Scott Takes Center Stage

ScottOnly 16 years old and already it’s been a star-worthy ride for Scott DiMeo, a junior to-be at SCAPA Lafayette High.

A theater major, Scott has been singing and acting since he was 7. His list of iconic roles is staggering – from Hamlet to Peter Pan and everything in between.

Scott’s other playbill credits include Oliver, Aladdin, Kurt Von Trapp, Mushu the Dragon (Mulan), Shakespeare’s apprentice (Land of the Dead), Danny (Grease), even the donkey in Shrek and L. Ron Hubbard in “A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant.”

His biggest and most satisfying role so far was his latest as Huck Finn in Woodford Theatre’s “Big River.” Scott was in virtually every scene in the three-hour show and received the following notice in the Herald-Leader:

“Scott DiMeo as Huck Finn demonstrates an extraordinary set of talents as actor, singer, comedian and dancer. This young man commands the stage throughout the show, never missing a line, a beat or a nuance.

“His enjoyment of performing translates into easy charisma, assuming the lead as if born to it.”

Scott loved the production for the professionalism of the cast and crew.

“This show was my proudest moment because it was the first show that not one thing went wrong. It was amazing that I was with actors of that caliber,” he said.

He also stretched the most as a performer in “Big River.”

scott-2“Each song I had was a different style of music that pushed my high and low range,” he said.

“I had to learn so much technique. Also, Huck transitions from a kid who cares only about having fun to a profound character at the end.”

Off the stage, Scott carries a 5.0 weighted GPA. He took one A.P. class as a sophomore and will take three as a junior.

He is an avid outdoorsman and serves as a counselor at a 4-H camp in Carlisle.

He also hunts on the family’s 200-acre farm in Harrison County.

With these other interests what’s the appeal of theater?

There’s the obvious – there are usually far more girls than guys doing musical theater.

But there is much more to theater.

“At the risk of sounding cliche, it’s the community you build when you put on a show,” he said.

“You come together to do something that the audience loves and you love doing. That brings people together.”

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