Congratulations to Brendan Carr '17 on being nominated for a Greater Philadelphia Area Cappie for the category Comic Actor in a Musical for his role as Dusty in The Burnt Part Boys!
"It's so surreal knowing that I'm nominated for a Cappie!" said Carr. "As a Cappies critic, I've helped determine the people who win these awards for the past three years, and now I'm in the running for one of those awards; it's such a cool turn of events."
The 12th Annual Greater Philadephia Area Cappies Gala will take place on Sunday May 21 at Unionville High School.
The award-winning Belfry Club, the oldest, continuously-run high school dramatic club in the United States, performed The Burnt Part Boys back in November and absolutely knocked it out of the park! For Carr, playing the role of Dusty was an absolute joy.
“There's so many things that I love about Dusty, but I think my favorite thing about him is his sense of humor,” said Carr. “I loved telling those jokes every night, especially during the scene when we were stuck on the mountain ledge. He's so innocent, sweet, and ultimately is a good friend to Pete through and through. I also loved being able learn and ultimately play the saw and sing at the same time! What I love about our production of The Burnt Part Boys is that we made it a very small and intimate show. There weren't any huge special effects or elaborate sets. We truly let the story and music take center stage, which was such a beautiful thing to be a part of.”
In a review of the show, one critic wrote that "With his great diction and character work, Brendan Carr was a true standout as nerdy Dusty."
All in all, Carr has been a part of 12 shows during his time at GA, not including numerous choir concerts, improv performances, and Honors Acting projects. But does he have a favorite character he has played?
“Do I really have to pick a favorite?” joked Carr. “I loved playing Dusty in The Burnt Part Boys (as you can tell), understudying the role of Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors, and, most recently, I had a lot of fun directing, producing, and starring in a production of The Actor's Nightmare.”
For the moment, Carr plans to major in theatre and minor in vocal performance at Dickinson College. He’s also considering a second major like international business or environmental studies.