Creative Writing Butterflies by Solange Baker

With our first show of the year coming up, this week has been a rush of preparing and excitement. As I am a freshman, this is my first show in creative writing. During my eighth grade year, I came to “Rebel Rebel”, the fall showcase last year. To put it simply, it was one of the best shows that I’ve been to. It’s interesting though, to know see the mechanics and behind the scenes of the making a writing show.

Putting on a performance takes a lot of work. I’ve been in enough plays and such to know this, but this is a new experience for me. There’s a certain feeling of nervousness that comes with reading your work that’s different than being in a play. Writing is very personal and difficult to share. So of course we all get nervous about the show. But the community that we’ve built makes it easier. We’re definitely one of the top three most close knit departments. It’s nice to be able to walk up to someone who’s older than you and have them help edit a piece or get rid of jitters without feeling too intimidated.

Everyday this week we stay from 1:10 to 5 (sometimes later) rehearsing. We have the theater for a week. So while the first act is practicing on stage , the second is outside practicing by themselves. The more I revise my piece the more I stand on that dusty black stage, the more real this seems. It’s weird knowing people who performed in a show that you loved. It’s like meeting a celebrity, being starstruck at first, and then getting to know them and forgetting about that feeling like they were godly. In a way it’s even weirder seeing my fellow C-dubs in rehearsal. They’re all incredibly talented and it makes me proud in a happy way to be part of their creative writing family. I can’t help but wonder if someone in the audience will feel the same start-struck  feeling I did– that I do. All I can hope is that as I walk onto the stage, shaking and nervous, that someone in the audience will feel inspired, changed at least for a moment. But in the end, isn’t that what we all want?

Solange Baker, class of 2019

A Trip to the De Young by Solange Baker

Each marking period we are required to attend a certain number of art related events. Most of the freshman, having never done any of it before, were confused and frazzled. But we all filed into the museum, excited for the exhibit we were about to see. The paintings that were on display was the magnificent work of J. M. W. Turner. Just to give some background on who he is, he is arguably one of the best painters of the 19th century and he liked to paint light. You could see each swirling brush stroke that he had made so long ago.

There was so much emotion and depth in his paintings. They ranged from beautiful light filled landscapes and shining rolling crystal water to dark sea storms tossing ships about and sea monsters to radiant angels. It was wonderful to be able to experience and observe his paintings with such wonderful people who all appreciate all forms of art as much as I do. Even after we left we all talked about his paintings and his life.

We then traveled to an art gallery filled with photos of artists in their work spaces, and even a photo of the twin towers before the tragic events of September 11th. We all walked around the gallery as we exchanged comments on the photos. After we left, we walked over to The Grove to have lunch (which was paid for). As we ate our amazing meal and waited for our parents to arrive to pick us up, we talked about the day we had had together and about how glad we are to have met each other. We all said our goodbyes for the day and went our separate ways, but I kept thinking about how happy I am to get to be around them. And how one small decision had brought us all together. And for once in my life, I actually find myself looking forward to school.