Corner Canyon performing arts takes on the
Utah Shakespeare Festival
We took the liberty of asking several of the students who competed in the ensemble piece, choral pieces, and individual events what they thought about Shakespeare this year, especially how COVID-19 affected the process. and this was their response:
BY EVE CANDELL
FASHION & FOODIES EDITOR
After weeks of unpredictable rehearsal schedules, quarantined actors and singers, school cancellations, the Corner Canyon High School Shakespeare Team is finally able to perform their Shakespeare Showcase this past Wednesday and Thursday. For past competitions, the Shakespeare Team travels down to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, held at Southern Utah University. The festival is an opportunity for students to participate in workshops, compete with other schools, and to meet other fans of the bard from all around the country. However, unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the competition was held virtually. However, this performing arts students made the best of the situation.
Several different performing arts groups competed in this festival every year. This year, CCHS’s Productions Company performed various scenes from Act I of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, students competed with various shorter scenes and monologues from a number of plays including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Cymbeline”, and several others. In addition to Productions Company, CCHS’s Chamber Choir also competed in “Julius Caesar”, as well as performing two of their own songs. They competed with “O la, o che bon eccho!” by Orlando di Lasso, and “Sing We and Chant It” by Thomas Morley. In past years, Dance Company and the Theatre 3 class have also collaborated with the theatre department, but unfortunately this year they were unable to.
The Shakespeare Team this year put forth a little extra effort to put together the ensemble piece. The team had a lot less time to prepare for competition than they did in past years, and since school took an online sabbatical for several weeks, they had to take several extra precautions to make sure everyone remained safe throughout the COVID outbreak at Corner Canyon. In order to keep everyone safe, temperature checks were administered, masks were strictly enforced, and social distancing was implemented where possible.
Although the competition was a little more unconventional than past years, the team put together quite an impressive show. They will be performing on Wednesday the seventh and Thursday the eighth for a limited audience, composed of proud families and friends.
"Shakespeare has been an amazing experience! Times are so weird and it was beautiful to put something together in such a time crunch! It brought me so much joy."
- Ellie Harris
(CCHS Choir President)
"Especially since this is my first year in Productions Company, it was super nerve racking to be able to compete for my school. But, it was fun to be able to learn and act with a group of people that I love acting with, so the nerves all went away in the end."
- Isaak Reymond
(CCHS Productions Company Member)
"Competing with Mason Miller has been so fun because we've never really worked with each other. He definitely works really hard and has so many fun ideas for the scene."
- Sydney Rudel
(CCHS Drama Club Public Relations Officer)
Drama Club Holds one of the first opening socials of the year:
other clubs hope to follow soon
BY ELI WEAVER
SCHOOL NEWS EDITOR
Drama Club holds one of the first opening socials with an outside carnival. Other clubs hope to follow in its path. Drama Club President, Lauren Carn, says, “We were super excited to be able to move forward with our opening social. It was outside and socially distanced, obviously with masks mandated. We had tons of safety and disinfecting measures in between each of our carnival games! Our number one goal was to make sure everyone felt safe and had fun! Hopefully this can be the start to a somewhat normal year.”
Due to the uncertainty of whether school will stay in person some clubs have decided to go completely online and some clubs have even waited to start until things have calmed down. Creed Gardiner, Math Club member, says, "I really hope Math Club gets started soon!"
With the 2 week closure of school, clubs will have to think of creative ways to hold socials and events while online.
Sydney Rudel, Senior Service Club Leader, says, “The Service Club Leaders have decided to do Service Club completely online this year. We want everyone to feel safe but still have the opportunity to serve. We decided the best way to do that was to do it online this year.”
Drama Club hopes to have some events going on through instagram to keep members active and interested during the closure. Their next social will be a Halloween social.
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Corner Canyon Covid-19 Precautions:
how close we are to a shut down
update: chargers are online until october 16...or?
BY JUSTIE MARTINEZ
As COVID-19 ravages the US, the educational system has taken the brunt of the damage as schools across the nation close due to health concerns. One of such schools is The American Preparatory Academy, which has recently shut down due to an outbreak of COVID-19, leading many to wonder if Corner Canyon is close behind.
Despite increasing cases throughout Utah, the American Preparatory Academy hopes to resume in-school learning today, September 11, upholding their philosophy of in-person teaching. Similarly, Corner Canyon High School is trying to avoid at-home learning, taking several precautions to ensure safety as in-class learning commences.
Despite increased sanitation, controlled foot traffic (by means of directional arrows) and mandatory masks , some still wonder if these precautions are enough. Masks are required, this requirement is not enforced by many.
Thousands of students in the hallways between classes makes social distancing nearly impossible.
In an interview with Assistant principal Mrs. Little, she says, “We are doing everything we can, but we can’t do everything we wish we could.”
Due to district policy, the current case count cannot be released, however, Little did verify there is at least one confirmed case.
Little also had some good news, sharing, “the cases so far have shown no signs of community spread, meaning, it is not being spread at school.” She has also stated she is confident that, “we are currently not near a shutdown.” Considering the virality of COVID-19, however, this could change at any moment.
The students of CCHS share similar opinions on the school’s philosophy of in-person learning. Many students are willing to do whatever it takes to make this year as normal as possible, even if it means risking sickness. Senior student, Max Sirrine, accounts how the students “are doing the best we can.” However, not all members of the student body share this view. Sirrine also attests, “we have the right rules but we don’t really enforce them.”
This raises the question of how teachers feel about the precautions taken by the school, speaking on behalf of the faculty, a CCHS teacher, who has requested to remain anonymous, states that although, “we are glad to be back, no one liked online school. We feel we are being as safe as possible.”
There is a long road ahead of the school district, and the various different safety precautions implemented certainly will not make the transition from home to school easy. In this unprecedented time, it is important to focus on the positive and enjoy all that we can! So mask up chargers and charge on!