Students to act in “Into the Woods”

“[The musical] is able to tell an abundance of very important life morals in such a short amount of time.” – Alexandra du Manoir ’21 The Performing Arts department plans to stage the musical “Into the Woods” this fall. “I’m super excited to audition, because it’s my last year at Harvard-Westlake, and this is one […]

Play-ing for Progress

Students performed a redesigned version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Feb. 8-10 including LGBTQ characters. In directing the show, performing arts teacher Rees Pugh decided to put a progressive twist on the old Shakespearean story. The comedy portrays the events surrounding the forbidden marriage of two characters. In Shakespeare’s version, these characters […]

The men and women in black

The lights in Rugby theater dimmed, and the applauding crowd quieted in anticipation. “Turn the house off, please,” Savannah Weinstock ’18 said, “standby six. Go six.” From high above the stage, the orchestra played the first bars of “Look Down,” the opening song of Les Miserables. “Standby seven and eight. Go,” she said. Slowly, the […]

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 […]