The Gospels According to CBC

Craig Summers, Turret staff writer

The CBC Cerre players, under the direction of Tom Murray, recently performed Godspell, a play that brought to life several gospel parables. The musical began with several upbeat and fun songs. The cast was very interactive with the audience, singing and dancing in the aisles, and walking up to audience members and dragging them onstage.  The play included many jokes but also hit on the key aspects of the life of a good Christian. The second act transitioned to a more serious tone, as it addressed Jesus’ crucifixion.

Auditions for this play took place in early August, and the cast working feverishly to pull together a polished show for CBC students’, alumni, and parents alike. The show was a success, leaving the audience inspired and moved.

The next CBC play is A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Performances are November 22 at 7:30 p.m. and November 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the Gundaker Theater.

Godzilla: Gigantic Size and Gigantic Expectations

Michael Caruso, Turret staff writer

In 1954, one of films most iconic characters would be created. Only a few years after World War II, Japan would create the king of the monsters known as Gojira. The monster represented destruction and the nuclear bomb that was deployed on Japan. The monster was a cross between a tyrannosaurus and a stegosaurus with the dorsal spines on its back. It has been 60 years since the original Japanese film, Gojira; 16 years since the U.S.’s last attempt to make a Godzilla film for western audiences, Godzilla; and 10 years since Japan’s last attempt which was Godzilla: Final Wars.

But, on May 16, there is going to be a new Godzilla film which aims to restart the entire series by being a sequel to the 1954 original. The young British director, Gareth Edwards, aims to pay respect to the legacy of Toho’s monster while treading new ground by introducing new monsters. The film’s cast has popular actors such as Aaron Taylor-Johnson, known for his work on X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, and the upcoming Avengers sequel; and Bryan Cranston known for Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle. Cranston plays the father of Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s character. Taylor-Johnson plays a soldier in the military that is on a mission to take Godzilla down. Elizabeth Olsen plays Taylor-Johnson’s love interest.

The differences between the 1998 film and the new 2014 film are very obvious when it comes to the monsters and how they are portrayed. In the 1998 film, Godzilla was hunched over, small, fast, couldn’t take down buildings, couldn’t use his trademark atomic breath, and was killed by the military. Overall his appearance had little resemblance to the 1954 original. In the 2014 film however, all of that is changed. Godzilla is now four hundred to five hundred feet tall, stands upright, can crush buildings and walk through them, and is invincible. Rumors say that he will have his trademark atomic breath. The overall tone of the two films is very different as well with the 1998 film more light hearted with weak humor, and the 2014 film seems to be more focused on tension and horror elements.

The film aims to focus on making the monster scary again with strong performances from the cast. So far, the movie looks like one of the biggest summer blockbusters with many anticipating the release. For those interested in giant monsters, or disaster films, Godzilla is a good choice.


Spending the Summer in St. Louis

Tyler Pearl, Turret staff writer

There is a lot to do in the summer in St. Louis. People can go on trips, amusement parks, zoos, casinos, baseball games, museums, concerts, festivals, fairs and even get a job. St. Louis has a lot to offer. It is the Gateway State for a reason because it is a passage for new experiences.

During the summer the water parks and amusement parks open their doors back up after a harsh winter. They’re usually filled with new people from other cities and countries, but some are local. Six Flags will have their doors open until later fall and their tickets this year are $56.99 a day and season passes for $61.99. They even offer jobs to high school students who are looking for some quick cash. The water parks usually have teenagers hired as life guards but they must be 15 or older to apply and complete a CPR and lifeguard class.

For the young and old the Saint Louis Zoo is one option to look at the rare animals. St. Louis also has a number of local museums for people that want to learn new things and expand their mind. The St. Louis Art Museum and The St. Louis History Museum are located at Forrest Park.  Catching a Cardinals’ game is also a great family activity. For those that are old enough, St. Louis has a number of casinos across the city where people can try to win money.

During the summer, St. Louis also hosts several live events. The Muny will run seven plays running through the summer including “Billy Elliot: The Musical” playing June 16-22, “Tarzan” from June 25- July 2, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess: The Broadway Musical” from July 7-13, “The Adams Family” from July 14-20, “Seussical” from July 22-28, “Grease” from July 31- August 8, and “Hello, Dolly!” from August 11- 17. There will also be multiple concerts by famous musicians like Cher, Styx & Foreigner, the 104.1 Super Jam: Kendrick Lamar, Juicy J & K. Michelle, Motley Crue & Alice Cooper, Skrillex, Toby Keith, Miley Cyrus, Future, and The Rat Pack is Back! The opportunity to win free tickets from local radio DJs is also possible for some of these concerts.

These are just a few of the things people can do in St. Louis this summer.

CBC and the Future: A Year Ends With Thoughts of the Future

Kirkland French, Turret staff writer

With the Class of 2015 starting their senior year, students may be wondering how CBC could help them prepare for the future. The goal of CBC is not to just prepare young students for college but prepare them for life in the workforce. Many classes at CBC teach real world skills such as interpersonal communication (speech), personal finance, work ethics and business. The idea of “Men for Tomorrow” is alive in CBC.

Money seems to run the world with talks about the United States’ trillion dollar deficit so money management is essential in everyday life. Employees and employers also need public speaking skills to run businesses. The ability to talk to people in a professional manner can make a profound impression on a client.  CBC’s personal finance and speech classes teach these skills.

Personal finance, taught by Mr. Hingle, teaches students how to manage money and invest in stocks. Students learn about different ways of saving money and about managing different banking accounts such as checking accounts and saving accounts.

Senior Luke Corbett, who is a student taking CBC’s personal finance class, said that the class, “prepares you for the real world.”

Mr. Murray, who teaches the speech class, as well as directing CBC’s theater department, stated that “the skill of speech is needed to advance in the workforce.”

Speech teaches students all about public speaking. Students do speeches of various topics and learn how to speak clearly, how to captivate an audience, and how to speak with authority. One practice in the class is to do “Open forums” where students discuss any kind of topic.

These two classes and many others help CBC students prepare for the real world and truly become “Men for Tomorrow”.

CBC Seniors Present “Peter Rabbit” as Last 2014 Production

Tyler Pearl, Turret staff writer

On April 27, CBC had its last theater performance of the year “Peter Rabbit”. The play, put on by CBC seniors, was directed toward the younger siblings of CBC students. CBC senior John Summers was one of the stars of the play, Flopsy, the smarter rabbit that is looked up to by Mopsy and Cottontail.

“I am fine with the role I received as Flopsy because the role fits me because I am just a beginner,” Summers said.

This was Summers first year participating in theater productions. Summers, who also appeared in two of the One Act plays, has always wanted to try out for a play, but has never had time until he took the Advanced Theatre class.

Mr. Murray, CBC’s performing arts instructor, directed the play because the cast had never experienced doing a play before. The cast of the play was Max Keeley, Peter Rabbit; John Summers, Flopsy; Ty Grant,  Mopsy; Patrick Kelly, Cotton Tail; Ryan Moore, Mr. McGregor; Nick Alves, the cat; and John Meiners, Joe Dooley, Alex Folk, and Corey O’Connor as narrators.