Junior Technician Awarded Theatre Management Scholarship

As a member of technical theater, Blank worked mainly on sound in his sophomore year before transitioning into lighting work this year. Much of Blank’s work involves more than just making sure the audience can see the stage, but also enhancing the mood and atmosphere of the performance.

Charlotte Cao and Minnah Tanzeen

June 1, 2020

As audience members sit in the theater, eyes fixed on the stage, they often become immersed into watching the latest Portola High production, But if they look carefully at the back of the theater, it is possible to spot a shadow moving about the control booth; more often than not, this figure is junior Co...

PNN Anchors Down their Leadership for the 2020-21 School Year

Video Production teacher Tina Murphy and junior Madison Empalmado, the new social media producer, special segment producer and reporter, wanted to display the key features of their studio: the painted-on green screen and lights. PNN often uses their Instagram (@portolanewsnetwork) to publicize their show.

Emma Haag and Ariana Wu

May 28, 2020

From working countless hours to putting together 20-second segments to capturing important school events on film, the leadership of Portola News Network is always on top of its game. To prepare for another year of filmmaking, PNN has selected their leadership team for the upcoming school year.  ...

The Iris Episode 2: The Reign of King COVID the 19th

The Iris Episode 2: The Reign of King COVID the 19th

Ajinkya Rane and Jordan Lee

May 28, 2020

Jordan and Ajinkya tackle what's on everyone's mind - the Coronavirus. With guests spanning from a Portola student facing difficulties with asthma medication and a physician specializing in pediatric emergency medicine, they seek to explore the state of the pandemic and its lasting impact on the local...

Junior Raksha Rajeshmohan Nominated for Theater Critics Award

Junior Raksha Rajeshmohan played the lead role in the spring “Cinderella” musical. By watching and writing about other local theater productions, she was able to utilize her unique perspective to improve her performance on stage.

Claudia Lin and Zara Shirwany

May 27, 2020

From astonishing audience members with her show-stopping performances to constructing critic reviews for local school productions, junior Raksha Rajeshmohan has built a unique appreciation of theater through the Cappies program. Because of her work composing review articles that celebrate local theater pr...

Digital Master Classes Unite Dancers during Quarantine

The 2020-21 Dance Company crew auditioned through a digital evaluation process last month as a part of the transition to digital learning.

Jenny Won, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

May 27, 2020

Though the typically bustling dance studios have gone quiet since the pandemic began, student dancers continue to hone their skills behind their screens. As one of the arts that depends more heavily on in-person instruction, dance teacher Samantha Gardner has worked to bring the interactive process o...

International Thespian Society Recognizes Performers Online

Nine students were inducted into the International Thespian Society on May 20 for their commitment to performing arts. Despite the event being held on Zoom, the traditional ceremony of lighting a candle for inducted members when their name is called was preserved.

Manan Mendiratta and Akshay Raj

May 22, 2020

From emotional send-offs to warm welcomes, the International Thespian Society’s (ITS) induction ceremony celebrated all members and honored the time students spend serving the theater community outside of class. This year’s inductees include senior Madelyn Noh, juniors Andrew Feng, Sofia Fidel, Ryan ...

Binge These Throwback Movies During Quarantine

“The Shawshank Redemption” is commonly recognized to be one of the greatest movies to not win the Best Picture Award.

Shawyan Rooein, Centerspread Editor

May 13, 2020

Being stuck at home can be a drag, but what better way to enjoy your time than curling up in a blanket and watching some of the greatest movies from the past. Here are four classic movies to binge during your time at home. “Forrest Gump” (1994) An absolute classic and one of my all-time favorite...

From Shopping at Whole Foods to Stuck-at-Home Foods: Best Grocery Delivery Services

From Shopping at Whole Foods to Stuck-at-Home Foods: Best Grocery Delivery Services

Kelthie Truong, Back Page Editor

May 8, 2020

Prior to stay-at-home orders few would have expected weekly tasks like grocery shopping to induce anxiety. But with daunting long lines and confined spaces, the prospect of simply going to the store prompts safety and health concerns for many.  Some grocery stores have opened a window in their store hours ex...

The Future of Disney: Coronavirus Update

Amid the coronavirus concerns, many devoted fans have questioned if the Disney resorts will reopen before 2021.

Ava Caleca, Social Media and Marketing Team

May 7, 2020

Disney parks across the country have now been closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Disney Parks legacy has only closed two times prior to this, in dedication to John F. Kennedy after his assassination in 1963 and the 9/11 attacks.  Annual passholders to the parks can either call a Disney Parks e...

How to Bake Bread During Quarantine with Limited Resources

While baking bread without yeast may seem foreign to some, soda bread does not require any, making it a great choice for those who are struggling to find yeast on store shelves.

Minnah Tanzeen, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

As the quarantine boredom sets in, many people have turned to baking in order to keep themselves occupied and relieve stress. Both beginner and expert bakers have made #quarantinebaking trend on social media. But with the increased enthusiasm comes shelves emptied of baking materials such as yeast, bu...

Three Easy Desserts to Make With Strawberry Puree

Three Easy Desserts to Make With Strawberry Puree

Julia Kim, Opinion Editor

May 5, 2020

With stores closing or shortening operation hours, it may be difficult to get your hands on your favorite drinks or desserts. But if your favorite flavor is strawberry, these three recipes may be the perfect alternatives.  First, we are going to make strawberry puree. This will become the base ingre...

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