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Friends hope to help send Choctaw native and aspiring Broadway performer to New York

February 6, 2014

By Nasreen Iqbal, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

Feb. 06 -- CHOCTAW -- Aspiring Broadway performer Justin Larman left Oklahoma seven months ago to chase his dreams in New York . After financial woes sent him back to Oklahoma , friends are rallying around the actor to send him to the Big Apple again. Larman and seven of his friends will star in "Back in Choctaw ," a musical performance scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Choctaw High School's Performing Arts Center , 14300 NE 10. Donations will go toward helping Larman re-establish himself in New York . Larman graduated from Choctaw High School in 2006 and earned a degree in musical theater from the University of Central Oklahoma before moving to New York to pursue his acting goals. " New York is an expensive place to live," he said. "So I couldn't stay." Larman was involved in theater in high school and developed a close friendship with his mentor and Choctaw High School drama teacher, Maryjane Burton . "She's like a second mom to me," Larman said. When Burton saw Larman back in Oklahoma , her maternal instincts kicked in and she suggested he hold a fundraiser to help pay for his way back to New York . "In all my years of teaching in this district, out of all the students I've trained, Justin has shown the most talent, work ethic and determination that it takes to make it in this kind of business," Burton said. "I want to help him prove it." Saturday's performance will feature Broadway , Disney and jazz hits, Larman said. The musical is free to the public but donations will be accepted. Money collected from a cash dessert bar and concession stands also will go toward Larman's fundraiser. Another dream of Larman's is to one day return to Oklahoma and teach at Choctaw High School . ___ (c)2014 The Oklahoman Visit The Oklahoman at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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Source: Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)

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