Behind the Scenes of “the Miracle Worker”

The Room’s a Wreck, But Her Napkin is Folded: The Incredible Amount of Patience That Went into Producing the “Miracle Worker”

By Madison Holman and Emma Holm-Olsen

Let’s face it. You probably struggle to even walk up the stairs without tripping over your own feet in the dark. But if you thought that was hard, try adding a blindfold that would completely handicap your eyes. And might as well add a pair of ear plugs in there too, while we’re at it. Now I know you’re probably thinking – I thought we were talking about the play, not role-playing being blind and deaf. Welcome to the world of method acting – a world where if it’s written you’re blind, you bet your eyes will be of no use. Or welcome to the world of the four girls that are casted as Helen Keller, a blind and deaf girl in the late 1800s of America that learned how to speak, in EAB’s production of “Miracle Worker.”

When asked what the hardest thing about the play has been so far, director Kate Riley answered: “I wanted to give as many people as possible the opportunity to play a giant leading role, so I double-cast, but then I cast 4 Helens. So we’re going to have four productions, with one Helen [Keller] for each cast … We need about 480 hours of rehearsing that we have to fit into somewhere around 120-130 hours of rehearsal.”

Sure enough she was right; this play has been incredibly time-consuming and tiring. Eleventh grader Thomas Brassanini playing Captain Keller, Helen’s father, told us that memorizing lines was especially difficult.

It was hard because Keller’s lines are pretty wordy, very long, and very specific, so to actually get it word for word was very tough.

But aside from the difficult lines written in “old-timey” language that many of the cast members have been struggling with, we also all had to learn accents for the show- southern accents for most of us- while the girls playing Annie Sullivan had to pull out an Irish accent.

So then there was learning the accents, which range from a mild Greek, to an Irish to an Alabamian southern accent. Ninth grader Abe Barlow, playing James Keller, Helen’s brother, said:

You can start by trying to learn the accent, but what’s hard is getting into the rhythm to be able to switch back and forth between your normal voice and the accent you’re trying to portray.

But even though this is a pretty difficult production to put on, co-director and former EAB student Jader Neto says he is incredibly proud of the work that has been put into this show: “Well, I’m proud because this is my first time directing anything, and I’m proud to see all of my friends who have been acting mates in the past getting this play, [which is] not an easy play by any account … The play’s coming through really nicely, and it’s really good to see all the effort everyone is putting in is coming together into this, like, piece of art, that will definitely touch people.”

The cast couldn’t agree more. We’ve all had so much fun working on this show, and we hope that the audience gets as rich an experience out of seeing it as we got working on it. The story of Helen Keller is unbelievably important, especially nowadays when people have started to forget her life’s accomplishments. I think the two of us speak for everyone when we say we feel incredibly grateful to be a part of the retelling of this amazing story.

 

Come see the “Miracle Worker” on Thursday November 8 at 7:30 pm, Friday November 9 at 4 pm and 7:30 pm, and Saturday November 10 at 3pm. We hope to see you all there and we can’t wait to share with you all of our hard work!

Everything to know about BSBMUN

By Luiza Boiteux and Huat Hee Chiang

A few weeks ago, between October 18 and 20, EAB hosted its fourth edition of the BSBMUN conference. For the unaware, Model United Nations (MUN for short) is a live United Nations imitation which allows students to learn about diplomacy through UN-style debates which can involve topics ranging from the Myanmarian Sectarian Crisis to the South China Sea Conflict. Annually, EAB hosts an MUN conference denominated BSBMUN (BSB being an abbreviation for “Brasilia”) which counts on the participation of various school across Brasilia where students can debate topics and learn about international relations and public speaking to reach a resolution agreed upon by all.

In the most recent fourth edition of BSBMUN there were eight committees: the Security Council, the ECOSOC, the Commission on the Status of Women, the World Health Organization, the Council of the People’s Commissars (Lenin’s Cabinet) – 1918, the Munich Conference – 1938, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Assembleia Legislativo do Rio de Janeiro – Sessao Extraordinaria de Crise (1997 – 2018).

