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TCP’s Spring Concert A Success

By Natalie Krafft


On April 14th, Tri-City Prep’s music department had its very last concert of the year. All three groups performed exceptionally that night. The audience was also given the lovely surprise of a quintet group, dubbed Strings and Things.

Choir was the first to go, and they suffered a small mishap of not being able to find their music. However, a couple students went up and provided some light humor to distract from the mild setback. Everything eventually went for better and the choir sang beautifully, as always.

Strings and Things also made their debut performance with an excerpt from the Eine Kleine Nachtmusick by Mozart. Lauren Sarantopoulos and Devon Bonelli played on their violin while Amanda Bertsch played the Violin I part on her flute with Sarantopoulos. Natalie Krafft was on viola, and Mathew Lanning played away on his cello.

Beginnings Strings played after, surpassing many people’s expectations. What is interesting about this year’s class is that many of them already had a musical background. This previous knowledge of music most certainly helped them to sound better than other Beginning Strings classes from the past.

Chamber Orchestra settled for vigor in their selections playing both loud and strong pieces. Despite the awkwardness of setting up the chairs, the audience seemed very pleased with the music itself. Mrs. T also took this time to award Lauren Sarantopoulos and Ethan & Natalie Krafft the silver ladle award for winning this year’s Chili Cook Off.

To end the program, all three groups came together to sing a medley of songs from The Phantom of the Opera. Many soloists were featured for this pieces. Kate DuBroy, Seth Rollin, Grace Padilla, Ian Otto, Solena Daniels, Dayna Bergman, Ammon Worden, Max Baker, and Emma Burns were all among the soloists. They all sang incredibly alongside their fellow peers.

Now that the spring concert has come to an end, the classes now work towards Graduation! Graduation will be on May 27th and it is mandatory for all music students to attend. The TCP Music Department did a wonderful job this year with all their hard work and performances!


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!

TCP’s Best-Kept Secret

By Amanda Bertsch

envirothon students

TCP’s Envirothon students show off their plaques.

What do eating bad lasagna, playing with soil, and hiking with rattlesnakes have in common? This Friday and Saturday, 60 Arizona high school students found out.

Envirothon is a North American (US and Canada) ecology competition. Students in teams of five complete written and practical tests in soils and land use, aquatics, and wildlife/forestry. They also have two hours to prepare a solution to a problem based around the year’s topic (this year, invasive species), which is presented to a panel of judges.

Envirothon has often been called Tri-City’s best-kept secret, and not without cause. Many balk at the idea of doing tests and public speaking on a weekend (not to mention getting up early), but Envirothon has an extremely high returning student rate for a reason. The competition is both fun and fast-paced, with plenty of opportunities to just enjoy the outdoors. Continue reading

Comedy has Come to Campus

By Amanda Bertsch

A circle of students sit on the floor of the auditorium, eyes closed. Together, they count up to twenty, trying to sense when another person is about to speak. “Slowly,” someone cautions. This isn’t some kind of cult meeting. It’s the newest club on campus, and it’s already changing the way students think about comedy.

Last semester, improv comedy performer Alex Backes came to give the drama class a week of lessons. In improv comedy, performers work together to create comedic skits on the spot. Warmups, such as the counting game described above, are used to develop skills and also get in the mood for comedy after a stressful day.

Junior Lizzy Rizk was a TA when the drama class was doing improv, and she jumped in to join the lessons. She later described this experience as the inspiration for the club.

“I performed with them, and I had so much fun doing it, and it made me want to continue doing improv,” she said. “It just all kind of snowballed from there.”

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