Mom directed the church choir, but Michael Hawkins, of Belleville, surprised her when he started belting out songs one day. Opera expanded that world, but led him back to musical theater and his current major at Southern Illinois University Edward Zia Nizami znizami@bnd.com
Mom directed the church choir, but Michael Hawkins, of Belleville, surprised her when he started belting out songs one day. Opera expanded that world, but led him back to musical theater and his current major at Southern Illinois University Edward Zia Nizami znizami@bnd.com

His first role was as a tree. Now he’s one of the stars of the show.

December 06, 2016 07:00 AM