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Meet Courtney Hausman!

Courtney is a senior from Lexington, Kentucky! Last year, she spent the summer at Idaho Shakespeare Festival performing in Mamma Mia and Pride & Prejudice, productions that then traveled to Cleveland to be produced at Great Lakes Theater! Coming up next, you'll see Courtney in Be More Chill at Playhouse Square!

What’s your favorite role in a musical you’ve played?
Anybodys in West Side Story! Hands down. She is scrappy and full of heart. No matter how many times the Jets turned her away, she persevered. I also cherished Jerome Robbin’s choreography. It was the perfect personification of the music, always boiling right under the surface. I would jump at the opportunity to play Anybodys again in a heartbeat!

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you gold medal in?
Eating the most chocolate bunnies and discounted chocolate from Walgreens after Easter!! I would compete annually to defend my title. I am also confident that I could receive the gold medal in the greatest number of consecutive bellhops…

What is special about the place you grew up?
I grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, a large town that fancies itself a city. It has a warm, southern feel and intense love for horses, college basketball, and bourbon. Lexington introduced me to theatre and allowed me to be part of a vibrant arts community that led with contagious positivity. I am extremely grateful for Lex’s many creators and teachers who inspired me to pursue my passion for the arts.

What super power would you like to have?
Teleportation is objectively the best superpower. It would be efficient transportation, environmentally friendly, and wonderful for visiting friends and family. Borders would disappear, and I could travel the world and still be home in time to sleep in my own bed!

An epic feast is held in your honor, what’s on the table?
3 roasted chickens, a baguette imported from Paris, 2 pizzas, my mother’s chicken and dumplings, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, all eaten with sectioned plastic plates so none of the foods touch.

What piece of entertainment do you wish you could erase from your mind so that you could experience for the first time again?
Step in Time from Mary Poppins! When Bert tapped upside down on the ceiling, my ten year old jaw hit the floor. This infectious and silly choreography is still one of my favorites to date.