STORY AND PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MELANIE POOL
Movies based on books get a lot of hype that is generally negative because of unrealistic expectations. Recently people have started to expect the same from comic book movies. Of course, following the source material doesn’t exactly mean it follows a certain plot. The movie in question could be a character study, in which case following the source material means doing justice to the character it’s about.
“Deadpool”, for example, is a superhero character study, it doesn’t follow a comic, it introduces Deadpool and gives him a revamped origin story. In contrast, the upcoming Marvel movie “Captain America: Civil War” is based off of the “Civil War” comic event (a comic event is a complete set of comics that tell one larger story), which means the makers are presenting an already familiar plot to moviegoers. Comic enthusiasts will be watching for how closely the moviemakers follow the events’ plot. That being said, is there such a thing as too many details? The directors of these adaptations do have a different media to work in than authors, so things that work in a comic book may not always work on screen, especially with tight budgets. “Deadpool”, for example, was limited in locations and side characters because the makers were given a budget of $53 million, much smaller than the budgets of most comic book movies.
But how close should a movie based off some original source hold true to the initial story? “A movie version of a book should stay very close to the key things, like characters and locations but fringe things can be removed or altered as they see fit.” Junior Quenton Butcher said. Of course that will always be a matter of opinion. Some people don’t mind when a movie throws out source material for whatever reason, others get upset about it. That said, the cinematic universes for comics have never been more popular.
BY RILEY TOLAN KEIG
“You know I’ve never been to one of these things before and when I think about how many people wanted this, and how many people cried over it and stuff, I mean, I think everybody looks great tonight. Look at Jessica Lopez, that dress is amazing and Emma Gerber that hair do must have taken hours and you look really pretty. So why is everybody stressing over this thing? I mean it’s just plastic, it’s really just (she breaks the crown).” (Mean Girls).
Prom. A four lettered word, which some people dread, and others star in their calendars months in advance. Media plays into this. Prom scenes have been all the rage in movies. With the classic Prom Queen and King, and the illusion of perfectness.
Just think about your favorite teen chick flick. Mean Girls, for example, when Cady breaks the crown into tiny pieces and gives it to everyone in the crowd. Every kid watching at the moment probably felt inspired, and maybe even excited for Prom when they grow up. Then after that, everything is better. So ask yourself this: when does Prom occur in the movies? Usually, in the end. When all loose ends are tied up, and everything goes well. That is not real life though, because Prom is not the end for us high school students. We still have graduation, college, and many other things to look forward to.
Junior Ben Saul says that the media gives us false ideas about Prom. “There’s the whole perfect stigma that you’re in the gym and the most beautiful girl is the Prom Queen and the most handsome guy is Prom King. Now a days I feel like that stuff is not as prominent,” Saul said, “The whole stigma behind it with like you have to be perfect, it makes people stressed out and it ruins a little bit of the environment.”
Saul is currently one of three Junior Class Officers, who are working this year’s Prom theme. “We go to stores and, after we determine the theme, we buy the supplies. We also got the invites. So over the few months we’ll be constructing that stuff and getting it together. And eventually, the day of Prom, we will set it all up in the Ralston Arena,” Saul said, “I think it would be cool to know that I built that entire night for people to enjoy.” Which also brings up a good point. Prom doesn’t magically pop up on one night as it seems to do in the movies. It takes a lot of work and dedication, and all for one night.
Saul also went to prom his freshmen year. “I remember it was really crowded and there wasn’t much space to dance, but that year was really cool because the Prom King definitely wasn’t the biggest guy in the room,” Saul said.
Senior Brooke Tweedy also said that Prom is a lot different in real life than in the media, and wants to be nominated for Prom Queen. “I’m not really into that whole stereotypical Prom King and Queen, I want it to be different, I want to change it,” Tweedy said.
Tweedy, like Saul also said that Prom King and Queen portrayed in media is a little false. “I believe Prom King and Queen should be involved in extracurricular activities, but at the same time it doesn’t really matter.” Tweedy said. Which brings in an image of the football player and cheerleader as the King and Queen, which is sometimes-but not always-portrayed in movies.
