Middle School drama teacher resigns mid-year

By Alice Phillips Performing Arts teacher Foster Solomon is leaving Harvard-Westlake mid-year, after teaching at the school since 2007. He and his wife will move back east, according to Head of Middle School Ronnie Codrington-Cazeau. Both Solomon and Head of Middle School Performing Arts Nina Burtchaell declined to comment on Solomon’s departure.    

Senior art to be displayed in gallery

By Erin Moy   Next Monday, the Feldman Horn Art Gallery will be filled with artwork from seniors who take AP Drawing, AP Design, Advanced Drawing and Painting III. 3D art and photos will also be shown, while senior work from video art will play in a loop. The Senior Art Show will feature self-portraits […]

Unexpected twists cause jazz concert improvisations

By Julie Barzilay Jazz Ensemble, Studio Jazz Band and Jazz Band classes filled Rugby Auditorium with rhythm and blues on April 30 in a jazz concert that was the culmination of a full semester of rehearsal and music-making. “We played all kinds of music: Duke Ellington, local LA composers, Cole Porter,” performing arts teacher Shawn […]

Orchestra instructor undergoes surgery

By Julie Barzilay Performing arts teacher Mark Hilt was hospitalized for over three weeks last month for surgery related to a kidney ailment, performing arts department head Rees Pugh said. Hilt entered the hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 8 and underwent surgery that Friday. He returned to teach his orchestra classes Monday, Nov. 3. Daniel Faltus, […]

Student filmmakers enter festival screenings

By Ester Khachatryan Two film festivals selected Harvard-Westlake student films for screenings at fall festivals. Video arts teacher Cheri Gaulke was given an award at the erkeley Film Festival, hich featured six student-made films. Evan Hamilton’s ’07 “The Life and Times of Buster Chaplin,” and “Broken,” Max Grey ’08 and Drew Foster’s ’08 “Ticklish,” Michael […]

Teachers tie the knot following legalization of same-sex marriage

By Jordan Freisleben Visual Arts teacher Cheri Gaulke and Middle School Library and Technology Department Head Susan Kallok married their respective partners this summer after same-sex marriage was deemed legalized in the state of California. Kallok, a self-described longtime advocate for same-sex marriage, married her partner of 15 years, Nicki Freeman, on June 18. The […]

Teacher creates glass sculpture for office tower

By Gene Lee Visual Arts teacher John Luebtow’s glass sculpture concept “Water, Glass, Sound, Light, Movement” was chosen from among four other competitors to be shown as public art in the Century City Tower. He was invited to compete by Held Properties, Inc., a private real estate company. All the artists were given a fee […]

'One night stand'

By Marni Barta Title:  “Love Potions and Crowns.”  Location:  the hair salon.  Song:  “Willow Tree.”  With these three seemingly unrelated pieces of information, the ensemble of the musical improv show “One Night Stand” is fully prepared to perform.  The actors ask the audience for a made-up title, location and song name, such as those listed […]

Scyamores visit Rugby

By Annie Belfield The In-n-Out on Van Nuys was filled with laughing teenagers, as the cast and crew of this year’s upper school play gathered to celebrate their opening night on Friday. The American classic “You Can’t Take it with You” was performed in Rugby Auditorium last weekend by a cast of 18 upper school […]

Auditions begin today for spring play

Auditions for the spring play, comedy “You Can’t Take It With You” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, begin today at 3 p.m. in the Drama Lab, and will continue Wednesday and Thursday at the same time. Students are advised to read the play before auditioning, which can be checked out overnight from the […]