Lucas Giolito’s younger brother gives up baseball to focus on the other family business

Room 220 at Harvard-Westlake in Los Angeles is where 75-year-old Ted Walch helps teenagers fulfill their dreams. It’s where Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Segel first trained to become actors. It’s set up as a mini-studio, with stage lights, drapes, mirrors, scripts, costumes, a couch and a wall full of framed photos featuring students in plays and musicals.

Casey Giolito, 6-feet-4 with charismatic leading-man qualities, steps from behind a black curtain wearing a light blue button-down shirt, black pants and black high-tops. He’s one of six students in Walch’s acting class. They’re preparing for a laboratory play production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Giolito’s role is Stanley Kowalski, the rough-and-tumble husband of Stella. He’s doing a scene where he runs into Blanche, Stella’s sister.

“Where are you from, Blanche?” Giolito asks, crossing his arms.

At this time last year, Giolito was practicing his fastball and pitching for Harvard-Westlake. The younger brother of Chicago White Sox pitching prospect Lucas Giolito played baseball for 12 years until calling it quits to focus on acting. Last month, he was accepted to a three-year conservatory program at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, Wales.

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