Sutton’s Snapshots

Written by Annie Gillum

Photos Courtesy of Shayfer Sutton

You can catch her behind a camera taking pictures like she has been doing it for years. Shayfer Sutton has the eye for capturing unique pictures and making a photo seem larger than life.

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“I really like being able to capture moments, whether that be things like a sunset or people at an event. Photography for me is art,” Sutton said.

She loves being able to think of new messages through her photos, and to create something interesting when she takes pictures.

“Anyone can hold a camera and take a picture, but it takes a different eye to create something interesting,” Sutton said.

Sutton has been doing photography class since junior year and since has mastered the art. She got her first digital camera in eighth grade but didn’t really get involved with photography junior year. She loves how many different opportunities there are with photography.


Family portraits


“There is so much you can do with photos whether that be portraits, events, objects, or more artistic things,” Sutton said.

One of Sutton’s greatest achievements is her series project for photography class. She had to come up with different shoots to combine into one project as the final product. Shayfer had six shoots in one weekend for it and it included painted, hot wax and ink splatter with ink pen. At the end she put all of the photos she took on a wood stand. She entered her series project into the Scholastics competition in hope for a high ranking. Once they received her project, it was sent to Butler for judging. She earned a silver key award. Sutton also received another silver key for a portrait of Holyn Huizinga.

“I was so excited once I found out that both of my projects did well in the competition, and I felt really accomplished,” Sutton said.


Sam Meier Senior Photo

Sutton has been able to get so many opportunities because she does what she loves. She has shot senior pictures, family pictures, weddings, bridal showers, headshots for auditions, baby’s first year pictures and couples photos. Sutton usually takes the photos for around $100. She is saving up to buy new equipment for her work. She finds inspiration on the internet that gives her ideas for her own pictures.

“I have a lot of photographers on Instagram that I constantly get inspiration from,” Sutton said.

During one of the weddings Sutton shot, she partnered with Erin Feldmeyer. It was really hot the day of the wedding but also muddy. Since the wedding was on the Duke’s farm, they were just on dirt which was straight mud. The bridesmaids, groomsmen and even the bride and groom had mud all over their dresses and tuxes.

“The best part of everyone being muddy was that no one cared. The people were just happy to see the wedding,” Sutton said.

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Engagement Photos

Sutton enjoys being outside taking photos of nature and landscapes. She has more of a passion for taking pictures of people, but she still loves nature photos. Her love for taking these kind of photos makes her imagine photography being in her future but maybe not a full time job. She will continue to keep this as a hobby and to open up more of her time to take photos.  

“I will definitely continue this. I plan on majoring in business and minoring in photography. If it doesn’t end up being my full time job, I will still have it as a part time,” Sutton said.

Even though Sutton doesn’t plan on making a career out of photography, her artistic vision will continue to shine through the lens of her camera.



The Tech Behind the Musical

By Dex Keizers

When you buy a ticket to a musical you might go with friends and enjoy the show, but there is a whole different side to the musicals than just what is performed on stage. Logan Montgomery and Dakota Stoughton control the sounds and lights for the musicals this year.


“The job can be stressful sometimes, because all the people depend on you,” Montgomery said.


Montgomery is currently a junior and mainly controls the light for the musicals, and with all the responsibilities he has it is good that he is not new to this.


“I have started doing this since my freshmen year,” Montgomery said. “The job is very fun to do, and you get to meet a lot of people.”


Dakota Stoughton controls, together with Montgomery, everything there is for them to control behind the light and soundboard, which is located in the middle of the auditorium.


“I am currently a sophomore and I am mainly controlling the sounds,” Stoughton explains. “It seemed very fun to do, and I have already helped my church prior to working the lights at school, so I already knew a bit about what to do.”


Before a musical, Montgomery and Stoughton have to set up their electronics so that everything works properly during the play. They set up their tech while the cast is doing repetitions, which is where the cast practices multiple scenes in a day.


“The plays consist of multiple scenes,” Montgomery says, “and for every scene there is, we have to make what is called a ‘cue’. A cue sets all the light in the proper orientation and sets everything up so it is easier for us during the actual musical.”


Everything the audience sees is being managed by high-tech lights. These lights have motors on them to light up the exact part of the podium they want to be lit up. There are many different lights, all used for specific things like a spotlight for songs or a bright light that lights up the whole stage.


“We do have to set up all the cues before the show, and we practice whenever the actors rehearse their scenes, which is almost everyday after school until 6pm,” Stoughton said.


Montgomery and Stoughton try to perform the best they can, however, during Sunday’s performance the light board began to lose control over some of the lights. This added chaos to the scenes as the front of the stage was unlit, and spots had to be added to make sure the audience could see the leads.  


“If we mess up, we get help from the actors, and we all play it off as if it was part of the show. Because nobody really knows what was supposed to happen, and we try to improve ourselves next time,” Montgomery said.

Mary Poppins Premieres Tonight

Written by: Jake Kraus and Nic Nightingale

A hush rolls over the crowd as the house lights dim, the maestro stands poised at the ready to conduct the opening fanfare of Mary Poppins. The stage lights illuminate the fair features of the disgruntled Banks family as they await their unbeknownst savior.


