A student’s perspective on passion for performance

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A student’s perspective on passion for performance. Hello, my name is Sebastian Perdomo. I am from Venezuela and came to Panama in 2014. This is my third year in ISOP. My former school in Venezuela was called Santiago de Leon de Caracas.

My school in Venezuela didn’t have a theater like the PAC, so we couldn’t do musical performances. Since acting in plays and musicals it is my passion, I decided to take a one-year workshop with a professional organization called Teatro Escena 8. At the end of the course, I felt proud of myself for working on a big production that was open to the general public.

When I came to ISOP in third grade, I watched the musical ‘Annie’. I became inspired by those actors, so that’s why I joined the musical performance of the ‘Music Man Jr’. in fourth grade. That was my first real musical, and I didn’t know most of the people around me. Then, during rehearsal, we started to know not only about our characters but also more about each other.

A scene of Les Miserables

It was a phenomenal experience to be part of the inaugural performance of the PAC. We had an amazing show with a great audience during all showings. The next year, I joined ‘Madagascar’, acting as two animals. It was a different style of music and acting, so it was really fun to be part of.

Also, it is a well-known story, very catchy for the audience. Right now, I am the only 6th grader that is a part of the ‘Les Miserables’ cast. I feel this is a huge challenge for me and at the same time a wonderful opportunity to learn from my musical mates and teachers. Compared with my previous experiences in musicals, this is the most demanding, because we have to remember different types of choreographies and solos for many characters. This is a longer musical story where we have to be prepared for singing in different voices.

The International School of Panama

My experience in Venezuela and elementary prepared me for bigger challenges and helped me grow to become a better actor for ‘Les Miserables’. I truly encourage my schoolmates to participate in at least one musical or play. It will help you to develop many types of skills in an experiential way.

Hopefully you will come to watch ‘Les Miserables’. It is an amazing, all-sung musical with a live pit orchestra!

‘Les Miserables’ opens Thursday, November 30 at 4:00 p.m. and runsto Friday December 1 at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 p.m.

Una escena de “Les Miserables”


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