“Auf Wiedersehen, À Bientôt…”

“Auf Wiedersehen, À Bientôt…”

The house lights came up, and Sophia Nuñez ’20 found herself in tears at the end of the Nov. 4 performance of “Cabaret.” She tried to distract herself and join in on conversations with friends, but the emotional impact of the show remained. “Seeing how our lives aren’t forever and how we have to do […]

Reflecting on “Cabaret”

Reflecting on “Cabaret”

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday since Sept. 5, the sound of actors’ feet moving swiftly across the floor as they dance the Charleston and singers harmonizing floats out of Rugby Theater, the drama lab and the dance studio. According to Performing Arts Department Head Rees Pugh, “Cabaret” presents the young actors in the Harvard-Westlake production […]

Department announces Cabaret cast list

Cast: Emcee: Jake Schroeder Cliff: Michael Gaven Sally: Charlotte Weinman Schneider: Alex Goldstein Schultz: Alec Davila Ernst: Jakob Klein Kost: Tarin North Customs Officer / Klub Denizen: Will Newhart Max / Klub Denizen: Jordan Yadegar Bobby / Klub Denizen: Tyler Ganus Victor / Klub Denizen: Shana Brindze Maitre D’ / Klub Denizen: Clay Hollander Sailor […]

Life is a Cabaret

Life is a Cabaret

When Natalie Kroh ’18 opened her email May 13 and learned “Cabaret” would be the 2017 fall musical, she was less than thrilled. Since the musical takes place in late Weimar Germany, Kroh was initially concerned about its intense themes. Ultimately, after reflecting on the current political climate, she said she came to a different […]

Vive la Révolution!

Vive la Révolution!

After almost two months of preparation, the Upper School Performing Arts Department showcased four performances of Les Miserables on Nov. 3, 4, 5 and 6. The cast of 44 told a story of interconnected characters in 19th century France, following the life and struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean, played by Henry Platt ’17. “Kids who […]

Do you hear the people sing?

The voices of two dozen students singing echo throughout the halls of the first floor of Chalmers, evoking the revolutionary atmosphere of Paris 200 years ago. The music is coming from the dance studio, where rehearsals for the fall musical “Les Miserables” are well under way. Rehearsals began Sep. 12, and the musical will feature […]

Performing arts department releases Les Miserables cast list

Cast: Jean Valjean                Henry Platt Javert                           Ben Pimstone Fantine                        Natalie Kroh Eponine                       Elizabeth Gaba Cosette                        Maya Hinkin Marius                         Jack Nordstrom Enjolras                       Michael Gaven Thenardier                   Casey Giolito Mme Thenardier          Natalie Musicant Bishop                         Jordan Yadegar Convict #1                  Tosh Le Convict #2                  Harry Garvey Convict #3                  Russell Davis Convict #4                  Eli Timoner Convict #5                  Justyn Chang Chain Gang                 […]

DJ Lesh ’18 works in sound technology

DJ Lesh ’18 works in sound technology

It was opening night. Daniel “DJ” Lesh ’18 went through his checklist for the last time. Turn on the speakers; turn on the sound board- check. Backstage, he had put each of the 23 mics onto the actors himself. If there was any problem with the mics, it would be his fault.  He remembers the months […]

Her last song: Elizabeth Edel stars as Maria in ‘West Side Story’

Her last song: Elizabeth Edel stars as Maria in ‘West Side Story’

Elizabeth Edel ’16 will star as Maria in the Upper School production of “West Side Story” in November. “She’s great,” co-director Michele Speares said. “I think she’s amazing. I think she has one of the strongest voices, and she can sing. The score is crazy, complicated and challenging. She can sing it without batting an […]