Broadway star teaches local students

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Students at one Region 8 school are receiving some special hands on instruction from an expert.

Broadway star Matt Cavenaugh and his wife, Jenny Powers, are working with students at Jonesboro Magnet Schools Visual and Performing Arts.

Cavenaugh rehearsed all day on Wednesday with performers in the upcoming production of Mulan. Drama teacher Kim Bryant says the work they are both doing is wonderful. "They are working with our students on scene work and character development. And it just really has our kids so excited and provides them with an opportunity they might not have otherwise."

Bryant says this is not the first time Cavenaugh has worked with their students.

"Two years ago Elaine Bartee wrote a grant that brought Matt Cavanaugh in to work with our kids on the production of Annie at the time. This year she wrote another one and we got both Matt and Jenny."

Bryant says the attention to detail Cavenaugh and Powers are helping the students develop is phenomenal. "They're really good on working with them on how to develop their whole body into the character that they're playing. Their role is not just carried out vocally saying their lines or singing their songs, but getting their whole body engaged in creating this character and acting out the scenes. So, that has been really good for our kids."

One hundred and sixty-five students are participating in this show. The Visual and Performing Arts production of Mulan will take place on November 14th and 15th at six-thirty.

For more information about the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School, log onto their website.

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