Stealing the Spotlight from Performing Arts

Stealing the Spotlight from Performing Arts

On a late Wednesday afternoon, Shanti Hinkin ’22 listened to the combination of voices that comprised the Chamber Singers as they sang Brahms’s “Der Gang zum Liebchen.” However, this year, something was very different: she was sitting alone, watching her fellow choral members through a computer screen. This is because choir, along with almost every […]

Improvisation groups host annual performance virtually

Members of the Orangagang, Scene Monkeys and Jackanapes, the three upper school improvisation groups, performed for the community via Zoom on May 23, 24 and 25, respectively. Students have been rehearsing for the live shows since January, performer Gisele Stigi ’22 said. In light of COVID-19, students met for weekly online rehearsals, in which they […]

Actors practice in workshops

Jackanapes mentor Lisa Fredrickson led improv workshops for students in the Actor and the Stage I class Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 3 and 7. Fredrickson led the class in activities in learning to develop characters onstage. Performing arts teacher Christopher Moore chose Fredrickson to lead the workshop because of her background in improv and […]

Scene Monkeys acts out skits

Scene Monkeys acts out skits

Members of the Scene Monkeys improvisation group performed two shows in the Rugby Auditorium May 13. “There was just so much adrenaline and energy on stage, and it felt like all the monkeys were on the same page,” Talia Leftkowitz ’17 said. The experience of performing in front of an audience was very different from […]

Oka ’92 teaches acting, improv

Actor Masi Oka ‘92 taught an Unconventional Leadership workshop on improvisational skills in the Drama Lab last Friday. Oka, who starred in NBC’s “Heroes,” has a background in improv that includes several troupes, such as the Groundlings, Improv Olympics, Second City, and Theatre Sports. He has taught his own improv workshops in California, Hawaii and […]

Self Improv-ment

Dave Bushnell runs through the do’s and don’t’s of improv. He throws out terms like “block” and “waffle” to the 13 students who make up the new student improv group, the newly-named Jackanapes. Bushnell recently became an official staff member when the Performing Arts Department decided to form a second improv group to accommodate more […]

Scene Monkey auditons to be held on Oct. 25.

Auditions for the Scene Monkeys, the upper school improv group, will be held Friday, Oct. 25. in the drama lab. Callbacks will be held the following week on Friday, Nov. 1. Additionally, performing arts teacher and Scene Monkeys director Michele Spears will teach two improv workshops Friday, Oct. 4 and Friday, Oct. 11 in the […]

Scene Monkeys perform improv at student film festival

Upper school student improv group, Scene Monkeys, performed the opening act for the Los Angeles Student Media Festival on March 30. Six of the 20-member ensemble attended the two hour long show, which was the Scene Monkeys’ first public performance of the academic school year. The group played “Scene 3 Ways”, “Tableau”, “Dubbing”, and “Pillars”, […]

20 students chosen for 2012-2013 improv troupe

Performing arts teacher and Scene Monkeys adviser Michele Spears selected 20 students for the 2012-2013 Scene Monkeys. New members were admitted after two rounds of callbacks over two weeks. Fifty students auditioned for a spot in the group, which has consistently grown in size from 12 students in 2010 to 17 in 2011 to 20 […]