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The Ariana Grande Tour Experience

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By: Abby Perkins

Ariana Grande has been one of the most influential stars of our generation. She’s performed on Broadway, appeared on Nickelodeon, produced five extremely successful studio albums, and starred in a live television musical, all the while wearing long hair extensions in a high ponytail, her trademark look. When she released her tour dates for her Sweetener/thank u, next concerts, my friends and I jumped at the opportunity to convince our parents to let us go. There were a few hiccups with how to get to DC and it being on a Monday, but after a few weeks of saving money and figuring out transportation, we had our tickets for March 25th!

Ariana’s tour came with not one, but two opening acts. Around 8 pm, Social House, an up-and-coming pop duo, performed fifteen minute, entertaining set. The audience clapped along, hundreds of people still getting into their seats from the crowded merchandise line.

The second opening act was Normani, pop star and former member of Fifth Harmony. She performed for about 30 minutes, singing some originals, a few Rihanna songs, and Fifth Harmony throwbacks. In one of covers, “Diamonds” by Rihanna, she told the thousands in the audience to turn on their phone flashlights, creating a beautiful light show that made the dark stadium look like a crystal ball. Normani finished her set by bring forward her 6 dancers and all-girl band for individual bows, then danced her way off stage.

After about 30 minutes of anticipatedly waiting after the Normani set, Grande’s first interlude played through the speakers. Grande started with the opening number of her Sweetener album, “Raindrops”, then brought up the heat with “God is a Woman” and a few other hyped-up songs like “Bad Idea” and “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” from her thank you, next album.

Here is the stage prior to the concert, people stilling rushing into their seats before Social House’s set begins. (Photo Credits Abby Perkins)

Throughout the concert, my friends and I sang, well more like screamed, along to all her songs, old and new, watching Grande and her dancers give it all they got on stage. The stage would change a different color spectrum during every song, connecting with the story of the song and making the concert all the more entertaining. With more than four costume changes and over 30 songs, Grande gave me one of the best experiences of my life.

One of my friends who went with me, sophomore Emma Mulholland, said that the performance of Dangerous Woman from Grande’s album of the same name was her favorite. She said, “It is one of my favorite Ariana Grande songs and seeing it live was really cool.” I think the vast majority of Grande’s fans were satisfied with the concert, as all the fan favorites were played with full energy. MulHolland said that the concert lived up to her high expectations.

The concert in Washington D.C. was only one of many concerts around the globe for Grande. Thousands of fans like me will all get to see this exciting and inspiring tour. If you have the opportunity to go see the Sweetener/thank u, next tour, jump on it. It was an incredible experience I will never forget.

Captain Marvel Movie Review

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By: Abby Perkins

Growing up watching Marvel movies, I always was so drawn into the action and drama of the heroes. There was Captain America, the immensely buff, handsome, and persevering superhuman who was given a serum back in the 1940s to turn him into a ‘Super-Soldier’ (he was then frozen in ice for 70 years, ended up fighting with the Avengers, etc., etc.). There was Iron Man, the genius billionaire with hundred of specialized suits that enable him to blast energy from his palms, fly, shoot missiles, track criminals, and more. These two men are the popular front-runners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, acting in unison with the not-so-occasional opposition with one another to lead the pop culture icons, the Avengers.

Over the past 11 years, Marvel has put out over 20 action movies telling the connected stories of the original Avengers, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ant-Man. I have been in love with every movie, every character, and consider myself a Marvel fanatic with the dream of going to Comic-Con one day. However, while I love these movies, I’ve always noticed the small amounts of female superheroes that appear.

In the early movies, the only female Avenger, besides the few Agents of Shield that appeared like Maria Hill, was Black Widow, played by well-known actress Scarlett Johansson. And although recently in films like Black Panther, there have been mass additions of female warrior characters to the universe, there has never been. Now, Captain Marvel.

