“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” –Aristotle

This afternoon during one of our soon-to-be famous Latin lessons, our instructor mentioned briefly Newport Children’s Theater, a place where budding thespians can begin honing their acting chops as young as eight years old.  I turned to Oscar; and though I knew the answer before I even asked, I asked:  “Oscar, is that something you’d be interested in doing?”  I barely had a chance to utter the last syllable of my inquiry before his emphatic “NO!” hit the airwaves. 

Oscar, the consummate showman at home (we could sell tickets to his performance when we run out of Cheez-Its), has yet to be bitten by the acting bug.  He’s had plenty of opportunities–starting in preschool; and, very recently I thought a friend at school, who performed in a NCT production, might inspire him.  But, alas, no. 

Photo Credit: Deanna DiMarzio

As we walked out of the library today after our lesson,  I mentioned it one more time–just to check in and possibly delve into his rationale a bit more deeply.“Oscar, are you absolutely sure you wouldn’t be interested in Newport Children’s Theater?”

“I’m sure.”

“It’s fine with me.  I was just curious as to why.”

“Well, I love going to plays and seeing other people perform.  It’s just not for me.  I get stage fright.”

And just as I was about to bring up the fact that he regularly hits the stage with his violin in tow, he said:  “I know what you’re thinking.  But the violin is different.  When I’m on stage with my violin, it’s the violin that does the talking.  Not me.  So, that I can do.”

A soon-to-be eight-year-old who knows his limits, who feels comfortable and safe expressing them, who knows himself. 

Take a bow, Oscar.  You’re on your way.


5 thoughts on “Bravo

  1. That’s amazing, what he said about the voice of the violin! But he may still yet grow into a fine thespian, given time and experience – my son John was 14 before he felt comfortable on the stage, but he grew into an exceptional actor and performer whose main roles includes Prospero, Lady Macbeth, Polonius, and Bottom. Like the violinist who ‘speaks’ the music of the composer, the actor embraces the words and the character of the playwright.

  2. Oscar, And when you are not there, you should hear that violin practice all by itself, and the sounds it renders. Sometime it invites friends like pianos, and brass, and Oh My the music they make without their players. Then, when the players come, the audience watches the instruments just to see how well they do.

  3. I love this. I think at Oscar’s age, most of us did know ourselves — it’s jsut that with the push and pull of life, a lot of us forgot over the years. Kudos to you for encouraging him in finding his own path.

  4. I’ll bet that he has the lead role in a future production….small stage…then Broadway….finally the big screen. The WORLD is waiting for Oscar.
    Just watch him!

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