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Professional set designer steps up quality of Mason theatre productions

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How would you like to work with someone who designs sets for Hollywood movies? George Mason’s block one, four, and five theatre classes, along with the cast and crew of the theatre department’s most recent production, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” got to experience this. They were able to work with not only a professional, but one who has built sets for movies, including “I Am Legend,” “War of the Worlds,” and “Meet the Parents.”

Rand Angelicola, a long-time maker of movie and Broadway sets, as well as acquaintance of theater teacher Pam Ricker, has been assisting with teaching the finer aspects of everything from prop and set design to following through and making everything at a level quite above the normal in-class standard for the past few weeks. One such piece was, for those of you who saw it, the head for the Chinese dragon in the block one eighth grade production of “Mulan.” Initially it was designed by Angelicola, then put together by the students and finally painted by both as a lesson in painting.

When asked how she had come into contact with Angelicola, Ricker informed Lasso Online that he had worked with her father on multiple productions over the past 25 years. The head of the set design department at the local school pointed out Angelicola as one of his more promising students and “he [Ricker’s father] hired him on the spot,” said Ricker.

Angelicola has expressed interest in returning to help the GMHS theatre community in the future. In the meantime he will return to New York to continue working on sets for both movies and Broadway productions. It has been alleged that he will be working on the Sacha Cohen (“Bruno,” “Borat”) film scheduled to come out in 2012, but it has yet to be confirmed. Additionally he has been working on “Tower Heist” featuring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller, expected to come out at Thanksgiving 2011.


Prom Inspiration Here to Pin Interest of Mason Students

Prom Inspiration Here to Pin Interest of Mason Students

By Tara Holman , Erin McFall, and Nicole Zorniak   

The Lasso is calling all junior and senior class members. Prom Night is scheduled for May 10. Have you found your prom dress, tuxedo or shoes? Have you planned the perfect way to ask that special someone? If not, The Lasso has created a series of Pinterest boards to spark your interest.

Below you will find a collection of Pinterest boards created to inspire students with prom dresses, tuxedos, women and men hairstyles, jewelry, shoes, promposals and more.

Stay tuned for more Prom themed articles on The Lasso. Also, don’t forget prom tickets go on sale on Monday April 7. 


Mason cracks down on illegal parking

Threats of towing become a reality for the student drivers of George Mason

By Julie Smith  

Are you parking in a school parking lot without a pass? If so, you should probably pay for one, unless you want to have your car towed. The threat of towing cars without the shiny red and white George Mason parking pass sticker has been passed around for years, the only difference is that now, it’s actually being enforced.

“I walked out to the junior lot after school and spent like five minutes looking for my car till I realized what had happened,” said Annie Wilson, junior, a recent victim to Mason’s parking crackdown. “I didn't have a chance to talk to anyone before getting towed; it was a total surprise.”

Wilson was not contacted while her car was getting towed. She lives on the opposite end of town and had no immediate alternative way to get home. Later on she was forced to make the trek to Henry’s Towing in Merrifield to get her car back, and on top of that, once you are towed you are required to pay a towing fee of $125 in addition to the fee already required for a school parking pass.

“I didn't get a pass earlier because I think it's ridiculous to pay that much,” said Wilson. “Other sch...


Podcast Episode 2 - Snow storms, spring sports, SATs, Oh My!

Podcast Episode 2 - Snow storms, spring sports, SATs, Oh My!

By Melissa Johnson and Erin McFall

Co- news editors Melissa Johnson and Erin McFall sit down for a second episode of the newly named, “Melerin” podcast series. Although it has been a while since the first podcast, Melissa and Erin sit and talk about the past couple weeks involving the many snow storms, starts of spring sports, and the newly revised SATs coming out soon.  

Check out Episode 1

“The Fault in Our Stars” wins Lasso poll for Best Book Movie of the Year

“The Fault in Our Stars” wins Lasso poll for Best Book Movie of the Year

By Megan Jenkins

After a poll asking Lasso readers which book-movie coming out in 2014 is most popular ( The Fault in Our Stars , Divergent , The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 ), The Fault in Our Stars won with 11 total votes, or 42%.

“The Fault in Our Stars” is directed by Josh Boone and stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Ansel Elgort as Augustus (Gus) Waters. The author is John Green , who has also written popular books such as “ Looking for Alaska ” and “ An Abundance of Katherines ”.

The movie centers around two teenagers (Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters) who meet at a cancer support group. Throughout the book, the two fall in love.

Booklist reviewed this book as: “Green’s best and most ambitious novel to date. In its every aspect, The Fault in Our Stars is a triumph.”

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” was a close second to “The Fault in Our Stars” with 10 votes out of a total 26 votes.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” is part of trilogy a (First book being The Hunger Games and second book Catching Fire) about a dystopian world where children ages 12-18 are forced to fight to the death until one survives. The story takes readers through the journey of a past victor, Katni...