Inspiring Others by Stepping into the Spotlight

By: Will Jones Email
By: Will Jones Email

Lights, camera, action!

Sunday is a big night for Putnam County native Derek Keeling.

He's still in the race to become the next Danny in the Broadway show "Grease!" But Derek is also inspiring a lot of people in our region to follow their own dreams.

When it comes to talent, there is no question that Derek Keeling has it.

So talented that he now has his own t-shirt, which is part of a fundraiser for the Winfield High School Show Choir. That's where Derek got his start.

Derek has come a long way from Putnam County. He’s now in Los Angeles competing for a spot in the Broadway show "Grease!" It’s an audition where viewers get to vote for their favorite.

It’s surreal not only for Derek, but also for his hometown where he's already a winner.

Derek is living out his dream. In doing so, he's blazing a trail for others to do the same.

He’s a small town talent, living out some big city dreams.

The Derek “You're the One That I Want!” t-shirts are $10 dollars. All the proceeds go to the Winfield Show Choir. If you want one of these t-shirts, the students say, just contact them. Their email address is derekshirts@suddenlink.net.

CLICK HERE for voting information and Derek's e-mail blog.


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