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Scecina students sharpen their stage skills

Isabelle Leffler (first row, second from right) played the lead role of Letitia Blacklock. Other cast members are (front) Isaiah Wilson, Bo Sims, Libby Joson, Isabelle and Reina Oxlaj; (second row) Brigid Maguire, Cassie Cecil, Alex Marshall, Alex Hilz; Hollie Harper (back row) Kerrington Shorter and Ta'Quan Jones.

By Amy Noser, Enrollment Management Assistant

Theater is an opportunity for students to push themselves in a way that they may not think they are capable of doing,” said Leslie (Zimmerman) Young ’99. “I think the process challenges you in a truly unique way, and, from my experience, students wrap up the show feeling a sense of pride in what they achieved.”

Young returns to her alma mater these days to help with theater productions. She directed Scecina’s Fall Play, Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced” and has also choreographed and co-directed 11 Scecina musicals.

Both she and her cast have much to be proud of after their hard work during rehearsals and performances. Their rendition of the play kept the Scecina audience on the edge of their seats as the Miss Marple murder mystery unfolded.

Isabelle Leffler, a Scecina junior from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, has appeared in other Scecina productions. “A Murder is Announced” became her favorite as a performer. Isabelle thoroughly enjoyed portraying the lead character, Letitia Blacklock; meeting new people and watching the characters and set come to life.

My favorite part of theater is performing on opening night in front of an audience when everything flows together and comes to life. Hearing the reaction of the audience for the first time is always exciting,” said Isabelle.

Young people interested in theater can participate as actors or stagehands in the Fall Play and Spring Musical, in addition to taking Technical Theater and Theater Arts classes at Scecina.

For “A Murder is Announced,” Young wanted the show to act as a mini theater class for the students. Each rehearsal would start with a game, improve or warm-up with a brief lesson on a theater principle so that students could learn more about what acting really takes. Lessons would cover topics such as voice projection, character development and stage directions.

The Fall Play also helped Isabelle work on her time-management skills between rehearsals, school work, and other activities. At Isabelle also is involved in Student Council, A Promise to Keep and Cross Country. Similar to many students at Scecina, Isabelle enjoys taking part in multiple activities and is encouraged to do so.

Young was able to experience this same encouragement while at Scecina. Educating the whole student was and continues to be one of her favorite attributes of the school. Sharing that tradition through helping with the theater program is just one of the ways in which Young enjoys giving back to the community that gave so much to her.


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