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The Phantom is Coming!

by Meglin Bodner


That’s right! BHS proudly presents “The Phantom of The Opera” as the spring musical. It was first performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London in 1986 and is the longest running show in Broadway history, having had its 9,000th performance in September 2009. “The Phantom of the Opera” was taken from the book “Le Fantome de L’Opera by Gaston Leroux. The music was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the lyrics by Charles Hart, and the story by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew LLoyd Webber.

Most of the story is in the form of a flashback between the present day and twenty-five years earlier. At the time, the opera’s owner, Lefevre, is leaving and his co-owners, Andre, Firmin, and their patron, Raoul, take over the opera. The co-owners are clueless about the Phantom who hides and lives in the catacombs underneath the opera building, but everyone else knows that when the Phantom’s demands are not met, there will be consequences. The Phantom is a physically disfigured bitter man, but also a musical genius who hides his blemish behind a mask. Christine Daae takes over when Carlotta, the opera’s leading soprano, walks out because of a backdrop almost hitting her. The replacement, Christine is a very successful singer and the Phantom falls in love with her. So when Christine accepts a marriage proposal from her childhood sweetheart Raoul, the Phantom becomes furious. The Phantom decides to kidnap Christine while Raoul attempts to save her. The young soprano has to choose between her love for Raoul and her mysterious attraction to the Phantom.

Ms. Cartisano commented, “The music is absolutely GLORIOUS and both the lyrics and the play itself are incredibly well written.  At the same time it is tremendously difficult music – especially for young teenage voices.  We are so fortunate to have the talented singers, dancers, actors, and adult and student volunteers necessary for us to do this production.  This is the most challenging play to stage that Cathy Ann Roding and I have done in our 26 years directing together. But we are sure it will also be tremendously rewarding for everyone involved and well as everyone who comes to see it.”

For those of you planning to see this spectacular musical, call 203-315-7798 Ext. 2500 to buy your tickets now. The shows will be on March 22-27 with a matinee only on Sunday. Lots of people are going to see it and I suggest you do, too. It will be yet another fantastic musical performed by talented BHS students!


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Help The Blind: Join LEO club

by Meglin Bodner

 If you haven’t already heard of the LEO club at Branford High, then you’ll be surprised at the benefits it carries. Many people looking for community service hours can find them by joining the LEO club. Another benefit that comes from being involved is helping others who cannot see. As a member of the LEO club, I can proudly say that we are a pretty active club.

Every year, we go to a lot of places and do a variety of different things. One of the first events that we participate in each year is the Christmas Party at the Yacht Club near Branford Point. Children or grand-children of LIONS club members, the larger organization that the LEO club sprouts off of, spend an evening there doing all kinds of activities. Members of the LEO club help them with these activities. We also play games such as red light green light with them. After the games and activities are finished, we help Santa pass out presents. The Christmas Party is about 2 hours of community service.

A lot of the LEO club is dedicated to fundraising for the blind. We make chocolate and sell it at La Luna to a group of LIONS members who hold their yearly dinner there. When the Pops concert comes around, here at school, we sell baked goods. Also, the club has been very successful when selling snow cones at the Branford Festival in past years.

The biggest event for LEO club is visiting Fidelco – a place where guide dogs are trained to “be the eyes” of a blind person. Last year was the first time I went and it was very interesting. There were booths set up that had activities everyone to try. One booth had a bowl of coins and I had to pick up some and count them with a blindfold on. I had to decide how much I had taken only by the feel of the coins. Afterwards, I took the blindfold off and counted what I had. The next booth had boxes with items in them that were not visible and had to be figured out by touch. There was also a booth that explained the different types of eye diseases. They even had glasses that I put on to see how a person with a particular eye disease sees their surroundings. The advisor, Mrs. Cartisano, and I took a tour around where the dogs stay. I put on a blindfold and was led around by a guide dog. Every year $1,000 that the LEO club has collected is donated to the Fidelco Company.

The LEO club does a lot of fun things. You can too if you join! We do even more fundraisers and attend more events than the ones I mentioned. LEO club meets every other Monday each month after school in F 01 in the library. You will be able to help a lot of people by taking part in this club.

Think about if you were blind and needed someone to “be your eyes” so that you could live a better life. Would you be happy that people are donating money to raise guide dogs that you might someday get?

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School Clubs

by Alyssa Mason

Anime Club

In Anime Club, there are many different things to do, from drawing their own characters and people.   In addition to drawing, they watch Anime, play video games, and dress up as different characters and party.  As of now they are working on filling their bulletin board.  The new president, Sidney Mao, is working on reorganizing the club.  There are about 15-20 members so far, and they are currently recruiting any new members that want to join; anyone is welcome, from freshman to upperclassmen.

Women’s Club

The purpose of women’s club is to support young women.  Last year they sent clothes and other materials to an Indian reservation in North Dakota.  They do many collection drives throughout the year to send to women in need.  Another goal the club supervisor, Mrs. Roy mentioned was to create a safe place for girls to talk freely with the older girls about their problems.  They’re newest project is creating goodie bags to give out at the “Run for the Ribbons” event that is raising money to donate it  to help find a cure for breast cancer.


Orchestra is an all year class that consists of violin, viola, cello, and bass players.  Last year orchestra only had 5 people, which is more a quintet than an orchestra.  This year however, this number has doubled to 10 people.  There is also a new teacher, Mrs. Cohen, who has brought much change to the program.  This class is welcome to everyone, so anyone who wants to play an instrument is welcome to join.  We meet every day during 6th period.  There are many concerts planned this year so if you aren’t able to join, then you can still come and support them.

Art Club

Art Club is a very interesting club that meets Tuesdays after school.  Next week they are going to be doing print making and are soon planning to be doing crafts with pumpkins in celebration of fall and Halloween.  The club is run by Mr. McColl, there aren’t many members in art club yet, and new members are encouraged to join.

Be sure to check out their art work it is sure to be breathtaking!

Asian Awareness

Asian Awareness is another relatively small club with 15-20 members; and members are always welcome throughout the year.  They do many fun things such as eat Asian cuisine and make Asian crafts.  They also listen to Asian music, and occasionally hold Asian fashion shows.  They are also planning a trip to Chinatown, New York around Chinese New Year.  You don’t have to be Asian to join the club; everyone is welcome to celebrate the culture with them.  This is a club definitely worth checking out!

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Peace Jammers Go to the U.N.

By Sean Smith
Peace Jam Field Trip to the U.N.

The peace loving school club Peace Jam ventured to New York City a month ago to visit the United Nations. There they heard the “messengers of peace” speak about the various troubles around the world. Some of the guest speakers included Jane Goodall, actor Michael Douglas, and author of a series of moving novels about the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel.

Peace Jammer Tara Leite says “I learned about the situations in Liberia and Afghanistan, and ways to spread the news about various world issues.”

The field trip seemed to be a real eye opener for the members of Peace Jam as it was both moving and informative.

Tara says people should “realize the great opportunities that [they] are presented with” when they join these great clubs and various youth groups.

If you are interested in joining Peace Jam, please visit Ms. Shirley for more information.

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