As recent Waxahachie High School graduate Kaylee Sanchez ends her four-year run with the musical theatre department, there is much to reflect on.
Back in the spring of 2016, Sanchez’s freshman year, the WHS musical theatre department won the coveted title of “Best Musical” at the Dallas Summer Musical High School Music Theatre Awards.
“Performing Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ was my favorite theatre memory,” Sanchez said. “It is a great feeling to know that my first performance on the WHS stage was one that will be remembered forever.”
As an actress, Sanchez had many opportunities to inspire those who watched her perform. This past December, she had the opportunity to do so for local elementary school students with her role of Gladys Herman in the one act play, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”
“Her character description was ‘small, wiry and feisty,’ which are all adjectives I would use to describe myself,” Sanchez said. “Playing Gladys was a blast and I hope that I inspired the kids to join the growing WISD drama department.”
As the drama department grows, the impact of the program is not lost on the students. Educators like Paula Myers, Ryan Mullican and Andy Reynolds, along with her cast and crew mates, are whom Sanchez credits for her social and academic growth.
“If I ever needed support or advice, I knew they would be there with the perfect thing to say,” Sanchez said. “I look up to all the seniors who graduated with me this year for many different reasons and I would not be who I am today without their support.”
In the fall, Sanchez will attend the University of North Texas in Denton with plans to double major in public relations and media arts. Following college graduation, she intends to become a publicist in the entertainment industry.
“Whether that guides me in the direction of film, music, theatre or fashion, my objective is to be an asset to a growing company who understands what it means to put out honest art,” Sanchez said.