Captain Marvel opened on March 8th, International Women’s Day no less! Captain Marvel is the new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe played by Academy Award winning actress and filmmaker, Brie Larson. The film surrounding her character takes a very different route than most Marvel films, beginning after she’s had her powers and following the powerful warrior as she learns all that she can do. Although there are mixed reviews from critics about this film, it was everything I could have ever hoped for and more. Many of my peers have enjoyed the movie, including my good friend, sophomore Owen Buckenmaier, who said, “It was pretty good! And Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) was in it which I was really looking forward to. The alien costumes were really well made.”

Warning, Minor Spoilers Ahead! Captain Marvel was such an action packed and entertaining film, surprisingly full of humor, aliens, car chases, and an adorable cat turned Flerkin named Goose (you’ve got to see the movie to figure out that one). Other well-known Marvel characters such as Agent Coulson, Nick Fury, and Ronan appear and help (or oppose) Captain Marvel as she navigates being crash landing on Earth, or as she would call it, planet C-53.

Captain Marvel is originally referred to as Vers, living on the Kree, a race of aliens in the galaxy, StarForce or military. On a mission, she is abducted by the race of aliens the Kree is battling, the Skrulls, who are powerful shapeshifters. Vers escapes her captivity easily, punching, kicking, and flipping her way out, but ends up plummeting into a 1990s Blockbuster video store on Earth. From there, she meet Nick Fury, learns secrets about her past and present, and how she can’t really trust anybody.

Without giving away too much, if you saw Avengers: Infinity War last Spring and stayed for the iconic post-credit scene at the end of the movie, you may have seen the pager Nick Fury dropped before he turned to dust. That same pager was given to Nick Fury at the end of Captain Marvel by the hero herself, and let’s just say the post-credit scene for Captain Marvel had a lot to do with that pager.

Captain Marvel acts as a perfect lead into Avengers: Endgame, the part two to last year’s Infinity War. Now little girls can see the incredible Captain Marvel battle among their superhero role models of Thor, Iron-Man, and Spider-Man.

The Captain Marvel Poster depicts the heroine in her iconic blue and red suit. Picture from IMDb.com

Jaguar Drama’s Peter and the Starcatcher Preview

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By: Abby Perkins

It’s that time of year for Glen Allen’s very own Jaguar Drama to put on another one of their pnuenomical fall plays. This year, Jaguar Drama will be putting on Peter and the Starcatcher, a fast-paced comedy telling the origin story of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and other beloved characters we all know and love.

To give a brief overview: Peter, played by sophomore Brandon McKinney, is put on a ship called the Neverland with two other orphans; Prentiss, played by 11th grader Devin Alburger, and Ted, played by freshman Katie Burks. There the three boys meet Molly Aster, a starcatcher apprentice and begin a whirlwind adventure. Familiar faces such as Black Stache (Captain Hook), played by 10th grader Owen Rice, his right-hand-man Smee, senior Mark Titus, and even Tinkerbell, junior Sophie Ventura, enter the picture. Other notable characters include Lord Leonard Aster, Molly’s starcatcher father, portrayed by senior Trey Grimes.

The show consists of roughly 33 actors, with the help of several helpful crew members, art teams, and costume designers. Kerry Williams, the stage manager and Glen Allen senior, said that her favorite part about working on Peter and the Starcatcher was “getting to watch everything from the beginning.”

Brandon said, “I like Peter’s story the most while also getting to learn about him and transforming into the character.”

“Definitely being able to speak in a British accent, everything about the show is fun and that just adds to it,” Trey said.

photo credits to Jakob Skammer -Sophomore Brandon Mckinney acts through the end of act one.

photo credits to Jakob Skammer – junior Kruger Daniels poses during mic check.

Be sure not to miss Jaguar Drama’s Peter and the Starcatcher! The show runs from November 29th to December 1st at 7:30 p.m. each night at Glen Allen High School. Tickets are $6 in advance (can be purchased during lunches the week of the 26th) and $8 at the door. Just a small price to pay for such a hysterical and memorable show!

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