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An interview with “Insidious: Chapter 3” actress Stephanie Scott

An interview with “Insidious: Chapter 3” actress Stephanie Scott

Medha Vallurupalli

June 5, 2015


Filed under Arts, Movies

From Disney Channel to Horror Films: Stephanie Scott on Insidious 3 The much anticipated film “Insidious: Chapter 3,” starring Lin Shaye, Stefanie Scott and Dermot Mulroney, will be released in theaters June 5. The final chapter in the Insidious trilogy is set as a prequel to the previous two...

Drama department honored, performs number from “Evita” at Pantages Theater

Drama department honored, performs number from “Evita” at Pantages Theater

Giselle Langley

June 5, 2015


Filed under Arts, News, Theater

Oak Park High School's drama department has been recognized for its theatrical productions at the 4th Annual Jerry Herman Awards. This awards show is a celebration of the achievement and excellence in high school musical theatre in schools in the Los Angeles area. Oak Park's drama department was previously...

Reviews from a Reader: “Rise”

Reviews from a Reader: “Rise”

Juliana Furgala

April 24, 2015


Filed under Arts, Books

  This month’s book is written by two of Oak Park High School’s very own students: senior Maya Halthore and junior Aneesh Gowri. Their fiction debut, a tribute to childhood, is titled “Rise” and focuses upon a 16-year-old trained killer working for a group known in short as TALON, the...

Review: Sufjan Stevens and Kendrick Lamar

Review: Sufjan Stevens and Kendrick Lamar

Sam Gunn

April 24, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Senior Sam Gunn offers a fresh perspective on some of today’s best new music. This month, Sam listens in on Sufjan Stevens and Kendrick Lamar.   “Carrie & Lowell” – Sufjan Stevens Sufjan Stevens is lost. Despite having been an indie music darling from early in his career, multi...

Westlake Art Guild showcases student artwork

Westlake Art Guild showcases student artwork

Juliana Furgala

April 24, 2015


Filed under Arts, News

Every year Oak Park art students enter the Westlake Village Art Guild competition, a collaboration between the Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council and the Westlake Art Guild, which is open to high schools in Conejo Valley. These juniors and seniors are drawn from art teacher Anna Lovejoy’s Advanced...

“A Chorus Line” provokes debate

“A Chorus Line” provokes debate

Eric Kellenberger, Staff Writer

March 24, 2015


Filed under Arts, Theater

Controversy within the community over raunchy language in the Oak Park production of “A Chorus Line” has led to a discussion about censorship — and the possibility of canceling the show. After conversations between the administration, cast members and parents of cast members, who cautioned...

Review: Father John Misty, Jeff Rosenstock and Drake

Review: Father John Misty, Jeff Rosenstock and Drake

Sam Gunn, Staff Writer

March 24, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Senior Sam Gunn offers a fresh perspective on some of today’s best new music. This month, Sam listens in on Father John Misty, Jeff Rosenstock and Drake. “I Love You, Honeybear” – Father John Misty Joshua Tillman is a cynical sap. Tillman, the former drummer for Fleet Foxes, has spent three years under his moniker “Father John Mi...

Reviews from a Reader: Afterworlds

Reviews from a Reader: Afterworlds

Juliana Furgala, OPHS Reader

March 24, 2015


Filed under Arts, Books

From Scott Westerfeld, the author who brought the world of Uglies to life, comes “Afterworlds.” This book is a unique and original book that simultaneously tells the tales of two different protagonists. “Afterworlds” is special in that it has both a layout of alternating chapters and it is written...

International Day celebrates diversity

International Day celebrates diversity

Medha Vallurupalli

March 22, 2015


Filed under Arts

Sixty performers. Twelve countries. Five schools. One unified community. On Feb. 28, 2015, Oak Park came together to showcase the diversity of its students, families and faculty in an evening of festivities and performances at the first annual district-wide International Festival, held at Oak Park...

Variety – the key word this March in film

Variety – the key word this March in film

Elijah Henry

March 22, 2015


Filed under Arts, Movies

This March offers some curious and varied choices for the average moviegoer. Unfortunately for some, among them are not action-packed superhero films or tense, Academy Award-winning gems. Instead, one might find a couple of diamonds in the rough in the form of a princess, an uprising and even Adam Sandler. The...

Ceramics courses add new projects, focus on community

Ceramics courses add new projects, focus on community

Rachel Perry, Staff Writer

March 22, 2015


Filed under Arts

Ian Fullmer sat at his desk amidst the noise and hullabaloo of his classroom and planned out his next projects. The ceramics teacher has been using his students’ projects to inspire students not currently in his class — and attempting to expand the 3D Design program. “I want to push the quality...

Students play in Ventura County Honor Band

Students play in Ventura County Honor Band

Sarah Goldberg, Staff writer

March 22, 2015


Filed under Arts

Two students from Oak Park High School’s band, freshman Ray Zhang and junior Nathaniel Driggs, were given the incredible opportunity to play in the Ventura County Honor Band in February. Musicians from all over the county audition with the hopes of being able to play in this band. Dr. Mallory Thompson,...