Senior Agot Alier said that Prom is different in media. “Sometimes it’s so different. TV shows make it seem so much different,” Alier said. “It just matters that you have fun with the people that you’re with and you make the most of it.” Alier wants to be nominated for Prom Queen this year, but not for the same reasons as most people. “I don’t necessarily want to be Queen, but I think it would be fun to be on Prom Court,” Alier said, “You could look back on it later and be like ‘hey I was on Prom Court.’”
Even though we get many myths from the media about Prom, there are some things that are true. In Mean Girls when Cady broke the crown up into pieces, it was kind of dramatic, but it also had a good point. In the end even though we all have different friends and different interests, Prom somehow brings us together. “When I go to Prom, I talk to people I don’t usually talk to, because we are there as a school and not as individuals,” Tweedy said.
Let the chips fall where they may. Las Vegas is coming to Papio South for the 2016 Post-Prom party. The school will be filled with blackjack, poker and many other Viva Las Vegas games. Post-Prom will be held at Papillion La Vista South High School after prom ends at the Ralston Arena.
Head Principal Jeff Johnson has taken charge of Post-Prom this year due to band parents and junior parents stepping down from planning it. The past few years, band parents have hosted Post-Prom for juniors and seniors.
Johnson is not worried, though. “We will have gaming tables, music, dodgeball, food we are making a whole night for prom!”Johnson said. It’s a tradition in the making, and Mr. Johnson is hoping to
make it after successful events at other schools in the area. “Papillion LaVista South has been planning Post-Proms for 13 years while Millard West have been doing it for over 40 years.”
Kelli Knox attended Millard West for high school and also attended the Post-Proms. “I remember there being a lot of excitement. The whole staff was involved with it.”
Millard West students looked forward to Post-Prom every year Mrs. Knox said, while Papio South has low attendance which has led to lower ticket prices and changing location. Johnson said he became involved with Post-Prom for one reason “The most important thing is to keep kids safe, some kids make poor choices, and I want to know everyone is in school the Monday after prom.”
Junior Siobhan Cook said she liked what this year’s Post-Prom fliers promised, “I’m looking forward to the food and the games. Especially the bubble soccer and the taco bar.”
The fliers promise lip sync battles, bubble soccer, music and much more.
Senior Hunter Bauman said he loved the games, food and prices for this year’s Post-Prom. “The only thing that could make Post-Prom better is an ice cream bar, because ice cream bars make everything better.”
Mr. Johnson said he needs to see all juniors and seniors at Post-Prom this year, “I just want everyone to have a fun, safe night.”
Prom is one big party that can last all night, Mrs. Knox pointed out “Why have a party with only four people, you can do that every weekend. When do you have a chance to party with 500 people?”
BY RILEY TOLAN KEIG | PHOTO COURTESY OF ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA IN LA VISTA
If you’re looking for a new place to see a movie, why not go to Omaha’s own Star Wars themed Alamo Drafthouse? The Alamo opened in La Vista on Nov. 2nd, and it’s already received national attention. Publications such as Variety and Entertainment Weekly have said the theater will attract movie fanatics. “Star Wars fans might be making a journey to the Midwest for future franchise releases.” Variety said. While other theaters play standard trailers promoting other upcoming movies, the Alamo offers ‘pre-shows’ designed around the feature movie goers come to see. “If you are going to watch Star Wars, you’ll see R2D2 clips, old star wars clips, just some stupid stuff from the past. They used to come from just Youtube but now it comes from a bunch of different places,” Christopher Calabrese, one of the Omaha Alamo theater managers said. Many students who have gone to the theater have said they liked them. “The previews were quite interesting and unique, and funny,” Junior Jennifer Hall said. Alamo Drafthouse has many nontraditional qualities, including one that may not be as exciting for high schoolers.
