Jazz Explorers perform classics with 'a new spin'

By Claire Hong Jake Chapman ’12, leader of the Jazz Explorers, created an arrangement of the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for the jazz concert on March 9 and 10. “I just wanted to put a new spin on an old classic,” he said. “I actually started in the summer, and I came up with […]

Advanced Dance II company interprets time in annual concert

By Jessica Barzilay The Advanced Dance II company explored different interpretations of time in its annual concert, “A Matter of Time,” on March 2-4. The dancers drew inspiration from interviews with community members of all ages, as well as from their individual experiences with growing up.   “Time as a theme can be rather abstract, but […]

Singer auditions for ‘American Idol’

By Eric Greenberg Charlie Troy ’12 watched the “American Idol” San Diego auditions on Jan. 22 to see if he was on TV because he had auditioned along with more than 10,000 contestants. “I wanted to go so badly because I believed it was an experience that would help me become an overall better singer,” […]

Leaders of symphony tune group for perfection

By Abbie Neufeld Almost every morning, while other students attempt to rise from their previous night’s slumber to the sound of their teachers’ voices, the 55 students in the upper school Symphony Orchestra enjoy a different kind of wake-up call: the sound of music. Though these students rehearse almost every day, they only have two […]

Exhibit showcases sketches from life drawing classes

By Elana Zeltser Munching on complimentary mini muffins, students, faculty and parents took a last look at the senior Life Drawing exhibit in Feldman-Horn during a closing art Jan. 30 at break. The exhibit included portraits featuring model Patty Arquette. Drawing and Painting III teachers Marianne Hall and Kevin O’Malley hired Arquette to come class […]

Alumnus stars in film

By Abbie Neufeld “Black Rock” featuring Jay Paulson ’96 premiered on Jan. 21 the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. This is the second film Paulson has been in that has premiered at Sundance. The film “Rolling Kansas” premiered in 2003. “Black Rock” is a thriller, directed by Kate Asselton, that tells the story of three […]

Artists display work at CSUN

By Meagan Wang Six students’ artwork was exhibited at the 15th Annual High School Art Invitational at California State University, Northridge’s Main Art Gallery from Jan. 9 to 28. Artwork created by Nikki Goren ’12, Nick Lenard ’12, Chloe Lister ’12, Jake Schapiro ‘12, Sophie Turner ’12 and Jack Wilding ’13 was selected by their […]

Senior designs flexible costumes

By Claire Hong Ruby Boyd ’12 faced a new challenge while trying to design the costumes for the actors of the upper school play “The Laramie Project.” Boyd had to find costumes that would appropriately fit all of the multiple roles played by each actor. “Because each actor is playing multiple parts, the challenge has […]

Stage crew is ‘in charge’

By Jamie Chang When lights rose on the stage of the upper school production of “The Laramie Project” last weekend, the director and other adults who had helped create the play sat in the audience as students ran the show. “No one is holding their hands,” Pugh said. For each play and musical, technical theatre […]

Picture perfect

By Allison Hamburger Four student-designed murals will be painted on the walls of the Skid Row Homeless Shelter after winning the Volunteer of America Los Angeles High School Mural and Art Contest. Artists Darby Caso ’14, Matthew Mantel ’12, Natalie Markiles ’13 and Erin Pindus ’13 were among six first-place winners. Sixteen Harvard-Westlake students submitted […]