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Justin Littrell Wins Broadway Junior Student of the Month
Congratulations to Justin Littrell, Music Theatre International’s Broadway Junior Student of the Month! Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Each month, they will be honoring a student who “displays the exemplary qualities of dedication, passion, leadership and spirit.” Of the hundreds of outstanding applicants, they selected NCS 7th grader, Justin Littrell for the month of November.
In her nominating essay to MTI, Drama teacher Nicole Arnold said, “Justin has a passion for theater that has survived bullying, cancer, and delayed development due to his illness! Although he is in remission, the leukemia he suffered as a young child delayed his muscle development. Choreography is difficult for him. He never learned to skip or ride a bike. However, Justin never quits striving to become a better actor. As we prepared for JTF 2016, I had the blessing of watching him push his personal bar higher and higher as he worked with the ensemble on our adjudication piece. He came back with a renewed fire to accomplish things he hadn't done before that he knew would help him as an actor. Justin knew that choreography was going to be a big part of our new show so he and his mom started working on skipping to build his coordination and agility! He is an inspiration to students and adults alike.”
Justin has participated in several Broadway Junior productions at Nashville Christian School including Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie), Fantastic Mr. Fox (Badger), and is currently preparing to play the role of Mufasa in Lion King Jr. for the upcoming Junior Theatre Festival. “Broadway Junior is fun,” said Justin, “I get to be in a show that is so much bigger than myself. We work hard for several weeks to make the show the best we can make it. When we finally put it all together it is a masterpiece. Being in plays makes me feel happy. When I am in a play I can never feel down, there are always people there to help. I like doing plays with my friends. Being in plays gives me confidence. When I am in plays I feel this boost of energy and I feel like I can do anything. Broadway Junior gives me JOY!”
Justin gives joy to everyone else when he performs on the stage, and we are so proud of his achievements in drama. Congratulations Justin!