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The Shoe Fits

Cinderella comes to AHS as the fall musical.
Claire Pellett
The cast list for the musical Cinderella.

As musical season descends on Atlantic High School, so does a magical feeling and . . . is that fairy dust? The new school year brings new choir teacher Mikayla Stockhaus and her choice of musical, Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. “I wanted something family-friendly that people of all ages can recognize,” Stockhaus said. “I hope it gives us an opportunity to show off some talent in the AHS vocal department.” She intends to grow the program in numbers and success. “I hope to build on some of the successes of recent years.” Stockhaus graduated from AHS, but has worked in many states including Ohio and Texas. Most recently, she taught at Riverside Community School District. 

I hope it gives us an opportunity to show off some talent in the AHS vocal department.

— Mikayla Stockhaus

“It’s a turnaround from what we’ve done in the past,” sophomore Grace Mitchell said regarding the musical choice. Past shows “have been more modern, [and] this one’s a really old story.” Mitchell plays Marie, the fairy godmother in this year’s show. “I’m very excited; I love musical season.” She hopes that in the upcoming years, students and Stockhaus can “turn this choir program around.” 

Senior Dawsen Sorensen echoes Mitchell’s excitement for the musical. “I hope this is as good as last year’s, not that I’m holding expectations,” he said. Last year, Sorensen played Patrick in Spongebob Squarepants, and now he will be playing Cinderella’s prince. “The dude’s name is ‘Topher’,” he said. “He’s pretty cool.” Sorensen also said, “I’m hoping everyone will get along.” 

The musical debuts November 3 at 7:00 pm, with shows November 4 at 7:00 pm and November 5 at 2:00 pm. “Come out and support your friends who are performers,” Stockhaus said. “We’re always looking for more help if anybody wants to help backstage or learn a new skill and help with sound and tech.”

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Genevieve McCalla, Senior Magazine Editor
Junior Genevieve McCalla participates in journalism because she likes being able to contribute her writing to the senior magazine and AHS Needle. “It makes me happy,” McCalla said. She also likes the experiences and the different types of involvement she gets. "First Fridays are fun since we get to see all the aspects of journalism." McCalla thinks school is “exhausting but lots of fun because of being involved.” Her high school goal is to “get as much experience as possible.” If McCalla had to relive one moment it would be making it to all state last year. "I was ecstatic because my whole attitude before was just to improve as a musician, but when I found out I made it, it was just the icing on the cake." In addition to journalism, McCalla is in activities she's in show choir, chamber choir, speech, cross country, tennis, play, and musical. When McCalla finds time out of her busy schedule, she works on homework or walks her dog, Nika. McCalla has 3 siblings which include Eleanor, Knox, and Henry.  Written by Gabbie Porter
Claire Pellett, AHS Needle Lead Editor
Claire Pellett is a junior and an editor for AHS Needle at Atlantic High School. Pellett took part in journalism last year. “I really like how much independence we have and how creative we can get to be in the class," she said. Pellett's favorite part of journalism is being creative and getting to have her own ideas. She likes working at her own speed and being creative in what she does. Pellett is also involved in Cheerleading, Cross Country, Basketball, Track, Softball, FFA, and AHS Fuel. Outside of school, Pellett is involved in 4H, youth council, Beef Queen, IGHSAU student advisory committee, and dance. She enjoys hanging out with her friends and working on her show calves. She also likes baking and crafts. Pellett babysits and dog-sits all year and is looking forward to Homecoming and winter “because everyone is excited about Christmas." Pellett's future plans are undecided but she hopes to do something in the agriculture field or the medical field. Story by Mariah Huffman and Mariah Hadley

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