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Student Spotlight: Emma Burns

This post is part of the new Sunday Student Spotlight column. Every Sunday, Denobis features a student at Tri-City who’s doing interesting things. 

By Amanda Bertsch


Emma Burns is a TCP sophomore.

What do you do with your free time?

EB: I hike with my dogs and hang out at Yavapai College.Emma Burns interests

You’re getting your associate’s degree. Why?

EB: I think it would be easiest to get that part of college out of the way now so I can hit the ground running once I graduate. And if I’m going to take the classes for fun anyway, I might as well put them toward a degree.

What’s the best class you’ve ever taken at YC?

EB: Over the summer I took a stress management course, and it really changed the way I look at life… it just made me realize that there’s a whole lot more to it than what I once thought, which was pretty neat.


Emma’s dog Val

Do you have any advice for students considering an associate’s degree in high school?

EB: There’s a ton of classes that work with the degree requirements, so try and only choose the ones that you’re really interested in, otherwise it’ll seem draining! And definitely don’t be afraid to change your major.

What are you thinking of doing after high school?

EB: I think it would be really fun to work on campaigns or be involved in government in some way. I’ve also always wanted to be a national park ranger, so that could be cool.

Speaking of campaigns, you interned with the Yavapai Democrats. Can you tell us about that?



Emma’s dog Benny

EB: Around August I wanted to get involved with the election, so I asked the coordinated campaign (the Yavapai Dems) if they needed any help, and they hooked me up with an internship! From there we got to talk to and register voters around town and get information for the polls! It was really good to get to be around like-minded, passionate people like that, and it really made me realize that’s what I want to do with my life.

Looking forward, how do you plan to be involved with activism?

EB: I want to really get involved with local government and help influence change right here in Prescott, and looking forward I hope to be involved with the 2018 midterm elections.


Interviews have been edited lightly for clarity.



Little Women Review

By Emma Burns
Prescott has a growing fine arts scene, one that many schools, including Yavapai College, have become a part of. Recently, the college presented the Broadway hit Little Women, originally a heartwarming novel by Louisa May Alcott. This production featured a number of fantastic actors and actresses, including community members from all walks of life.
The story follows Jo March, an outspoken writer who lives in Massachusetts, as well as her three sisters: Beth, Amy, and Meg. This timeless classic features love, loss, and lives being lived. In YC’s rendition, the sisters, played by Taylor McFarland, Liz Aranda, Judah Neese, and Kayla McMahon had amazing chemistry and created an excellent family dynamic.
The set constructed by students at Yavapai looked spectacular, and was a rotating mini-stage, creating various scenes in one large set piece. The costumes were all handmade by the Yavapai Costume department; they all turned out wonderfully, with incredible period accuracy. The show was accompanied by a live pit orchestra, where one former and one current Tri-City Prep student could be found. These were graduate Devon Bonelli (Class of 2016) and senior Kaleb Lyonnais.
One of the best things about this show by far was the raw emotion and talent one witnessed while watching. It was evident that all cast members truly cared about the roles that they were playing, and gave everything they had while making this show come alive.
Although as of now all shows have stopped, there is still a chance to witness and even participate in theatre at YC. The Christmas show titled It’s a Wonderful Life premiers on December 15th, and runs until the 17th. After that, if you would like to get involved with a production either backstage or acting, auditions for Into the Woods (the College’s spring presentation) are on November 2nd and 3rd in YC’s music department.

Yavapai College’s “The Music Man”: Coming Soon to a Stage Near You

By Aiden Montgomery

The upcoming spring musical at Yavapai College’s Performance Hall is Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man. The Music Man, originally released in 1957, tells the story of a sly con-man who tricks a whole town into buying band instruments. The one catch: he doesn’t teach the kids how to play.

The play is directed by the talented Nanette Hoffer and conducted by the amazing Dr. Craig Ralston. Performers include several Tri-City students. The showings are March 18th and 19th at 7pm and March 20th at 3pm. There is also a school show on the 17th.

Get your Hamlet Fix: A Review of the National Theatre Live Play

By Natalie Krafft

On Thursday, November 5, the National Theatre Live broadcasted its showing of Hamlet all across the world, entertaining thousands of Shakespeare lovers. Yavapai College offered a showing.

