Tea time

Photo by HOLLY GRACE, Crimson Review Staff

Senior Elizabeth Donlon sits in Commons D before class starts Wednesday, March 19, chatting with her friends and classmates and sipping her tea brought from home.

Chess Club open to new members

Photo by ALYSSA PELLIGRINI, Crimson Review Staff

Aaron Cerrato, 17, makes his final move against opponent and fellow Chess Club member Kyle Mann, 17. Cerrato ended up beating Mann, going undefeated on the night with a 3-0 winning streak. The Chess Club, started by CHS senior Emily Spencer and juniors Ian Scura and Mattias Lambert, meets Wednesdays after school, this time at Dos Amigos Burritos on Main Street. Scura said he helped start the club because he and others "wanted to play chess with other people who enjoyed it, and we thought it would just be fun," adding, “I like that chess is a game of strategy and it forces me to try and understand the way other people think.” Anyone interested in joining the Chess Club can contact Spencer, Lambert or Scura.

Salad days

Photo by ERIKA SCHAPER, Crimson Review Staff

Concord High School alumna Kimberly Thomas feeds the photographer's bearded dragon, Frog, who eagerly accepts the dark, leafy chunk of Romaine. Along with the lettuce Frog ate some small crickets and mealworms. Thomas, who loves animals, volunteers at both Petco and Concord’s SPCA, where she feeds, cleans and bonds with cats.

Looking at you

Photo by LINDSAY IRWIN, Crimson Review Staff

Freshmen Maggie Prentice and Brinkley Brown show their silly side during lunch.

Scholar athletes shine for CHS

Photo by JULIE KUKLA, Parent Contributor

A number of Concord High seniors were recognized Monday at the Division I Scholar Event held at the Capitol Center for the Arts. Recipients nominated by Principal Gene Connolly maintain at least a B+ grade point average. Other criteria include being currently active in at least two varsity sports, participation in community service activities and serving as role models to peers. Front row, left to right: Ryan Donnelly, Michael Alexander, Rachel Stevenson, Annie Mullen, Katharine Tebbetts, Molly Waite and Elizabeth Donlon. Second row: Cole Patoine, Liam Healy, Joshua Pifer, Marc Gaudet, Megan Reese, Jessie Bean, Smita Boesch-Dining, Grace Orzechowski, Sabrina Williams and Nicholas Battles. Third row: Nathan LaTourette, Devon Ferland, Benjamin Bengston, Sean Larner, Tyler Kukla, Adam Godbout, Timothy Weinhold, Hagan Otto and Connor Reid.

Taking another look

Photo by ALYSSA PELLIGRINI, Crimson Review Staff

Concord High School freshman Ethan Dupre stares at the massive bonfire flaming before his eyes on Friday, February 7. The Varsity Club, of which Dupre is a member, put on its second annual bonfire for CHS community. Members of the club were instructed to bring sunglasses and wear them while taking care of the fire due to the extreme brightness. It also added to the group's cool factor. Students, teachers, and families listened to music from CHS’s own talented musicians as they watched the blaze. Performers included Paul Lovely, Lovestone, Strawberry Embassy, and the Consumers. For information on joining Varsity Club or performing at next year's bonfire, contact club advisor Christine Boezeman in Commons D.

Seniors: try to relax

Journalism students worked collaboratively to report on how seniors might channel anxieties as they wait for those last college acceptance and financial aid award letters.

See Mr. CHS crowned Friday

Crimson Review Staff
11 March 2014

Concord High School’s very own Mr. CHS mock beauty pageant returns this Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the Christa McAuliffe Auditorium.

“Mr. CHS is a goofy take on a male beauty pageant mixed with a game show,” explained junior class vice president Daniel Lawrence.

“We have ten contestants who will do a runway show, show off their singing or dancing skills, and then compete in a variety of challenges,” he said.

Many CHS students have not yet had a chance to experience a Mr. CHS pageant because the event went on hiatus the last two years. This Friday marks the return of a classic CHS tradition.

Teachers Phil Clarner and Tim Beaulieu will host the competition.

Tickets are being sold at all lunches this week for $3. They can also be purchased for $5 at the door. Profits will go to the Junior class.

Concord CAST hits the road with Amadeus

Photo by CYNTHIA IRWIN, Community Contributor
CHS students Kristen Perreault, Lindsay Irwin, Flynn Doncaster and Miranda Honigberg dance their wigs off in the waltz scene of Amadeus during a performance of the show in January. The four will be just as busy backstage as stagehands in the upcoming festival.

