About Descendants

Based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, Disney's Descendants: The Musical is a brand-new musical jam-packed with comedy, adventure, Disney characters, and hit songs from the films!

Imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost – home of the most infamous villains who ever lived – the teenaged children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella De Vil have never ventured off the island… until now. When the four troublemakers are sent to attend prep school alongside the children of beloved Disney heroes, they have a difficult choice to make: should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or learn to be good?

About The JGW Drama Club

The JGW Drama Club has been active at J.G. Whittier Middle School since 2018. The club has produced Hairspray Jr., Willy Wonka Jr., Moana Jr., The Lion King Jr., Matilda the Musical, Into the Woods Jr., and most recently The Addams Family Young@Part. The drama club also hosts an annual talent show and chorus concert, both of which help to provide funds for the club in return. These efforts have led to complete self-sustainability without the need of additional funding.

Since established in 2018, The JGW Drama Club has gross profited TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. This past year, The JGW Drama Club was voted HAVERHILL’S BEST AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM 2023 by The Eagle Tribune and The Haverhill Gazette.

Mr. Robert Gariepy III has been the music teacher at JGW since August 2018. An HHS and JGW alumni (JGW ’08-’10 & HHS Class of 2014), Mr. Gariepy has a B.A. in Music from Bridgewater State University and teaches private music lessons in downtown Haverhill at the Be Imagine Music Studio. He specializes in professional voice instruction and beginners piano.

Mr. G has been the sole stage director, music director, and choreographer for various productions including Hairspray Jr. (2019), Willy Wonka Jr. (2021), Moana Jr. (2022), The Lion King Jr. (2022), Matilda the Musical (2023), Into the Woods Jr. (2023), and The Addams Family Young@Part (2023). He has also starred in local productions like Firehouse Newburyport’s RENT (Role: Benny, 2021) and Pentucket Players’ Into the Woods (Role: Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince, 2021).

“I strive to provide the opportunities I craved to have when I went to school in Haverhill as a child. I can’t imagine being anywhere else in my life other than where I am today.” -Mr. Gariepy, JGW Music Teacher

Ms. Madalyn Hanson has been the co-Director of The JGW Drama Club with Mr. G since their production of Moana Jr. in 2022. She now works daily at Whittier Middle School in the 8th grade as an ESP and loves being able to connect with students, both in the classroom and on the stage.

Ms. Hanson is a former student of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in Manhattan, having spent over a year developing her professional vocal and acting technique in a professional, Broadway-level atmosphere.

Some of Maddie’s previous theatrical roles include playing Maureen in Haverhill High School’s HONK! (2021) and Miss Honey in JGW Drama’s Matilda (2023).

“My biggest joy is to be able to take the experience I gained in NYC and apply it to the experiences that the children are having, both on the stage and in the classroom.” -Ms. Hanson, JGW ESP