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragic plays. It is centered around the title character Hamlet, whose father, the King of Denmark, has died by the start of the play. Hamlet’s mother marries his uncle in less than two months after the king’s death. Later on, a couple of guards come to Hamlet reporting a ghost that looks like it’s the dead king; when Hamlet goes to investigate, he finds out that it really is the spirit of his father and that the king had been murdered by Hamlet’s uncle. Hamlet sets off to avenge his father’s death while going slowly mad.

This Hamlet, directed by Lyndsey Turner, was given a new retro feel. At one point, young Hamlet wears a David Bowie t-shirt and another character uses a film camera. Benedict Cumberbatch, known for his roles as Sherlock in BBC’s Sherlock and as Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness, plays the main character, Hamlet. Cierán Hinds, who played Fin MvGovern in The Road to Perdition, plays the murderous uncle, King Claudius. Leo Bill plays Horatio, the character who ultimately kills Hamlet. Antastasia Hille portrays Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, and Sian Brooke takes the role of Ophelia. Many other brilliant actors and actresses help to make this 400 year old play come to life. Continue reading

10 Things to Do Over Fall Break

By Sarah McGirk

With fall break coming up, many families have plans to travel out of town, but there are still those who plan to stay home. So instead of sitting at home and binge watching TV shows, here are some fun things you can do in our local area.

  1. The 8th Annual Prescott Area Artists’ Studio Tour: This is a unique event where you can see masters showcase their talent at the Mountain Artists Guild and Gallery. It lasts from Friday the 2nd to Sunday the 4th.
  2. The 37th Annual Folk Music Festival: This event will be held Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th at the Sharlot Hall Museum. It is one of the longest running music festivals in Prescott and has over 200 musicians playing. It is a great event and, best of all, free for anyone fifteen and younger!
  3. HOPE Fest: This is the fourth annual volunteer event dedicated to spreading hope in our community. This event has over 150 booths that provide food and resources to help members of our community. It’s a wonderful experience to reach out and spread some hope to those who may be hurting. It will be held on Saturday the 3rd from 10 am to 10 pm
  4. The Prescott Mile High Marching Band Festival: This festival is a showcase for thirty local high school marching bands to perform at. It will be held on October 3rd at Prescott High School. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for kids to watch an amazing collection of students perform their hearts out.
  5. Teens, Books, and Bites: This is an event at the Prescott Public Library on Tuesday the 6th from 4 to 5 to skype with author Paul Volponi. He will be skyping live from New York and talking about the teens who inspired his writing career. This will be a great experience for those interested in having a writing career.
  6. Fool for Love: This play tells the story of a couple who cannot live without each other. It will be held on the PCA stage downtown almost every night during fall break. The Prescott Center for the Arts normally produces fantastic shows and this show should be no exception.
  7. Yavapai College Career & Technical Education Center Open House: This will be held at Yavapai College on October 10th from 10 am to 1 pm. It is an opportunity to learn about CTEC programs and see live demonstrations.
  8. Arizona Firefighter Chili Cook-off: Held on the Courthouse Square, this event will run from 11 am to 4 pm on October the 10th. This charity event supports the 100 club of Arizona as well as the Groom Creek Firefighters’ Association. Chili will be sold.
  9. History of Chocolate: This will be held at the Prescott Public Library on October 11th from 2pm to 4 pm. Lee Perrotta Fityo, who has been featured in the New York Times, will talk about the history of chocolate.
  10. Phoenix Symphony in Prescott: The Phoenix Symphony will perform at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center from 3pm to 5pm on October the 11th. The music is set to the time of Rome and the orchestra is conducted by Laureate Michael Christie. Tickets are anywhere from $29 to $38 a person and space is limited, but it is going to be an amazing performance.

With all of these events planned, there is certainly something for you, your family, or maybe even your friends to do over Fall Break. If none of these events interest you, there are countless more on the City of Prescott website. Either way, this break is a great opportunity for you to just chill out and maybe even make some memories. Enjoy your break!