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“Kiss Me Kate!” play review

Aidan Byrd
Graphics Editor

The El Camino drama team put together their spring musical this year and it’s very unique and well done. The play is based on and named after the 1953 movie ¨Kiss Me Kate¨ which is based on Shakespeare’s ¨The Taming of the Shrew¨. The musical is an accurate movie remake, but pretty far from the original Shakespeare play if that’s what you were looking for.

The Story of the play follows a group of actors performing “The Taming of the Shrew” and their adventures on and off stage involving comedy, romance, Italy, gangsters, and more. The two main characters, Fred and Lilli, are divorced and playing the two leads in the play. They have similar problems behind the scenes as their characters in the play, Petruchio and Kate. The second main couple in the play, Bill and Lois, are younger folks and have younger folks problems. Many other characters make up the cast with a few popping in and out throughout the play. It’s a funny, wacky adventure that translated pretty well to the stage.

The drama team did a pretty good job of recreating the movie while making a few changes that make the musical feel different while still providing a comparable experience to an old movie. They pretty much copied all the lines and songs from the original script word for word, except for the lines from scenes removed altogether. They mostly chose the right scenes to remove (for length I assume), but I felt like someone who hadn’t seen the movie would be easily confused at the beginning of the play when characters are darting around, talking about their past, then jump into a theatre set all of a sudden. I feel like the setting should’ve been better established before the action started, but it’s not hard to figure it out a little later. Another change I like is what they did to one of the main characters, Kate. Lilli, when in Kate mode, was a defiant, rude, and stubborn character in the original movie. In this version, Kate was a total Nutjob that I was afraid could jump offstage at any given moment and run through the crowd screaming. That was probably my favorite change, and an excellently convincing actress really brought the character to life.

Speaking of actors, the cast was great. All the characters in the foreground told the story in a very smooth fashion, but I felt like the background actors were a little out of character. Even a few actors in the foreground seemed a little bored while singing or delivering a short line. Fortunately, a good percentage of the cast were even better singers than they were actors, which gave the original movies’ soundtrack a fresh new vibe. The music, by the way, was played live by a band and sounded marvelous. The music was probably the best part of the play.

The drama team did a great job overall, and should improve upon this formula in their future productions. It was a very nice play.


Who’s Replacing Tom?

Meredith Young
staff writer

As some may know, Tom Delonge, the lead vocalist and founder of the band Blink-182, has recently been “slammed”.  This came as an outrage to many long-term fans for Blink had been together since 1992.  These fans also wondered what was going to happen next?  Were Travis and Mark continuing on their own?  Was someone replacing Tom?  Or the worst of them…. was this the end of Blink forever?

First of all, Mark and Travis did, in fact, reveal that Tom had not been wanting to participate in Blink functions, but rather non-musical endeavors.  They say that Tom was not brave enough to quit on his own so they did the job for him.

Almost immediately after Tom’s departure, he was replaced for the Musink Tattoo & Music Festival, which would be held from March 20 – 22 in San Diego, California.  Who replaced him?  Matt Skiba.  Lead singer in Alkaline Trio.

Tom will forever be remembered by loyal, original Blink fans, but is still continuing to make music with his own band Angels and Airwaves who started in 2005, and has recently released their 5th studio album in December of 2014.

Music Taste at El Camino

Meredith Young

There are many different types of music; country, hip hop, oldies, pop, indie, punk rock, funk, classical, etc.  What kind of music one listens to can depend on what beats they like and what the lyrics mean to them.  There is a huge variety of music that high schoolers listen to.

Freshman Victoria Yefremenkov states that she likes hip hop and pop the best.  Her favorite artists are Rae Sremmurd, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Bobby Shmurda.  She likes the songs No Type by Rae Sremmurd, I Don’t Mind by Usher, This is How We Do by Katy Perry, and Adore You by Miley Cyrus.  She likes this music because it energizes her, puts her in a better mood, and gets her “turnt”.

Another student from El Camino who has requested to stay anonymous in fear of being judged for their music taste says, “I listen to country music when I’m alone because all of my friends listen to rap,”.  Their favorite artists are; Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, and Lee Brice.  Their all time favorite song is God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton.  They believe that the words and meanings in country songs are really meaningful and sweet.

Clearly, everyone has their own taste in music.  This is especially true in high school because there is a lot of soul searching going on there and people finding themselves.  No one should judge or be judged based on what music they listen to.


FX Original Series: Justified

Katherine Sotelo
Staff Writer

In Justified, Raylan has been hunting for Boyd before he hurts anyone else. For those Who don’t watch Justified, Raylan is the main character that is that works in the law enforcement, Boyd is a violent criminal that Raylan has been waiting to lock up for the longest time.

