by Josh Armand
Graffiti is defined as writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. It is a crime and you can get in a lot of trouble for doing it. However this does not mean it cannot be considered art. Many of these murals can be insanely beautiful and inspiring. They can even portray positive messages. So why can’t all graffiti be considered art. When most people hear the word “art”, they think about famous paintings or people like Van Gogh. they also see it mostly on the sides of trains or buildings. For example, in Shreveport we have quite a few giant paintings. One of them is on two of the four sides or our AT&T building downtown. It is known as the “mega mural” and the title is “Once in a Millennium Moon”. It was a community project and was produced by a team of professional artists and 2,600 community painters. Art is actually characterized as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. People from all over the world have different dreams and reasons for why they became artists. They can vary from being born for it or just having a relative that taught them. It is such a vast and growing community that there are many more art classes in schools today. Graffiti can most definitely have good impacts as well as bad. Regardless of its purpose, it is art. Whoever made it has a reason and a story behind it. We should all respect what others have to say through graffiti. The only reason to discriminate is if it causes harm to a specific community or group.
by Jeremy Stoss
Caddo Magnet High School has just recently announced the cast for our school’s take on the Broadway play “Guys and Dolls!” Our school’s performances of the players will take place from November 9th-11th and it is something that you definitely can’t miss. The director of our school play is Patti Reeves. She has worked very hard for the play to come true. The original Choreographer is Ginger Folmer, and the Musical Director is Jennifer Jackson. The designer of the sets and construction is Trey Jackson, and Bill Knox is the Tech Class instructor. With those people along with the students who are also part of the production, the play is sure to be absolutely amazing! The members of the cast, ensemble, and technical crew can all be found on the school website.
The original “Guys and Dolls” play was performed at the New York City center in 1955. The play later made a broadway revival on July 11, 1976. From there on it was a play that became a fan favorite. It began to make regular appearances on Broadway. The play also grew very popular in England, and the National Theatre Company of London included it on their stage. The play has just recently ended a United Kingdom and Ireland traveling tour. The original film of the play was released in 1955, but 20th Century Fox has recently bought the rights of the film in 2013. The play has been nominated for seven different awards, and has one too. The actors and actresses of the films have won countless numbers of awards as well. Our school’s adaptation of this great play is something you definitely can't miss!