The age policy, which states customers must be “18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with an adult. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed”. This policy pops up when purchasing tickets online. Some people, especially teenagers, believe that it might affect the Alamo’s ticket sales negatively. Senior Johnathan Hunt works at Twin Creek Cinema, and said the Alamo’s policy made it less of a threat to the Bellevue theater’s business. “It’s supposed to take a little bit of our competition, but I think it’s supposed to be more for older people like 21 and older,” He said. Few teens want to tag along with Mom and Dad on movie night with friends. Calabrese said the age policy was something the Alamo might be looking to change. “It’s not necessarily an age policy, it’s a behavior policy. Alamo Drafthouse believes in preserving the cinematic experience. And making sure that going to the movie is about the movie. So we don’t want any distractions in our movies theatres,” Calabrese said. “That’s why we have the no talking, no texting policy. And it’s hard to give a no talking warning policy to a five year old.” So even though high schoolers can’t go to the Alamo by themselves, there is A New Hope for that to change.
BY TRISTON FAIRCHILD
From raging space wars, to a soft love story and all that lies in between, Star Wars has captivated fans from all corners of the globe since 1977 when George Lucas and company released “Star Wars: A New Hope” which we now know as Episode IV.
As the original Star Wars movies gain critics love and admiration, the prequels (Episodes I-III) have been known to draw scrutiny due to a variety of reasons that include a sci-fi cheesiness and predictability, amongst others.
The newest movie in the Star Wars saga was released on Dec. 18, 2015. The movie was named “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” or Episode VII. Critically acclaimed as one of the best of all the Star Wars movies, “The Force Awakens” drew high interest and box office sales skyrocketed, even surpassing James Cameron’s “Avatar” for record sales in the U.S.
In the movie we meet FN-2187 (later named Finn), a First Order (bad guy) storm trooper who was taken from his family as an infant and raised to be a stone cold killer. The only problem is that he’s entirely different than the rest and his compassion and intuition often get the best of him. In his first battle, he is ordered to kill innocent villagers on the planet Jakku. After realizing he can’t kill innocent people, he recruits the help of top-notch rebel pilot and first order prisoner, Poe Dameron, to leave the First Order.
After narrowly escaping the First Order ship, they head to Jakku to recover a droid that has a piece of a map to one of the last known Jedi, Luke Skywalker. There, after losing Poe, Finn meets Rey and, long story short, they have to take the map-filled droid called BB-8 to the Resistance’s (Rebels in the old movie) headquarters in order to find the powerful and mystical Jedi Luke Skywalker. In the mean-time, the resistance has to make sure that their base doesn’t get blown up by a new age Death Star that can take out entire systems of planets at once.
Sophomore Ethan Huntley said, “Episode VII has almost the same plot-line as Episode IV and, while I like the new villain, Kylo Ren, and his obsession with his (spoiler alert) grandpa, Darth Vader, I didn’t like how similar the movies were.”
In Episode IV, “A New Hope”, newly-crowned Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker joins the rebellion and takes out the infamous Death Star, a weapon capable of destroying an entire planet (or star cruiser) in one shot. Ironically, a droid called R2-D2 carries an important message to long-time Jedi Ben Kenobi, very similar to the BB-8 droid that carried a piece of the map to Skywalker in Episode VII.
Huntley went on to say, “I really liked the new villain Kylo Ren and the new hero Rey. It truly was a good movie, I just hope the next episode is more original.”
While the special effects were far more advanced than that of its earlier counterparts, the tradition and “Star wars feel” was still entirely present, even in the new plants such as Jakku (Rey’s home planet).
While some Star Wars junkies were not-so excited about the latest episode, Star Wars “newby”, PLS Science teacher, Briar Scheutz felt the movie was “Very good because it had all of the elements of a good movie. It had action, external and internal conflict, and an added element of kids vs. parents in a twisted and large family.”
