We love when new talent comes through the audition process and we get to see someone on the mainstage for the first time. My Fair Lady marks the first Civic Theatre performance for Khari Neal who is part of the ensemble. He brings an exciting background in both theatre and music having graduated from Cornerstone University with a degree in Vocal Performance. Read on to hear more about his first experience with us.




This is your first show at Civic Theatre. What are you most excited about?
Civic is recognized for their productions and production value and I want to be apart of that. It’s beautiful to see this theatre (and the Grand Rapid’s theatre community) be so invested in creating art, memories and joy that’s shared by performers and theatre goers alike.

What made you want to audition for this show in particular?
In regards to My Fair Lady, I was encouraged by a friend to audition. Although I did not foresee partaking in this show, I am thrilled to be. It’s a great opportunity to learn, mature and make memories with so many great people.


What is your favorite number from the show and why? 
My favorite is “I could’ve danced all night.” I love the realization that Eliza regarding her feelings to Higgins. I think it’s something that resonates within us all; although not everyone wants to or can dance, we all desire and long for someone to make us feel that way. I believe Alyssa (Eliza) and the rest of the cast involved in this number display that well.

What has your involvement in theatre been like?
The theatre bug bit me in high-school and ever since then, it’s been no going back. My theatrical involvement in Grand Rapids is not extensive, but I love what I have witnessed and been apart of thus far. I look forward with anticipation to what is to come.


What is your favorite show/play of all time?
Currently, my favorite show is Kinky Boots.


Don’t miss Khari and the rest of this ‘loverly’ cast in their last weekend on stage! Buy your tickets today.