admiration of these arts began when I was 13. As a volunteer at the Original Hollywood Horror Show in Snow Camp, I worked on the makeup crew and would apply face paint to people waiting in line. Comic conventions, in promotion of the Horror Show, led to more face painting jobs. Through word-of-mouth, I’ve been able to do birthday parties, festivals and I volunteered at the Triad Polar Plunge on Feb 24 at Wet ‘N Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park in Greensboro.
I’ve also furthered my interest in painting on people through body painting.
Face painting requires quick thinking.
There are a lot of issues that come up that need to be solved in enough time to not bore or upset a customer. You can’t exactly mess around when you’ve got a paintbrush on someone else’s skin. It helps if you work well under pressure. It’s also important to be confident when face painting, and to go with any choice you make. One of the things that is so cool about it is that there are kids there that look up to you. I’m still getting used to that feeling.
Through face painting, I’ve encountered people of all ages and backgrounds — with their own stories and opinions. There are people who want little hearts in the corner of their cheek, and there are others who want full-faced zombies. Every person wants something different, which is what makes the job so exciting.
There are many environments in which I’ve had the opportunity to paint faces. Comic conventions are filled with people passionate about geek culture. The people there have art, collectibles and thousands of comics; the costumes are breathtaking. Fairs and festivals, on the other hand, are just as fascinating. Usually there are people selling things that they made. I rarely go to face paint at a fair and come home without something I have bought. Regardless of where I’m working, I’m met with so many new and fascinating faces.

Nancy Drago is a sophomore at Chapel Hill High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

Witty book would make the Bard proud

By Logan White
Times-News correspondent

    • “William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken”: by Ian Doescher. Quirk Books, copyright 2017. 165 pages. $14.95.
To BB–8 or not to BB–8? That is the question posed by author Ian Doescher in his latest installment of “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.”
Journey to a galaxy far, far away and a land long, long ago and join a cast of familiar characters and their adventures in “The Force Doth Awaken”.
An Elizabethan retelling of George Lucas’ modern space opera, “The Force Doth Awaken” recounts the events of the seventh installment of “Star Wars” with wit that would make the Bard proud. Follow a scavenger, a turncoat, a rebel and a host of conflicted characters as they act out a page-turning epic, translating the struggle between light and dark into lines of iambic pentameter. Witness the soul-searching soliloquies of the villainous Kylo Ren, the memory-lane monologues of Han Solo, and even editor’s translations of Chewbacca’s cries. As Rey and the Resistance struggle against the invasive military might of the First Order, will good prevail against evil? Will Rey and Finn discover their destiny? Or will the galaxy finally fall to the power of the Dark Side?
With classic lines like “some idle-headed moof-milker did place an ill compressor on th’ignition line!” and “Can we press on? My fur is getting chill’d!,” and beautiful, woodcut-style illustrations, “The Force Doth Awaken” earns a place on the bookshelves of science fiction fanatics and Shakespeare fans alike. It’s not the easiest read — this is Shakespeare, after all — but it is a fantastic introduction to the Bard for all ages. From soaring space adventure to the intimacy of an authentic Shakespearean script, “William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken” is a treat for fans of the screen and stage.

Logan A. White is a home-schooled high school senior and a Teens & 20s writer.

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