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Aspiring actors learn the ropes at Pace High's summer drama camp

Students from the Pace annual summer drama camp pose for a photo. Top left row, from left: Alec Pierce, Kristian Perez, Amanda Perez, Briana Walker; bottom left row, from left: Britni Giardinieri, Elyse Bernstein, Sabrina Caldas, Anola Sejour.Top right row, from left: Reyna Rodriguez, Anthony Raffa, Kenea Sejour, Pablo Pernia; bottom right row, from left: Elizabeth Maisello, Carlos Martinez, Sabrina Lama, Christina Borohquez.

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Students from the Pace annual summer drama camp pose for a photo. Top left row, from left: Alec Pierce, Kristian Perez, Amanda Perez, Briana Walker; bottom left row, from left: Britni Giardinieri, Elyse Bernstein, Sabrina Caldas, Anola Sejour.Top right row, from left: Reyna Rodriguez, Anthony Raffa, Kenea Sejour, Pablo Pernia; bottom right row, from left: Elizabeth Maisello, Carlos Martinez, Sabrina Lama, Christina Borohquez.

MIAMI GARDENS | A mix of current and incoming Msgr. Edward Pace High School students, along with students from middle school and other private high schools, took part in the school's annual summer drama camp, held this year from June 9 to 20.

The camp taught both the experienced and novice actors what they needed to know to be involved in any theater program. Students took part in acting and musical theater workshops covering topics such as improvisation, pantomime, singing, stagecraft, and theatrical makeup.

Our Lady of the Lakes student Elizabeth Maisello dresses up as Audrey Hepburn for Celebrity Day at Msgr. Edward Pace High School’s annual drama camp.

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Our Lady of the Lakes student Elizabeth Maisello dresses up as Audrey Hepburn for Celebrity Day at Msgr. Edward Pace High School’s annual drama camp.

Cristina Pla-Guzman, lead teacher of Pace’s Academy for Performing Arts, gave participants feedback on how to act out certain scenes. In one case — a scene involving two sisters arguing over a sand castle competition — Pla-Guzman demonstrated how students should emote on stage.

Students also received feedback from their fellow camp members and five Pace alumni, each of whom taught a workshop revolving around a specific skill.

Jessica Gorwky, an alumnus teacher at the camp who graduated from Pace in 2009, now attends the New World School of the Arts in downtown Miami and is majoring in musical theater.

“Mrs. Pla-Guzman is the one who inspired me to become an actor, so I wanted to do the same and inspire the youth of today,” said Gorwky. “Once (the students) learn that all the power is within, they will be successful.”

On the camp’s final day, students showed their parents and friends what they had learned by performing in the Summer Acting Camp Showcase. They acted out scenes, songs, and pantomimes that they had developed at the camp.

Scenes were open, meaning that students were given dialogue but decided on their own way of performing the dialogue. Students also created and acted out pantomimes set to music. One of the funnier ones was incoming Pace freshman Sophia Lama’s miming of a person being attacked by bees.

“The parents were thrilled to see their children performing,” said Pla-Guzman. “Many of them left saying they couldn’t wait until next summer.”  

For information concerning Pace High School’s other academies and class enrollment, call 305-623-7223 or visit www.pacehs.com.


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