MOSAIC Fall 2015 - Page 20

Stephen Brunner, left, and Derik Peterman practice proper word articulation by reciting dialogue from a play script. Helping Homilies to Come Alive Theater instructors coach seminarians at preaching “boot camp.” Perrin Atisha A fter graduation, most people go on a little vacation or take some time off to celebrate. But here at Sacred Heart, when a seminarian graduates from philosophy—he jumps right into preaching practice! Immediately after graduation, seminarians who are entering graduate theology in the fall are involved in a three-week preaching “boot camp” that is conducted by Fr. Daniel Jones, director of graduate seminarians, and 18 Mr. Paco Gravilides, instructor in homiletics. They are assisted by two professional actors, the husband-wife team of Dr. Arthur Beer, theater professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, and Mrs. Mary Bremer-Beer, instructor of acting at UDM and long-time director of its Theatre Company. This year, nine of us seminarians went through the boot camp from April 27 until May 15. Every morning, we started with an hour-long session learning about the biblical aspect of preaching, and then we spent the rest of the day learning about speech and voice. Dr. Beer and Mrs. Bremer-Beer taught us breathing exercises, articulation, and tongue twisters, as well as acting out several scenes from different monologues and plays. We worked on the play Mass Appeal, which includes scenes between Father Farley and a seminarian named Mark. Some of the monologues that we did were Pastor Manders from Ghost and C.C. Showers from The Diviners. The last three days of the camp invol