Apple Valley siblings star in ‘Rock of Ages’

Danny and Megan McHugh joined the “Rock of Ages” tour in August of last year, and they’ll be performing with the show through the end of the summer. (Photo submitted)

Danny and Megan McHugh joined the “Rock of Ages” tour in August of last year, and they’ll be performing with the show through the end of the summer. (Photo submitted)

A career in theater is a dream Danny and Megan McHugh are chasing together.

The Apple Valley siblings cut their teeth in the performing arts while students at Eastview High School, and both went on to earn musical theater degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Their stage talents now find them on tour with “Rock of Ages,” the Tony-nominated rock ‘n’ roll musical that will be playing May 17-19 at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis.

“Touring with Danny is awesome – it’s comforting to have my brother with me on the road,” said Megan McHugh, who spoke with Sun Thisweek by phone Monday as the tour bus for the “Rock of Ages” cast was en route from Tennessee to Illinois.

In “Rock of Ages,” Danny McHugh plays glam rocker Joey Primo, while his younger sister Megan is cast as social activist and protester Regina. (Photo submitted)

In “Rock of Ages,” Danny McHugh plays glam rocker Joey Primo, while his younger sister Megan is cast as social activist and protester Regina. (Photo submitted)

“It’s a really good time because we actually do like each other,” she said with a laugh.

After an early regimen of voice and dance lessons while they were students at Greenleaf Elementary and Falcon Ridge Middle School in Apple Valley, the siblings embraced theater and music opportunities at Eastview. Megan McHugh’s a 2005 graduate of the high school; her older brother Danny McHugh graduated in 2002.

The siblings cite their involvement in the high school’s theater productions and the annual “Bravo!” music and dance shows – as well as the encouragement and training they received from performing arts instructors Judy Sagen and Scott Durocher – as helping to lay the groundwork for what they’re doing now.

“It was just so great to go to a school where the arts were so accepted,” Megan McHugh said. “It allowed us to think about the prospect of doing this as a career.”

The McHugh siblings joined the “Rock of Ages” tour in August of last year and will be performing with the show through the end of the summer.

As for their plans after “Rock of Ages,” both Danny and Megan McHugh plan to move to New York City to pursue musical theater there.

“Always together,” Megan said of the siblings’ bond.

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