Special guest star in N.M. youth play

Posted at: 06/03/2013 7:19 PM
Updated at: 06/03/2013 7:44 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Tonight, the kids at Native Vision's drama camp will premiere their new play, the Navajo News.

And they're acting alongside a special guest, Martin Sheen.

"I was lucky enough to be free and I got a long enough advance about where the camp was and when and so I committed to it and I'm delighted to be here," said Sheen

The native vision program hosts a sports camp every year for Native American youth.

Sheen was introduced to the program "Native Vision" at a fundraiser recently.

He thought it would be a good idea to add a drama camp to the program.

He enlisted fellow actor and friend, Vaz Santosham, to work as the acting coach.

"These kids have discovered a safe place to step out and explore the possibility of becoming themselves," said Sheen.

Even though the camp is only a couple of days long, the kids have been working on the script for over a month. Most of the skits are comedic takes on what it's like to live on the reservation.

Even though Sheen has starred in many films, he said the real stars are the teens.

Many of the teens thought Sheen was fun to work with.

"He's really mellow like 'oh nice to meet you" and move on... really nice,” they said.

The Native Vision program is sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health.

They've held the camp for the past 17 years. To learn more about the program click here