Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fwd: The Eagle talks about swimmer, Daniel Goldstein, and the musical

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One young man's passion spurs 'Ultimate Frisbee Team' at Obama

Posted: 26 Apr 2013 07:23 AM PDT

Here at Obama Academy, we have many seniors, but one senior stands out from the rest and his name is Dan Goldstein.

Dan has a story that is not like no other. While a freshman during the 2009-10 school year, Dan founded the Obama Academy Ultimate Frisbee Team. He acts as Manager and Treasurer even today,  as well. He gave me various details about the sport. "It's a team sport, 7 on 7 on a 110 yard field." He also mentioned that the game is played to 15 points, and once the player who has the Frisbee catches it, they cannot move, only pass. Oh, and one other amazing fact:"There are no refs" Dan added.

In Ultimate, there are two different leagues that school teams play in. There is Division 1, and Division 2. The league is governed by Pittsburgh High School Ultimate League (PSUL). There are 40 different teams that play in the league, both boys and girls. "We practice at CMU Campus on Saturdays". Dan said. They have no home field, but the team has played at Mellon Park, and Frick Park. Dan played for Allderdice during the winter league.

When asked about which player will become Captain after he graduates,  Dan mentioned a freshman call Sea-Bass. "I didn't expect that from a freshman, he's a great player/handler." Dan himself is a handler, a player that throws the disk to other players mostly. Dan also seems impressed with Mikah Bynum.

And Dan knows the sport of Ultimate. He'd like for it to become an olympic sport and can ramble off universities that have great programs as well as the names of great players. "Brodi Smith is my favorite player, he plays for Florida." Perhaps this all started at an early age for Dan, as his mom played it as a child.

Dan plans on attending University of Colorado for Ultimate. "They are ranked 9th in the country. " Ultimate is the perfect sport for the Olympics". Dan concluded

Cast opens up about 'Once On This Island'

Posted: 26 Apr 2013 07:12 AM PDT

The biggest musical of the year–Once On This Island–has opened, and the cast has been looking forward to a great run here at the Obama Auditorium. The cast recently stopped by to talk about the practices and the musical itself.

Keyanna Taylor Thomas plays T Moon, Daniel Wimer is Daniel, appropriately enough, Azurai Phillips plays Mama Ya Really, Imani Chisolm plays Asaka, Jasmine Adams plays Little T moon and Shae Wofford has the role of Ugua. Each have enjoyed the months of practice and each agrees that the incredible commitment has been worth it. Naturally, each is glad that the actual performances have begun.

Daniel Wimer has had an extremely hectic schedule in particular. A standout baseball player, he has been getting the best of both worlds as he juggles baseball and musical practices. He has called the rigorous daily schedule as "very tough and difficult." This is Dan's senior year and as such, "I wanted to give it a try. I am a good singer and figured why not." Dan will be going to Temple next year.

Imani Chisholm, a freshman, can relate to that feeling. She gave up track to be in the musical. "I did Alice in Wonderland in 7th grade and then saw last year's musical and that was it for me. I wanted to be a part of it."

Keyanna Taylor Thomas on the other hand has long been a star performer for Obama's Drama Department. She has won acclaim from classmates, fans and the press and in many ways, this performance is bittersweet. "It's my last musical. It's a little emotional for me to think about moving on next year and leaving this behind." On a good note, she will be attending Edinboro in the fall with cast mate Jasmine Adams.

Like Keyanna, Jasmine has always been involved with the musical. "I've done this my entire high school career," she says. Oddly enough, Keyanna does not wish to proceed in a Theater Arts program.

All of the cast members talked about the long hours and practice needed to put on a musical. All credited Ms.NcKrell as being the driving force–and inspiration–to achieve greatness. "She pushes us to be better, " Keyanna says.

And even so, the work is worth it. "I definitely think it's worthwhile," Keyanna says. "I do think about what I am missing, but I enjoy this. All of my friends are in the musical." Keyanna plays a character that is somewhat new to her this year. "For years, I've played the sexy character, so it's hard to play the someone with an innocent mindset this year, " she says. "But I like it."

Shae Wofford concurs. " It's a lot of work, and we're never confident of a song or dance until the performance itself," he says. Shae has been involved in musicals since he was in 7th grade. He'll be joining the Theater Arts program at Point Park next year.

"Once On This Island" concerns a small island girl who gets lost in a flood. She is a girl who is free at heart and looking for her purpose…and eventually finds it.

it's not your everyday musical, something that wasn't lost on Azurai. "When we got the musical, we were like 'What is this', but after I read the script I really liked it and thought it would be a good show."

The musical will run this weekend –Tonight (Friday), and Saturday at 8. It will return next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8, as well.

Students can buy tickets in Ms.McKrell's room (237) and the public can buy at the door, as well. The cost is $8




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