Night of the Notables, live on 105 the Hive!

Notable class of 2012

Tonight the TALONS classes will be presenting their Eminent Person Study at the annual Night of the Notables. A tradition in our program, as well as in our district going back to the early nineteen eighties, Night of the Notables is a one of a kind rite of passage for TALONS grade tens, and – in addition to the Fall Retreats – a welcoming initiation for our grade nines.

Tonight, the TALONS classes Perform.

And we hope to be able to share as much of it as we can with you, out there, on the Internet! If you haven’t already, you can check in with TALONS progress on the Eminent Person Study collected in previous posts on Defying Normality, as well as the Twitter hashtag we have been using this year: #Eminent2013.

We would love to hear from you! Your questions, encouragement, and other participation are appreciated, always – if you’d like to share a message with the TALONS this evening, send @talonsblog a Tweet, or send your message to the #Eminent2013 tag.

You will also be able to tune in to live proceedings from the event, as well, via K12 Student Web Radio Station 105 the Hive. TALONS alumni Zoe will be reprising her role as Notable Host this evening, and sharing our Notable Addresses from Gleneagle’s Broken Wing Theatre beginning at 7pm (PST), followed by our Learning Center gallery walk from 8pm to approximately 9:30pm.

To listen to 105 the Hive, press Play on any of the media players on this page:

As the speeches will be delivered in two sets of interwoven dramatic monologues, each speaker will not be individually introduced. To help you listen, here are the notables in the order they will appear:

AM TALONS Notables

Steve Jobs
Nicola Tesla
Leonardo DaVinci
Fawzia Koofi
Jim Henson
Ching Shih
Josephine Baker
Jimi Hendrix
Glenn Gould
Anne Frank
Maria Mozart
Salvador Dali
Beryl Markham
Annie Oakley
Evel Knievel

PM TALONS Notables

Alexander Graham BellSir William Samuel Stevenson
Charles Darwin
Heath Ledger
Agatha Christie
George Lucas
George RR Martin
Joni Eareckson Tada
Lubna al-Hussein
Alice Stokes Paul
Elizabeth Taylor
Cecil B. Demille

The Theater of Oz – Jen S

As Talons students, many of us have a multitude of interests and passions. Sometimes, this can lead to being very very very busy, and as a result, very very very stressed. But ultimately, it is what makes us who we are, and it gives us the opportunity to be well rounded, interesting people. This is what Jen S had to say about working as a techie for the school’s production of The Wizard of Oz:

“I say she is a foot into the light”. “I say the top half of her body it in it”. “The entire top half of her body is out of the dark spot and in to the light”. Damn actors, just a few feet to the left and you’ll be the right spot, and then everyone can be happy. This is what the tech booth is like during a production of The Wizard of Oz. That, plus some interesting conversations over the portacom, constant jokes and criticism about the play, five computers, a lighting board, and a sound system all in constant use, and the techies. There were four of us today: two Talons kids, a really intelligent but questionably reliable grade 11 student, and a graduate who is training to be a paramedic but keeps getting pulled back here to help. We have some interesting conversations.

That is one thing about the theater. It is never boring. Someone is always arguing, yelling, dancing, singing, making giant paper airplanes… the list goes on. Most of the time it is nuts. We got a new sound system less than a week before the show (not a good thing, to put it lightly), and the proper software added after we had done several shows (an even worse thing). Learning how to use that system (which I have some less than kind words to describe), setting up a half decent user interface, trying to get the wireless mics working (not an easy task), I could go on. You learn a lot in the theater; usually for me it is about the sound system or how to convince admin to buy more equipment for the theater, but other times it is a biology lesson from a mostly-trained paramedic. The theater is a leaning environment, just not always a safe one. In school, you are put in situations where is it safe to fail so you can learn, in the theater you are put in situations where you either figure it out and succeed, or you fail. Then you either let everyone down, or you’re laughed at, sometimes both.

