Mop of white hair belies youthful energy of Richard McCarty
If there are any accomplished musicians and magicians in the area, chances are that these fair-haired performers don’t have white hair — but Richard McCarty is a definite exception.
A native of Philadelphia, McCarty wanted to be an actor as a child, but instead pursued music while attending Ithaca College. This followed some local, state and regional success as a teenager when, as a percussionist, he performed in two bands.
He worked many years as a private teacher, arranger and adjudicator for local and national level marching bands and drum and bugle corps.
Harking to the urging to “…go West, young man,” McCarty moved to California. His occupational history includes hotel and informational technology management, including owning two retail stores.
McCarty moved back to Pennsylvania in 2016, following his mother’s death and now resides in Hughesville.
The 67-year-old is semi-retired, but still works temporary jobs with the Lycoming County Fair and the Little League World Series each year. He also continues seasonal music adjudication work with high school marching bands, percussion ensembles, and drum corps
In the Spring of 2016, McCarty noticed that according to his “acting bucket list,” he should attend an audition. So what he jokingly describes as “a terrible mistake,” he was cast in a supporting role as a Naval Commander in the Community Theatre League’s production of “South Pacific.”
Having thoroughly enjoyed the experience, McCarty was cast in other CTL’s plays, including “The Crucible” and “A Nice Family Gathering.”
“These roles were ‘perfect storm’ progressions for me to learn about acting, character development, and arcs,” McCarty says.
The following year, McCarty was cast in CTL’s two-person play “The Boatwright,” which he classifies as a “significant growth experience for me as an actor.”
Roles with CTL within the last year include ” “The Miracle Worker,” “Anything Goes” and an exceptionally stirring performance in “Tuesdays With Morrie.”
In addition to performing with the Community Theatre League, McCarty has also acted with RiverStage Community Theatre, Resounding Cymbals, and several student films.
His last project in 2018 was playing Clarence in Resounding Cymbals’ Christmas fundraiser “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
“I’ve been thrilled to realize my lifelong dream to try acting, and I hope to continue both local and regional productions in 2019,” he said.
“The local performing arts community is much stronger than I expected, and my acting ‘secret’ is simply to be surrounded by talented people and to learn from each experience.”
When not on stage, Richard McCarty is a rabid movie fan and enjoys Mets baseball.