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Partners in Education: Future broadway stars

Posted at 5:32 PM, Sep 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 18:32:49-04

Mikaela Torbenson, said her dream job is to become a broadway performer.

"I think my goal is to get out there do what I can do and make it you know?" said Torbenson.

She said it's been helpful to be a part of the fine arts institute at the school, "the musicals here, the plays, show choir everything like that."

Lucinda Roberts, coordinator of the institute, said although this program is available for all students.

There's an audition process, but you must have the most important thing, passion.

 "If a student exhibits some abilities, we can really hone those skills, because part of it is natural born talent but a lot of it is really that desire and ability to focus and be willing to do the hard work that it takes to develop a talent," said Roberts.

Roberts said this year there's a record 86 students enrolled, "we can take it much deeper if there anj instrumentalist, a vocalist, or a visual artist, we can really help them take it to the next level."

This helps students like junior Will Mannion, the lead in this year's Billy Elliot Musical.

"I'm happiest when i'm on stage, everything goes away and I love singing" said Mannion. 

"A lot of work outside, and we do a bunch of work in rehearsals, everyone's dripping sweat, it's a great time," said Mannion.

Carefully orchestrated singing and dancing, with hours and hours of preparation to prove it.