Arts and Entertainment

Art Focus: Avery Bargar

By Denebola
Published: March 2008

By Max Pava

It was a sunny day in May of 1999. The cheers of happy children leaving the movie theater filled the air. One young boy, however, left Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace with a less enthusiastic response. All that nine year old Avery Bargar could say was, “That kid who played Anakin sucked. I could have done better.
Avery’s passion for the arts began during his days at Angier Elementary School. In first grade, he premiered on stage in Angier’s production of Annie, playing “Cop 2. “I was pretty terrible, Bargar said. “As I said the line I looked around the stage and audience awkwardly. Since that day, however, Bargar’s success in the arts has only gone uphill.
As a member of South Stage, Bargar has performed in numerous shows including The Laramie Project, Isle of Dogs, Urinetown, the Musical!, and Peter Pan. “Officer Lockstock was definitely the most fun role I’ve ever played, he said of his starring role in Urinetown, the Musical!
Bargar, however, believes that his best performance was as Cuthbert Burbage in Isle of Dogs, the last Newton South production to participate in the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival. Bargar’s performance was rewarded with the award for “Excellence in Acting.
In addition to scripted performances, Bargar has also been a part of Newton South’s improv troupe, Children of the Candy Corn, since sophomore year and is now a co-director.
Last summer, Bargar attended Northwestern University’s National High School Institute’s theater program, “Cherubs, where he was subjected to a vigorous but rewarding acting schedule. “It was a really intense and physical process, but I learned a lot and gained a lot, Bargar said. “It may even be the reason that I want to pursue the arts.
This spring Bargar will direct Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile as a part of the Student Directed One-Acts Festival. The main characters include Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, who meet at a bar called the Lapin Agile and debate the differences between their works while interacting with other characters. “It’s generally about the process of creation, Bargar said. “It addresses the accomplishments of the human mind in the 20th century as well as the explosion of pop culture.
Music also plays a huge part in Bargar’s life. He has played the piano since third grade and began playing strictly jazz piano in sixth grade. Although he stopped taking lessons his junior year, he continues to play and  can often be found at the piano in the chorus room, playing “Saturday in the Park.
Additionally, Bargar has taken chorus classes every year at South and plans to continue to sing and to play the piano in college.
After graduation, Bargar plans to attend Pitzer College where he will focus on theater and music, but pursue interests in photography and anthropology as well. He hopes to continue to do improv, noting that he may minor in theater in order to join an improv group.
When asked about his dreams for the future he said, “I want to pursue theater, music, and the arts. It’s what I love.

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