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The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

Senior executive editor Natalie Murray, senior associate editor Lily Cooper and junior designer Ava Eaton all sit in conversation with recent clients. After the completion of the Parks and Trails Foundation logo, representatives visited the T-Wolf Agency to provide thanks for all the work done. “I know how beneficial it is to be able to work with clients,” Murray said. “We had a previous executive editor come back and tell us how good of an opportunity it is to have this agency here especially if you want to go into graphic design after high school. The people she’s in classes with didn’t have any access to the things we do here and theres only one other LISD school that has a class like this. It’s just a really good opportunity to get real world experience especially when we get to work with people outside the school. It’s just so real to get that experience with actual clientele and how things really work in the industry.”
Photo by Paige Hert
Sketch to Screen
Jane Yermakov, Reporter • February 23, 2024

Walking through the halls, climbing...

Posing with the gold ball trophy, the varsity girls basketball team takes a team photo after beating Liberty Hill 42-37 in round three of the playoffs. The team will face Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial High School on Friday at 5:30 p.m in San Antonio. “I’m feeling so excited [to move on in the playoffs],” senior guard Avery Allmer said. “I feel like this is a big moral boost because we’ve lost a lot of close games and I feel like this is just a really big win for us.” Photo by Alyssa Fox
Third Time's a Charm
Alyssa Fox, Reporter • February 21, 2024

The varsity girls basketball team...

Carefully balancing one piece of paper over another, junior Ryder Wilkinson builds a paper tower with his team at the Architecture Club’s second meeting. Ryder said he was interested in architecture in the past, but the Architecture Club allowed him to get back into it and learn new things. “I [won] one of the competitions, the first one that we had,” Wilkinson said. “[In the second competition] we lost [because] we could not build a tall enough tower that could withstand the blow of a powerful fan, [but] I still had fun because I was with my friends.”
Building A Legacy
Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter • February 21, 2024

After hours of sketching, days...

A few of my favorite movies of this month are shown in this image. I had to limit myself to only two Andy Samberg movies, otherwise the graphic looks more like a memorial.
Movie a Day: January
Mia Morneault, Reporter • February 20, 2024

I know, another movie review article...

Echo is a short TV series about a deaf Native American assassin who tasks herself to discover the secret behind her extraordinary ancestral gifts, while trying to fall her uncle’s empire in the process. Graphic by Cason Johnson
Sight of Sound
Cason Johnson, Reporter • February 16, 2024

I was lazily scrolling through...

Pictured above is the crafting club social media page that junior Makena Filippoff and sophomore James Morris-Hodges created. The crafting club was created to allow students to have an opportunity to learn how to create different kinds of crafts and to collaborate with other students interested in crafting. “I love to do crafts but I find myself feeling lonely when doing crafts,” Filippoff said. “With no one to share my ideas or experiences with, it can get boring. I wanted to get a group of people that have an interest in learning [and] doing crafts to be able to have fun and socialize while crafting.”
Photo used with permission from Makena Filippoff
Sewing and Social Hour
Julia Seiden, Reporter • February 16, 2024

The sound of scissors snipping,...

Elf on the Stage

Theater to Perform Annual Musical Dec. 1-3
The CPHS Theatre department has been working hard in order to prepare for the performance, with this show being the first modern musical, Elf the Musical.
Brooke Ferguson
Taking a selfie with some of their castmates, including senior Aidan Cox, who plays Buddy the Elf, junior Brooke Ferguson shows off a sign presenting the arrival of “Elf.” This year’s musical, “Elf” runs Dec. 1-3 in the CPHS PAC. “[Learning a new script is] always kind of a challenge,” Ferguson said. “You get a new cast and you get your own part. I’ve never worked closely with these people before. It’s a different environment and doing character work with someone new, trying to partner work and scene work is interesting. The script is good and it has a lot of jokes, it’ll be a lot of laughs.” Photo by Brooke Ferguson

A mix of unprecedented obstacles, a new cast, a new story and hundreds of hours of hard work has gone into the production for “Elf,” as the theatre department prepares for a performance to show the audience the true meaning of Christmas. 

The musical, starring senior Aidan Cox as Buddy the Elf, will be in the PAC from December 1-3, with showings Friday and Saturday evening at 7 p.m. and afternoon shows Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. 

