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Wakefield student hits the big stage

Thursday, Apr. 24 | By Hannah Dellinger
Madison Peck, left, recently performed before an audience at Carnegie Hall in New York.
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Madison Peck, a sixth grader at Wakefield, recently took the stage for a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Madison auditioned with more than 100 students from Virginia and Maryland and made the cut with only 20 other young artists with the company at Walker Performance Arts in Leesburg. She auditioned last summer and rehearsed every week since September 2013 on getting the performance down.

The group debuted the musical “From Sea to Shining Sea,” by Teri Walker. The musical explores the history of Appalachia.

“I’ve always liked to sing for just for ‘funsies,’” said Madison. “I’ve been singing for a while, but started taking advanced lessons for about two years ago.”
Madison said that she loves to sing and perform as a way to explore her emotions.
“When you’re mad you can just sing and let it all out with out yelling or screaming,” she said. “It’s a great way to express my feelings.”

She said that she was very confident when she went into the audition for the big performance.
“Going into the audition I felt like I would make it,” said Madison.

Madison said that she would like to be an actress when she is done with school. Musical theatre, especially, calls to her. In addition to Carnegie Hall, she will have performed in three plays and two pageants by July 15 of this year.
Madison’s mother, Debra Peck, said that her performance at Carnegie was inspiring to watch.

“We had a wonderful experience and really enjoyed watching Madison on stage,” she said. “The director told her to ‘play with the audience’ and she went out into the crowd and danced around the theater. She had everyone laughing. She is a natural when it comes to acting. She doesn't just play the part, she becomes the part.”

According to Debra, Madison is completely has been self-motivated to get into the world of stage performance.

“She is very motivated in performing,” said Debra. “She asks to be in these plays, with no encouraging needed from me, although I do support her a hundred percent. She was doing three days of theater rehearsal, plus school work and horseback riding lessons and still managed to keep her A grade average.”

Ray Karns, a music and theatre teacher at Wakefield, said that he has taught Madison since she was in first grade.
“She’s always an inquisitive kid,” said Karns. “She always wants to please and do her best. She especially loves the whole music aspect of it.”

Karns believes that while the musical theatre business may be extremely difficult to break into, Madison just might have what it takes.

“It’s one of the most difficult businesses around,” he said. “But she has the willingness and the drive, which is 95 percent of it.”

According to Debra, Madison will attend the International Model & Talent Association Convention in New York City in July as well as an acting camp.

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