QACHS Vis­ual Arts Teen of the Week — Rachel Lee

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CENTREVILE — Queen Anne’s County High School se­nior Rachel Lee is the Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools Vis­ual an d Per­form­ing Arts Teen of the Week. Act­ing, Rachel said, has al­ways been her pas­sion. It’s where she is able to cre­ate her own re­al­ity, and trans­form into some­one else, al­low­ing her to ex­pe­ri­ence new things.

“I want to cre­ate a world where peo­ple are not ob­jec­ti­fied, where not ev­ery re­la­tion­ship has to be ro­man­tic, where sto­ries are told and au­di­ences are en­ter­tained,” Rachel said. “I see things in a dif­fer­ent light, and I want to share my vi­sion with oth­ers. I plan on study­ing film and di­rect­ing in col­lege and go­ing into the in­dus­try.”

Justin Cal­la­han, head of QACHS’ theater pro­gram, spoke highly of Rachel’s pas­sion

for theater, call­ing her a “born en­ter­tainer.”

“Rachel’s en­thu­si­asm is un­par­al­leled. She is able to en­ter a room and brighten it with her cre­ativ­ity and poise. Her act­ing pos­sesses im­pec­ca­ble tim­ing,” said Cal­la­han. “She can sim­ply ma­nip­u­late a char­ac­ter to achieve the most ef­fec­tive por­trayal, all while keep­ing the au­di­ence en­rap­tured.”

While play­ing the role of Mrs. Chau­venet, a quirky el­derly woman in QACHS’ adap­ta­tion of “Har­vey,” Rachel “stood out,” ac­cord­ing to Michael Bell, QACPS Su­per­vi­sor of Vis­ual & Per­form­ing Arts. “Rachel cap­ti­vated the au­di­ence with her charm and hu­mor … she owned her char­ac­ter, right down to her crooked walk and cane.”

In ad­di­tion to “Har­vey,” Rachel has also starred in “The Cru­cible” and in “Seussi­cal,” por­tray­ing the nar­ra­tor Cat (as in “The Cat in the Hat”).

Keep­ing busy out­side of theater, Rachel also plays soc­cer, lacrosse, in­door track and she’s been an avid swim­mer through­out her high school ca­reer. Tack that on to a love for ta­ble ten­nis, writ­ing and di­rect­ing films, she’s also par­tic­i­pated in Project W.I.S.E. at North Bay, has been a Stu­dent of the Month at QACHS twice, an Honor Roll stu­dent and Queen Anne’s County High’s Home­com­ing Queen 2018.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Rachel Lee, cen­ter, acts in the school’s pro­duc­tion of “Har­vey.”

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