A 15-year old teen with cerebral palsy has managed to achieve his dream of dancing in a musical. He has completed 58 performances of the musical “Hairspray” for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Oregon Live reported on the news.
Luke Laurenson was born with dystonic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and relied on a wheelchair to get around, but two years ago he decided to fight his condition. He walked for the first time at the age of 13 and began to learn dancing and acting.
He was a participant in Project Up West, an education program for special needs students who want to get into the performing arts. The director for the OSF production of Hairspray saw him perform and cast him into the role of “Spike”, a student in the closing number.
This isn’t his first interaction with the OSF. After seeing his video of dancing to “Shake It Off”, they created a fundraiser for him to help pay for some uninsured medical expenses.
His new dream is to tour with “Hairspray” and participate in other OSF productions.
Congratulations to Luke’s achievement of his acting goals! We also want to extend gratitude to OSF for being such an inclusive organization. Three other actors with special needs were also in this year’s production of “Hairspray”