Security Council

The Security Council is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations. It is tasked with discussing topics that will maintain world peace and has powers to establish peacekeeping operations, international sanctions, and the authorization of military action. In BSBMUN, the Security Council had two topics: Topic A – Drafting strategy in dealing with Islamic militancy in Afghanistan; and Topic B:​ Dealing with Myanmarian sectarian disputes. The chairs for this committee were Gabriel Paiva and Joao Guilherme Borges, both from School of Nations.

ECOSOC

An abbreviation for the United Nations Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC is also one of the six principal organs of the United Nations. It is tasked with the discussion of economic and social issues and the coordination of related work of several other UN agencies. In BSBMUN, ECOSOC had two topics: Topic A – Solving the social and economic repercussions of the Congo wars; and ​Topic B – Analyzing the social and economic ramifications of different prison systems. The chairs for this committee were Andressa Souza from EAB and Mariana Farhat from School of Nations.

Commission on the Status of Women

Abbreviated CSW, the Commission on the Status of Women is “the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.” In BSBMUN, CSW had two topics: Topic A – Women’s Reproductive Health and Abortion Policies; and ​Topic B: – Addressing the Women’s Rights Abuses in Saudi Arabia. The chairs for this committee were Giovanni Tigges from the Swiss School of Curitiba, Julia Quintao Frade from UnB, and Rafael Almeida from Brasilia International School.

World Health Organization

Abbreviated WHO, the World Health Organization is a specialized UN agency on the topic of international public health. It has played a vital role in the eradication of smallpox and currently is focused on both communicable and non-communicable diseases such as HIV, malaria, ebola, nutrition, food security, and sexual and reproductive health. In BSBMUN, WHO had two topics: Topic A – Women’s Reproductive Health and Abortion Policies; and ​Topic B -​ Addressing the Women’s Rights Abuses in Saudi Arabia. The chairs for this committee were Luisa Rasia Montenegro and Isabella Marques from EAB, and Jing Jyng Chang from School of Nations.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime

Abbreviated UNODC, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime “is one of the top enforcement agencies in the world focusing on illicit drugs and international crime.” It has three main pillars which are field based cooperation, to aid member states in their fight against crime and illicit drugs; analytical research, to increase knowledge of such illicit activities; and normative work, which assists in the implementation of treaties and legislations. In BSBMUN, the UNODC had two topics: Topic A – The Question of Combating the Opioid Crisis in Asia; and ​Topic B -​ The Question of Combating Human Trafficking in Latin and South America. The chairs for this committee were Ryan Sayah and Kenna Reichner from EAB, and Rebecca Salazar from Colegio Presbiteriano Mackenzie.

The Council of the People’s Commissars – 1918

The Council of the People’s Commissars is the name given to Lenin’s Cabinet “during the initial days of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.” It was tasked with making decisions that will have to recover the Soviet government from its “most desperate hour” along with keeping the population fed and its armies fighting. Taking place in 1918, the Council of the People’s Commissars is a committee that does not follow standard BSBMUN procedure. The chairs for this committee were Victor Foresti and Victor Rasia Montenegro from EAB, Luiz Buscariolli from CMB, and Joao Cardoso from St Nicholas School (in Sao Paulo).

The Munich Conference – 1938

After the dictator of Germany annexed Austria and wanted to take Sudenteland from Czechoslovakia as well, the Munich Conference was called where Adolf Hitler met with representatives from France, the United Kingdom, and Italy. An agreement was reached where Hitler could annex Sudenteland but had to promise to not invade any other sovereign territories. In BSBMUN, the Munich Conference had two topics: Topic A – Sudeten Crisis; and ​Topic B – Revisiting the Treaty of Versailles. Taking place in 1938, the Munich Conference is a committee that also does not follow standard BSBMUN procedure. The chairs for this committee were João Vitor Oliveira de Souza, and Laura Uccello and Yasmin Abbas from EAB.

Assembleia Legislativo do Rio de Janeiro – Sessão Extraordinária de Crise (1997 – 2018).

“Assembleia Legislativo do Rio de Janeiro” was the only committee in Portuguese and thus, also does not follow standard BSBMUN procedure. In this committee, delegates will discuss ongoing questions about crime and public security in Rio de Janeiro that has plagued the region since 1997. Since it was enacted as a crisis, the two topics of this committee were only revealed on the day of the debate. The chairs for this committee were Isabel de Ávila Torres from Colégio Presbiteriano Mackenzie, and Artur Coutinho from School of Nations.

