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For Westminster Christian School senior Carlos Fernandez-Bravo, theater is a huge part of his life. In fact, he wants to be a professional actor and plans to major in acting in college.
He’s been accepted to one institution for a program that would take him to New York for two years and then move to Los Angeles for the final two years but that’s only the first acceptance and he’s waiting for more. As with anyone who wants to go into theater, he will be auditioning for a variety of theater programs. He’s already done several auditions and expects to do a few more.
“I plan on starting in theater and branching out to screen work,” he says. “I plan on auditioning for everything I can.”
Last summer he participated in a theater program at Carnegie Mellon. While there he auditioned for a short film and was cast.
On the local level, he usually gets good roles. He was the male lead in the production of Legally Blonde. He’s had top roles in Area Stage productions, where he’s been acting in productions for seven years.
“We just wrapped up on Sweeny Todd there and I played Sweeny Todd,” he says. “Before that, a production of Dogfight, I played Boland.”
At competitions, he has won awards for best supporting actor at district one act competition, as well as superiors at district and state Thespians for individual events such as monologues and solo songs.
“At school this fall we did Godspell,” he says. “I played Judas and John the Baptist.”
Most of Fernandez-Bravo’s community service hours are related to theater, at Westminster and programs outside the school.
“At Area Stage Company I’ve assisted stage managed a few shows there,” he says. “At my middle school, I went back and helped my freshman year.”
When he helps out other programs, it’s usually behind the scenes, helping with costumes, excel sheets and helping the kids.
“With St. Thomas, if the kids had questions about the scripts, I would step in and help,” he says. “If the director needed help, I’d work with the kids to block it.”
He’s also been on the select alumni from St. Thomas that has gone to Atlanta with the middle school students to compete. He says it keeps him connected to St. Thomas.
At Westminster, he’s the president of the Thespian Honor Society. As president he helps choose the theater productions and helps corral the students who will work on the show.
Currently, he’s in the planning stages of a service project with all the art honor societies at school.
“My goal is to support children in the arts,” he says. “That, it’s a new idea. It’s something I’m starting out. I hope to do it around February or March.”
In the meantime, he is still working out the details, including which charity or charities the money will be donated to.
Besides doing shows, he takes acting classes on the side as well as voice lessons, and audition prep.
“I’ve done a few short films,” he says. “Last year and sophomore year I was in the film program at Westminster.”
Along with theater, he’s involved in other extracurricular activities.
“I’m in student leadership,” he says. “It’s our version of student council. There are four representatives from each grade on executive board that work with a leadership council.”
He is on the student relations committee. That committee works to ensure all new students have an easy transition to Westminster and that the student voice is heard at Westminster.
Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld
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