LA firefighter takes to the stage

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By Gina Velasquez

Los Alamos Firefighter Danny McBride is a busy man who wears many hats.
In addition to his career in the LAFD, McBride, 37, is the father of three and recently landed one of the main roles in “Les Miserables,” which is playing at the Albuquerque Little Theatre this month.
The long-running Broadway show also celebrates the 84th season of the Albuquerque theater. A majority of the 200-plus cast and crew live in Albuquerque.
McBride plays Enjolras, a character that suits him well, he said.
“It has always been one of my favorite shows, so when I heard there were auditions, I decided to try out and I got the part,” McBride said. “I hadn’t done musical theater since high school and wanted to see if I could rise to the challenge of being on stage. It was definitely more than I expected.”
McBride was born, raised and still resides in Albuquerque.
McBride did not let the vigorous rehearsal schedule interfere with job as a firefighter. He said his co-workers at the LAFD supported him the whole way. “It’s been tough with my schedule.
McBride works 48-hour shifts at LAFD, then is home for four days a week.
Los Alamos was the first to hire him after he received his EMT license and he has been an active firefighter during the Las Conchas fire.
McBride has been with the LAFD since 2005.
The rehearsals for “Les Miserables” were a grueling 3-4 hours a day, five days a week since rehearsals began in March.
“It is such a huge performance with 180 different costumes and 50 set pieces,” he said. “I am having the time of my life, I’m enjoying it so much, I might do it again one day.”
McBride credits his wife and kids with given him support during his adventure to the stage. His wife, Angie is a elementary school teacher in Albuquerque.
His 9-year-old daughter tried out for the youngest lead role of Cosette, but although she did not get the part, McBride said she later audition in a school play and got one of the lead roles.
“I hope I am giving my kids inspiration,” he said. “I tell them if they want something in life, you have to try and never take no for an answer.”
Opening night was May 23 and the show runs until June 15. $24 adults, $21 seniors (65+), $18 students and $13 children (3-12). For tickets, visit albuquerquelittletheatre.org.