 

Image Source: 

“Brasilia Model United Nations.” BSBMUN IV, http://www.bsbmun.com/.

5 Reasons to Attend Halloween Movie Night

By Sophie Kane 

You’re going to want to come to the STUCO movie night on October 26th. Here’s why.

 

  1. Michael Myers

Sure, we get our yearly influx of scary movie box office hits and busts, but only a handful of knife-wielding villains rise to the level of pop culture icons: you’ve got Norman Bates, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Pennywise the Clown, Jack Torrance, and then there’s Michael Myers. He traumatized a generation and now he’s making a resurgence in a remake of the classic movie this fall. Don’t worry though, we’ll be screening the original movie in all its John Carpenter glory.

     2. It just might be the best scary movie of all time

“Halloween” was a horror movie game changer and its inspired countless films since. It’s low on graphic violence, but its suspenseful, psychological scares makes it all the more terrifying. It’s still hailed as the best horror movie of all time.

    3. The soundtrack

It’s one thing to make an iconic movie, and another to also have an iconic soundtrack. Just like those semitones in “Jaws” and the twinkling notes of the Exorcist theme, the music is enough to keep you awake at night.

    4. Come for the food

Watching “Halloween” in a theater in the dark, with your friends, listening to that music is pretty much the ultimate Halloween experience.

   5. Admission is free!

There’s no charge at the door so all you need is a few reais for pizza and popcorn snacking.

This event is not to be missed so don’t forget to pick up a permission form in the iCommons to submit by October 23rd to the Upper School Office in order to attend.

See you there!

 

Image Source: Murrian, Samuel R. “7 Reasons Why John Carpenter’s Halloween Is One of the Most Beloved Horror Films of All Time.” Parade, 2 Nov. 2017, parade.com/606101/samuelmurrian/7-reasons-why-john-carpenters-halloween-is-one-of-the-most-beloved-horror-films-of-all-time/.

High School classes are tough. We can help.

By Sherlynn Chew and Joan Nchimbi

Don’t miss the opportunity to get free math and science private tutoring on campus. Come to EAB’s Math and Science tutoring service after school!

 

Math and Science Tutoring Club (MAST) is a free initiative with the goal of helping students at EAB be successful in their math and science classes. The club consists of a small group of talented mathematicians and scientists in grade 9 through 12– many of whom are involved in advanced math and science courses across a range of subjects. These students are determined to support EAB students in need help in any math, biology, chemistry, or physics course.

If you need help in any of these subjects or you just need advice on how to solve a tough homework question come talk to us! If you would feel more comfortable asking for help from a fellow student rather than a teacher MAST is perfect for you! If you are unable to comprehend the methods your teachers uses to solve a question, we have students who can break down each problem and help you understand how to get to every solution. And if you are practicing for a test or exam, come find us as we provide free revision sessions too! You can work one-on-one with our student tutors or bring along a friend from class and make it a group study session. 

We are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the Upper School chemistry room (US29) from 3.15 pm to 4.00 pm! See you there!

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Three movies hitting theaters this fall.

By Fatima Kane

Here are the top three most anticipated movies of the fall! Mark your calendars!

  1. A Star Is Born

Release Date : October 11th

Trailer : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1517451/videoplayer/vi94288665?ref_=tt_ov_vi

A STAR IS BORN

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga star in a romantic musical saga in which the paths of a troubled superstar and an young aspiring singer-songwriter collide – a modern-day remake of the 1976 A Star Is Born, featuring Barbra Streisand. The incredible voice of Lady Gaga combined with original lyrics have created “spectacular” musical hits, and the movie is predicted to be nominated for several Oscars. Definite a must-watch!

 

  1. Crazy Rich Asians

Release Date : November 1st 

Trailer : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3104988/videoplayer/vi1884338201?ref_=tt_ov_vi

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Crazy Rich Asians is the first Hollywood blockbuster with an all-Asian cast and is the highest-earning romantic comedy since 2009 – and it’s no surprise why ! This “Cinderella”, culture-clash remake will make you laugh, cry, and leave you wonderstruck as we follow the story of Rachel Wu, a native New Yorker who is very much in the middle class, who visits her boyfriend’s family in Singapore, and is shocked to find out they are not only wealthy, but crazy rich. Don’t miss this highly-acclaimed romantic comedy/drama! It might just be a new favorite. 

