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Annual Winter Concert promotes inclusion’ , ’empowerment’ among performers

Annual Winter Concert promotes inclusion’ , ’empowerment’ among performers

By Vaughan Anoa'i, Staff Reporter

21 hours ago

The lights dim, the audience goes quiet and the middle school choir files onto the risers. Illuminated by bright spotlights, they look to their conductor for the cue. Then they begin singing, and the harmonies of "Lost Boy" echo throughout the dining hall. This was the scene in the Zeller Student...

Sydney Curry performs in Debbie Allen’s ‘Hot Chocolate Nutcracker’

Sydney Curry performs in Debbie Allen’s ‘Hot Chocolate Nutcracker’

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

January 21, 2020

Dancing with the ensemble, seventh grader Sydney Curry wears a white dress with a tiara, fairy wings and light pink pointe shoes on the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center stage. The show seems to be ending, but a new character, the "Fairy King," appears and an unexpected dance section begins. Th...

Review: ‘Last Christmas’ fails as holiday rom-com

Review: ‘Last Christmas’ fails as holiday rom-com

By Nicki Rosenberg, Managing Editor

December 21, 2019

As the holidays approach, twinkling lights cover buildings, Christmas songs fill the air and, of course, cheesy and overdramatic holiday movies fill theaters. Even as a Jew, Christmas remains my favorite time of the year, so naturally, I try to see all of the holiday movies and listen to as much music as ...

‘The Addams Family’ brings newly renovated Blackbox theater to life

‘The Addams Family’ brings newly renovated Blackbox theater to life

By Cydney Johnson, Staff Reporter

December 21, 2019

Thirty-one student cast members performed "The Addams Family" in the recently renovated Blackbox theater on Nov. 15, bringing the new space to life. Before the construction of the Diana Meehan Academic Center in 2018, the Blackbox theater was home to school productions for 18 years. Once construction...

‘One size does not fit all’: Students reflect on ‘exclusive nature’ of Brandy Melville’s sizing

‘One size does not fit all’: Students reflect on ‘exclusive nature’ of Brandy Melville’s sizing

By Cydney Johnson, Staff Reporter

December 13, 2019

Forty-nine years ago, Italian father-son duo Sivilo and Stephan Marsan founded Brandy Melville. The retail store has now expanded to have 95 locations globally with an estimated annual profit of $125 million. With almost four million followers on Instagram, the brand has expanded its presence globally through social media. Brandy Melville's ta...

Review: ‘Frozen 2’ warms the heart

Review: ‘Frozen 2’ warms the heart

By Molly Goldberg, Culture Editor

December 13, 2019

Full of female empowerment, magic and, of course, music, Disney's "Frozen 2" is sure to make anyone's heart warm with joy, especially the little girls who were key to making its predecessor, "Frozen," a $1.27 billion sensation in 2013. "Frozen 2," directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, further explores the king...

Middle, upper school actors explore themes of growing up in ‘Childhood and Other Natural Disasters’

Middle, upper school actors explore themes of growing up in ‘Childhood and Other Natural Disasters’

By Avery Fox, Staff Reporter

December 13, 2019

Childhood is filled with a multitude of experiences, from humor and happiness to hardships and sadness — all topics writer and director Tracy Poverstein explores in the all-school play "Childhood and Other Natural Disasters." The show, playing December 13-14, consists of actresses from both middle...

Review: Glee creators return to high school for Netflix’s ‘The Politician’

Review: Glee creators return to high school for Netflix’s ‘The Politician’

By Molly Goldberg, Culture Editor

December 4, 2019

"Glee" creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan make a return to high school for the new Netflix series, "The Politician," a fantasia on American politics, high school movies and the current cultural moment. Starring Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange and many other notable faces, the series promises the darkly comedic, sat...

‘Connections’ exhibit in Eastern Star Gallery sparks interactions between students, faculty

‘Connections’ exhibit in Eastern Star Gallery sparks interactions between students, faculty

By Vaughan Anoa'i, Staff Reporter

December 4, 2019

Interactive, community-oriented and rainbow-themed prompts and responses covered the once white walls in the Eastern Star Gallery for the first two months of the 2019-2020 school year. "Who or what inspires you?" and "What brings you joy?" were just a few of the questions pasted around the space. "Usually...

Review: Ava DuVernay’s ‘When They See Us’ holds nothing back

Review: Ava DuVernay’s ‘When They See Us’ holds nothing back

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

December 4, 2019

"When They See Us" is rated TV-MA on Netflix and may not be suitable for children under 17. Common Sense Media recommends the series for children ages 15 and up. "When They See Us," the four-episode Netflix series directed and co-written by Ava DuVernay, won two awards at the 2019 Primetime Em...

Review: In ‘Joker,’ mental illness is no laughing matter

Review: In ‘Joker,’ mental illness is no laughing matter

By Rio Hundley, Sports Editor

November 13, 2019

Disclaimer: "Joker" is rated R for violence and bloodshed, strong language, and sexual references; it may include triggers for people sensitive to mental health, gun violence or references to abuse. The Oracle does not recommend the film for our younger readers, and Common Sense Media estimates it is appropriate for ages 16+. In a grim...

Dancers aim to present ‘Grimm’ interpretation of fairytales in annual show

Dancers aim to present ‘Grimm’ interpretation of fairytales in annual show

By Rio Hundley, Sports Editor

October 4, 2019

In past years, Archer's Night of Dance has transported audiences to other planets, different decades and even dystopian futures. The 2020 show, titled "Mirage," asks viewers to revisit a world they are likely familiar with: children's stories. "What we want to do is investigate the impact of morals...

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