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High schooler's talent takes center stage

Posted at 10:38 PM, Feb 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-27 00:38:34-05

Meet an unstoppable force named Porter Jeppson.  Jeppson is a student at Rocky Mountain High School and just recently produced an original musical from opening note to the show’s end.

A year ago, this may have sounded like an impossible task.  Porter didn't know anything about music, so he turned to Youtube.

"I taught myself to play guitar, piano and drums," said Jeppson.

His teacher, Erin Davidson was astounded by his determination.

"I knew he couldn't read music, but i had no idea he'd taught himself those instruments,” said Davidson.

And she and the rest of the cast soon learned that Porter has a knack that most writers take years to develop.

"He has an entire vision of something from start to finish and it's complete.  You have to acknowledge that as a teacher and go this is a special situation."

But there were many trials and tribulations along the way, including losing the entire first draft and even personal injury.

"In theater, you're never supposed to say good luck, rather break a leg, and in this case with porter, that's exactly what happened, well his foot.” Said Porter. "Broke my big toe, it was bleeding everywhere, my nail came up.  It was terrible."

But like everything else in Porter's life, one motto stands true.

"The show must go on."

"i have health challenges and dealing with a lot of that there's a lot of things and limitations people say you can't do that and i don't really like that and i say i'm going to do it anyway."

His musical called original in progress, opened to a packed crowd. He  plans to keep writing even with college looming large.