 

  1. Fantastic Beasts : The Crimes of Grindelwald

Release Date : November 15th 

Trailer : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4123430/videoplayer/vi2545334809?ref_=tt_ov_vi

 

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While I know any Harry Potter fan is just counting down the days until this film comes out and surely knows every single detail about it, I’ll help the unknowing few catch up about this highly-anticipated sequel in the epic world of Harry Potter. The Crimes of Grindelwald will feature the adventures of self-proclaimed magizoologist Newt Scamander as he battles the threat of Dark Magic and the infamous wizard Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp). November 15th cannot come soon enough!

Image Sources:
Foo, Stephanie. “‘Crazy Rich Asians Isn’t about Money, It’s about Entitlement-and That’s a Good Thing.’” Vox, Vox, 16 Aug. 2018, http://www.vox.com/first-person/2018/8/8/17662164/crazy-rich-asians-movie-premiere.
Marsh, Calum. “Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Pulled Off a Near-Impossible Feat During ‘A Star Is Born’.” Variety, Variety, 3 Oct. 2018, variety.com/2018/artisans/production/bradley-cooper-lady-gaga-a-star-is-born-2-1202966079/.
Travis, Ben. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Exclusive Image of Newt Scamander’s Return.” Empire, Empire, 10 July 2018, http://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/fantastic-beasts-crimes-grindelwald-exclusive-image-newt-scamander-return/.

 

EAB’s Got Talent!

By Yasmin Abbas

EAB brings together community members from all corners of the globe, thus also bringing together a great assemblage of different experiences, perspectives, understandings, and also talents. As students gather the courage to stand on stage and face a 400-person capacity auditorium, they might find their talent ordinary, but the audience will be astounded by a display of magic, or a simply enchanting voice. Last Monday and Wednesday, auditions were held at the EAB auditorium (led by Mr. Vezzoli) as part of the process of selecting the acts that will make up both the upper and lower school talent shows.

A student who auditioned for the talent show, Leon Naves, provided me with some insight as to why one might want to participate in the EAB Talent Show:

Well, the simple answer is: because it sounds fun. But if I had to think more about it I would say that it’s because it’s my senior year and I don’t want to regret missing out on any experiences, especially since it’s my last chance to do this.

For seniors, Leon’s statement stands bold and true. As the last time we dare to make ourselves vulnerable by sharing a passion or ability of ours that makes us proud, this Talent Show will be one to remember. On that matter, I’ve heard rumors and speculations that the seniors will be tackling the concept of talent in this year’s Upper School Talent Show– could that be true? I’ll refrain from saying: “come and find out” but you will only will know if you come and see for yourself! For all other students, this opportunity is just as important, as they similarly have the opportunity to exhibit something personal that they are proud of. By doing so, students become more confident in their abilities and strengths, learning that what they personally value in themselves is given equal or greater value in the eyes of others, regardless of the talent they choose to express.

 

The Upper School Talent Show will take place October 6th from 5:30 to 7 following the Lower School Show starting at 3:00 pm. 

8 Things To Do This Halloween Season

By Sophie Kane

With the month of October kicking off this week it’s time to celebrate one of EAB’s favorite holidays. Whether you love Halloween or you’ve never celebrated before, here are 8 things you should do this year to get in the Halloween spirit.

 

  1. Start your horror movie marathon

Kick off the season with your annual dose of Freddy Krueger and “Here’s Johnny.” Try Silence of the Lambs if you’re feeling particularly courageous or find out what the deal is with Norman Bates in Psycho, if psychological thrillers are more your speed. If you look for Oscar-level performances in your movies, don’t turn away from the genre just yet; check out the critically acclaimed films Get Out or A Quiet Place. But no one will judge you if you’re just in the need for some ghost busting. 

If you’re looking for something a little shorter, put a pause on the Black Mirror and check out the iconic television show the Twilight Zone. 

     2. Eat candy. A lot of it.

You may be too old for trick or treat but you’re never too old for gouging down Reese’s Pieces and Now and Laters. Make sure to stock up on supplies to last all season.