With the last episode, Winona was running from Boyd attempting to leave the city. Winona ditched Raylan to buy a getaway car with belief that her life is in jepaordy. Meanwhile, Raylan was searching for Winona thinking that she might be in danger at that moment.

Raylan is that major workaholic type of guy, but takes a break in the upcoming episode to help take care of Winona and his daughter in belief that she has a heart murmur.

 Winona travels back to town to find a trustworthy doctor for her baby girl, causing Raylan to be a father for a minimum time. While Raylan takes time off for his family, Brooks calls a HUGE manhunt for Walker. Winona has been a single mom for a little bit and has not absent in the show for about a season, so we have not gotten the reaction and feel of Winona at this stage. With Winona and their baby girl coming back to town there is belief that they might be in danger with how many people would like to get back at Raylan for his work.

 In this show they really don’t show his emotions, love life, or how he is as a father. To bring back his daughter and the mother will test Raylan as a father and partner. (


Started From The…

Samuel Feineh
News Editor

You know you just said “bottom.” You probably have also said at least once before “YOLO,” “HYFR.”

You also probably know who popularized “YOLO,” among a slew of other sayings. Aubrey Drake Graham, the 28 year old multimillionaire megastar rapper who changed the rap game.

He certainly was “25 sittin’ on 25 mill’.” Despite what you think of Drake, he is a prolific artist with a Grammy for his 2011 sophomore album Take Care, and holds 72 appearances on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles, surpassing The Beatles’ and a long list of other rappers.

Over time, the mere mention of “Drake” has incited snickers and laughter as people sing the wistful and melancholic lyrics of “Shot for Me” and “Marvin’s Room,” pretending to cry at the truthfulness of Drake’s lyrics.

In his song Fear, Drake said “The honesty of my music has left me too exposed.” In many ways, Drake’s gloomy sentiments are legitimate. However, unlike any other underground/mainstream rap artists, he became the first to delve into life struggles with his unique style of singing and rapping with lyrics that appeal to many people.

His work features the recurring archetype of female woes, “daddy issues,” his OVO (October’s Very Own) crew, and his mother’s rebounding health.

That familiarity with teens, young adults, and generally those under 40 has propelled him to be king of the rap game.

WOAH. OH NO. I JUST SAID “KING OF THE RAP GAME.” I await the glares and controversy regarding this declaration.

Just two weeks ago, Drake unexpectedly released his new mixtape If You’re Reading This Its Too Late. Instantly, Twitter went berserk as people virtually trampled over each other to listen to his songs. Much like Beyonce’s unexpected self-titled album, Drake sold nearly 500,000 units in his first week of sales.

Drake often releases songs for free on his OVO SoundCloud page. Without even actively advertising one of his hit songs, “How ‘Bout Now,” it found itself on the radio, and debuted on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. Other rappers struggle to get their official singles on the charts. But Drake is not like other rappers.

Consider Drake’s two biggest hits last year: “0 to 100/The Catch Up,” and “Trophies.” Unless you’re living under a rock, these songs have become staples of club goers and ubiquitous to the general public. Both songs were released on his SoundCloud page for free. Drake did not interview to promote these songs. All he did was let the public know that they existed by posting the songs online. Overnight, the songs became hits and generated their own buzz.

In fact, “Trophies” did not become an official single until months later after the song was immensely popular when Young Money released their album “Rise of an Empire.”

Drake’s popularity is not contained to just him. Drake’s “Midas” touch has boosted the careers of iLOVEMAKONNEN, singer of hit song “Tuesday,” Soulja Boy, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, and more.

When others were unwilling to give Kendrick Lamar an opportunity, Drake featured him on his song “Buried Alive Interlude” from Take Care. Kendrick has become more popular since then for his abrasive and thought-provoking lyrics.

Last year, Drake put his own spin on Soulja Boy’s “Try Me.” The mere notion that Drake was considering the remix this song into what would become “We Made It” was probably worth thousands of dollars. His actual remix of this song was worth much more when he posted it on his SoundCloud page.

Soulja Boy has been declining in popularity since his “Golden Age” of “Crank Dat,” however he got his first taste of being on the radio for years because of Drake’s “We Made It.”

Drake’s power is undeniable and quite influential. They recently partnered in a national tour called “Drake vs. Lil Wayne,” hosting a unique “Street Fighter” Capcom theme. This was a highly interactive tour, as concert goers downloaded an app to vote for which artist would rap first, and who “beat” the other in the end.

Lil Wayne’s legacy is truly remarkable, however after putting in more effort to make his Young Money artists shine, his own influence on the “rap game” is steadily declining.