“Rey is a Skywalker no doubt in some way,” Jared Norblade, Senior, Star Wars enthusiast, and known force-connoisseur, said. Norblade has seen all the movies and is highly knowledgeable in the force. “I really enjoyed the movie and the new humor that accompanied it unlike the others which were far more serious. Especially the prequels.”
When asked about how he felt about some of the new changes that have been made to Star Wars in Episode VII, Norblade said he “loved the changes. This movie was definitely one of the best one and I liked the new mystery of Rey. I’m excited because it’s a new beginning.”
The only complaint from Norblade? “I was mad when it ended because I was so into the movie and it cut my brain off when it was happy.”
From Han Solo to Princess Leia and all characters in between, Star Wars has captivated audiences since 1977 and continues to knock it out of the park with Episode VII topping charts and breaking records in the U.S.
The choice is yours, whether you like the new Star Wars characters and changes that come with it, but one thing is for certain, as Norblade said,“there’s so much history, yet a long story ahead.”
BY ANGEL KOPP | ILLUSTRATION BY KAYLIN PRATT
It was my fault. On Jan. 18 I turned clockwise instead of counter clockwise and we had horrible driving conditions, but no snow day. So to make it up to you, I am going to tell you all the right ways to cause a Snow Day. If we all work together, maybe we can get one. Beware: If you perform these rituals wrong, then you might end up with rough driving conditions instead of a day off of school.
Let’s start with dropping ice in the toilet. This helps freeze the water like snow. You must drop a minimum of six ice cubes and make sure that are none stuck together or else they count as one ice cube. Slowly, let the ice run down your hand into the toilet so no toilet water splashes up on you. Once all the ice is in the toilet flush it away to the Snow Day Gods. Side note: Don’t be afraid of all the ice clogging the toilet. It may look like a lot, but it is ice. It will melt, not clog.
Now we head back to the freezer to place an orange in it. Make sure it is a full orange not a cutie or a clementine. With the freezer door still open, open your arms wide and spin counter clockwise. DO NOT SPIN CLOCKWISE OR YOU WILL END UP LIKE ME WITH BAD ROAD CONDITIONS AND STILL AT SCHOOL. So spin counter clockwise, and only spin around five times. Keep track: Not one spin over.
While you’re in the kitchen grab a nice clean silver spoon. Don’t try and grab a plastic pink spoon. Must be silver. Go ahead and put it under your pillow. Make sure it’s your main pillow not a throw pillow you never use. When sleeping, you won’t even notice the spoon there.
Don’t forget to grab that lucky penny! Tape your lucky penny heads up on your front door, so the Snow Gods can pick up that lucky penny and you may be lucky to get a Snow Day.
Finally the most important thing to do is to wear your pajamas inside out and backward. It might sound goofy, but you’re going to sleep. No one will know but the Snow Gods.
Just some basic guidelines for all of these tricks: to make it snow are to make sure all your brothers, sister and friends join in on the madness. Before you know, it we all will be outside building snowmen and not at school taking a pop quiz.
BY ALEXANDRA HAYNES
Papio South’s official Open Mic Night was a success. After the first attempt at running it failed due to initial lack of interest, last Friday’s well advertised event had a humble but active crowd of participants with many performers bringing friends, filling the audience. The cosy library setting gave the event a comfortable café feel with lights dimmed, a podium and posable mic provided for versatility. There were guitarists, smooth singers, and slam poets – the evening was a small show of Titan talent.
Alumni, family, and local friends were able to be brought along. Christmas sugar cookies were available, topping the night off sweetly.
Relaxed and friendly, the Open Mic crowd agreed that they wanted it to be run again, ideally as a bi-weekly occurrence. News on this will be advertised when decisions have been made by staff.
STORY AND ILLUSTRATION BY MELANIE POOL | COURTESY PHOTOS
The fantasy of having a band brings to mind lights, sold-out shows, fame and money. So many high school students imagine starting a band and getting famous. But what does it take to actually start a band in high school?
