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Rock of Ages: The Play

Maybe you’ve heard of the movie Rock of Ages, that came out in 2012. Or perhaps you’ve heard of the Broadway play Rock of Ages that came before that movie. Recently I was involved in a play for ‘middle schoolers’, and that was, you guessed it, Rock of Ages. If you have ever seen the movie, you probably noticed two things.

  1. There are a few quite famous people in that movie.

In the movie, some of the actors/actresses include: Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, and Mary J. Blige.

  1. It is not appropriate for people my age to do as a play.

That’s why, even though a bunch of us aren’t in middle school, and even though we aren’t doing this with a school program, that we did this middle schooler version.

A bunch of the characters had to be changed and adapted to form this play, so that there were more parts. Before there were about 6 main parts and people didn’t really matter if they weren’t one of those parts. A bunch of this play had to be changed overall to be appropriate, so our play had the same basic plot, but it was a little different.

I played a character that didn’t exist in the movie, and she had some of my favorite 80’s songs. We’re Not Gonna Take It and We Built This City were a few.

We spent two weeks, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, and in that time, we memorized the whole play, and blocked it. Every year we do a play in this style, and it’s always  a lot of fun. I’m so glad that every year I get to have this experience, and I made lots of memories and had a great time.

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Spider Man Homecoming Review

There is nothing I like more than a good superhero movie. Especially when it comes to Marvel movies. I love them. They are so amazing, but I have noticed a sequence that most of them seem to follow.

  1. Something happens to someone, causing them to become ‘superhuman’.
  2. That someone realizes that they can use their new abilities to help people.
  3. They fight a small villain that helps them gain confidence, making them think they can do bigger better things.
  4. They meet the real problem, try fighting it, and don’t do too bad because they caught them off guard.
  5. They meet the real problem again, with a bigger fight, and the villain realizes they are a real threat, but manages to defeat them miserably.
  6. The main character comes back stronger than ever and even more prepared.
  7. The villain destroys them again, but just as you think the main character is gone, they rise again.
  8. They are able to defeat the villain before they can destroy the world.

Most Marvel films seem to follow a similar plot. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s brilliant really. This is the best strategy for getting the audience committed. They aren’t really sure if it will work out, because they did horribly in the second fight. So when it comes to the final fight, the audience is on the edge of their seats, even though they know in the back of their mind that it’s probably not over.

When I watched Spider-Man: Homecoming, it was a little different. Tom Holland played the part exceptionally, and was really the perfect fit. Toby Mcquire had been a little too weird, and Andrew Garfield had been a little too cool. Tom Holland was the perfect fit.

Spoiler Alert: The following could spoil some parts of the movie.

I’m going to try not to spoil things for anyone that hasn’t seen it yet, but this Spider-Man didn’t revolve around how he was bitten and how he came to be Spider-Man, because that was covered in Captain America: Civil War. After the Amazing Spider-Man two part series, Marvel changed it up since they had control over the character again. It was a nice change I guess, but I do like the new character becoming cool thing. It’s been a while since a new character has had its own solo movie.

It seemed to me that the main villain didn’t really seem like a real threat. For those who watched it, it didn’t feel like it was as huge a problem as some of the other movies villains were. From Captain America, to Doctor Strange villains, it seemed more like Iron Man (which they should bring back by the way).

I just hope that Peter Parker makes it into the next avengers movie: Avengers: Infinity War Part One. I heard that he will return, and I really want him in the next movie because he would be a great asset to the team, and I like him far better than Vision. Vision kind-of creeps me out, with the monotone voice, shooting lasers out of his forehead, and floating through walls.

I just think that Peter Parker is destined for bigger better things, and I hope that Marvel can deliver that in the Avengers movie.

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What I’m Reading/What I Recommend

I absolutely love books. I’m not to picky either. I typically prefer fiction, and once I start a good book, it’s practically impossible to pull me away from it. Today I want to share with you a few of the books I’ve been reading, and that I want to read.

