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/.

The MOTH Flutters Back to EAB

By Joel Kreighbaum

October is quickly approaching which means that soon The Moth will be returning for the second year at EAB.

The Moth is a fantastic experience both for the people presenting and for the people listening. Last year the listeners got to learn how Mr. Bair met his wonderful wife Ms. Bree, and I spoke about my very personal experience of getting outed before I was ready. It takes a lot of courage to get up and tell personal stories so it’s important to support the presenters and encourage those who want to present.

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The Moth stories can cover a large variety of subject, from ones that will make laugh hysterically to those so touching that crying can’t be helped. Each story for the Moth is unique and it is a once in a lifetime experience to see each one live, so make sure to be there for this years’ group of presentations. The Moth this year is happening October 10th at 3:30 in the US iCommons Mini-Amp so don’t be late!

 

Image Source: “Tiger Moth Silhouette | Free Vector Silhouettes.” How to Draw a Double-Decker Bus | Super Coloring, 26 May 2015, http://www.supercoloring.com/silhouettes/tiger-moth.

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. 

A Look Back at the Bulls Invitational

Game #1: EAB 33-31 PACA

For the first game of Bulls Invitational EAB played against PACA. The starters for this game where are Hendrik Stotz, Diogo Matos, Lucas Dalva, Ryan Sayah and Andre Parola making for a great team to begin the Bulls Invitational! EAB started off extremely strong with Andre Parola scoring the first basket of the game. In the first half of the game EAB scored 18 points while PACA scored 20. In the end EAB won 33-31.

by Luna Barron

Game #2: EAB 17-28 EARJ

In the Bulls’ second game of the day against EARJ they sadly weren’t able to secure another win. EARJ started off strong and were able to gain a lead of 9 points by the end of the first half, leaving the score at 13-4. Our team had time to regroup and focus more in the second half, in which they scored close to 3 times as many points as they scored in the first half. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough for the Bulls to win. EARJ won 28-17

By Braeden Heidemann

Game #3: EAB 48-33 Renata Ribeiro

EAB was able to redeem themselves, after their loss on the previous day! EAB played against Renata Ribeiro; throughout the game EAB consistently played better and their passes were amazing! The other team struggled to catch up with EAB, as the Bulls demonstrated themselves to be very focused and strong. With that, EAB proved they were the stronger team, and won 48 to 33.

By Luna Barron

Game #4: EAB 47-49 PACA

 

What an intense match! Fresh off their first victory of the day the Bulls came in motivated to win. With great ball handling and offense the Bulls were able to bring the score to 19-12 by the end of the first half. However, the match became more difficult after two of their starters fouled out and one starter couldn’t play due to an injury sustained the prior day. The game quickly became a back and forth for points just to stay in the lead. With EAB ahead by three points, at the end of the second half PACA scored a last second three-pointer which tied the game, sending them into overtime. Both teams tried their hardest in overtime but PACA was able to secure the win 49-47.

By Braeden Heidemann