Rockford grad to play principle role in Civic Theater production

Carly Uthoff

Rockford High School 2004 graduate, Carly Uthoff, has been cast as a principle role in the Civic Theater’s current production of “Hairspray.” The musical follows Tracy Turnblad, a plump teenage girl who dreams of dancing on a local TV program, “The Corny Collins Show.” Uthoff will be playing Penny, Tracy’s slightly dorky, devoted and perky best friend, who sticks by her side when Tracy becomes an instant celebrity and causes turmoil by launching a campaign to integrate the show during a time when segregation is running rampant in their Baltimore town.

This will be Uthoff’s first starring role at the Civic Theater; a role she finds both challenging and exhilarating for any aspiring performer.

Eager to join the thespian world from early on, Uthoff was heavily involved in Rockford’s choir and theater program, appearing in such shows as “Once on This Island,” “Cinderella,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Our Town,” “Macbeth,” and many more. After high school, Uthoff attended Alma College on a vocal scholarship, expanding her performance capacity while touring the United States and Europe as a member of the Alma Choir. In February 2011, Uthoff made her community theater debut as a member of the chorus line in the Civic Center’s “Hello Dolly.”

“The director Penelope Notter has an amazing vision for this show and has the ‘go big or go home’ mindset that will make it a success, and will hold nothing back to entertain the audience!” said Uthoff, the daughter of Dan and Sandy Uthoff of Rockford.

Hairspray will be playing at the Civic Theater in downtown Grand Rapids from June 10 until July 2, 2011. Tickets may be purchased on the theater’s website at or at the door.


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