Appreciate your full backpack

A few days ago, I emptied my backpack for the first time in three years. A bit too excited I completed my academic obligations, I opened the zipper and allowed everything to crash down from four feet above the ground. Unfortunately, my Spanish book landed on my stubby toe. But once my pain subsided, I […]

Panel selects directors

Max Cho ’15, Danielle Stolz ’15 and Marianne Verrone ’15 will serve as the student directors of the Harvard-Westlake Film Festival next year, visual arts department head Cheri Gaulke announced in an email May 4. The three were chosen by Gaulke, visual arts teacher Kevin O’Malley, visual arts teacher Alyssa Sherwood, performing arts teacher Ted […]

Plays chosen as national winner, semifinalists in theater’s festival

Aiyana White ’14 was announced as the winner of The Blank Theatre Company’s Young Playwrights Festival, which received over 250 nationwide submissions this year. White’s play “Barophobia,” will receive a professional production at The Blank Theatre in Hollywood in June. White’s play focuses on the interaction between four strangers who meet in an airport and […]

Playwrights Festival

All of Me at Once by Jensen McRae ’15 “The basic premise is that it is set in the mind of a 16-year-old girl named Faith; most of the characters are physical manifestations of thought, be it Emotion, Sense of Humor or any other part of the mind. The plot revolves around how these parts […]

Scholastic Arts Awards

27 students received the Scholastic Art Awards, which recognize students for their work in 28 different art forms.

Winter Concert to feature small groups

Small groups of two to four students from Symphony, Wind Ensemble and Concert Strings will perform in the Winter Concert Feb. 23 at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica. Unlike most other concerts, this year’s Winter Concert will heavily feature smaller instrumental groups as opposed to larger ones. They will perform 19 pieces written […]

Obscure places on campus

Most students probably know the school’s campus like the backs of their hands. They know the shorter alternative routes  to get to class as well as which stairs are less arduous to climb. Yet, there are still some nooks and crannies of campus that remain less known. While many faculty members regularly climb the stairs […]

The Sound of Music

Leaning back in his chair, Varun Gadh ’14 hums his newly composed melody as he taps his Ticonderoga pencil on the table. For the next six hours, Gadh writes, records and edits before he is ready to publish his song on his website vgvarun.com and SoundCloud, a music-sharing site. Gadh is one of several students […]

Mark your calendars

Although auditions begin this week for the fall musical, “Hairspray,” upper school performing arts productions do not begin until November.  This year’s productions include choral, jazz and orchestra concerts, as well as dance shows and plays.

Concert features two commissioned pieces

In the final orchestra concert of the year, a combined wind ensemble played an original piece by Anderson Alden ’09 at the First Presbyterian Church on May 3. “It was exciting to write for the ensemble since I owe a lot of my knowledge to Harvard-Westlake,” Alden said. The event opened with Concert String’s performance […]

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