Relay for Life
Alumni Interviews--Where Are They Now?
December 19, 2012By Gina Leake of Centralia High School Activities
Centralia High School consists of a variety of students with multiple talents that keep them busy outside of school, one of them being Brady McDowell, a sophomore at CHS. Brady participates in plays and musicals outside of school in areas such as Mexico and Columbia. She got started acting almost six years ago: her first play was in 2006 when she was nine years old. “My mom took me to see the play James and the Giant Peach on my eighth birthday and I thought it was the coolest thing that kids my age were doing that, so I told my mom and she signed me up for classes”, Brady stated.
Brady has performed in twenty-one plays and musicals including: A Christmas Story, A Kid’s Tale: An Evening of Shakespeare, Charlotte's Web, Schoolhouse Rock, The Music Man Jr, The Giver , The Music Man, Oklahoma, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Nutcracker, Window Pains, The Sound of Music, Seussical the Musical Jr, Bridge to Terabithia, The Yellow Boat, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, It’s a Wonderful Life, Radio Play, Wizard of Oz, Florian the Fire Eater, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. “The best thing about acting is the way it makes me feel, I’m a pretty shy person in real life and when I act I shed that and become a totally new person.” Her favorite character role was Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory because it was so much fun for her and she really loved the music and dancing.
When asking Brady about her acting she stated, “It’s my favorite thing to do and it’s my creative let out.” Brady says that the people who believe she is weird or stupid for acting inspire her to keep doing it. “It’s great motivation to prove them wrong.” No matter what, she wants to act. “It would be awesome to eventually get paid to act or even make a career out of it,” Brady said.
“Since CHS finally has a drama club and class, sign up! It’s really fun and you make great friends. Beyond that there are a lot of classes you can take in Columbia or other cities. It’s worth a try.” is Brady’s advice for students who are interested in acting. “It’s really not as scary as it looks!”