Superhero Hawkeye (Jared Craig, left) asks Storm (Haley Lux) what it is like to be part of the X-Men superhero team and if she would ever leave the group.
Superhero Hawkeye (Jared Craig, left) asks Storm (Haley Lux) what it is like to be part of the X-Men superhero team and if she would ever leave the group.

May 22, 2018

Between fighting villains, solving crime and saving the universe, superheroes also have to tackle day-to-day tasks like paying off credit-card debt, picking up dry cleaning, buying food, attending therapy and paying taxes.

But for superheroes, these day-to-day duties seem even more mundane than they would for the average person.

“And there’s nothing, I mean nothing, better than saving the world,” said Hawkeye, a superhero who fights with the group The Avengers. “After that, the downtime — the regular stuff — getting stuck in traffic, going to the gym, doing your taxes — all the boring stuff you find boring, we find really boring.”

Kuemper Catholic seventh- and eighth-grade students put on their production of the play “Superheroes: With Great Power Comes Ordinary Responsibility” Thursday night at the St. Lawrence Center. The play revealed the lives of famous superheroes when they are not saving the world and fighting crime.

This is the second year, Elissa Sexe, Kuemper Catholic’s preschool through eighth-grade guidance counselor, has put together a spring play with middle-school students.

Sexe said that every year she lets the seventh graders pick the play they want do when they are in eighth grade so that they have a year to look forward to the play of their choice.

“I think it’s just that it’s funny,” Sexe said. “A lot of people can understand what’s going on just because superheroes are so popular right now, so it’s something the kids love, and a lot of their parents love that stuff too, so it kind of just works for both.”

Sexe said it was the students who originally pushed to have an activity at the school outside of sports. After they showed their interest, Sexe jumped on board as the play director, she said.

“We had some eighth-graders that decided to go to the principal and say, ‘We need more activities other than just sports to be available, because what about those kids who don’t do sports?’” Sexe said. “Then they wanted to do a play, and I thought I would love to do it because I love all of that stuff like theater, music and writing.”

Sexe said the students began rehearsing every day in February and did an amazing job this year.

“Some of the kids were in it last year, and they just stepped it up and showed how awesome they could be this year, and I have some other seventh-graders that are so quiet that you never know which ones are going to be the ones to shine on the stage,” Sexe said. “It’s awesome just to watch them get so excited.”

In many schools, activities other than sports are sometimes overlooked, Sexe said. She said Kuemper’s middle-school play gives the school a way to show off all of the students’ talents — not just in athletics.

In a lot of schools, they kind of show sports being incredibly important, but they don’t stop to think that there are so many other things that other kids are really good at but don’t get to showcase,” Sexe said.