February 21, 2019

Annie finds its cast

Posted on February 6, 2019 by in News

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Cristal Rincon

Chronicle Reporter

Hollywood High School’s spring musical, Annie, is in the midst of finalizing it’s cast after holding auditions and callbacks Monday, Jan. 28 through Thursday, Jan. 31.

The classic musical Annie follows the story of “Little Orphan Annie”, and her journey to find her parents, based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray. Since it’s time on Broadway, the show has warmed the hearts of many by sharing the message of hope and endurance, something director John Tourtellotte hopes to showcase to the Hollywood High School community.

Economic parallels between society today and society during Annie’s time period, along with the lack of classic musicals at Hollywood High in recent years are part of what drove Tourtellotte to pick Annie as this year’s musical. “Ultimately it’s a fun show that has a tremendous number of roles for our students to explore and play and grow within.”

The audition process featured a dance segment done in groups of eight, and an individual singing segment. Some went in with a specific part in mind, while many were open to playing whichever role recieved. Those who progressed to the callback were later notified if they recieved the part.

Hannah Barukh, PAM junior, who was cast as Miss Hannigan said, “I felt extremely excited and started listening to all the songs and envisioning all the things we could do with it. I’m excited to work with the rest of the cast.”

Playing the lead role of red-haired orphan Annie is PAM senior, Audrey Crabano. “I feel really honored and blessed because it is my last show. I’m excited to celebrate all our hard work. The biggest shift is going to be working with a new director, who I’ve only worked with once, and getting to know his methods and style.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda receives Hollywood star

Posted on December 4, 2018 by in Entertainment

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Cristal Rincon

Chronicle Reporter

Award-winning composer, lyricist, and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda left his legacy on Hollywood Boulevard after receiving a star on the Walk of Fame on Friday Nov. 30.

Miranda is best known for creating and starring in the groundbreaking Broadway musicals “Hamilton” and “In the Heights”, along with various TV and film credits, the most recent being “Mary Poppins Returns.” Not only is he an active voice in the entertainment community, but also as an activist.

The work he’s done over the span of his career has impacted many, which was evident by the crowds of people who attended in the audience. Fans lined the street in anticipation as they waited, some having gotten there as early as 3 a.m. Many wore costumes and merchandise from his work, and even engaged in a “Hamilton” sing along as they waited for the ceremony to begin.

The ceremony itself took place outside the Pantages Theatre, a historic spot both in Los Angeles and for Lin-Manuel Miranda, who recalled having performed there for his first musical “In the Heights”, and which is now the home to his star. “It means the world to me that my star is outside this theatre because I love it so much,” Miranda commented during his speech.

Also in attendance to Friday’s ceremony was actress Rita Moreno and singer-songwriter “Weird Al” Yankovic, both of whom also spoke and helped unveil the star. “You have earned this honor—especially because you made a choice to focus the brilliance of your star power for the good of others,” said Moreno. Yankovic added on by describing Miranda as “gifted beyond words,” “absolutely fearless” and “the best human I know”.

The magnitude of the ceremony and the words spoken there prompted many who were watching to shed a few tears, including Miranda himself. It was an emotional day all around.

New mural to be installed

Posted on October 30, 2018 by in News

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Chronicle Reporter

Cristal Rincon

A new mural is being installed on Hollywood High School grounds at the corner of Orange Drive and Sunset Boulevard.

It will be seen covering the outside of the previously blank walls of the Liberal Arts building and the sides of the stairs directly in front of the mural. The mural’s art features two large scale faces drawn surrounded by different colors and winding details. The new artwork aims to complement the already existing murals found along the walls facing Orange Drive beside the Wellness Center.

The mural is a part of the Mural Beautification Project, which is a project launched by the Los Angeles Police Department in efforts to inspire creativity and deter from vandalism and graffiti. The project is in partnership with the Los Angeles Consulate of Israel and is supported by School Board Melvoin, various LAUSD facilities and the LA Historical preservation committee.

The mural will begin being installed this week, starting on Thursday, Nov. 1 and ending next week on Thursday, Nov. 8, and will be followed by a ceremony to display it.

Halloween screenings at El Capitan Theatre

Posted on October 16, 2018 by in Features

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Cristal Rincon

Chronicle Reporter

El Capitan Theatre is celebrating their Spooktacular 25th Anniversary by showcasing two Halloween film favorites throughout the month of October. The two featured films are Disney classics, “Hocus Pocus” and Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.

Both are going to be shown in 3D with interactive 4D sensory effects such as scents, lights, wind, fog, and more. Guests will have special photo opportunities with props from both movies that will be on display before and after each showing. Along with this, the theatre will also be hosting costume contests and surprises on the opening nights of both movies, as a way to usher in the Halloween season.

Hocus Pocus is going to be showcased Oct. 11 through Oct. 21, while The Nightmare Before Christmas is going to be showcased Oct. 22 through Oct. 31. Daily showtimes for both movies are 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 9:45 p.m., along with 10:00 a.m. screenings only on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are on sale now, available at the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Blvd or online. 

https://elcapitantheatre.com

 


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