Tonight, tomorrow and Sunday the Center Grove Theatre department will be performing “Mary Poppins,” a beloved story from our childhoods. However, the original musical differs from the Disney film so ingrained into our memories.


This is still Disney’s portrayal of the beloved book and musical, but how does Disney “Mary Poppins” compare to the original musical production?


“Well there’s no penguins,” senior Katie Swaney said. “I think the storyline is a little bit different, and I think some of the characteristics, for example Mrs. Banks, [is a] bit different. In the movie she’s a female rights activist, and she is not in the musical. I don’t think we see her stronger side come out until the end of the musical; whereas in the movie she’s strong throughout..”


Many of the character’s relationships with other characters have been changed drastically.


“I play the role of Bert, who is the narrator of the story,” Jeffery Robison said when he explained the relationship between Mary Poppins and Bert. “In the movie, it’s simplified more to where they’re friends, but in the musical it leaves a lot more up to interpretation. So what the majority of people suspect is that wherever Mary Poppins goes Bert is usually there before her, and that’s where she comes in and together they help fix things. Their relationship isn’t romantic; it’s more flirtatious.”


In addition to the relationship change, characters have also been added and deleted between the movie and the musical.


“I am Robertson Aye, who is the butler of the Banks family. He is not in the movie,” Taylor Ward said. “The Broadway version is based more off of the book series than it is off the movie; it has the same characters and songs from the movie with other things changed and added.”


Modifications to basic plots details have been made between the two productions, including setting.


“In the scene “Jolly Holiday,” instead of dancing penguins, it’s dancing statues,” Ward said.


There are other setting changes, especially for the song “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”


“‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’  doesn’t take place in a picture, or like in the movie when it takes place after ‘Jolly Holiday’ in that park setting after the race. But in the musical they go to a talking shop, and she buys fifteen letters and then makes that word from it,” Robison said.


The perspective of the musical takes a different angle than what the audience receives from the movie.


“The characters are more flushed out,” Swaney said. “You get more of the family side of it, rather than just Mary Poppins, the children, and Bert it has a lot more to do with how Mary Poppins comes to change the family.”


This show features over 45 students, including two middle school students.


Not only is the cast large, but so is the production. The show features over 10 huge sets. The largest being the Banks’ Home, “17 Cherry Tree Lane.” The house is over 14 feet tall and serves as 3 different sets throughout the show. All of the sets also feature magical effects that you will have to see to believe.


For those coming to the show who are familiar with the movie starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, you will get to hear all of your favorite songs such as “Feed the Birds,” “Step in Time,” “Spoonful of Sugar” and, of course, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Many other new songs written by the original composer Richard Sherman have also been added.


All seating is reserved and can be purchased on

Show times:

Friday, November 20th – 7:00pm

Saturday, November 21st – 7:00pm

Sunday, November 22nd – 2:30pm

Tickets are $10-$12

Progressive Art

Coha starts another drawing.

Coha starts another drawing.

Story by: Amber Turner

Cassy Coha crouches close to her paper, adding details with every brushstroke. The picture slowly comes to life. She leans back, and her creation comes into view. After hours of painstaking work, a stunning, stylistic painting of armpit hair faces the viewer.

“Right now my art focuses on people and bodies. It pushes people’s boundaries, at first it may even make people uncomfortable because of the fact that they’re not used to seeing these things but it draws attention to what our society has to say about people’s bodies,” Coha said.

Coha, 18, is a senior currently taking AP Studio Art 2D Design Portfolio with Art Teacher Amy Lapka.

“The concentration is 12 pieces with a theme. You can choose your subject and your style, and that’s what you turn in to the college board,” Coha explains.

Each AP Art student works on their concentration pieces throughout the year, and Coha’s theme is the hidden human body. She describes it as natural functions of the human body that are often considered taboo or undesirable.

“I feel like it surprises people, and I think it’s important to talk about in a society where it’s so common to display people but we don’t really talk about it,” Coha said.

Shocking art is a common theme for Coha, who has taken art classes throughout high school.

“I’ve been making art since I could hold a pencil,” Coha said.

As an artist, Coha enjoys exploring different subject matter and mediums. Her art can range from intricately drawn still lifes, shockingly bold statement pieces, and minimalistic observational drawings.

One of Coha's progressive pieces.

One of Coha’s progressive pieces.

“Sometimes your own art can make you nervous; I used to have big fear of drawing people, but I really don’t anymore. I think that’s why it’s really important to push yourself to draw new things, Coha said.

Making art has always been a hobby for Coha, one that she plans to continue doing throughout her life.

“I don’t know why someone who likes art and feels like they are good at art would stop making art,” Coha said.

Coha’s art, as it continues to grow and change, will always be a conversation starter.

“I think that ultimately there is stuff that’s difficult for people to talk about, that we experience with our bodies but everyone experiences them, and it doesn’t have to be such an awkward conversation.”