Crimson Review Staff
2 March 2014

Concord High’s very own production of Amadeus will compete in the March 22 Regional Drama Festival hosted by the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild.

Clint Klose, the show’s director, entered the play into the annual competition, this year taking place in three locations: Kingswood Regional High School, Sanborn Regional High School and Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. Of 22 participating schools, 6 will advance to the State Theatre Festival March 28 and 29.

CHS students who first staged Amadeus in the Christa McAuliffe Auditorium in January are happy to repeat their production, which earned rapturous reviews from audience members impressed by the sophistication of the show. The show takes over three hours to stage, and actors do not enjoy song or dance breaks.

Participation in the regional competition will require a sixteen-hour day of everyone involved. Cast and crew will start work at 7 a.m. and continue until 10 p.m. Productions will be judged while participants perform works in front of each other.

Concord students are scheduled to perform their show at the Kingswood location beginning at 8:55 a.m. Also performing during that block are Kearsage High School (performing The Godmother) and Pembroke High School (staging Check, Please).

Friends, family and other fans may certainly watch competition performances. Kingswood boasts an 850-seat theatre. Tickets to a single block of shows are $7 per person. Anybody who wants to watch all day Saturday--at Kingswood there are other blocks at 1:45 and 4:05 p.m.--can do so for $15.

If the Concord players, known on CHS and within the Concord community as CAST, proceed to the state finals, they will compete at Gilford High School. Whichever show wins there will be performed at New England Drama Festival in St. Johnsbury Academy in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, April 15-17.

Competition rules require shows to be shortened for regional competition. There will be a strict time limit of 30-40 minutes for each of the performances, and only 5 minutes are dedicated to putting up and taking down the sets.

“Cutting it down and having it work in such a strict time frame will be difficult,” said Klose. “It will definitely be a challenge to pull it off.”

The cast of Amadeus is mainly made up of ensemble members, and because the program for this has to be downsized from a show that was originally so lengthy, none of their scenes will be included. To put them to good use, Clint Klose is using them as tech, or backstage people who assemble and take down sets during the competition.

“The best part about it will be seeing people doing what they love in a different environment and setting, although it will definitely be harder to tell the whole story with shortened scenes,” said Meredith Dustin, an ensemble member involved in the production.

John Hatab, an Art Teacher at Beaver Meadow Elementary School, is in charge of the sets for the competition, as he was for the show at Concord High. A seasoned veteran of this process, he said his plan for festival is to keep it simple and not over-reach.

“The challenge of this is bringing your show and putting it on someone else’s stage. We will try to bring the essentials and not overwhelm the actors. The key is the size of the crew, and we definitely won’t be undermanned!” he said with laugh.

Competition at the regional, state and New England level tends to be fierce but friendly.

“The mood that permeates festival is that everyone cares for each other’s work, and it’s a great mix of competition and camaraderie,” said Hatab.

CHS hockey teams celebrate senior night tonight

Crimson Review Staff
26 February 2014

Both boys' and girls' ice hockey teams will compete against Bishop Brady tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Everett Arena on Loudon Road.

Girls square off against Bishop Brady-Trinity at 5:15 p.m. The boys game against Bishop Brady will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Senior night festivities will precede each match, according to the team websites at www.chshockey.com and www.chsgirlshockey.com.

The boys already played Bishop Brady once, beating the team 2-1 Dec. 21.

“The first time we played them, it came down to the last ten seconds, and those are the games we practice for,” said CHS senior Hagan Otto.

Celebrating senior night with Otto on the boys squad include co-captains Adam Godbout (center) and Tim Weinhold (defense), goaltender Jesse Bedard, wing Ethan Cole and defense Michael Shea. Senior girls are co-captains Elizabeth Donlon (defense) and Annie Mullen (forward), plus defense Kate Dasey, forwards Emily Scheer and Aelin Shea.

Players have worked hard all season to better themselves for tonight's game.

“We all know it’s the biggest game of the year,” said Godbout. “It’s the last home game we’ll ever get to play and the whole team treats it as if it’s the only game they’ll ever get to play.”

Parents who make up the Booster Club sell tickets to a 50-50 raffle at the door, among other fundraisers, to help raise money for the team. At the first meeting of Concord and Bishop Brady the raffle brought in roughly $500 for the Crimson Tide, giving CHS supporters another reason to consider attending tonight's game.

CHS girls are 5-12 going into tonight's game against 9-7 Bishop Brady-Trinity. CHS boys are 6-11 against Bishop Brady's current 0-16.