DuHadway Dancers Shine in the “Night at the Wax Museum”

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DuHadway dancers and Shepherd Middle School students Kaeli Hynes, Kaitlyn Klumpp, Olivia Sineway, Peyton Updegraff and Kendell Wilcox hold lead roles in their school musical “Night at the Wax Museum”.

“Night at the Wax Museum” is where the hysterical meets the historical in this comic romp through the wackiest wax museum in history!  School’s out for summer, but not for six unlucky students who don’t know much about history — they have to re-take the class in summer school.  First year teacher Heather Fairchild has arranged for them to help her two aunts set up a new wax museum as a class project.  Though the students’ eyes glaze over with boredom, there’s a twinkle in the wax figures’ eyes when a mysterious incantation from the back of Cleopatra’s bracelet brings them to life!  King Henry VIII finds himself smitten with Cleopatra, making his queen, Anne Boleyn, furious.  If she can just not lose her head, John Adams is there to serve as her divorce attorney!  When Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, Blackbeard and a bevy of lady pirates show up, everybody’s out for one thing — treasure!  Supposedly, there’s a mighty valuable one hidden in the museum!  It’s a wild goose chase to find it, with a greedy museum landlord and her bumbling son joining in the mad search.  And why is Lizzie Borden lurking in the shadows, since the aunts say they never had a wax figure of her?!  Join the hilarious fun as treasure-hungry outlaws, pirates and royalty mount the greatest siege since Vicksburg!  Wax historical in this mad-cap comedy adventure where the magic of history comes alive…  literally!  (This excerpt is taken from https://www.pioneerdrama.com/searchdetail.asp?pc=NIGHTATTHE)


Elite team member and 8th grader Kaeli Hynes plays the role of Lupe Lopez, a high school student who has to work at the museum because she failed history.  Kaeli is new to Shepherd this year and is thankful for the audition judges  having faith in her during the process.  Kaeli loves acting, singing and dancing and says her favorite part of the play is “Act 2 Scene 3 where we all get on the stage and act and sing together and have a good time with jokes and laugh!”

Elite team member and 6th grader Kaitlyn Klumpp plays the role of Polly Popper, Jasper Sneed’s dimwitted girlfriend.  Polly usually does not know what is going on and not liked by Jasper’s mom, Violet.  Kaitlyn’s hobbies are dancing, drawing and acting.  Kaitlyn had the opportunity to be in this play with her older brother and says her favorite part of the play is “The experience and creating my character.”

Elite team member and 7th grader Olivia Sineway plays Mary Read, one of the pirates in Blackbeard’s crew. Olivia loves theater and dance.  She is taking ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop classes and loves to perform.  Olivia, always the entertainer, says her favorite part about being in the play is “I loved that I got to spend so much time with my best friends.”

DuHadway dancer and 8th grader Peyton Updegraff plays the role of Anne Boleyn, Queen of King Henry VIII.  Peyton enjoys playing volleyball, softball and dancing.  This is Peyton’s first musical and she says her favorite part is when “When I get to yell at Henry VIII!”

DuHadway dancer and 6th grader Kendell Wilcox plays the role of Carrie Gale, a high school student who flunked history.  Carrie loves being on her phone and is notorious for always texting.  Kendell participates in many extra-curricular activities, such as dance, cross country, track, softball, Girl Scouts, 4-H and student council.  Kendell says her favorite part about being in the musical is “I liked hanging out with all of my friends.”

Miss Jillian and Mr. Rob attended opening night, November 3, at Shepherd Middle School to watch these young ladies.  Ms. Jillian said, “The musical was amazing!  It made it even better knowing so many of the cast members, but even if you don’t know anyone it is an outstanding production…and it was done by middle school drama students!”

Show dates and times for this musical production are:  Friday and Saturday, November 3 & 4 at 7 p.m.

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