Night at the Wax museum

Friday, November 5, 2010
Photos by Mike Leckband

The hysterical meets the historical in the comic romp through the wackiest wax museum in history, "A Night at the Wax Museum," presented by the Cherokee Washington High School students on 11/11-11/13/10. 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 Boelyn, 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? The magic of history comes alive -- literally! -- when spiced with Bill Francoeur's cinematic score, including "Egyptian Love," "Summer School" and "Glory Days." There are 35 students making up this year's musical cast and crew. Admission price is $5 for adults and $4 for students. On Sat. Nov. 13, the WHS Music Boosters will also be holding a dinner at the WHS Commons at 5:30 p.m. Cost for the dinner is $6.50 for adults and $4 for students. Reservations can be made by contacting Amy Sarchet at 225-6755, or emailing her at asarchet@ccsd.k12.ia.us.