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Laughs abound for SCSU production of ‘Potter’ musical

‘A Very Potter Musical’ was an amateur and unofficial production about Harry Potter that was created in 2009 and put on YouTube by a group of University of Michigan students who have parodied other works of pop culture like ‘The Hobbit’ and Batman. They wanted to put their own spin on something they loved. Five years later, the SCSU Theatre department has recreated this production, adding a personal twist to it, in ‘Almost A Very Potter Musical’. For years I have been a fan of Team Starkid, the theatre company that created ‘A Very Potter Musical’. The show is responsible for Team Starkid’s explosion in popularity, and is the origin of popular ‘Glee’ actor Darren Criss. ‘A Very Potter Musical’ also spawned two sequels, and several more theatre productions, shows, and even concert tours, all from Team Starkid. I’ve watched the very lengthy, almost three hour-long play countless times. I… Keep Reading

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Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War

‘Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War’ is a collection of stories from authors who came in direct contact with the recent American wars. Published as fiction, these stories share accounts of being stationed overseas, and the daily struggles of a returning soldier. Trends like readjusting and finding a place in society, alcoholism, coping with traumas and building functional relationships with friends and family are all prevalent within these stories. At certain points, the tales get gritty and can be hard to stomach. They give various perspectives of what war is like and how it can have such profound effects on the people involved. After reading this book, the mindset and experiences that are told within these stories are still a bit unreal for me. It’s hard to really grasp onto such things that seem like a nightmare. However, not every story shared the same intensity as others,… Keep Reading

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Marvel movie’s outta this world

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is the latest of the Marvel universe films to draw in crowds to the big screen. And overall, it does quite a fair job of capturing the attention and emotions of the audience. While a far different sort of Marvel film from the popular Avenger series and super hero movies such as ‘Thor’, ‘Captain America’, ‘Iron Man’ and the ‘Incredible Hulk’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ focuses heavily on the main character, Peter Quill played by actor Chris Pratt and his quest to earn a quick buck. After being abducted from Earth as a child—after a very sad and tear-jerking first scene—Quill is later taken under wing of an intergalactic ring of thieves, known as the Ravagers under the leadership of Yondu, played by Michael Rooker. Fast-forward 26 years to 2014 and we find Quill on the planet Morag attempting to steal an object called the Orb. … Keep Reading

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