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Pete’s Dragon

by Hollie Alder

An old disney movie is becoming new – it’s Pete’s Dragon! On August, 12, 2016 the new film, Pete’s Dragon came out. Full of adventure, excitement, and thrills, Pete’s Dragon has it all.

“That’s the other thing about adventure you’ve got to be brave” Said by Pete’s father.

The original Pete’s dragon that came out in 1977, was full of singing and adventure. Some songs that where sung in the original are:

  1. “Candle in the water.”
  2. “You light up my life.”
  3. “Every little piece” and much more.

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Now Pete’s dragon is all new. Showcasing the bond Pete has with his dragon Elliot. They have grown up together and found there ways to live and provide. Grace comes and finds Pete and takes him home with her. Grace said “You don’t have to be alone”. He feels like he finally has another home. In the end he has to decide between saving his Elliot or letting him die.






Gene Wilder, Willy Wonka!

“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination, take a look and you’ll see into your imagination. We’ll begin with a spin traveling in the world of my creation, what we’ll see will defy explanation.” – Willy Wonka

Gene Wilder – we all know him as Willy Wonka. He created a room where everything inside is edible: the trees, floor, grass, and much more. The film was based on the books written by Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Charlie and the Glass Elevator.

“Whenever I watched Willy Wonka as a kid it made me crave chocolate.” -Amber Coleman

Unfortunately, Wilder passed away on August 29th, 2016. Rest in peace Gene Wilder.


Shakespeare’s Festival

Acting helps develop a student’s empathy – the ability to understand how others feel. This happens as the student retains how the character thinks and acts. Once they have this skill they better understand that people are going through things on the inside that they can’t see. Acting can teach a student to challenge his or herself by figuring out resolutions to the conflict. As they act, the student learns about the conflicts of the character, or the inner turmoil that the character is having. When they show that turmoil the actor has to find a way to resolve the issue at hand, it helps students learn about their own body language and how it affects what is going on around them. It is as if they are creating a character when they act like someone they aren’t. When looking at these benefits, it seems there are only positive things that can come from participating in the Shakespeare Festival this year.


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This year’s Shakespeare competition is only six weeks away and auditions are this week. The competition is based on three categories:

  1.  Ensemble – a group of musicians, actors or dancers who perform together
  2.  Monologues – a long speech by one actor in a play or movie, or as part of a theatrical or broadcast program.
  3. Scenes – a sequence of continuous action in a play, movie, opera, or book.

There are two different teams – the junior high team and high school team. All those who are trying out get a chance to head down to Cedar City and compete against other schools at the competition in October.


Tai competed in the Shakespeare competition last year. “The competition is exciting and people from all over come to compete in what they love to do – acting,” he said.

To audition, 7th- 12th graders must memorize a monologue to perform for Mrs. Holt and Maddie Beck, the teachers that are in charge of the Shakespeare competition this year.



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