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Newton part of summer arts program

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HEBRON ESTATES--North Bullitt High School junior Collin Newton will spend three weeks this summer participating in the Governor’s School for the Arts at Centre College in Danville.

Collin, the 17 year-old son of Brett and Janet Newton, was the only Bullitt County student selected for this honor. He applied for a slot in Musical Theatre.

He actually had to make a choice on attending either GSA or GSP (Governor’s Scholars Program).

“I received both letters in the mail the same day so it was nerve wracking,” he said. “I remember thinking they could both say no; one could say yes and one could say no; or they both could say yes.”

Guess what happened? Collin was accepted into bothschools.

However, the schedules overlap forcing him to make a choice.

“It wasn’t that hard at all,” Collin said. “My heart wanted to go to GSA.”

Unlike electronic or paper applications, GSA requires auditions. Collin performed a song from the stage play The Fantastikscalled Soon, It’s Going to Rain(pre-1970’s ballad) as well as Me and My Gal(post 1970’s up tempo).

His second audition was a monologue. Collin enjoys singing and dancing, but his real love is acting.

“I like dramatic roles that are different than who I am,” he said. “The stage work of Jeremy Jordan and Aaron Tveit compose two of my aspirations.”

Learning from professional performers is his goal at GSA.

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime to be in a college setting and acquiring knowledge that will help hone what I want to do in life,” Collin said.

He is a member of North Bullitt’s drama department, Beta Club, National Honor Society and sings in the choir. He works from several hours a day at Price Less Foods in Tanyard Springs.

Collin admits a full schedule can be stressful because there is always something that needs attention.

“Life, in general, is stressful. It’s how you handle it,” he said. “My advice for classmates is to find ambition and discover what motivates you. Choose something you truly love doing.”

Collin’s goal is to become a Broadway performer. His ultimate dream is hearing his name called at the Tony Awards.

“That is the pinnacle of any stage performer,” he said.

Bullitt County Public Schools has over 13,200 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 900 and a classified staff of over 800 working to make the district the leader in educational excellence.