Category: Arts & Entertainment

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Play Review

By Uma Ribiero

News Editor

William Shakespeare’s many plays have been taking the stage everywhere for centuries, becoming more famous with each performance. Hammond’s theatre department, alongside their director, Mrs. Lauren Tobiason, have continued to honor the great playwright with their performance of the famous comedy and timeless love story, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

IMG_6088The story has three main plot lines to it, one which follows four lovers, Helena who loves Demetrius, her ex-lover. Demetrius, who wants to marry Hermia, and has her father’s blessing to marry her, and Hermia who wants to be with Lysander. The play then enters the world of the fairies, led by Puck, an anti-cupid of sorts who creates as much mischief between the four lovers as possible, and the fairy king, Oberon, along with his queen, Titania, both of whom are feuding over custody of an Indian child. Finally, it follows the story of the Rude Mechanicals who are putting on a play in order to impress and entertain Theseus, the Duke of Athens, on the evening of his wedding with Hippolyta, the Amazonian queen. These three storylines intertwine as the play progresses, creating much hilarity as the fairy world and human world come together when they obviously should not. While the original play takes place in the woods outside of Athens, the Hammond High Production decided to twist the concept of the play by setting it in Athens, Ohio, in the year 1957, inside of a high school.

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The Death of Fortnite

By: Troy Kelly
Staff Writer

There has been a lot of talk about the health of Fortnite, a game created by Epic Games for mobile, PC, and game console play. A lot of gamers say Fortnite will later fade out because of peoples’ loss of interest.  There have been many indications of Fortnite dying. A lot of gamers are getting tired of the same thing in Battle Royale. Gamers are getting tired of the repeated glitches in the game, which in turn makes a lot of people get frustrated and quit.8704d4d5ffd1c315ac8e2c805a585764

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A Mid-Fall Night’s Show

By: Carlos O’Ryan
Staff Writer

The Hammond Theatre Department is currently getting deep into rehearsals for the fall play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will be performing on November 8, 9 and 10 at 7:00 PM, and on November 10th at 2:00 PM.

As most Hammond students may already know, as A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a Freshman English class text, this Shakespearean comedy typically takes place in Athens, and involves a quartet of lovers who venture into a forest to either win hearts or to escape the harsh marital laws the city, while a band of woodland fairies, the king and queen of which are in the middle of a feud, cause mischief amongst them. As this is happening, a group of excitable and dim-witted “Rude Mechanicals” rehearse a play to present at the wedding of the Duke of Athens, and have their own run-ins win the trickster fairies of the forest.


Midsummer Night’s Dream Cast Picture. Photo Credit: Hammond Theater Dept.

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Superman’s Grandfather Rescues Me From the Danger of Boredom – Once “Apana” Time – Krypton Review

By: Kenneth Apana-Korley
Online Editor

Oh. Mah. Gawd. I literally can’t even with this show! It’s so great!!! The show starts with the death of Val-El, the great-great grandfather of Superman; but this story isn’t about Clark Kent, it’s about Seg-El, the grandfather of Superman. The House of El has lost all rank and they have been disgraced due to Val’s refusal to submit to the voice of Rao. After years of living among the Rankless, Seg gets an opportunity to walk among the Ranked, the catch is that he would leave the rest of his family to walk among the Rankless and he would be given the surname Vex, the same surname of the man who sentenced his grandfather to death. Seg has no love in his heart for the man that ruined his life, so he wanted to refuse the opportunity just out of spite. This isn’t where the craziness stops, however, Adam Strange comes out of nowhere to tell Seg that the fate of another planet years in the future rested on his shoulders. Continue reading

2018 XXL Freshman Predictions

By: Kyree Purcell
Staff Writer

     As we get more into the year we approach the time when XXL releases this year’s freshman. This list has become a major part of the music industry and has become a lot of young artists (new) goal. With previous freshman such as. Shy Glizzy, 21 Savage, Future, Chance the rapper, Lil’ Uzi Vert, Kodak Black, A boogie, Lil’ Durk, Kevin Gates, Rich Homie Quan, G Herbo and many others. This will be my prediction for the 2018 list and who I feel  deserves it based on popularity and some personal opinion.

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Black Panther Movie Review

By: Crystal Mwende
Staff Writer

Last Friday, February 16th 2018, history was made. Marvel’s anticipated film, Black Panther, was finally released in theaters across the world. Black Panther is the final major superhero introduced leading up to the Avengers movie coming out this summer. The overall excitement behind this film has been building for over a year. This movie means so much more to fans than a simple addition to the series. Black Panther was directed by a black man and consisted of a majority black cast, something that is rare for mainstream films. Before the movie was even released to the mainstream audience, it was viewed by several critics and received a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Black Panther has made about $242 million domestically and $427 million worldwide, shattering box-office records. Therefore making it the fifth highest opening for a film ever and the second highest grossing Avengers film. Continue reading