Meet the Cast: Braden C. Andrew, "Cogsworth"

Meet the cast of Beauty and the Beast, playing at Children's Theatre of Annapolis through January 28, 2018!

Braden C. Andrew, a 16-year-old 10th-grader from Kent Island, plays Cogsworth.

What do you love about your character?

I love that Cogsworth gives me the opportunity to play him with depth, but he is a very funny character at the same time.

Why did you want to be involved in this production? This is my third show at CTA, the other two being Mary Poppins and Seussical, and I couldn’t wait to be back here doing another show, because CTA is always a great experience. It also helps that I love this show.

What is your favorite song in the show? By far, "If I Can’t Love Her" is my favorite song in the show. Something about it, maybe the emotion, the lyrics, the melody, really gets to me. It also just fits my voice.

If you could play any other character in the show, who would it be? My plan was to audition for the roles of the Beast and Gaston. This is my second time doing this show, the first as Lumiere, and I would definitely audition again to be able to play some other roles, because I think I would love portraying almost any of them.

What's your favorite thing about playing your character? Cogsworth has a lot of funny moments in the show, but a lot of emotional ones as well. I’d say my favorite part is being able to make the audience laugh and feel something deeper as well.

What do you do when you are not doing theatre? I am an Eagle Scout, so if I happen to not have rehearsal one Tuesday, I am at a Boy Scout meeting. I also like spending time with people I care about, and when I’m not doing anything else, I am probably watching The Office.

When did you first perform on stage? I started theater when I was in first grade at Triple Threat Theatre, so I’m pretty sure my first stage experience was in their annual showcase.

What is your favorite show outside of this show and why? My favorite show by far is Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man. I am currently in this show for the second time, and I never cease to be amazed by how much I like it. I think the character of Harold Hill is very complex, especially for something made in the 1950s. I love every aspect, and that’s not something I can say about any other show.