Q and A with DPAC Ambassadors Blaine Garner and Franklin Kennedy
Q: Why did you decide to sign up to see the Doobie Brothers?
Blaine Garner: At first, I was a little unsure because I’d never heard their songs before. Luckily, Franklin was there to convince me to sign up.
Franklin Kennedy: I am in my school’s High School Vocal Ensemble. We always do a big choreographed dance number, and this year, we did “Listen to the Music” by The Doobie Brothers. When I saw that they were coming to DPAC, I was immediately interested.
Q: What did you do during your volunteer position did anything happen that stands out?
BG: I was asked to be the bucket person at the front door. The biggest thing that stood out to me was the moods of the people entering was extremely varied.
FK: I helped greet DPAC patrons over by the Cage and Burt's Bees. Whenever anyone would walk by, I would give them a warm smile and answer any questions that they had. The biggest thing that stood out to me was the fact that Downtown Durham was already all decorated for Christmas and everyone was in the Christmas spirit.
Q: What was your favorite song?
BG: “Listen to the Music” was the best because it engaged the crowd and brought up the energy to an entire new level.
FK: My favorite song was definitely “Listen to the Music” for two reasons. First of all, I had just sung the song at my vocal concert the week before. Also, that was the song that caused everyone to jump to their feet and sing along.
Q: If you could talk to The Doobie brothers in person what would you say to them?
BG: This question I like to ask every star that I could: Do you have any advice for other people who want to get into performing as a profession.
FK: If I could talk to The Doobie Brothers, I would tell them how much their music has affected people in my family. My dad says that The Doobie Brothers were the first band he listened to, and they caused him to really like rock music.
Q: What is the best thing about interning for DPAC?
BG: The best thing about working for DPAC is the people. The people at DPAC are always kind and make going to the theater an amazing experience.
FK: My favorite part of being an Ambassador for DPAC is the opportunity to see shows that I wouldn’t normally get the chance to see (like The Doobie Brothers for example).