In Lil Wayne’s hit song “Believe Me,” his voice isn’t even heard until a minute and 41 seconds into the song. Drake rapped his verse once and hook twice before Wayne spoke. Hearing the song for the first time, I thought it was Drake’s single. Is it a coincidence that this song was released on Drake’s SoundCloud first before Lil Wayne took ownership? I think not.

Drake never really disappears between albums. He releases music at strategic points so there’s never a “Drake drought.” Especially with 17 unexpected songs released recently, fans are drowning in the rap czar’s music. Many rappers can learn from Drake’s strategy at attaining mass fame, but “Rap must be changing ‘cuz [I’m] at the top and ain’t no one on top of [me].”

All we know for certain is that Drake is out enjoying life singing “We Made It.” After all, if you had his fame and wealth, wouldn’t you?


Sacanime Winter 2k15

Piper Gold
Website Editor

Every year, SacAnime comes to the Sacramento Convention Center, and thousands of anime fans from all over come to enjoy panels, signings and anime themed shopping (among other things). Not all of it is anime either, other fandoms like Homestuck, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock, etc., come and hang out, going to panels in cosplay (dressing like a certain character from either a fandom or just an original character), talking to other cosplayers, and taking pictures with them.

I went with my friend Amy, and we both cosplayed. I was Dave Strider (from the webcomic Homestuck) and she was Castiel (an angel from the show Supernatural). We were only there for Sunday (it starts on Friday and ends on Sunday) from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,  attending two panels.

The first one we went to was a Sailor Moon panel, with the dubbed voice actors for Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask, Sailor Mars, and the newly dubbed Sailor Jupiter. They were really nice and were telling funny stories about what fans bring them, and we sang happy birthday (twice) and sang the English theme song for Sailor Moon.

After wandering around for a while, we went to the fan-run Homestuck panel, where cosplayers acted like the characters and people asked them questions. None of the questions were really serious, and we mostly joked about Eridan (a troll character who gets cut in half) and the players ate gummy worms out of buckets (buckets are objects of sexual desire for trolls in Homestuck).

The Showroom (the place where you go and spend most of your money) was really cool. There were a bunch of really good artists who were selling their fanart. Other shops sold Japanese food, and some were selling alpaca plushies and stuff like that. Most of them were selling anime posters, or figurines, or something of that nature, and there was a group that brought a TARDIS (time machine from Doctor Who) and people got to take pictures with it and someone who was dressed like the tenth Doctor.

Around 5:00 p.m. we started to get really tired so we just waited for my dad to pick us up. But the cosplayers were really nice about taking pictures. There was a group of people dressed as Dead Mau5, carrying a boombox that was blasting dubsteb (they were kindly asked to lower the volume). Other groups of people were LARPing, and one group ran around with a white broom asking people to come help them burn the witches. All in all, in was the most fun we’ve had in a while. Can’t wait to go back for SacAnime Summer!



Ethan Sears
Staff Writer

In the last couple of years, there has been a new trend in “teen” movies. This new trend is, of course, the “Dystopian” films. The Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner, etc.  This new craze of teen books-turned movies have taken the world by storm. They all take place in Dystopian societies where the government has complete control over its citizens. This makes way for the typical Dystopian hero, a teenager, usually between ages fourteen and nineteen, to take a dramatic stand against their tyrannical leaders. This allows teenagers around the world to connect with these young heroes and become in a way, “obsessed” with these books and films.

The newest trend within this “Dystopian” movie trend is splitting the movie into two parts. This idea first came into the public eye when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Apparently, the Hollywood big wigs decided that it is better to make oodles of cash by splitting amazing finales into two parts to make the consumer anticipate the final product more. And of course, it worked amazingly. Twilight Breaking Dawn: Parts 1 and 2 copied this idea and reaped in the rewards.

Most recently, Mockingjay, the third installment of The Hunger Games is following in the footsteps of Harry Potter. Released on November 21, 2014, Mockingjay: Part 1 is sure to be a smash hit.

Now, the moment you all have been waiting for. What is the opinion of Mr. Dystopia? And who is Mr. Dystopia you ask? Why, of course he is the man, the myth, THE LEGEND, Mr. Raymond Marshall. Mr. Marshall, the founder of El Camino’s very own Dystopian Literature class, had some interesting things to say about these new Dystopian films and movies. He has “read some of these novels, but didn’t particularly enjoy them.” When compared to classic Dystopian novels like 1984 and Brave New World, Marshall said, “[The] Hunger Games and Divergent weren’t really thoughtful. They are Dystopian novels in Dystopian settings, but they are targeted for young adult readers, turning them into tools of making money, rather than the message that they send.” Seniors Nathan Martinez and Mark Farrell, both enrolled in the Dystopian Literature class, also had a few things to say. “The whole point of a Dystopian book is to send a message about society,” says Martinez, “these ‘new wave’ Dystopian books and movies just don’t do that.” All they do is create a fandom for pre-teens and teenagers to join. They aren’t powerful, they don’t make you think. They are purely for entertainment, and not about the message,” said Farrell.

