by: Jaden Holtschlag
Many people do not understand the whole after school process for someone who participates in sports and also the arts. Starting from the bell at 2:45, I have up to 30 minutes to go and talk to teachers or take a quiz or test if I am behind. At 3:20, I get changed for cross country and put on my shoes and (depending on the day) head towards the track for a workout. I do a mile for warmup and then stretch to get my body prepared. On this particular day, the cross country team did a system called the ladder, which means starting at 1000 meters, you decrease by 200 meters and you get a minute of rest in between (1000, 800, 600, 400, 200). I normally get done with all of this at 4:30-4:45.
After running, I have to go straight to rehearsal, where we are doing a sitzprobe. At a sitzprobe, the whole cast sits in a circle and we sing through every song in the whole show with our wonderful pianist, Nathan. Once I sign in, I get on stage, join the circle, and warm up my voice. If Erica, the music director, notices any incorrect harmonies or actors not singing loud enough during the sitzprobe, she will work with the specific group to get the harmony ingrained in their brains. After this we split rehearsal, which means Mrs. Mundy, the choreographer, takes a group of dancers and works with them on the number. Meanwhile, our fabulous director Mr. Bolen observes as we do a chunk of 4-5 scenes with blocking, music, and choreography, and after we finish, he gives us notes, and we do it all again.
Yes, it is a lot of repetition, but each time, you get to bring something new to the table, and Bolen will tell you if he loves it or hates it. After rehearsal, which tends to end at 7:30-7:45, all cast members expect an email from Shannon, our wonderful stage manager, which includes the rehearsal schedule for the next several days and a list of all things that have to be completed behind the scenes. Once I get home, I normally work for around 1-2 hours on homework, and get ready for bed at 10. Although the show is only 2 hours, many people don’t consider the countless late nights we spend rehearsing it the 2 months before the show opens.
by: Libby Weicker
Hello! Welcome to my world. My name is Wren Weicker. I am 1 year old and live in Arrington, Tennessee with my family. I love my family very much. My sister, Libby, adopted me about three and half months ago. My previous family loved me too, but I knew they were just my foster family. Now, I have my forever family. I have two brothers, two sisters, and my mom. My brothers’ names are Troy, who lives with me, and Woody, my human brother, who lives at college. My mom adopted Troy just a few weeks before I came home, so we aren’t from the same litter, but we are meant to be brothers. He is also just a year old, like me, and I love him very much. Then, I have two sisters. Libby, my human sister, and Fiona, my furry sister. Libby and I have had a super special connection from the moment we met, and we both knew that we were meant to be together. She responded to an ad online about adopting me and came out to my house at the time to meet me. We walked around together in my yard and chatted about our lives, and then she asked me the most important question ever. The question I’d been wanting to be asked for my whole life from the right person. I knew she was the right person. She asked me if I would be her little brother and come home with her. Woof! My heart exploded with love and happiness. She truly is my sister. Then, my other sister is a little weird. She is six years old and acts like an old, grumpy lady sometimes. She isn’t the nicest sister ever, but it’s okay, every family has a black sheep apparently. Lastly, I have my wonderful mom who loves me, feeds me, plays with me, and is always there for cuddles. I love cuddles. Cuddles and playing with my siblings are my favorite things to do! I am so grateful for my new and forever family. I couldn’t ask for anything more. So, this is who I am and where I come from. My sister says I’m really smart, so I will be commenting on the things that happen in my world from my perspective from now on!
Until next time,
Love your people like your pup loves you,
by: Ansley Moore
Under the guidance of Clifton Kaiser for the past seven years, the Panther Post is a long standing tradition at FRA, but you wouldn’t know by asking the student body. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that if you surveyed the whole student body the majority would be shocked to know that FRA even has a student newspaper, but we do. We began with the formatting of meeting once every other week to work on planning and writing articles for a print issue with the goal of releasing 4-6 issues over the course of a year. And this worked for a little while, however the over committed nature of the average student meant that school work, play rehearsals, sports practices, other club meetings, college applications, and other commitments soon began to take prevalence over the newspaper and our publication rate became nonexistent.
This year it’s time for a change, which is why moving forward we are shifting to the online platform you’re reading now. From now on, articles can be published as they are finished, not when the rest of the issue is complete, which means that students can stay up to date on what’s affecting the school community right now.
We hope to make the Panther Post an integral part of how students stay connected to their peers and encourage new authors to write about whatever they are passionate about. We also ask that you remember that this is a student publication and although we will try our best, mistakes are inevitable and when they do happen we request that you will be forgiving as we work to correct them for the future.