  1. Since You’ve Been Gone (Morgan Matson)

Since You’ve Been Gone is book I got for Christmas, and it is really good. It’s about a girl that is separated from her best friend, who suddenly just poofed. All that her BFF leaves behind is a to do list, which consists of things the main character would never do otherwise. Yes her friend disappeared, but don’t worry if you aren’t a mystery fan, this is not a scary story. I would highly recommend it, if you are into teen books. It’s definitely not for everyone. I haven’t finished it, but I’m hooked.

 

2. The Rose Society (Marie Lu)

The Rose Society is the second book in the series Young Elites. Young Elites is about a girl who had the plague when she was younger, and she survived. She was left with a gift, a power to create illusions so real that they can kill you. This series is basically for Young Adult readers. It is by Marie Lu, who also wrote Legend, another favorite series of mine. I like this series so much. My summary of this is so vague, but if you’re interested, I encourage you to check out a better summary. It is my second favorite series I’ve ever read.

 

3. Secrets to Breaking Into the Film and Television Business (Dean Silvers)

This is a more fictional book, but it is good. I haven’t made much progress, but this is really interesting. The film business is something I’ve always liked, and this book tells me how to get there if I’m interested in getting a career here. If you are into a good educational read, you can learn a lot from this fantastic book.

 

4. The Winner’s Curse (Marie Rutkowski)

Where do I start? I’m not far into this book. I had just finished Rose Society and I was looking for a new book. I knew there was little chance that I could find a book to rival the one I’d just read. But it has. The Winner’s Curse is very good. It’s about a girl who lives in a rich society and find a slave, they have chemistry. I haven’t got very far, but it’s very good, and very addictive.

 

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The Busy Month

Spring, the birds, the peaceful sound of wind chimes outside the open window. That is want, a peaceful day. But since I have come back from April vacation…

Spring is here, and along with it comes lots of busy days. The last entirely busy month was maybe December for me. I had to do a lot of stuff. I play the trumpet, I was in a play, and Christmas had been coming. Now I have my birthday, a school dance, a spring concert, Memorial Day, tests from our teachers, and from the state, and I’m going up a grade. Not to mention the teachers, stepping it up to prepare me and my classmates for next year. Oh, and don’t forget all of the field trips that are crammed into these final few months. 

Almost 30 days left of school until we are out for the summer, and then we’re back. That season will be busy too. But these last few months-weeks of school are really exciting. Things are ramping up, but the teachers here will start to get into more exciting material, and we might even be able to go outside and do cool projects. 

It’s times like these that I’m glad. I’m not grown up yet. It’s unbelievable the stress that you all have to put up with. So I am not complaining in the slightest, I’m just expressing myself on paper.

I’m a hyper person, so I like being busy, it keeps me on my toes. So May, you’re welcome here! Summer, here we come!

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Beautiful Birds and a Beautiful Day

It happened last week. The world started waking up from it’s hibernation, and this time didn’t seem to be a trick. April 1 had brought with it 6 inches of snow! It was mother nature’s terrible trick.

But now, there is no going back. There is no going back for all of the trees that are budding, the greening grass, or the tiny buds popping out of the ground. There is no going back for all of the geese that have migrated hundreds of miles to be here.

I went down my driveway to catch the bus and I heard two noises. The birds calling. The geese flapping above me as the wind gently shook the cold trees. Then the rushing water, from the stream by my house. It was definitely spring.

I walked down the driveway and I wondrous sight lay below my feet. The dirt hadn’t frozen, it was mud! It was amazing feeling. I didn’t have to worry about slipping down the driveway.

The season’s transition was very sudden. It was warm, cold, then warm. It is 70 degrees Fahrenheit right now. I am finally hopeful that this is how it will stay. Today I am very sick. I had to stay home from school. I’m angry that I don’t feel good enough to go out on the trampoline, but at the same time, I get to sit in the sun while my classmates take a math test.