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Seniors Nathan Bass and Aldo Silva-Suarez play in a Sketchfest performance. All acts presented were directed by students and highlighted the creativity of the theater class. (Photo courtesy of Rafik Hanna)
TheatreMcLean holds sketchfest
Philip Rotondo, Editor-in-Chief • May 20, 2024

TheatreMcLean’s annual Sketchfest event was held on Wednesday, May 15. Five student acts were shown in total, and the event was hosted by senior...

Soft serve, smoothies, milkshakes, sundaes and ice cream cakes are just some of the treats that Carvel serves.
A frozen tragedy
Sandra Cheng, A&E Editor • May 7, 2024

Carvel, Carvel, Carvel. I write this with crushed expectations and a broken heart. With summer approaching, I was excited to try out this popular...

Masters of the Air is a limited series on Apple TV+ that tells the story of World War II in the eyes of men in the United States Air Forces 100th Bomb Group. The show was released on Jan. 26 and featured historically significant pilots including Major Gale and Major John Egan played by Austin Butler and Callum Turner respectively.
Masters of the Air is a marveling masterpiece
Sabrina Boughanem, Managing Editor • April 25, 2024

Action, emotion and history are all compiled into the new limited series on Apple TV+, Masters of the Air, which tells the heroic story of the...

The Highlander Music Picks: April 2024
The Highlander Music Picks: April 2024
JJ Steeg, Reporter • April 24, 2024

As Spring blooms with each passing day and we enter the final quarter of this school year, the music scene is reflective of the newly sunny weather....

Taylor Swifts album, The Tortured Poets Department was released on April 19
'The Tortured poet' inside Taylor Swift lives on
JJ Steeg, Reporter • April 20, 2024

Taylor Swift’s illusive and high-anticipated new album, The Tortured Poets Department, details all of Swift’s innermost feelings, offering...

The cast performs Stay, I Pray You, as they board the train and leave their homeland to find freedom in Paris.
TheatreMcLean’s Anastasia is the perfect production
Helen Shields and Olivia Wood April 19, 2024

TheatreMcLean’s newest production of Anastasia: The Musical, will leave you speechless at the talent displayed by the cast and the moving story...

Released to theaters on Feb. 2, 2024, Argylle is an action-packed spy film featuring an all-star cast of Hollywood big names. Directed by Matthew Vaughn the movie received mixed reviews from viewers and critics alike.
Argylle: A film so absurd it’s amusing
Sakura Mogami, Reporter • April 17, 2024

When the Argylle trailer was first released to the public, audiences were enthralled–with acclaimed Kingsmen director Matthew Vaughn behind...

Found Heaven, Conan Grays third studio album, was released on April 5, 2024.
Conan Gray’s new album brings listeners to musical heaven
JJ Steeg, Reporter • April 8, 2024

Sounding as if it was pulled out of a 1980s coming of age film, Conan Gray’s “Found Heaven” is a culmination of glam-infused instrumentals...

Kung Fu Panda 4 brings Jack Blacks Po to the big screen for the first time since 2016. The film is the second highest-grossing movie of 2024, only behind Dune: Part Two.
Kung Fu Panda 4 builds on the nostalgic KFP franchise
Andrew Lohman, Opinions Editor • March 24, 2024

Having watched the first Kung Fu Panda (KFP) movie with my older brothers during a snowstorm that had school canceled for a week, I really had...

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