Highland Park product Carl DeForrest Hendin leads a wonderful cast in the Garland Summer Musicals’ production of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying! Click thru for our Exclusive Interview with Carl about his Dallas ties, his previous productions and all about the fun show that is at the GSM thru this weekend.
I started out our chat by asking Carl about his unique middle name, DeForrest.
We then chatted about his Highland Park High School background.
From HP to
SMU… I meant OCU, Oklahoma City University.
While at OCU he was under the direction of Brenda Holleman.
In fact, Carl got cast in a World Premiere (Big Red Sun, by Georgia Stitt and John Jiler) at OSU.
Now during the summer time, Carl would have another chance to shine on stage, but this time a little bit further North of Oklahoma.
He must have liked the north because Carl has made the great leap to the big apple and he’s really excited about being there.
While he’s been up in New York he’s gotten to take part in some really fun productions like the Spoon River Project.
The production was held at NYC’s famous Greenwood Cemetery.
Carl’s also been able to be part of one of the funniest musicals around, Monty Python’s Spamalot.
That’s Carl holding the SPAM, as part of the Ensemble. He discussed how fantastic it was to be part of that great group.
That production and others by Carl garnered the attention of GSM veteran Director Buff Shurr and Producer Patty Granville.
Carl talked about hearing from the duo.
Now the jump from Ensemble member to the lead in How To… is a bit different and Carl talked about tackling his character J. Pierrepont Finch.
Carl has been able to work with some great fellow actors as Finch.
But I had to ask about being able to play off a “love interest” in the production.
As you can see by the flyer, there are only 3 performances left. July 27th-29th. Carl talks about his feelings going into these final performances.
In fact, Carl would like to address his fellow Dallas-ites.
To see one of these performances or to find out more about Garland Summer Musicals click HERE.
For more on Carl click HERE.
And keep your eyes and ears open for Carl who isn’t afraid to tackle any type of musical or play.