At the Fall Kick-Off event with the NY Neo-futurists in October
This fall, High 5′s TRaC program went to see some pretty awesome performances all around NYC from MoMA, to Harlem Stage, to Playwrights Horizons, and so much more! We’ve compiled a running list of their reviews right here! Take some time to peruse through a few as we look ahead to the spring.
If you’re interested in the TRaC program, this is definitely the place to start. We have an open house coming up at our headquarters on Thursday, January 31 and applications for the spring semester will be due Friday, February 8. More info, including the application, will be online soon!
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“Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an object as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.”—Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, Number 1.
The centerpiece of the New American Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Emmanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware, invites strong reactions from whoever happens to behold it. Responses, which range from anecdotes of soldiers, who stood in tears before the masterpiece, to tourists, who laugh out their bellies at the same piece, are in no short supply. What is so interesting is the fact that the emotions evoked by the painting are either on one extreme end of the spectrum or the other. Initially, I found the romantic style and excessive patriotism of a German-“American” artist painting in Germany quite repulsive, to say nothing of the relative lack of symbolism in this 150” x 255” piece. After spending three weeks trying to create a film from the piece under the auspices of the Met Teen program, however, I realized this painting has already become a symbol of the ethos of the American people. This sentimental and histrionic still attempts to convey a story just as compelling as any theatrical performance or film that anyone could happen upon. Given that Washington Crossing the Delaware is the blockbuster of its day (which is more or less true, since it was created in 1851), it’s no wonder that a reasonable viewer cannot help either exalting or disdaining it. [click to continue….]
In high school I was interested in various forms of visual art and theater, specifically, improv and alternative theater. High5 fostered this love of mine by making countless trips to The New York Neo Futurists affordable. So, thanks! Anyway, I currently attend Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. I am a communications major and though the field is broad, I have found my niche in writing. I love the freedom and variety words provide. Words, depending on how one utilizes them, can be as vibrant as a De La Vega sidewalk chalk drawing or as gray as a rainy day. The choice is yours!
I currently work as a part-time fashion writer for an luxury online publication called RachelCHRIS (thank you, Craigslist). Though I cannot afford anything about which I write, I find pleasure in learning about high-end labels and luxurious places. Learning about luxurious items second-hand is better than not learning about them at all, right? [click to continue….]
Most people think of sleep-away camps with one stereotype- an unpopulated area of land with wood cabins and many different activities for kids and teens to try. However, SOCAPA (School of Creative and Performing Arts) is unique. Instead of being in the middle of nowhere, SOCAPA camps are held on campuses right in the middle of big cities. In addition to having a range of teen programs in the creative arts, SOCAPA stands out for attracting special and creative people. Despite a large percentage of international students and various languages spoken, there was a camaraderie and feeling of community between campers that made the time there even more enjoyable. This camp helps bring together people from other countries through the arts in a safe, yet urban environment.
When I attended SOCAPA in Brooklyn, I had an unexplainably extraordinary experience. As a participant in the 2-week digital photography program I was given a chance to learn from a professional how to develop my skills in using a camera. With my trusty Nikon D5100, a pair of sneakers and some sunglasses, I was able to dive into the New York City scene and create art I never imagined I could have made. [click to continue….]
This spring the students of Film Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) program had the amazing opportunity to go with their mentor, Larry Maslon, to the Tisch School Of The Arts building of the New York University, for an enriching opportunity of experiencing a film editing workshop with one of the most prestigious professors of NYU’s film program, Jennifer Ruff. This program has been ranked in the top 3 in the country. The workshop lasted about two hours and since Larry is a professor at NYU, after the workshop, the group had the chance to visit the area of the Graduate Acting Program.
The workshop started with a warm welcoming from Professor Ruff and her assistant, who is one of her current students. Some members of the group shared their personal experiences, questions, opinions and concerns about what goes on during the editing process. Some people from the group had already some experience making films, mostly personal projects they did for fun, and even then, they noticed some of the major issues film editors come across at the time of editing the film. For example, the amount of material you end up throwing away, and cutting because it simply doesn’t work, or is not what the film needs. After discussing previous experiences the professor gave the group some simple, yet incredibly useful and necessary tips to have in mind when editing a film. [click to continue….]
When I look back on the past two years after High 5 and high school, I am amazed by the swift pace of things. I have climbed mountains in Tibet, had drinks with filmmakers in the U.K., partied with Ke$ha (more on that later), and directed a music video for a Scottish brass band. I am cruising through life right now at 100 miles an hour. At times, I know where I am going, but more often than not, there is no direction. Life after High 5 has been a potpourri of experiences, not too different from the experience I had at Multi TRaC four years ago.
I am in Edinburgh right now studying the history of film festivals while learning about the camera and cinematography. This is an exciting time for me. After attending the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June and writing some posts on my Tumblr (just for myself really), I was asked to help blog in August for the Edinburgh International Festival, a separate much larger festival focused on bringing world-class performing arts to the city. You can check back in August on my Tumblr for posts from some of the shows: ghuang.tumblr.com.
I spend a lot of my free time watching movies and talking about them with friends, a habit I think developed from the Friday Pizza and Movie Nights. [click to continue….]
I have always adored the Arts. I play both piano and classical guitar, and enjoy drawing, painting, writing, singing, and attending performances of all kinds. As a longtime New Jersey resident (although I was born in New York) I first became exposed to the New York City art scene when I was in third grade and was lucky enough to audition for and get a spot in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus. Nine years later I have performed in 19 productions.
That was how I got started. However, it was not until I learned about High 5/Teen Reviewers and Critics two years ago that I was exposed to the vast panoply of art NYC has to offer. From Broadway, to Off-Broadway, MoMA, to the Whitney Museum of American Art, I have experienced some incredible art I never would have seen or heard without High 5. Participating in the Theater TRaC program taught by Winter Miller was one of the highlights of my junior year as it gave me a chance to improve my writing, see thought-provoking shows, and meet other artistically inclined teenagers.
I am currently editing the High 5 Review as an intern with TRaC Program Director, Eric Ost. I thoroughly enjoy reading all the reviews submitted by TRaC students and the High 5 Review Freelancers Corps— and I hope you will, too! The sheer number and diversity of art-going opportunities offered by High 5 is truly staggering. Be sure to sample some of the events available ASAP and as often as possible!
(Me: pictured above in the MET production of La Boheme in Fall 2011.)