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Civil War Celebrity

BRMS student makes video debut

Ellen Cook

Leader Editor

Seth Stanley-Gray never expected to be part of a YouTube music video.  He never even had lofty thoughts of becoming an actor.  In reality, he just likes being part of any Civil War reenactment he and his family can find.

But a chance meeting on the “battlefield” at a Heber City reenactment put this 15-year-old Bear River Middle School ninth grader on the front lines of a music video titled “Lincoln – The Civil Wars (Africanized) featuring Alex Boye.

Boye is a British-born singer and actor of Nigerian descent.  He is well-known in music circles for his powerful performances, as well as his reoccurring role as a member and often soloist, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Seth said Boye approached him and his brother, Caleb, as they were participating in a battle scene reenactment.  Reenactments has been a traditional affair for the family, including his mother, Lynda Esplin, brother Jacob, and sisters, Sariah and Katie, for the past ten years, an activity they began while living in Florida.

Boye told them he was shooting a video and asked if anyone was interested in being in some of the shots with him.  Seth, who was already involved in drama at school, said he jumped at the chance to be “on stage,”

He said the role was initially to do what he had been doing before Boye showed up, pretending to be a soldier during the Civil War.  “The cameraman just shot scenes of our battle,” he said.

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