Meet ERIN! Starring in HAIRSPRAY !

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Posted by: Pia Haas on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 12:00:00 pm

Erin McCracken will star as Tracy Turnblad in HAIRSPRAY

I was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  I have two younger brothers, Caden & Logan, who are both aspiring professional golfers and we are so
blessed to have parents who support and believe in us 100% as we pursue our dreams.

My entire extended family ives in Oklahoma so every holiday and birthday was a big event. Growing up in the "bible belt", I spent a lot of time at church in youth group and singing in the choir or church musical every year. My brothers were very athletic and I tried my best at softball and soccer but failed miserably so I just stuck with the dance classes and voice lessons.  I was definitely the typical theatre kid whose excuse was always "I can't, I have rehearsal".

When my mother was younger she was a singer and performed in musicals in high school. She was always singing around the house and playing the piano so music has always been a part if my life. I was a natural "ham" as a kid. I was always ready with a song or performance and felt comfortable being the center of attention. I knew I loved to sing and act but I didn't realize that it was something I could peruse as a career until my first trip to New York City when I was in 6th grade. 
My first Broadway show was 'Steel Pier'.  We went to see out friend and fellow Oklahoman, Kristin Chenoweth, and after that show I knew that being on stage was what I wanted to do. It changed my life forever. I took every class I could, studied with the best teachers in Oklahoma and after high school I attended and graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in Musical Theatre. I've had so many wonderful mentors and teachers throughout my training but definitely my High School drama teacher, RoseMary Baker and my college voice professor, the ever talented Florence Birdwell, really helped to guide me to where I am today. They both offered guidance and support and Ms. Birdwell helped me find my voice and really taught me how to sing.

I saw Hairspray on Broadway when I was a sophomore in college and absolutely fell in love with the show and with the character Tracy. It was like seeing myself in a musical!  I hadn't seen the original movie at that point but have seen it several times since then.  I relate so much the story of this girl with a big
heart who loves her family, music, fashion and people and just wants to be accepted.   This will be my second time to play Tracy. Last summer I performed the role at Theatre by the Sea in Rhode Island.  Playing Tracy Turnblad has been top on my list for years and being able to do it again is a dream in itself! Others would be Eliza Doolittle in 'My Fair Lady' and Rose in 'Gypsy', although I have a few years to go before I can tackle that character. My "guilty pleasure dream role" would be Elle in 'Legally Blonde', maybe some day!

I live in New York City, so I enjoy exploring the city and finding new and fun places to eat! I love nothing more than spending a night out in the city with good food and good friends. I love going to movies and seeing live theatre as much as I can. But, more than anything I enjoy figuring out how I can get back on stage.
My IPod holds Everything! Pop, music theatre, country, jazz, indie... You name it!  I love Christmas music and listen to it year around!  Beyonce, Adele, Carrie Underwood & Kelly Clarkson are constantly on repeat (I have a thing for strong female singers).

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