The Other Side: The Stage Management Position from an Actor’s Perspective

By Kayla Martinez

Entertainment Editor

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My first Stage Management position was during In the Heights. From all that I learned, I’ll try my best to meld it all into a concise article, as much as a keyboard allows me to.

Aside from the presumptions of several interested audiences members, I did not direct this production. That would be far too much credit for me to take.

A Stage Manager, to put things plainly, runs a show after the artistic director has done his or her part. The Stage Manager stays throughout the duration of a production’s rehearsal process to study the movement and feel of it, working between the director and the cast to develop a solid list for the elements outside the acting, that make a show complete. This includes Sound and Light Cues, blackouts, transitions and curtain calls. Because the Stage Manager is the only one who knows specifically what the director’s vision translates to, his or her word goes to keep performances moving once the show gets there, and the artistic director is done.

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Seniors Make Last Minute Comeback To Win Powder Puff

By Khamaria Hillmon

Sports Editor

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The Logan class of 2016 defeated the class of 2017, 9-7, last Friday.

Henna Mohabbat of the seniors scored the first touchdown bringing them up 6-0. Soon after, the juniors scored, bringing them up 6-7.

The juniors offense mainly ran the ball, but once they decided to pass it, cornerback for the seniors, Khamaria Hillmon, almost intercepted it until a junior bumped into her, knocking it out of her hands.

There were also two controversies during the game between the teams, but eventually the refs and coaches went to end it.

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Weekly Reader: Hit

By Jovanna Brink

Courier Columnist

Hit by Delilah Dawson is unlike any other book I’ve read. It extremely shocking and raw.

The premise of this story is quite original. Patricia, Patsy for short, and her mother owe a lot of money to Valor National Bank, a company that has taken over and controlled all of the US. Many people owe debt to Valor, and there is a clause in their credit card application, that no one ever reads, that says if they sign up, it is legal to kill them if they owe money.

Patsy and her mom are faced with this issue, since Patsy’s mom is sick and has to pay many medical bills. Officials from Valor bank come to Patsy’s house and tell her that if she doesn’t go out and become an assassin for them, her and her mom will be killed. Patsy reluctantly joins to save her mom.

An assassin basically has to do exactly what the official did to Patsy and her mom. Patsy has to go to ten people’s houses, convince them to open the door and listen to her, and then give them the choice of becoming an assassin like she is or die. If they fight back or try to run away, she is obligated to shoot them. If she can finish her job in five days, her and her mother will be free from their debt.

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Donations Needed for Forensics Team

By Jovanna Brinck

Courier Columnist

The James Logan Forensics Team is one of the most notable activities we have here at Logan. They have competed and won in Speech and Debate competitions all over the nation. Mr. Lindsey, who founded the forensics team in 1984, has received many awards, including “National Forensics Coach of the Year,” during his time here at Logan.

However, despite all the glory with the James Logan Forensics team, they seem to be in a bit of trouble, financially, at the moment.

They started a fundraiser in January to help pay for tournaments and coaches, since they don’t receive funding from the district. As of now, they have only raised $3911 out of the $25000 they wish to raise. Although they only have 17 people who have donated to their fund, it seems like they are getting more donations as word spreads. They are still encouraging all students, parents and alumni to help support the program by donating.

If you would like to help donate to the forensics team, visit http://jamesloganforensics.com/donate.html.

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Promposal – April 28th, 2016

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Photo taken by Courier Staff Reporter Mica Ramos.

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Album Review: Views

By Jannet Rodriguez

Courier Columnist

drakeDrake, the Canadian rapper who has seemed to put “Toronto” to, “the Six” on the map has finally released his very hyped up album, Views. This album has been talked about ever since he dropped his mixtape, “If You’re reading This, It’s Too Late.”

The album starts off with the song, “Keep The Family Close”, this song speaks mostly about trust issues and how friends may betray you, but family is always there. This song has a very R&B vibe.

The song “Hype” has a similar flow to his songs “Back to Back” and “Summer Sixteen”. The song is about his riches and competition. It is a very trap like song.

Views also features his songs “One Dance” and the very popular “Hotline Bling”. One Dance has been all over the radio since it’s release because it is easily the most upbeat and fun song on this album.

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Forensics Team Places 6th At State

By Kirthana Iyer

Courier Staff Reporter

At the 2016 state championships for Speech and Debate, our school took around 40 competitors and left with 2 state championships, and a sweepstakes trophy for sixth place. Schools from all over the country know about our nationally ranked Speech and Debate team, but very few in our school know the power of room 408.

This year, the State Championship tournament was held in Mission College, Santa Clara. While walking through the halls, it was amazing to see the power of James Logan Forensics. As a competitor myself, walking into rounds and hearing people murmur my name because I was a Logan student felt weird. People who I had never met were talking about “those two Indian girls with the accents”, “the Memphis duo is so good”, or the greatest one “Oh no, Amish Project is in my round” and it shocked me about how outside 1800 H Street, the legacy of James Logan forensics lives on. Yet, in our own halls, many have forgotten it.

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Production Review: In The Heights

By Danielle Israde

Courier Staff Reporter

The 2008 Tony Award winning musical In The Heights was performed at James Logan High School Thursday April 21, Friday April 22, and Saturday April 23rd.

In the Heights is a musical centered on a Hispanic community based in New York City’s Washington Heights, and explores the lives of the people, their culture, and their dreams.

The first run of every show always has its flaws: but it’s the mistakes in which we learn from most that brings the next show one step closer to a perfect performance.

In the opening musical number called “In the Heights”, the actors were very hard to hear due to being overpowered by the band. This was a consistent problem throughout every musical number. A lot of the actors were stiff while dancing as well as the characters themselves since, some were meant to be portrayed more flamboyantly, but it did get better with time.

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Are The 2016 Primaries Starting To Wind Down?

By Zackary Nichols

Courier Staff Reporter

Note: An update with the latest primary results has been added to the end of this post.

After huge wins in the New York Primaries, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are looking towards the general election, but are the primaries over? Can Bernie Sanders stop Hillary? Can Ted Cruz or John Kasich derail the Trump Train?

Tonight we will see the results of five state primaries in Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut for both GOP and Democratic campaigns.

Underdogs on both sides have very similar goals. For Cruz and Kasich, they need to grab as many delegates as possible so that Trump doesn’t hit the magical number of 1237, which would secure him the nomination, and bring the party to contested convention in which the nominee would be selected by the Republican National Committee regardless of the current pledged delegates. Donald Trump currently has 845 delegates going into tonight’s primaries, Cruz has 559 and Kasich has 148.

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Weekly Reader: I Am Number Four

By Quentin Monasterial

Courier Staff Reporter/Columnist

Are you a fan of teenaged aliens who were sent here on Earth to hide from their rival species, of whom wiped out their entire population, and, upon realizing that the said species has followed them to Earth, are on the run for lives?

If you were a) able to follow that sentence and b) are intrigued by the scenario described in it, then you should consider picking up the book I Am Number Four, written by a man under the pen name of Pittacus Lore.

In the beginning of this novel, readers are introduced to a teenage boy who isn’t really a boy, because, by definition, to be a boy one must be a male human. Four (the 11 alien individuals sent to this planet have numbers as names) only satisfies half of this criteria; he descends from the planet Lorien.

Throughout the novel, readers follow Four as he and his guardian (each of the 11 Garde have a guardian) attempt to hide behind the facade of a normal life. Fortunately, the Lorien species anatomy and physiology are identical to that of a human’s, which is realistically unlikely. Unfortunately, however, the Mogadorians (their rival species) are still able to track them down regardless.

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