Gladwyne Elementary School recently welcomed author Jenna Gavigan to speak with students about her new book "Lulu the Broadway Mouse" and share life lessons about the importance of following your dreams, persistence and never giving up hope.
Gavigan grew up dreaming of Broadway. As a teenager, she made her Broadway debut in Gypsy, opposite Bernadette Peters. Since then, she's appeared in a handful of films and television shows, as well as on stages throughout the country. A fourth generation New Yorker, Jenna graduated with a BA in creative writing from Columbia University, where she focused on fiction, television and screenwriting. She lives in a teeny tiny Manhattan apartment with her husband, Kevin. Like Lulu, Jenna loves cheese, regularly quotes musicals, and continues to dream of Broadway.
"Lulu and the Broadway Mouse" – a fictional story inspired by Gavigan's personal experiences – tells the story of a little girl with the big dream of wanting to perform on Broadway. She wants it more than anything in the world. As it happens, she lives in Broadway's Shubert Theatre; so achieving her dream shouldn't be too tricky, right? Wrong. Because the thing about Lulu? She's a little girl mouse.