“Buddy is so different from every role I’ve ever played before,” Cox said. “He is high energy constantly. The second I walk on stage I have to radiate and hit the audience with a massive wave of energy and excitement for everything around me and that’s not something I’ve been able to do before. The role is almost a caricature of who Buddy would be if he was an actual person which is a lot of fun.”

Based on the 2003 film, the musical ran on Broadway in 2010-11 and 2012-13. The story of “Elf” is based around the main character, Buddy, who is raised as an elf but doesn’t realize that he is actually human. He eventually ends up in New York, searching for his father and understanding who he is on the inside himself. The school is using the Broadway version of the script. Junior stage manager Charlotte Adair said that this show is more unique because the school doesn’t usually do such modern shows and it makes it more relatable for the audience.

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“We have a new tech director this year and he’s been really helpful with making sure that we have a detailed set for each scene that makes things feel more full,” Adair said. “It’s a little scary during transitions because of all the things we have to move but it has really helped make the production more complete. He makes sure the sets are unique to the scene but also that we can use those pieces for other scenes as well and it’s been really cool to see.”

Usually the musical is put on at the end of January, but this year doing it so much earlier has put the cast under more stress to get everything ready in time. They’ve already had a busy year, packed with the Haunted House, followed by “The Play That Goes Wrong,” the Thespians trip at the Gaylord hotel in Grapevine, and then tech week for “Elf” after that.

“We had a work day while we were out of school and we did a lot of blocking and choreo and we were kind of goofing off,” junior female lead Brooke Ferguson said. “Obviously the moments on stage are really special, but it’s also really the moments when you’re not on stage during rehearsal that make it. We’ve all had some funny moments between characters and sometimes I sit in the audience and we block and all work together. I think these are the moments that make all the stress worth it.”

Buddy is so different from every role I’ve ever played before. He is high energy constantly. The second I walk on stage I have to radiate and hit the audience with a massive wave of energy and excitement for everything around me and that’s not something I’ve been able to do before. The role is almost a caricature of who Buddy would be if he was an actual person which is a lot of fun.”

— Aidan Cox, 12

On top of already having a month less to prepare for “Elf,” choreographer senior Kira Griffin scratched her cornea and wasn’t able to lead the rehearsals in the beginning. There were also some issues with students’ schedules, causing some more rehearsals to be canceled. According to Ferguson, having this extra time cut off to practice adds on some stress about the production.

“The acting between me and Chadwick is really fun because he’s played by my friend Ben and we have really great chemistry,” sophomore Arthur Ce said.  “I think that makes it easier and I relate to [Matthews] like that,” We all blend together pretty well because most of the people play really cartoony and jolly characters and there are some who play depressed New Yorkers. They contrast each other a lot but they also work together really well.”

Ce’s character, Matthews, is a story writer who is oftentimes paired with another character, Chadwick. Ferguson plays a character named Jovie who doesn’t enjoy Christmas and eventually has Buddy the elf show her the true meaning of Christmas.

“I think it’s really funny because she has a pretty short temper and I don’t love saying this about me, but I think sometimes I can be a little quick to make decisions,” Ferguson said. “She’s a little guarded and I think that some of those play into me and how I am with new people. I think it’s really interesting to play a character who is similar to me in a way, but also not because I feel like she doesn’t portray the joy in her life that I hope to portray. Playing those characters can help you see those moments in you and break you out of those habits.”

As stage manager, Adair has to tell the lighting, sound and scenic team when they need to do their part for the show. She keeps track of the blocking in the show and keeps a line of communication with the cast through Remind. According to Adair, initially having an important job in the show is scary, but it’s fun when everything is going well.

“I think I’ve grown closer with the cast this year because I’ve been to every rehearsal and I feel like this is a more happy show and there’s not really a sad part like some of our other shows,” Adair said. “We’re doing a company Secret Santa, so we pulled names before Thanksgiving break and then we get to open one gift everyday before opening night. You get to give a little present and also get one too, so that’s been helping me get through tech week.”

Tickets can be purchased on the theater department’s booster club website.

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About the Contributor
Jane Yermakov, Reporter
Jane is a sophomore and a first year reporter. She’s always excited to meet new people, give them a voice and put their stories into writing. She loves listening to all different types of music and has been playing the piano for around two years. She loves to write about people and their unique stories. After graduation, she’s still not sure what she wants to do, but hopes to attend UT Austin. She’s obsessed with looking too deeply into movies, watching corny shows with her friends and she loves her dog.

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