Two seniors direct drama workshop at middle school

March 25, 1994|By John Harris III | John Harris III,Contributing Writer

Liberty High School senior Vince Buscemi got into acting by accident.

During his freshman year, the Sykesville native dropped in at the school auditorium to watch a friend during a rehearsal of "To Kill a Mockingbird."

"The [drama] teacher asked me if I could stand in for someone who couldn't make it to rehearsal. She said that there wouldn't be any speaking parts, so I said, 'Sure, why not,' " recalled Vince, now 17.

"Then, a little later, there was another person who hadn't shown up to play his part, and he had a couple of lines.

"The only line I had throughout the whole play was, 'Do you swear to tell the truth, and nothing but the truth?' After that day, I was hooked."

The acting bug bit him so hard, he began participating regularly in school plays.

Last month, along with classmate and fellow Sykesville resident Rachael Bradley, he began co-directing Sykesville Middle School's drama workshop. This past Monday, the workshop class gave its first presentation before parents of middle-school students.

The seven girls in the six-week workshop met every Monday evening. Vince and Rachael taught them the fundamentals of improvisation, mime, readers' theater (acting with scripts in hand) and scripted material.

"I don't think it was well advertised at the [middle] school, but it seems like all of the girls are talking to the sixth- and seventh-graders about it," said Vince. "They really seem to be enjoying what they're doing.

Rachael, whose goal is to reach the Broadway stage, agreed. "They were very enthusiastic about the program," she said.

Vince and Rachael have stretched their talents to include puppeteering, participating with the Kids on the Block troupe in cooperation with Carroll County 4-H. They also are members of the Just Say No Improvisational Troupe, which performs for local elementary school students, focusing on fighting peer pressure and drugs. The pair also are in the planning stages of a summer drama workshop with the Freedom Recreation Council.

Vince, who would like to attend Western Maryland College next year and major in either theater or biology, is a percussionist for the Liberty High School marching band. He also plays bass clarinet in the concert band.

Rachael plans to attend Mary Washington College in Virginia and undertake a double major in history and theater.

Like Rachael, Vince would like to pursue a career in acting.

"Once I'm in college, I want to perform in the local dinner theaters. Hopefully, I'll be able to take that training and be able to become an actor," he said. "If not, I'd like to become a chiropractor."

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