Assuming Dystopian films stay “hot”, who knows what movie will be made next.


Fanfiction: the new book?

Piper Gold
Website editor

Fanfiction. Millions of stories about anything and everything. The topics range from bands to comics to TV shows. A fan of webcomics? There’s fanfiction for that. Anime? That too. But what exactly is fanfiction? Fanfiction, as defined by, is “Fiction written by a fan of, and featuring characters from, a particular TV series, movie, etc.” But in reality, fanfiction is so much more than that.

Fanfiction is a way to express feelings and tell a story through characters or band members (or even celebrities). Most fanfiction is posted online to websites like Archive Of Our Own (AO3),, Wattpad, LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, Ficwad, etc. Freshmen Amy Mohr and Nelida Sanchez said the same thing: “Wattpad is my favorite.” Freshman Adam Severeid said “I prefer Archive Of Our Own, they post great stories.” however, Freshman Dacia Owens said: “I like to search what I’m in the mood for in Google. I just read whatever strikes my fancy.”

“But how do I get into such a thing?” you might ask. Well, luckily for you, here is a four-step guide to help you get immersed into the deep dark swirling vortex that is fanfiction.

Step 1: Pick a topic (Movie, TV show, band, etc..)

Step 2: Pick a two or more people you want in a relationship from that topic [Otherwise known as a ship or an OTP (one true pairing)]

Step 3: Pick a genre (Romance, angst, horror etc..)

Step 4: Search it in google (ex: Destiel horror fic, Frerard angst fic)

 Once you finish reading, if you liked it, you can rate and/or review. This helps writers out and tells them to keep writing. On AO3 you can kudos the fic (Basically telling them good job!), and on Wattpad you can leave a vote. If you didn’t like the story, tell them why! Writers love feedback, and if you tell them what’s wrong, they can go back and fix it. Just please don’t be rude about it. No one likes a jerk.

Finding other fans of fanfiction is easy. Tumblr, for example, is a great place to start looking for other fans. Tumblr is a social networking site that uses a tag system, much like twitter or instagram. By typing in a band or fandom, Tumblr almost instantly find posts, pictures, and even videos that relate to that topic. Some people even post fanfiction that they like, or think is weird (@badmcrfics, and @TagsOfAO3 find weird and sometimes disturbing fanfiction and fanfiction tags and post them on Twitter). All in all, fanfiction can change the way you look at some people, and stay away from the fics-that-shall-not-be-named. Have fun discovering new fanfictions!


Windows to the Soul

Max Arbogast
Staff Writer

Recently there has been a study released regarding how often humans communicate through eye contact during their lives, and how young we are when we first start to learn it.  Many people communicate with their eyes and don’t even realize it.

For example, we can give away what we are thinking without even saying a word.  When someone looks off to their left it shows they are accessing the right hemisphere of the brain which is the imaginative and creative side.  Try asking a friend what his/her dream vacation would be, you will find that when they think about this, they will be gazing to the left.  Like wise if you ask someone to do a math problem in their head they will look to their right when thinking about the problem.  Some police officers use this to decide if someone is lying, if the suspect looks to the right they are most likely telling the truth, and if they look to the left the story is most likely being made up. Another example of people communicating through their eyes is with their pupils.  Because we have little to no control over them, our pupils could easily give away what we feel about certain things.  When we come across a certain subject or object we particularly enjoy, our pupils dilate to show our interest. However if we are not interested in the certain object or even person that we are talking to, our pupils will constrict showing our disinterest.

Yes, our communication through eyes can be very revealing but how could we give away so much through our eyes and not even realize it?  Well it turns out that we do recognize our the importance of eye contact and at a very young age.  A new study shows that even seven month year old babies can comprehend the truth behind someones eyes.  While monitoring their brain waves, scientists showed this babies images of eyes for only fifty milliseconds.  Not even long enough to consciously recognize the picture.  These eyes projected either a fearful image or a neutral image, and the brain waves of these babies actually reacted to the images proving that our eyes are an important form of communication that we pick up at a very young age.


New Season of Supernatural

By Piper Gold
Staff Writer

[Warning!! Spoilers ahead!]

Season ten of the TV show Supernatural started this October and so far it is everything we hoped for. Demon Dean is sassy, Sam is a badass, and Castiel is getting better. Never has there been more of a homoerotic subtext (except season 7 of course) and Destiel (Dean and Cas) is implied in almost every episode. not only that, but the 200th episode is going to be a musical episode! That’s right, not only are they sexy, they can also sing! And who knows, they might even say christo this season!