Born in St. Petersburg, FL, Braxton knew what he wanted to do from a young age and that was sing. It was not until he got the lead in his middle school’s musical production of Bugsy Malone, Jr. that he finally knew that acting was his passion. Braxton has done many shows at his soon-to-be alma mater, Karns High School, ranging from the youngest brother, Gideon Pontipee in 7 Brides for 7 Brothers to the mentally absent farm hand, Jud Fry in Oklahoma. Just this year, Braxton played the blonde haired German waiter, Rudolph Reisenweber in Hello, Dolly. Braxton excelled in the school musicals, so he decided to branch out and try out for community musicals as well. He performed in his first community musical in a satire called Of Thee I Sing by George and Ira Gershwin. Braxton is very honored and proud to be playing the lead role in the famous production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He gives thanks to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as well as his family for helping him achieve his dreams.
What do you like about this show?
The way the show is written is my favorite part, it’s like seeing a comic strip come to life!
What is your experience with it?
I have never seen the show, but one of my friends said she loved the musical. She said that I should play Charlie Brown as soon as the show is available to do in Knoxville. Coincidentally, about two weeks later I found out that The WordPlayers was doing the show.
Who do you think this show will appeal to?
Anyone and everyone!
What do you think of your fellow cast members?
They are phenomenal! Never in a million years did I ever think I was going to be able to work with such a talented cast!
What are the challenges of playing Charlie Brown?
Taking my voice from “the typical high school theatre voice” into the deeply, changing voice of Charlie Brown.
Have you ever had a crush? Did it turn out well?
I did have a crush on a girl once, it started fine, but it ended bad… my luck!
What is an element of the show that people may be surprised to see?
The talent. The talent in this show is overwhelming, never have I worked in a show with this much talent.
Are you going to shave your head?
What does your mom think about you shaving your head?
At first she was threatening to pull me out of the production because I may not have mentioned it while I was auditioning. Then she warmed up to the idea and bought me a can of spray tan.