Harker Aquila

Conservatory Kickoff marks official start of performing arts season

Conservatory Kickoff marks official start of performing arts season

by Irene Yuan, Asst. Photo Editor

August 28, 2019

Upper school students and parents attended the annual Conservatory Kickoff meeting hosted by the performing arts department in the Patil Theater today.  “This is our one time a year for parents and students that we come together as a unit, as a group, as an entire conservatory to talk about who we ...

Conservatory seniors honored at annual Senior Showcase

Conservatory seniors honored at annual Senior Showcase

by Varsha Rammohan and Irene Yuan

May 23, 2019

Senior members of the upper school conservatory certificate program performed at the annual senior showcase last Friday. This year marks the eighteenth anniversary of the showcase since the first one in 2002, where the inaugural certificate candidates graduated. Senior showcase honors the work and ...

Behind the Scenes: Students rehearse for annual Senior Showcase performance

Behind the Scenes: Students rehearse for annual Senior Showcase performance

by Esha Gohil and Gloria Zhang

May 21, 2019

The annual Senior Showcase premiered the performances of graduating Certificate Program seniors and their accompaniments last Friday at 7 p.m. in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center’s Patil Theater (RPAC). The upper school’s conservatory Certificate Program includes a four-year study within a f...

Students leap, twirl and jump during annual “Just Dance”

Students leap, twirl and jump during annual “Just Dance”

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor

April 15, 2019

As a medley of multicolored lights flush the stage, dancers prance into their starting positions and strike a pose. The music begins, and with a graceful turn, “Just Dance” begins. Six dance groups from the lower, middle and upper schools joined together on the stage of the Rothschild Performing...

“This is Urinetown”: Spring musical “Urinetown” delves into a drenched world

“This is Urinetown”: Spring musical “Urinetown” delves into a drenched world

by Erica Cai, Esha Gohil, Sara Yen, and Gloria Zhang

April 11, 2019

With the house lights in the Patil Theater dimmed, Performing Arts Director Laura Lang-Ree exclaims from the back row of the orchestra seats, “Alright, take it to the top of the show!” Hearing these words, the cast, scattered around the stage, transforms from relaxed high school students to actors ...

Behind the Scenes: Student Directed Showcase in pictures

Behind the Scenes: Student Directed Showcase in pictures

by Nicole Tian, Reporter

January 13, 2019

Student performers presented the annual Student Directed Showcase, a performing arts event directed by seniors, this Friday and Saturday evening from 7 to 9 pm. Performed in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center’s Patil Theater (RPAC), the showcase includes four 30-minute skits. Emmy Huchley will ...

Four choral groups perform songs from around the world in winter concert

Four choral groups perform songs from around the world in winter concert

by Zachary Hoffman, TALON Reporter

December 2, 2018

Tambourines shake in hand and piano plays in the background; the voices of Harker’s choirs ring inside the theater. The Winter Concert featured performances by Bel Canto, Camerata, Cantilena and SUS4 at the annual non-ticketed event in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center on Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. The...

Lights and action for the holiday season

Lights and action for the holiday season

by Varsha Rammohan, Copy Editor

November 22, 2018

As warm jackets and boots become a common sight around the upper school campus, the holiday season makes its appearance, starting off with the annual Santana Row tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 13, which featured several of Harker’s performing arts groups. Upper school performing arts groups Downbeat,...

So you want to be a performance artist?

So you want to be a performance artist?

by Helen Yang and Erica Cai

October 17, 2018

The horseshoe-shaped wooden desk, neatly placed candlestick phone and crisp suits in the office create a sharp contrast with the disorderly group of office employees, who lounge across the tables, chug beers and rapidly discuss legal documents—even through a screen, the short video clip of Elevato...

Fall play cast begins rehearsals

Fall play cast begins rehearsals

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Reporter

September 21, 2018

Rehearsals have officially begun for the upcoming fall production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” after months of behind-the-scenes planning and preparation. The play tells the story of the lives of George and Emily, a young couple who grow up, fall in love, marry and face life’s joy...

Certificate candidates perform at sophomore juries

Certificate candidates perform at sophomore juries

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

September 20, 2018

Certificate candidates performed at sophomore juries in the Patil Theater today at lunch and after school as a part of their Certificate requirements. Students were asked to prepare a short piece of under two minutes for a panel of performing arts teachers, who evaluated the performances and will later...

School meeting recap 9/10

School meeting recap 9/10

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor

September 11, 2018

As students settled in their seats for the second school meeting of the year, Harker Aquila’s photo slideshow displayed the highlights of the past two weeks. ASB President Neil Ramaswamy spoke briefly and welcomed students before passing the mic to Brian Larsen, Production Manager of K-12. He instru...

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