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Starting the Year in Style: The BBQ Dance

By Rebecca Sorce and Amanda Bertsch

On Thursday, August 25th, the annual Barbeque Dance took place from 6-9. About 140 people gathered to celebrate the end of the 3-week block and enjoy a delicious barbeque prepared, as always, by Mr. Wilson and Mr. Terauchi.

This year it was a luau themed dance. With this theme, teachers and students wore Hawaiian-themed clothes during the school day and received leis upon entering the dance.

The beginning of the year is always tough for many, as it brings the end of the summer and the start of a new year. The first few weeks of school are especially hard for freshmen; not only are they in a new environment, but quite a few of them must make new friends. It’s important for them to be involved in school activities. The sizeable amount of freshmen in attendance at this dance was, therefore, a good sign for the year ahead.

Although this particular dance is good for freshman, all grades enjoyed the dance. Sophomore Rani Thompson stated that she enjoyed the dance because of “how involved the teachers were.”

And involved they were. Mr. Bronson, the new US History and Psychology teacher, ended the night in style by rapping “Ice Ice Baby” to an appreciative crowd. He was also spotted dancing with a palm tree earlier in the dance.

The next TCP dance will be the Halloween Dance.


TSSE: Teen Summer Stock Ensemble

By Aiden Montgomery

Teen Summer Stock Ensemble is a summer program presented by The Prescott Center For the Arts for teens and young adults ages 14-22. It’s an experience designed to give young actors a taste of what it’s like to put on a professional musical. This year’s show is Little Shop of Horrors.

Little Shop is about Seymour Krelborn, a nerdy botanist who finds a rare and exotic plant that he hopes can keep his manager’s business alive. The shop isn’t the only thing that’s alive, however. The plant, which he names Audrey II after his coworker crush, has an insatiable thirst for blood. To quench his thirst, the R&B singing plant promises Seymour fame and fortune in return for blood!

This production will be directed by Jim Pyduck, musically directed by Chris Tenney, and choreographed by Amanda Woolsey.

Teen Summer Stock runs from June 13th through July 24th, with 4-6 weeks of rehearsal. Rehearsals are Monday through Friday; 2pm to 9pm everyday with an hour dinner break. The registration fee is $100. Auditions are May 2nd and 3rd. We hope to see you there!

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TCP’s Last Concert of the Year is Here

By Natalie Krafft

Every year, Tri-City Prep hosts two concerts: one during the fall semester and one during the spring semester. The spring concert is also the concert where the winner of the Chili Cook-off will be awarded the silver ladle. This year, the concert will be held this Thursday, April 14th at 7 pm.

Beginning Strings, Choir, and Chamber Orchestra will all perform a selection of songs for the audience, as is in most concerts. In addition to this being the last concert for all music classes at TCP, the music classes will all come together to sing a musical as they do every year. Last year it was Les Misérables, and this year, they bring you The Phantom of the Opera!

There is no charge to see the concert so feel free to come watch the music classes and support them as they perform their absolute best for you!

Thanksgiving: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Delicious

By Natalie Krafft

The first Thanksgiving took place in the autumn of 1621 to celebrate the companionship between the Native Americans and the colonists. Now, every fourth Thursday of November, the citizens of America celebrate Thanksgiving with overeating, football, and family.

As delicious as Thanksgiving is, it’s still an incredibly stressful holiday for many families. Unsavory in-laws, hours of labor, and the potential weight gain are all factors that add to the stress. Yet despite all of this, people still find a way to make it enjoyable. How do they do it?

The first thing is to be organized. This means planning out the meals in advance, having a grocery list ready to go, and having the recipes at hand. Being able to cook the food efficiently is vital to a stress free Thanksgiving and a delicious meal! Even planning which football game to watch will help avoid arguments. This year the Philadelphia Eagles will play the Detroit Lions, the Chicago Cubs will play the Green Bay Packers, and the Carolina Panthers will play the Dallas Cowboys.

Also have modes of transportation in mind. If family is flying out, plan who will be picking them up and dropping them off. In addition, plan out any guest accommodations. What hotel is Aunt Jane and Uncle Bill staying at and are they going to drive themselves there and back? Who gets the guest bedroom and who has to sleep on the floor?

Have a backup plan for if things do go wrong. Maybe the weather is bad or half of the family is sick with the flu. If that’s the case, have some other idea in mind to prevent last minute planning.

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be an elaborate event. The meal, pulling the wish bone, and watching football are the main attractions, not delicate painted decorations or gourmet cranberry sauce. Don’t make it harder than it has to be.

For decorations, simpler is better. Have the table settings done beforehand and even the seating chart, to prevent any possible conflict at the table. Be prepared for any accidents in case five-year old Tommy does spill all of his yams on the floor.

Thanksgiving should be an enjoyable holiday! Get everything planned beforehand, and it will be much easier to enjoy time with family and friends. Simply enjoy the process of Thanksgiving and the meaning behind it to have a stress free holiday this year.

The Wonderful World of YPF

By Mathew Lanning

Attention all playwrights – now is your chance to get your work performed! Prescott Center for the Arts (PCA) in downtown Prescott hosts an annual playwriting competition, the Young Playwrights Festival. PCA will be hosting its 5th annual Young Playwrights Festival, the rehersals running through February to the performance in March.  In this competition, plays are written and submitted by students from K – 12 grade level, and are judged so that some are selected to be performed.

In this competition, a board of judges chooses several plays (usually seven or eight) from the submissions that were recieved. The works are ranked in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, along with several other Honorable Mentions. Acting auditions are held at the start of the festival where numerous actors and actresses try out for parts in any play selected.

In addition to having a play performed, cash prizes and trophies are also awarded for placed works. First prize will win around $120, second place will win $100, and third place will win $90 (awards may vary). The audience will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite play, and the winner of this vote will win the Audience Choice Award trophy and cash prize, worth $150. Lastly, a panel of judges from the Prescott area will also vote for the best-written play. The winner of this vote will receive the Tiffany Antone Grand Prize Award trophy and cash prize, worth $150 as well.

Plays submitted must be no longer than eleven pages and must be submitted within the months of September through November.More submission information can be found at