Heather Buccini is taking another huge step forward in her career as an actress as she performs in multiple roles for the Stoneham Theaterâ€™s production of the Christmas classic, â€œItâ€™s A Wonderful Life.â€
A fourth grader at the Cummings School in Winthrop, Buccini, landed the roles after an audition at the theater. She will appear as Young Mary Bailey, Janie Bailey, one of the sled boys, and one of Martiniâ€™s kids.
â€œI have a good number of lines,â€ said Buccini, who is busy rehearsing for Opening Night on Nov. 23 and 31 performances through Dec. 23. â€œWeâ€™ve been rehearsing since November 6. Itâ€™s really fun because Iâ€™ve never done a short play which means itâ€™s not a musical.â€
Buccini most recently appeared as one of the orphans in the North Shore Music Theaterâ€™s Production of â€œAnnie.â€ She received rave reviews for her performance in the play that packed the Beverly theater.
The production of Itâ€™s A Wonderful Life affords the talented 10-year-old Buccini an opportunity to work with professional actors and an outstanding director, Caitlin Lowans.
â€œI feel that Iâ€™m getting better at my enunciating and my projecting on stage,â€ said Heather. â€œIâ€™m learning a lot from the other actors and the director. Iâ€™m enjoying every day.â€
In the final scene of the play, Heather heads to the piano while the other cast members begin singing, â€œHark the Herald Angels Sing.â€ That scene includes the memorable quote, â€œTeacher says, every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.â€
One rather exciting aspect of Heatherâ€™s appearance in Stoneham is that the entire fourth grade at Cummings School will be taking a field trip to watch her perform in the play.
â€œIâ€™ve never performed in front of my classmates and all the fourth grade so itâ€™s really exciting,â€ said Heather. â€œI want to thank my family [mother Jill, dad Brad, brother Ryan, and grandmother Ann] and friends and my teacher, Miss [Connie] Grayson, who has been really supportive. Also my principal, Miss [Bobbie] Finocchio and my superintendent, Mr. [John] Macero, who have been very helpful.â€
Lowans, a prominent director of plays at Stoneham Theater, said Buccini has been doing very well in rehearsals.
â€œHeather is doing really well,â€ said Lowans. â€œItâ€™s hard, especially in the professional shows because you have to be able to mix with the adult actors and I think sometimes children find it more challenging to hold their own with the adults and Heatherâ€™s not one of them. Sheâ€™s very confident and very responsible and sheâ€™s doing a great job.â€
Jill Buccini said itâ€™s been a great experience for her daughter.
â€œHeather is loving it. Itâ€™s a huge commitment but she likes what she does,â€ said Buccini. â€œSheâ€™s having a blast.â€