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Kokomo Civic ‘Steps Out’

The Kokomo Civic Theatre presents Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman’s musical Hairspray, directed by Steve Hughes.

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Photo: Steve Hughes

Morgan Michel dressed up to play Tracy with Doug Harvey padded out to play her mom.

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Hairspray

musical with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman


Havens Auditorium

August 12-14, 2011 Fri and Sat at 8, Sun at 2

765-454-8800

The Kokomo Civic Theatre is getting a jump on the 2011-2012 season with an August production of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman’s musical Hairspray, directed by Steve Hughes.

Morgan Michel and Doug Harvey will both be stepping out in the show.

Steppin’ Out Of The Chorus, Or Steppin’ Out Of His Trousers

Morgan Michel is a Kokomo High Schooler. “I’m in the show choir, and I’ve been in both straight plays like The Crucible and musicals like Once Upon a Mattress. With Kokomo Civic I was in the chorus of a recent show. Singing is something I’ve always done. It’s really central for me. Like Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, I am a bit of a ‘dancing fool.’ She’s so energetic and focused on overcoming both the prejudice about her size and also the racism of the show that it’s a real pleasure to play her.”

While Michel is stepping out of the chorus into a lead role as Tracy, Kokomo mailman Doug Harvey is stepping out of his trousers into a skirt, as her mom. “Actually, this is my second time in a skirt for Kokomo Civic. I took off the trousers for a part in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

Harvey admits that switching genders for this part does take some help. “Two people help me into my costume, and although I’m a pretty big guy, there has to be a lot of rather warm padding on the top.” But he relishes the challenges. “Playing a woman, especially a funny one, gives me a whole new set of opportunities. It’s kind of a blast.”

George Walker

After completing an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University, George Walker began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists and reviews plays and operas.

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