Some of it is scary, hanging lights on a ceiling that reaches up to the second story, while the man-lift you are on sways back and forth. Climbing stairs in the pitch black where the only thing keeping you from falling is the fact that you have memorized the number of steps in each staircase. You could say that work in the theater has helped me develop my leadership, if you count yelling at everyone to get them to lead. Here is thing though. When you become this involved in the theater, you lose your social life, and in return, gain the theater family. It is crazy, it is stressful and it is so much fun. At the end of each production of The Wizard of Oz, the entire cast comes out to take a bow, with costumes on, happy music playing and, well, smoke… every single performance, someone backstage has turned on both smoke machines during the bows sequence, and by the time we get back stage it looks and smells like someone hotboxed the theater. And that is the place where I spend most of my time. The theater.

I Defy The Boxes-Jen S

(Listen to the song or this post wont make any sense, well even if you listen to it this post still might not make sense, but listen to it anyways!)

I defy the boxes.

I’m sick.

And I’m tired.

And somehow I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Well I wouldn’t mind not being sick….but it kind of comes with the territory of staying up too late, getting up too early and sometimes skipping meals.

7-9 I wake up bike to school, finish my homework

9-3 I am at school

3-? I am tecing, sometimes as late as 10, usually until around 6:30

Then I bike home, watch television, do home work and eventually sleep.

And then the cycle continues.

And somehow I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I don’t think I am the only one. This three-moth period of the year, April, May and June (or as our teachers refer to it “Aprilmayjune”) is jammed with field trips, projects, presentation and special events. The time seems to just slip by. We have the adventure trip May 19th till May 23rd, In-depth night on May 30th, science projects due sometime soonish, leadership projects, cultural events, biking practice trips. Then everyone also has life to live, family commitments, piano, dance, soccer, rugby, the list goes on. And then of course we all have this dream of a social life…

So why do we do it?

I do it to defy the boxes, to avoid at all costs being “normal”, while in our teenage years we are supposed to try and fit in, I have always felt like an outsider. Everyone has or does, but the thing is, I was proud of it. Society, and me, well we don’t get along too well. I used to question the bases of what our society is built on, the things that make us “human”. But now I don’t, or at least not as much. Now I find myself in an odd position, for once I have friends who I know enjoy my company, I no longer feel like the fat kid who can never get anything right. That need to set my self apart lessens. But I still fear being “normal”. So that is why some nights I go to bed at 2am and wake up at 6:30am. Why I somehow enjoy doing endless work in the theater. I fear that if I stop, I will drift away, and spend all my time watching TV. I am afraid that I would blend in, disappear and I never want that to happen. So I argue religion (from the atheist side), I stay at school until unearthly hours and push my self to get good grades.  I exist in a state of insanity to defy the boxes, even though I know that without the boxes society would crumble.

The Forbidden Phoenix -Clayton

Yesterday both the TALONS morning and afternoon classes participated in a fieldtrip to Richmond’s Gateway Theater to watch a play named “The Forbidden Phoenix.” Although things may not have gone as smoothly as they could’ve been time wise, the play was still pretty good.

We started the day off at 9:00 by loading up the bus, and driving off to Richmond. An hour and a half later we arrived at Garden Plaza in Richmond to eat lunch. While waiting until the food was prepared, we waited and generally had a good time while waiting at Blenz coffee.

At 11:30 students finally started to receive their lunches. The distribution of lunch took nearly 30 minutes to distribute all the food. This was a problem. We were supposed to start on our way to the Gateway Theater at 12:00. Although it was a struggle for everyone to eat quickly and head to the bus, we still arrived on time.

When we arrived at the theater, there were the staff there waiting with smiles on their faces, and snacks set out for the guests. While heading into the theater, it was an interesting experience. I know I was excited to see the play. The play promptly started. It was full of intense action sequences, exciting music, and exciting drama.

Overall the day was a success. I’m sure every single TALONS student enjoyed it. I certainly did, and I know that I’m definitely willing to go to the gateway theater again.