Meet Greenville's Tracy Turnblad & Motormouth Maybelle of Hairspray
In the words of Allen McCalla, executive artistic director for Hairspray, “This show is a whole lot of bubbly, wonderful fun but at the same time it has a fantastic message. It may also be a little timely right about now.”
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Khristin Stephens is a full time student at Clemson University and also a full time single mom to a 5-year-old boy. A full blown theater kid, Brayden, her “little human” loves coming to watch his mom at rehearsals. She's graduating this year as a psychology major.
Music is Khristin’s (Motormouth Maybelle) personal form of expression that takes her to a special place. “I’ve been into music since I was five years old. I was reintroduced to acting five years ago and now I know I’ll never leave it.”
Mary Evan Giles is an administrative assistant for the Project Hope Foundation, a program for autism services. She has a BS in Mass Communications and Theater from Lander University, where she was active in several theater organizations.
My job title is "Don't let things fall apart," she laughs. She does a little of everything.
“I want to see her (Tracy Turnblad) as big, not fat. You know, big in other ways...big heart, big dreams, big eyes for the world. She wants a non-segregated place for the world. I envy her. These are things I want us to have as well.”
“This is my stress release. My parents are both directors, choreographers and actors so I grew up in the theater.”
Mary Evan aspires to do this full time. If she could have her way, “This would be my world and then there’s everything else around it.”
On racial culture in Greenville, they both jumped in immediately to say it is both heartwarming and surprising to see so many interracial couples here. “It’s weird and wonderful to see it happening here. I’m all for it.” Be the change you want to see.
Greenville Little Theater does it again!
Don’t miss the opportunity to see this fabulous show. A carefully selected cast, tireless preparation and Broadway level talent will provide a remarkable evening that will have you leaving the theater singing those ‘50s tunes.
Get your tickets here.
Writer: Lianne LaVoy