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2 All Saints students set their sights on New York

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) – They say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. And a couple of East Texas students will get their chance.

But before two East Texans take their place in the NYC spotlight, they have one final performance to give here at home.

While this may look like your typical high school production, there's nothing typical about the cast.

"I'm going to NYU and I'm going to study at the Steinhardt School of Music for voice with a little concentration in music theater," says Jake Satterfield.

"Most likely about 90% sure I'm going to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City of Lambda. I can't decide yet, but Lambda is in London," says Kate Hill.

And when it comes to the stage, both students say they couldn't feel more at home.

And it's a place they have shared throughout high school.

Director Kimberlee Martin, a performer herself, says there's nothing better than seeing these amateur thespians evolve and grow.

"For Kate, when I first started working with her, she was still really good. But, she was very quiet, very natural and that doesn't work for stage. That's great for film, but, for stage, you have to make everything bigger. So, seeing her learn to make those gestures bigger, and learn to be louder and more animated has been really exciting," explained Martin.

"When you can share something with the audience and they understand what you're trying to say and what you're feeling and they feel something, then we've done our job," says Martin.

Jake Satterfield says he caught the performing bug at Chicago's famous second city comedy theater, where he did some improve.

"It's that neat club up there and ever since then, I've just really loved being on the stage and there's this energy you feel between you and audience watching you, that's unreal," Satterfield remarked.

And with their last performance approaching, Hill and Satterfield say there truly is no easy way to say goodbye.

But, they are leaving East Texas with the hopes of seeing their name in bright lights one day.

All Saints Episcopal School will have performances of ‘Guys and Dolls' through Sunday.

For ticket information and show times, visit this website, or email.

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