Artist of the Issue: Becca Gracey

Romeo and Juliet 2-Talia Horvath

Becca Gracey ’14 as Juliet along with Katie Slavik ’15 as nurse. (T. Horvath’14)

If you have gone to any of the recent drama performances, you have undoubtedly seen Becca Gracey ’14 somewhere on the stage. Becca, a drama prefect, has acted in eight plays here at Groton, beginning in her Third Form fall. Outside of Groton, Becca has been going to the same theater camp, Acting Manitou, for four year.

Becca’s love for acting on the stage actually arose from her interest in film. “Ever since I was little I was really big on movies,” she said. “I would commit to memory lines from the movies and act them out.” When she was living at Lawrenceville School, Becca even acted in a few short films directed by students and  in drama performances. As a student at Groton, Becca had many more roles. Ally Dick ’14 said of Becca’s acting: “You can tell she’s really passionate about it, and you can tell she’s really creative in the sense that she always adds her own personal twist, even just to things like acting games.”

Becca began her career as Hero in Much Ado About Nothing in 2010, and as a storyteller in the musical Once on This Island in the same winter. The following year, Becca starred in The Odyssey with three roles: Calypso, Argos, and a Siren. She played the part of Edith, a sister, in The Pirates of Penzance. In Fifth Form, she was Ann Putnam in The Crucible and  Little Becky Two Shoes in the musical Urinetown. Spring term, she was the playwright for “The Therapist,” which was performed in One Acts.

This past fall, Becca was the lead, Juliet, in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. “This role challenged me a lot as an actress,” she said. “It was really hard because I feel like people don’t realize how dark that show can be. I had to go to the dark place in my mind to kill myself at the end.” From that role, she was part of the ensemble in this year’s musical, Hairspray.

Becca is now spending her spring term as the stage manager for The Miracle Worker. For Becca, “this is a completely different perspective on theater, and it helps inform [her] acting, watching other actors go through that process.” Becca is the only stage manager for the play, which will have its first performance less than a month from now. “It makes me appreciate how much work goes on in the other side,” she said.

For four years, Becca has been going to a three week acting camp called Acting Manitou. There, she had roles as Beedle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Martini in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. “I really liked playing Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice because in a lot of ways she reminded me of myself,” Becca said. “I also love that time period, so getting to wear that costume was a dream come true.”

In addition to all her time spent acting, Becca is also heavily involved in music.  She has been taking voice lessons since seventh grade, and Becca just joined Choir last year, becoming a member of Chamber Choir and singing the solo introduction to “Once in Royal David’s City”.

“I like being in choir,” she said, “because I get exposed to music that I otherwise wouldn’t have known.” Becca also did a music FSA last spring featuring a different style: music from the 1940s. “I really like that style of music and I feel like it fits my voice really well,” she explained. Mr. Hampson said, “Becca is a very versatile and talented singer,” as evidenced by her wide range of music.

Becca is very excited about all the opportunities that she will have in college to continue pursuing drama and music. “One of the reasons I chose Skidmore is that its theater program is so strong,” she said. Becca has not yet decided her major, and she is considering theater. She knows she is definitely going to be in shows there. Also, she is excited about being part of an a cappella group in college.

Becca has dedicated much of her time to music and drama, and it has become a major aspect of her life. “I also love the theater because a certain kind of person is drawn to it,” she said. “Many of the most important people in my life are those whom I have met through it. I believe that the judgment-free environment is good for everyone. And because theater forces you to be confident and outspoken, you get to know your cast extremely well.” Becca has certainly become confident on every stage. She possesses a great artistic talent, which will just continue to grow.

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