Ben Platt ’11 receives first Tony Award

Ben Platt ’11 receives first Tony Award

Hitting a milestone in his career, Ben Platt ’11 received his first Tony award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in “Dear Evan Hansen” at the 71st Tony Awards. Platt has starred as the lead in the musical since its debut performance at the Washington Arena Stage in summer 2015. The musical […]

Visual arts teacher’s short film selected for Ann Arbor Film Festival

Visual arts teacher Alyssa Sherwood’s short film “Lakedoll” is among the few films that were selected for the Ann Arbor film festival and will screen for the first time in March in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “Lakedoll” is an experimental fantasy piece that mixes both animated and live action scenes. Sherwood’s film tells the story of […]

YoungArts names upper school photographer, singer as finalists in nationwide art competition

YoungArts names upper school photographer, singer as finalists in nationwide art competition

YoungArts recognized Arianna Shooshani ’18 and Elizabeth Gaba ’17 as finalists for their 2017 contest submissions. Shooshani and Gaba were among the 691 artists selected out of a pool of 7,970 applicants representing 40 different states, the most applications that YoungArts has received to date, according to their website. Both received the finalist title, the […]

New choir director joins upper school performing arts

Eric Gault will direct the upper school choirs following the departure of Rodger Guerrero, who ran the choral program for the last 15 years. Gault received the position after consideration from both a board of Harvard-Westlake performing arts teachers and the students in last year’s choir classes. The search committee for the upper school choral […]

Students present digital stories in showcase

Students present digital stories in showcase

Students from the HW Go! Vietnam trip displayed their final film and photography projects in Ahmanson Lecture Hall on May 18. In January, a group of 16 students traveled to Vietnam with Upper School Visual Arts Department Head Cheri Gaulke. Each student selected an aspect of Vietnamese culture or history to study and on which […]

Students dance in showcase

Students dance in showcase

Students in the Art of Dance I and Art of Dance II classes performed in their end-of-year choreography showcase April 19 in the Chalmers Dance Studio. Ten dancers collaborated under the direction of Erica Carpenter Jansson ’08 to create the combined show, where the classes demonstrated their skills in choreography and dance. The show featured […]

Dance concert, Cinema Sunday and March Madness event promoted at assembly

The First and Third Assembly on Wednesday highlighted student events taking place at the Upper School in the first two weeks of March, including a dance concert, a film screening, a March Madness community service event and a speakers series. Members of Advanced Dance II encouraged students to attend their dance concert “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in Rugby […]

Students to perform in solo concert

Several students will play as soloists at the upcoming middle school Chamber Music and Solo Concert. The concert will be held in Saperstein Theater at the middle school campus Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. It will feature six student instrumentalists on the piano, violin, clarinet and double bass. Each year, the Middle School Symphony puts […]

Samantha Yoon ’18 playing her way to Carnegie

Samantha Yoon ’18 playing her way to Carnegie

It was March 2012. Twelve-year-old Samantha Yoon ’18 stood behind two tall, white double doors waiting to enter the stage, heart pounding, hands sweating. This was it, the historic hall that only the best in the world play in. Dozens of thoughts ran through her mind: this is what she practiced for, all the hard work and […]

Miles of Smiles Club to host holiday drive

The Miles of Smiles Club will support the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with a Christmas drive. Previously known as the Helping Hands Club, the Miles of Smiles Club is working in conjunction with the Holidays from the Heart program. The program serves families who have a child in the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and cannot […]