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UHEF & Uni News

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Dec, 2016

“Shrek The Musical” auditions coming

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[Posted December 8, 2016] “The Fantasticks” was a major-league hit for the Uni theater team, but there’s no rest, especially with another show to do! Uni’s Director of Theatre Arts, Ronnie Sperling, has booked Disney’s “Shrek The Musical” for the spring, bringing the beloved green ogre to the stage of the re-vitalized Stivelman Theater next April 19-22. But first there has to be a cast. So, auditions for the show will take place at the Stivelman Theater on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13-14, with callbacks on December 15. Students interested […]

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Dec, 2016

Thanks for making “The Fantasticks” a hit!

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[Posted December 5, 2016] A talented cast lit up the renovated Stivelman Theater at Uni for “The Fantasticks” in front of excited audiences for four performances. Pictured above: Victoria Saxxon as Bellamy (with the straw hat) and Jasmine Mentzer as Hucklebee (All photos courtesy Ivan Finkle/UHEF). Uni’s Director of Theatre Arts, Ronnie Sperling, noted that “We ended with three great houses thanks to the efforts of [Uni principal] Eric Davidson, Sandee Yamamoto, and Lauren Franca. “The Friday night show was really packed. Concessions and the raffle brought in big numbers. […]

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Nov, 2016

“The Fantasticks” opens at Uni on November 30

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[Posted November 29, 2016] Ready for “The Fantasticks”? Pictured above: The cast of “The Fantasticks”:  (top row) Joseph Mejia, Akira Shelton, Emile Victoria Brown; (middle row) Charlene Herrella, Victoria Saxxon, Jasmine Mentzer, Giovanni Molinaro; (bottom row) Erin Washington, Nuhamin Fekade. (Photo courtesy Ivan Finkle/UHEF) The famed lyrical and romantic musical that tells an allegorical love story about a boy, a girl, two mothers (in the Uni version) and a wall will open for four performances only at the renovated Stivelman Theater on campus on Wednesday, November 30. The schedule: (1) […]

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Nov, 2016

Uni featured in new Walgreens commercial “Just Retired”

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[Posted November 25, 2016] Have you seen the Walgreens “Just Retired” commercial, where a teacher exits her classroom, sprays her papers all over the place and then heads to Walgreens to get a prescription on her road to retirement? If the background looks a little familiar, it should: the school scenes were shot at Uni! In fact, the school is a popular location for film shoots, mostly for commercials, but also for television shows. Of course, Uni was also famously the background for the 1971 mystery movie “Pretty Maids All […]

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Nov, 2016

UHEF at work: Uni’s upgraded College Center

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[Posted November 20, 2016] Your contributions help the UHEF support University High School with resources beyond what it can obtain on its own. Pictured above: Uni College Center Director Paula Van Norden in the refurbished College Center (Photo courtesy Ivan Finkle/UHEF) A recent case in point: Uni’s Mednick College Center. Started with a $50,000 grant from Steve Kirsch ‘74 and his wife Michelle through their Steve and Michelle Kirsch Foundation in 1999, and named for the late long-time Uni lead counselor, Sharon Mednick, the College Center’s infrastructure had faded over […]

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Nov, 2016

Girls Volleyball wins Los Angeles City Division III Championship!

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[Posted November 12, 2016] Uni won the 2016 City Division III title by defeating Central City Value, 25-19, 18-25, 25-19, 19-25, 15-9, on Saturday, November 12 at the Roybal Learning Center in downtown Los Angeles. Coach Emilio Alvarado’s Wildcats compiled a 17-7 regular-season record and 7-5 in the highly-competitive Western League. Uni was top-seeded in the City Division III playoffs and won its matches against Middle College (3 sets to 0), Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences (3-0) and Rivera (3-0), to get to the championship match. Uni (21-7) will […]

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Nov, 2016

Alumni Re-filling the Uni Library!

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[Posted November 7, 2016] Thanks to the direct support of Uni alumni, the first Wish List of books for the Uni library has been completely exhausted and a second list of titles posted for your inspection! Uni alumna and school librarian Tascha Folsoi ‘86 shared the good news: “The entire list of books on robotics has been purchased! This is really exciting for us, particularly as the request for this topic was student-generated. The next list is pulled from a list of student requests for specific books, both novels and […]

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Oct, 2016

Alumni Now Buying Books for the Uni Library!

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[Posted October 31, 2016] There’s no gift like the gift of learning. Uni alumni are making that happen by buying books for the school library via a new program using Amazon.com’s Wish List program. Coordinated jointly by Uni alumna and school librarian Tascha Folsoi ‘86 and the UHEF, the project allows anyone to go to a Amazon “Wish List” and buy a book that will be sent directly to the school. The “University Senior High Library” Wish List enjoys Amazon Prime status thanks to Folsoi, which means in-stock books will […]

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Oct, 2016

Los Angeles Magazine remembers IPS at Uni

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[Posted October 25, 2016] Remember IPS – Uni’s “Innovative Program School”? The unique program, as controversial for the students in it as the intentionally-unstructured instructional approach, was remembered on the Los Angeles Magazine Web site. David Kukoff’s story, published today, entitled “Sex, Drugs, and Textbooks: Inside L.A.’s Most Controversial Educational Experiment” and sub-titled “Uni High tapped into the pop-psych teachings of the ’70s to create one of the most bizarre curriculums of the era” is a preview of his upcoming book on Los Angeles in the 1970s. It’s accompanied by […]

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Oct, 2016

“The Fantasticks” Headed to Stivelman Theater on Nov. 30-Dec. 3

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[Posted October 5, 2016] The newly-renovated Stivelman Theater on campus will re-open with four performances of the famed musical, The Fantasticks. The original “The Fantasticks” opened in New York on May 3, 1960, and played off-Broadway for 17,162 performances before closing on January 13, 2002, making it the longest running musical in history. Winner of a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre, The Fantasticks is a lyrical and romantic musical that tells an allegorical love story about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. This beloved musical has […]

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