At Steepletown, earning a GED is only a step to what comes next for Kayla Carter. She has big dreams and a passion for music and the arts. This past summer, her Education Coordinator, Melanie Grandy found out that Kayla had never attended a live musical. Understanding her interests in the performing arts, Grandy she contacted Autumn Hubbard, Civic’s Annual Fund Manager.

Understanding the powerful experience live theatre can be for someone, Autumn set out to find a benefactor for Kayla’s tickets. She was able to find an anonymous donor who made it possible for this young theatre fan and a friend to attend Hairspray, Jr. The impact of this generous donation went way beyond one production. It fueled a young woman’s dreams and inspired her to continue towards her goals.

To be able to see Hairspray Jr. live was not only an amazing opportunity, but a great source of new inspiration for me. I’ve always had a strong love for musicals, but was never fortunate enough to experience on live. Since I was very young, Music and Arts have been a passion of mine. Seeing this musical only makes this passion burn stronger, brighter, and has helped me clarify my vision. Maybe one day I’ll be on the Civic Theater stage, or better yet, Broadway!”

Kayla and her guest at Hairspray, Jr.


If you are interested in donating tickets to connect others with the transforming magic of Civic Theatre, please contact Autumn Hubbard at or 616-222-6650 ext. 6667.