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May 13, 2013

Norman resident back in Oklahoma after time on NYC stages

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“Stephanie. She was a dancer and had the most beautiful legs I had ever seen,” Govich said.

He said he “imported a wife” and together they enjoyed the New York scene. She taught dance at several schools, including Broadway Dance Center, a renowned music theater dance school, and was with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line for a time.

“And then there were babies,” he said of Jelena, who is 5, and Mila, 2, “who are growing up thinking life is a musical. We sing all day long.”

Oklahoma began to look better and better to the couple.

“All our free babysitters were in Oklahoma,” he joked.

Now that Norman is, once again, home, they are moving on with their careers. His wife opened her own studio, Premier Dance Company, and he is active teaching voice and performing in local and regional theater.

In addition to the “Hello Dolly” role, he is proud of his roles as Tateh in Lyric Theater’s “Ragtime” and Don Quixote in “Man of La Mancha,” among other Sooner Theatre and Lyric productions he has appeared in. He directed the Sooner Theatre production of “Piggy Nation.”

Govich teaches voice in his own studio as well as at the Sooner Theatre Studio and the Thelma Gaylord Academy at Lyric Theatre. One day a week, he commutes to Tulsa to work with music theater students at the University of Tulsa.

“I have stepped into the family trade” of teaching voice, he mused, and is thrilled with the vocal talent that he is seeing locally.

“The theaters in this area have grown and offer great opportunities for performers and for the audiences,” Govich said.

Govich is looking forward to hearing the audience’s appreciation when he appears in the role of Fred in “Kiss Me Kate” in July. Edmond Summer Stock will present the show weekends July 19-28.

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