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N.C. native returns for traveling show

Lesley McKinnell, from left, Kevin Massey and John Rapson star in "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," which visits the Durham Performing Arts Center for eight shows beginning Tuesday. / Joan Marcus, Special to the Times-News

By Rachel Teseneer
Times-News correspondent

   DURHAM — An exciting performance filled with joy, mischievousness and larger-than-life characters is coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., on Tuesday. The show is “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” and it is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who come to see it.
The performance follows the exploits of young Monty Navarro, who is far in line to becoming heir to a family fortune. He must balance his love life with his quest for fortune and, despite his murderous tendencies, Monty must remain a gentleman. Kevin Massey, who portrays Monty in the national tour, described “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” as ” a romping fun right in the theater.”
A North Carolina native, Massey grew up in Black Mountain, and found his niche in theater and Broadway in a rather unconventional way.
“I actually went to school at UNC-Chapel Hill to get my pre-med,” Massey said. But after he received his degree at UNC-Chapel Hill, Massey did not straight away take the next step to become a doctor.
“I decided to spend a year in New York just to have some fun before med school,” he explained.
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Spend a night with ACT at the ‘Wax Museum’

The cast of Alamance Children's Theatre's production of "Night at the Wax Museum" poses for a photo at the recent Carousel Festival at City Park in Burlington. / Kate Dahlquist, Special to the Times-News

Reviewed by Abby Chester
Times-News correspondent

   This weekend, the Alamance Children’s Theatre opens its 2015-16 season with the fun-loving and slightly creepy “Night at the Wax Museum.”
It revolves around the story of six teens that flunk high school history and have to spend the night in a wax museum. Their teacher, Heather Fairchild (Emily Sledge), whose aunts run the museum, introduces the show with the students by announcing a pop quiz. They all fail, which brings them to the mysterious museum.
Sledge does a superb job of portraying Fairchild, having perfect chemistry with Fairchild’s love interest, Skip Webster (Josiah Edwards) making the shy, passive teacher her own. This show will take you through a whirlwind of ancient artifacts, history characters almost too story-like to be real and greedy building owners who will stop at nothing to make the museum a mall.
Starting with a royal bracelet and ending with a document that will change history, the kids find themselves meeting people they thought stayed in history books. By encountering royals, pirates and cowboys, they realize read more…

Alamance Children’s Theatre presents ‘Night at Wax Museum’

Kayla Korzekwinski (Anne Boleyn) and Camden Wilder (Henry VIII) star in Alamance Children's Theatre's production of "Night at the Wax Museum," which will be performed at 7 p.m. Oct. 9-10, 2 p.m. Oct. 11, 7 p.m. Oct. 16-17 and 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors and $8 for adults. Credit card reservations can be made by calling (336) 222-TIXS. / Kate Dahlquist, Special to the Times-News

Commentary by Abby Chester
Times-News correspondent

Alamance Children’s Theatre’s “Night at the Wax Museum” hopes to capture the heart of every mystery tale fanatic in the county. With six high school world history class failures, a teacher and her caring aunts, crazy money lovers, and of course, mysterious wax figures, this show represents the creepier side of wax museums.
Directed by Wayne Leonard, an experienced area director, this production will take you through a fascinating museum run by Jolene and Julene Fairchild, (Lilly Copplestone and Sydney Fischer.) Their niece, Heather Fairchild, (Emily Sledge) brings her students to the museum as part of the summer school curriculum. The students have no idea what will await them when they arrive at the mysterious old building.
As the students get deeper into the museum, they find more and more things that keep them on their toes, especially the recurring figures of the wax people. They think they are being tricked by Heather until a group of wax pirates, later joined by cowboys, confront Heather and the kids. They soon realize that the historical wax figures are somehow alive after all, and are each searching for a supposed “treasure” that is said to be hidden in the museum.
Featuring King Henry VIII, (Camden Wilder), Cleopatra, (MacKenzie Bradley), Blackbeard, (Soren Dahlquist), Butch Cassidy, (Cooper Rachlin) and mysterious Lizzie Borden (Olivia Young), the students are constantly in danger from these characters as they are chased throughout the museum. They also have to watch out for the greedy Violet Sneed (Morgan Smith) and her evil son and his girlfriend as they try to take the museum from the aunts.
If you are interested in seeing this show, it is showing in the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington, Friday through Sunday and Oct. 16-18. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Oct. 16-17 and 2 p.m. Oct. 18. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors and $8 for adults and can be purchased at the box office between noon and 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays or one hour prior to showtime. Credit card reservations can be made by calling (336) 222-TIXS.

 Abby Chester is an eighth-grader at Western Alamance Middle School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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