     3. Read books that will keep you up at night

You can never go wrong with Stephen King during the Halloween season. If you’re not ready to commit to an 1,000 page tome on a killer clown the Shining and Misery are a little lighter on the word count, but not on the horror. If you’re not looking for straight-up horror the Diviners is a little bit of everything, but still promises a few sleepless nights (it’s best read during the day for the light of heart). More on the ominous, mystery side of things is Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. You will never see the ending coming.

    4. Deck out your living room in cobwebs and jack-o-lanterns

Okay so I don’t know where to get pumpkins in Brasilia, but now would be a good time to pull out the boxes of Halloween decorations. If you don’t have boxes of decorations gathering dust in your garage you can always DIY your way through holiday decor.

   5. Channel your inner Martha Stewart in the kitchen

Squash soup is always a good option before it starts getting too hot for you to sit inside and eat soup. My favorites of the season are the witch finger cookies though (don’t forget to use green dye in the dough).

   6. Creep out your family with a Halloween playlist

Now would be a good time to break out the “Zombie” by the Cranberries, “Thriller”, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack. Or maybe just the theme from the Exorcist on repeat.

   7. Plan out your Halloween costume

If costumes are your thing, this is your time of year. If you don’t have time to order a fancy costume wear the one from last year. If all else fails there is always the toilet paper zombie.

   8. Volunteer to help out at EAB’s annual Halloween Party

Yes, we are subtly introducing paid STUCO promotions into the Bullseye. But in all seriousness, EAB’s Halloween Sabado Legal is not one to miss, whether you are organizing or just coming along with your friends and family. 

Have a great Halloween! 

 

Image Source: “10 Ideas For Spooktacular Halloween Events.” Eventbrite UK Blog, 26 Sept. 2018, http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/blog/10-ideas-spooktacular-halloween-events-ds00/.

Worried about the PSAT? We’ve got you covered.

By Bruna Abrão

The PSAT is here, and for the ones who are taking it for the first time (myself included), my first tip is don’t freak out. In the end of the day, it is just a practice. The whole intent of the PSAT is for you to figure out where you’re at so that you can set up your game plan and be ready when you have to take the SAT or the ACT. The only thing it really counts for is the National Merit Scholarship Qualification and the National Merit Commended Qualification, which you can be qualified to if you score on the top 2% of students in the United States. However, they are both only available to American citizens. Anyway, here are some tips, tricks and strategies to help you do well on  the PSAT.

Familiarize yourself with the test

The first thing you should do is to take a look at the practice tests. You can find them online, or by looking at the booklet which was given to you a few weeks ago (Mr. Hornbuckle probably has spare ones). If you don’t have three spare hours time to take the entire practice test beforehand, you should at least look over the directions, which are basically the same for every test.

Another thing you should probably figure out before taking the test is how to grid the math problems. If you don’t know how to do that, here’s how. First you write your answer in the boxes at the top of the columns. This is not required, but it might help you. Then, color the circles with your answer. You cannot color more than one circle in each column. Dots and slashes have their own column, and no question have negative answers. If a problem has more than one answer, grid only one of them. Mixed numbers have to be written as either decimals or as fractions. Otherwise, 3½ could be interpreted as 31/2. Lastly, if you have a decimal answer with more digits than the grid can accommodate, you can round it, but you must fill the entire grid.

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Materials you will need

  1. A Number 2 pencil and an eraser. Mechanical pencils are not allowed.
  2. An approved graphing calculator (Ti-84 works).
  3. A watch that doesn’t beep so you can easily time yourself. There will also be a visible clock in the testing room, so this isn’t an absolute requirement.
  4. A water bottle (It’s very dry this time of the year, and the test is very long. Stay hydrated).

Pace yourself

Don’t get too hung up on one or two questions. Otherwise you might spend ten or even fifteen minutes on the same question and then you won’t have time to finish the test. It’s not a very good gauge of what you are capable of if you spend all your time on this question that is only worth one point, and you didn’t even get to the rest of the questions that you could have very well gotten right. So make sure you don’t lose track of time. If you’re having trouble with one question, try putting a giant star right next to it and come back to it after you finish the rest.

Guessing

To make this very clear, I don’t recommend guessing, but if for some reason you didn’t pace yourself or you couldn’t finish in time, make sure you fill in every bubble on that test. There’s no penalty for guessing, and this way you will get at least a probabilistic chance of getting those right.

So these are the tips that I have for you today. And, again, don’t freak out. It’s all good. Good luck!