“It doesn’t just happen and a lot of people don’t realize that. It’s not like you just think of what to write. It’s very strenuous and everybody has to give their part or it’s not going to work out, “junior Jacob Parsons said. Parsons is the bassist for the band Lead the Riot, which he started with senior Alex Sprague and junior Conner Stotts.
But if the reality of starting a band is so much work, what’s the point?
“It’s just kind of natural, I mean being able to do the things I love like singing. Especially when I get to do it with some of the best people I’ve ever met,” Stotts said, proving that the while the reality of having a band is tough, if you’re in it for the right reasons it is an enjoyable, amazing experience.
While Lead the Riot and Outbreak 99 are stylistically different, the inspiration and passion music behind both bands are equal. “Me and Ashley both really liked writing music and we were into the same music and we were just like, ‘let’s inspire people with our music,’” Plata said. While Outbreak 99 was inspired by the music they listened to, the members of Lead the Riot were all mostly inspired by their parents’ involvement in music. Sprague and Parsons both directly credited their fathers being in bands as the source of their inspiration.
While oftentimes band names are chosen for their specific meaning both groups just thought of something they thought would sound cool. The only exception to that is the number in Outbreak 99’s name – it’s part of the band’s name because Kat Plata and Ashley Luckey, the two that the group initially began with, were both born in 1999. As for Lead the Riot, while they didn’t choose the name for any reason the members do not regret their choice of name. “As we continue on it starts to mean more and more to us because we wanna make our only little group of Rioters,” Stotts said.
BY BAILEY WHITE
This year the theatre department has pulled out all the stops for its fall production, as this is the first time they have incorporated flying in a show. Caitlyn Crowe and Jared Ott portray the iconic roles of Mary and Bert in this year’s fall musical “Mary Poppins,” where they will be the first to fly through the audience.
What is your first memory of Mary Poppins?
Crowe: “It was my mom’s favorite movie, so we just watched it as a family and I always loved the music.”
What does the story of Mary Poppins mean to you?
Ott: “The whole story interprets, for me at least, to the theme ‘Don’t take anything for granted.’ When you start to appreciate what you have vs. what you don’t have, you become happier.”
How do your childhood memories affect how you want to portray your character on stage?
Crowe: “Watching ‘Mary Poppins’ as a kid, I always thought she was perfect. Now being Mary Poppins, I know I want to be the character kids come see and remember and they look up to that character like I did.”
How have rehearsals for this play been different from those before?
Ott: “Day to day rehearsal isn’t too different, but this year we added two extra weeks of rehearsal because it is such a beast of a show.”
What do you think other people’s expectations are for the musical?
Crowe: “I think people expect it to live up to the standards of how great the movie was. A lot of people haven’t seen the Broadway version, so I think people are expecting Julie Andrews’ Mary Poppins, but it’s very different. I still think our production will live up to the greatness of Mary Poppins.”
What do you do to prepare before a scene?
Ott: “I jump around a bit to get my energy up, and say a bunch of words in my accent just to make sure it’s toned to the right British accent. Because there are a lot of them with slight new nuances that make them different.”
What are you most looking forward to for this play?
Crowe: “As soon as they announced what the musical was last year my mom bought me the CD. I’ve been listening to it every day, so I had it all memorized before we even got the parts. I’m really looking forward to singing the music I’ve loved for so long and the neat opportunity to be able to fly.”
What was your first thought on the idea of flying for this play?
As a senior, how does this musical differ from those before?
Crowe: “I’ve been in the musical since freshman year, and we’ve done amazing musicals each year, but this year having such a large production to be a part of is exciting in itself, along with the fact that I’m one of the leads… It just feels right, since it’s senior year, and I’m just excited that my last musical does get to be different.”
What legacy would you like to leave for the drama department after you graduate?
Ott: “I’ve thought about this a lot. [Matt] Parker and I share presidency over drama club, and we’ve really made an effort to have more initiative this year. It’s easy to take the lazy road, but our goal as president of the drama club is to make everyone feel important, and to bring immediate fervor to drama-related activities.”