Freshman Actor Profiles

By Elie D.

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 12.03.15 PMSara Barkouli

Sara Barkouli, also known as Broccoli, started off her OES Upper School acting career with a bang when she auditioned for the fall play, The Curious Savage. Landing a role as the ever grumpy old Mrs. Paddy who only ever speaks in extensive lists of things she hates, Sara blew everyone away. As a youngster, Sara would read often, and then act out the things she was reading. In 7th grade, she took an acting class  and by the next year was participating in the 8th grade musical (High School Musical Two). After her debut in The Curious Savage, Sara was ready for some more experience. She heard the One-Acts were fun and decided she really needed more official productions under her belt. Her favorite play is probably A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but she’s not entirely sure.

Be sure to go see Absolutely, written by Sophia Anderson, to catch the latest of Sara Barkouli.

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Roz’s CliffsNotes Part II: The Great Gatsby

by Roz S-L.

Hello, and welcome back to Roz’s Cliffsnotes! Today I’ll be summarizing The Great Gatsby, one of my all-time favorite novels in the OES curriculum. Beautifully written and painstakingly revised by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby is a story about the American dream and the uncrushable nature of the human spirit. Sound intimidating? Never fear, dear reader, my razor-sharp intellect is here for you again. Get your notepad out and ready your pencils, ‘cause we’re diving right in.

Chapter 1:

Our protagonist, Nick Carraway, speaks at length about the greatest struggle in his life: people instinctively trust him. That’s rough, Nick.

We also learn about our setting and time period, which is 1920’s America. The jazz age is ticking steadily along, so Nick is headed to New York from his quiet home state of Michigan; he plans to become an oil bondsman and do some social climbing. Strong summer plans.

Chapter 2:

Nick rents a small house in West Egg, which is presumably the best of all the eggs you can live in. While adjusting to New York, he goes to visit his cousin Daisy and her husband, Tom, and also meets a charmingly apathetic young woman named Jordan. I will be straight with you, reader. I love Jordan. She’s funny. She’s good at golf. She’s incapable of sincerity. What a role model, you know? #Goals. Nick is equally enamoured and hopes to see her again, but the main focus of this chapter is Daisy, Tom and their dumb baby, who’s named Pam and appears only in this chapter. Why bother, baby? Your attempts to humanize this awful couple are not working. Daisy and Tom are the idle rich of the story, constantly miserable in an abstract kind of way. Nice family, Nick. Really glad you spend so much time with them.

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