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A Night Filled with Entertainment: Cabaret Night

Friends of Nutley Singers, better known as FONS, held its annual Cabaret Night on January 11, 2020, in the Nutley High School Gym. This event was run by Mrs. Polynice, Mr. Gurrieri, Mr. Gaines, Ms. Alamo, Ms. Milner, and Mrs. Moscaritola, as well as Rebecca Vigna, a NHS 2019 graduate. Together, the teachers and students involved were able to raise money for the Nutley Public School District’s choir and theatre programs. Students in grades 7 through 12 auditioned to be in the show in November and began rehearsing in December and January. 

 

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Prince Harry and Meghan's Decision To "Step Back"

Big news came out of the United Kingdom at the start of 2020. Prince Harry, who is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana and brother of Prince William, and his wife Meghan Markle have decided to take a step back from royal life. According to a statement released, Queen Elizabeth said, “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.

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SAG Awards: A Night to Remember

On January 19, 2020, the 26th annual Screen Actor Guild Awards were held in Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium and were presented by SAG-AFSTRA. The awards aired on TBS and TNT. There were 65 nominees, but only 13 awards were distributed throughout the night to honor outstanding performances of the year in film and television. Each category focused on either individual performances or the work of the entire ensemble of a drama or comedy series or a major motion picture.

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Spotlight Shines on the Cherry Blossom Players

The Cherry Blossom Players (CBP), formerly known as "Belleville's own community theatre group," was created when the basement of Christ Episcopal Church in Belleville flooded. Thousands of dollars worth of equipment was destroyed. According to their Facebook page, a musical revue was to be performed as a fundraiser for the church, raising $1,200 after one night alone. The group was given the name of CBP in 2006 after the trees in Branchbrook Park, since Belleville is the cherry blossom capital of the country.

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NHS to Perform Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages is Nutley High School’s spring show for 2020. It will be directed by Mr. Michael Gurrieri. It is based off of a musical by Chris D’Arienzo. The show is scheduled to premiere next spring. The musical it is based on has been running for 14 years and has a film adaptation that was released in 2012. It has gained much praise throughout its run.

 

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Disney+ Hype

Disney+, similar to Netflix and Hulu, is a platform that streams Disney movies, and shows, and it’s getting many people excited. Disney+ contains many cartoons, movies, that are new and old, for all ages to enjoy. Some examples of the offerings include Frozen, Toy Story, and Cars. However, one of the main reasons many people are subscribing to Disney+ as soon as possible is because it also includes Marvel and Lucas FilmsStar Wars. 

 

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Harry Styles' New Era

Harry Styles, a previous member of the boy band One Direction, is set to release his sophomore album, Fine Line, on December 13. Styles released his first solo album in 2017, a year after One Direction took a hiatus. The first album was self-titled and Styles did his first solo world tour the following year. His first album had lots of success, as he, “has the best debut album performance of any male artist hailing from the UK,” according to MTV. 

 

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Tell Me A Story

The CBS All Access show, Tell me a Story’s, first season starts off in New York City and tells the fiction Grimm Brothers stories of The Three Little Pigs, Little-Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel. Each of the stories is  being twisted into real situations in today's society. The show is rated a 7.6 out of 10 and is a notably darker version of ABC’s counterpart Once Upon A Time. The Three Little Pigs tells the story of Eddie, Mitch, and Sam who are portrayed by the actors Paul Wesley, Michael Raymond James, and Dorian Crossmond Missick.

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The End of A WRLD

At 3:15 a.m. on December 8, 2019 American rapper, Juice WRLD, Jarad Higgins, passed away due to a seizure and a possible heart attack , according to Vulture. His official cause of death has not yet been confirmed. Higgins was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois where he passed. The cause of the medical emergencies are unconfirmed, though there have been rumors of the cause being drug usage. 

 

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The Thespians of Nutley High School

Nutley High School offers many extracurriculars and academic achievements for the students that attend. One that many people may not know about is the International Thespian Honor Society, which is an honor society for high school and middle school theatre students. The society came to be at Nutley High School in the spring of 2018 where the first group of students were inducted. Among those was Julia Resnick, the current president of the Honor Society. The honor society’s advisor is Mr. Michael Gurrieri, an English/theatre/public speaking teacher at Nutley High School.

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NHS Art Student Receives Prestigious Acceptance

NHS senior and AP art student, Anais St Amant Senior AP art student recently received her acceptance letter into the Scholarship Class for Talented High School Students at The Art Students League of New York.

 

Anais is the lead Set Club painter and National Art Honor Society Finance secretary. According to her art teacher of four years, Mrs. Theresa Lappostato, Anais is, “a pretty amazing and humble student.”

 

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NHS Marching Band Prepares for New Season

More than 50 years ago, the Nutley Raider Marching Band was formed, with its only purpose being to support the Raider Football Team at their games. Today, the NHS Marching Band still sticks to its roots, by going to every varsity game and playing various “stand tunes” in the bleachers, such as Seven Nation Army or Timber. However, the band’s main focus has shifted to something else: competition.

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Original Classic Movie Remakes of 2019

The majority of classic animated films were created in the 1900s.  Starting with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which was first released in 1937, to Pinocchio (1940), Cinderella (1950), Peter Pan (1953), 101 Dalmatians (1961), and The Jungle Book (1967), animated films became largely popular throughout the 20th and 21st century.  The movies Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Peter Pan, The Incredibles, The Lion King, and Aladdin have been remade in the past decade or are in the process of being recreated.

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Five LGBT Reads For Summer

June is pride month and members of the LGBT community are gathering in masses to demonstrate for equality and rights for everyone to love and identify however they please. Industries all across America are joining the celebration by selling rainbow-colored merchandise to represent the gay pride flag. Pictures featuring people at pride festivities have been trending on social media, including Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook. 

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Beverly Hills 90210 Is Back

On October 4, 1990, Beverly Hills 90210 premiered on FOX. Twenty years later, the show is coming back to television as a reboot with much of the original cast  returning. The cast includes: Shannen Doherty as Brenda Walsh, Tori Spelling as Donna Martin, Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor, Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh, Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders, Brian-Austin Green as David Silver and Gabrielle Carter as Andrea Zuckerman.  Luke Perry, who played Dylan McKay, will not be returning as he passed away from a severe stroke this year.

 

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Sabrina The Teenage Witch vs. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, of Riverdale fame, has a new spin off called Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and it is inspired by the show that aired in the fall of 1996 called Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The series stars Kiernan Shipka of Mad Men as Sabrina. Sabrina is a young woman that is struggling to choose between becoming a witch like her family or remaining mortal/human. This is a hard decision for her as forces of evil conspire against her.