- 11th Grade
- Parents: Christine & Charlie
Little, bespectacled Courtney Hausman – all 5-foot-4 of her – might be one of the biggest and best triple threat stars at Dunbar High.
We’re not talking passing, running and kicking on the football field or three-point shooting on the basketball court.
But we are talking the boards – the stage.
That’s where Courtney shines… and sings, dances and acts. Like she did as the lead last spring as a sophomore in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
Thoroughly delightful, Courtney belted out show-stopping songs and brought Millie to effervescent life.
In the halls of Dunbar, Courtney looks like the 4.0 student she is.
She was a Duke TIP qualifier in seventh grade and is taking A.P. calculus and English this fall.
But on stage, she’s a dynamo.
“It’s thrilling,” she said. “You get to embody someone else and share a different story. I feel carefree on stage. There’s nothing like it.”
Courtney’s long-term goal is Broadway, where she has seen “The Lion King” and “Mary Poppins.”
After fifth grade, her grandmother took her for a two-week trip to Paris and London where she saw “Hairspray” and “Wicked” (her favorite).
She appeared in her first professional production as a seventh grader when Broadway Live brought “The Wizard of Oz” to the Opera House.
Courtney auditioned for the national touring company and won a part as a Munchkin and a Winkie.
“We played to sold-out performances, and it was the coolest thing I’ve ever done,” she said.
“It was the first time I had seen a professional touring group. The costumes, the lights, the joy of a professional show was obvious.”
Said her mother Christine: “It was exciting to see her up there. She was having the time of her life.”
Like all performers, Courtney puts in hard work before getting on stage. She takes dance classes, studies voice with Joanna McCarty-Rogers, takes acting lessons after school and performs every chance she gets.
She has danced since she was 2, and her Diana Evans School of Dance group won the Grand National Title in New Orleans this summer.
(Courtney missed the event because she attended the Governor’s School of the Arts program at Transylvania University.)
As a member of the Lexington Children Theatre’s Starlight Singers, an elite group of high school performers, Courtney sings around town.
As an actor, Courtney works with Robyn Peterman Zahn and Diana Evans Pulliam through The REP, a Lexington non-profit educational theatre company whose producer is Hollywood actor Steve Zahn.
Who knows what waits for Courtney, who may be short in stature but is big in talent?
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