For the roar of the crowd: Oak Grove Middle School parent brings Broadway to Bloomington

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Kevin Doheny has been volunteering at his daughter’s schools for as long as he can remember.

“I have been volunteering and helping out in her classroom since she was in preschool,” Doheny said. “As she got older and involved in more elaborate activities, my volunteering got more involved.”

Kevin Doheny has worked as a volunteer costumer at Oak Grove Middle School since his daughter began attending the school two years ago. (Photo courtesy of Bloomington Public Schools

Kevin Doheny has worked as a volunteer costumer at Oak Grove Middle School since his daughter began attending the school two years ago. (Photo courtesy of Bloomington Public Schools

Once his daughter began attending Oak Grove Middle School two years ago, Doheny began volunteering with the school’s theater program as an assistant costumer.

Things changed for Doheny when he heard the usual head costumer was unavailable to aid this year’s production of “The Lion King.”

Doheny, as he always has been, was the person to step up and help Oak Grove put on the production.

He had experience in painting, staining glass and other forms of art, but costuming this play was uncharted territory for him.

“I was really more of a parent volunteer assistant before this,” Doheny said. “I have never done anything like this before, but I thought that I should give it a shot because the kids needed someone to do it.”

Doheny began researching ways to costume the production and closely followed the work of Julie Taymor, the woman who costumed the “The Lion King” on Broadway.

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