Harrison High’s ‘The Election’ spoofs American politics

first_imgA scandalized student body president, campaign cash, shady political operatives, and plenty of laughs come together in “The Election,” Harrison High’s fall theatre production.Political opponents Ben Corsi, left, and Liz Kagan, right, face off during “The Election”.Written in 2015 by playwright and former teacher Don Zolidis, the show runs Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1, 7:30 p.m., in the school auditorium.The story centers around Mark Davenport, played by Ben Corsi, who is convinced that he’ll easily win a special election to replace a disgraced student body president. When Mark’s opponent, played by Liz Kagan, undergoes a complete makeover with the help of a mysterious Super PAC, the race takes a sharp – and hilarious – turn.From left, Justin Bujega, Bryson Martin, and Ben Corsi talk politics in a scene from “The Election.”Enter Gary, a sleazy campaign manager played by Justin Bugeja. The senior says he had to step way out of character to get into the part.“I have to be very uptight,” he said. “I spent a lot of time sitting in front of a classroom just being rude. It took a lot of practice.”Bugeja said the play focuses attention on the role money plays in elections. “It not only influences candidates, but also the media. And the media influences voters.”The crowd reacts as candidates debate during “The Election”.Senior Ebony Matthews represents “the media”; she plays a television news analyst. In addition to researching reporters, she uses what she learned by following the 2016 presidential election.While audiences enjoy the show’s humor, Bujega hopes it will also inspire them to “do their research and make their own decisions.”“Just vote,” he said. “Make sure you voice your opinion when it matters.”Tickets for “The Election” are $10 and may be purchased through the box office, 248-888-6274, or at the door. Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tarpons end season on losing note at Rio Hondo

first_img RelatedLady Tarpons clinch playoff spotBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Lady Tarpon varsity hoops squad won their third straight district contest of the season Tuesday night, taking the measure of the Hidalgo Lady Pirates on the road, 46-39. In so doing the team guaranteed itself a playoff spot with one…January 31, 2013In “Sports”Zapata in PI, Parents’ NightBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS February 12, 2015 The Zapata Hawks will be in town this Friday evening for the penultimate district game of the 2014 – 2015 boys’ basketball season, and it will be Parents’ Night for the last home contest of the season. Two games remain…February 13, 2015In “News”Lady Tarpons Fall at Home to Rio HondoBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS A spirited 2nd-half comeback fell short for the Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons basketball team last week.  They lost to Rio Hondo, 47-43, after rallying from double-digits down in the fourth quarter in the second district game for both teams. Port Isabel falls…December 24, 2015In “News” By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSThe Port Isabel Tarpons basketball squad ended their season Monday night with a 58-27 loss in the final district contest of the season at Rio Hondo.The Tarpons end their 2014-15 season with a 6-21 record overall, 2-12 in District 32-4A play.“They jumped on us pretty quick and we made a lot of mistakes early in the game,” first-year PI boys head coach Nathan Janak said Wednesday. “That’s kind of typical of a young team on the road.”“Rio Hondo was playing for a playoff spot and (they) came out really lights out, and we were in catch-up mode the rest of the game,” Janak said.Rio Hondo led 19-8 at the end of the opening quarter, 37-12 at the half, and 47-18 at the start of the fourth quarter.Almost immediately at least one Tarpon player found himself in foul trouble; “Fernie (Lopez) … had two fouls in the first quarter and we tried to get him out of the game and he picked up his third foul (first quarter). He’s one of our younger kids that really applies defensive pressure. He had to sit out most of the game and he fouled out in the fourth quarter. So that kinda’ slowed us down right away.”“We played better defense in the second half, held them to 10 points in the third quarter,” Janak said.“Big Nick (Carillo) finally learned how to block out and one time he used his body to block out two people.”This is a young team that had only one senior, Chris Garza, this season, which means that almost the whole team will return next year.“Now we’ve got eight players with a year-plus of varsity experience and three freshmen (sophomores next season) with a year of varsity experience.Last Friday the Tarpons led Zapata 23-20 at halftime and 33-31 at the end of three quarters but lost in the end 57-48.“We were able to win some district games and we were in quite a few district games that we had a chance to win,” Janak said.“The kids were asked to do some things that they had never been asked to do till this year. We worked on a lot of fundamental skills … because they lacked them,” explained the coach.Some of the players are involved in spring sports such as baseball and track, but Janak is encouraging them to continue to work on their game as they have free time to do so. “Anytime they’re in the gym, shooting, dribbling, passing, playing … is only going to make us better,” he said of his squad.Coach Janak will also do what he can to involve his players in a summer hoops league. “For sure we’ll get into a summer league, probably in June, and we’ll try to find one in Brownsville. Last year we were in Harlingen. I’d love for the guys to go to a summer team camp, if there’s one nearby,” he said.“I think we’ve got it moving in the right direction,” said Janak. “I think the kids that were here in the end, they worked hard, played hard, came to practice every day with a good attitude. They want to learn and get better and that’s always a good sign.”Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more

Men’s Basketball at USF For Exhibition Opener

first_imgMen’s Basketball at USF For Exhibition Opener The University of West Florida men’s basketball team tips off the 2008-09 season tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET with an exhibition game at Division I South Florida in Tampa.  Fans can follow the game online with a live chat and live stats on GoUSFBulls.com.  A live broadcast of the game will be provided for subscribers as well.Live StatsLive ChatAudio/Video Broadcast (Subscription Required)Print Friendly Version Sharecenter_img Deondre Boynton (Photo by Ron Besser) last_img