Being on stage is enough to make most people nervous, but for one young actress the stage is where she overcomes challenges.
Freshman Amy Bosco loves the spotlight, even if she can’t see it.
Amy will be Naperville North’s first blind actress when she graces the stage during their presentation of “My Teacher is an Alien.”
“It means a lot to me that I’ll get the chance to prove I can act just like everyone else can,” said Bosco.
Producer Amy Frazzini immediately noticed Bosco’s talent and worked with her mom to make sure she could be a part of the show.
“She’s a fantastic actress, and she’s really very talented so we didn’t want anything to stand in her way of getting on stage,” said Frazzini.
Working with a blind actress who is in a leading role presented new challenges for the student performers as they embraced their new co-star.
“It is a fun experience because the kids have absolutely taken to Amy fantastically,” said Ryan Cap, who is directing the play. “They help Amy, like when we need to move a new scene there are usually four or five people jumping to help out.”
Amy’s lack of sight has taught her important lessons about life, and her new friends on stage are learning with her.
“It’s taught me to not judge people by how they look, but to look deeper,” said Bosco. “It’s also taught me to not care what others think and be a stronger person.”
“We take it for granted so much of our sight, and it’s hard sometimes when you don’t have something,” said Cap. “So the kids have been doing a lot of exercises where they have been blind themselves so they can experience life the way Amy has to get comfortable with how she’s feeling.”
Some adjustments have been made to make sure the show will run smoothly and the theatre program is welcoming the challenge.
“We’ve had to put markers at the edge of the stage so she knows where that’s at.
We’ve never had to do that before, so things like that are changing, but other than that it’s just great having her a part of the show,” said Frazzini. “We know she’ll continue to be in shows. We’ll have to adapt to it, but it’s really easy.”
As for Amy, she has one last piece of advice, “Don’t let anything stand in your way. If you want to do something, do it.”
“Our Teacher is an Alien” will run from October 17 through October 19.
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