November 25, 2022

A senior profile: Casey Vieira | Reading

For the reading community, Casey Vieira is a creative, passionate and thoughtful person. Since attending Bow Elementary School, Parker Middle School, and then RMHS, Casey has always been a very creative person. She is a writer of poetry and plays. For those who know her, she listens to music all the time.

Throughout her four years of high school at RMHS, Casey shares that she made many memories.

She shares, “What I will remember the most from high school is all the late-night tech week rehearsals for drama shows. I loved staying in school until 9:00 p.m., sometimes working on the finishing touches for the show. There is always such a bustling and exciting atmosphere in the last week before the show weekend. Even if it’s often tiring, I like to devote myself entirely for hours to a show and a production that I love.

Casey also shares, “Probably my most exciting moment of my high school years would be when I was cast as Poirot in RMHS’ recent production of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. It was such a different role than anything I had ever done, and I was so excited to jump into this amazing new opportunity. Being cast in this role and working hard for months memorizing lines, blocking and characterization is one of the things I’m most proud of having done.

Since freshman year, Casey has been part of the RMHS Singers and the RMHS Drama Club. During her sophomore year, Casey served as the theater representative for the sophomore class, where she ensured her class had a voice and an outlet in the club. For the Drama Club, Casey has performed many roles and in the spring she will complete her 10th show. Besides the RMHS Singers and Drama Club, Casey was also involved with the Playwriting Club during her sophomore and senior year. At this club, she wrote plays for submission to the Massachusetts Youth Playwriting Festival. This year she has written two plays for the club, one of which will be presented at Arts Fest this spring.

When Casey has time, she also enjoys volunteering. Through the drama club, she participated in a handful of community service events. She volunteered to help organize some of the elementary school’s Halloween parties, as well as reading to groups of children at the Reading Public Library as part of a municipal event.

At school, Casey shared that some of her past favorite classes include Acting I, Acting II, and Honors Biology. For this year, Casey’s classes include poetry, psychology, ceramics, sculpture, storytelling, history, and democracy in the age of social media.

Casey shares that she would like to share some thanks. She notes, “Someone I would like to thank is my wonderful best friend, Tallulah Patalano. We have been friends for almost seven years, and she has always been a symbol of love and comfort in my life. She is so caring and completely understands me. Moreover, she has always supported each of my artistic activities; she will always offer to read poems and stories I have written, and her comments are always so valuable. All in all, Tallulah is such an important person in my life, and I’m so grateful that she’s my best friend. I also want to thank my sister, Kate, who has always been one of the closest people in my life. She is so funny and can always change my day if I have a bad one. I will always appreciate being able to bond with her on different music, musicals and TV shows. Another thank you to my mother, who is one of the strongest and kindest people I know. She is still so supportive and I still find comfort in her endless compassion and love.

Besides his family and friends, Casey wanted to thank two teachers who had an influence on his development. She shares: “One teacher who has been influential in my development is Ms Richardson, who runs the playwriting club. I did the club’s second year and am currently doing it this year, and both times it has given me such great opportunities to grow as a writer, as well as a safe space to create. I also had it for a first semester poetry class this year, and I can easily say it was my favorite class I ever had in high school. She was nothing less than a support for every student, always encouraging and helping us to write our own poetry. His course was so in-depth and taught me so much, and I enjoyed it more than I can say.

Another teacher who was influential on her would be Mrs. Cunha. She notes, “I got it first for actor 1 in my freshman year, then again in actor 2 my freshman year. These two classes were some of my favorite classes I took in high school. Ms. Cunha always created such a safe space and made me feel like I could be totally myself. In addition to class, she has also been a counselor for the Drama Club for the past four years and has always encouraged and helped me to become a better actor. Really, I don’t think I would be where I am as an actor without his guidance. I am so grateful for everything she said and did for me.

In his free time, Casey enjoys playing guitar and ukulele and reading books. She shares, “Writing poetry is something that consumes a lot of my free time as well. Last October, I submitted a poetry manuscript (about 55 poems) to a publishing house, and I will hear from them in April. In the spring of 2021, I also won a poetry contest organized by the New Currency Club of RMHS.

For the future, Casey plans to major in English. She will also attend the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. His parents are Diane and Paul Vieira. His siblings are Jack Vieira (17), Kate Vieira (16) and Joey Vieira (15).