Sneak Peek of The Addams Family
By Karina Rodriguez
This year’s Spring Musical is based on “The Addams Family,” a satirical inversion of an ideal 20th century American family. The Addams are a fictional family that includes Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children Wednesday and Pugsley and their servant Lurch. What makes the family so unique is that they are unaware, or just do not care, that other people find them bizarre or frightening. Susie Sodini, Adv. 009 who is part of the ensemble in the musical, says “The Addams Family” is “a weird, strange, and different family.” The musical has never had dance numbers, so when asked about what makes this show unique, Sodini and Deirdre Nash, Adv. 002 said, “there is a lot more choreography accompanied with nontraditional music.”
Months of hard work have been put into the production for this musical. The cast has had countless rehearsals to learn music, choreography, and learn its lines. This process is casual up until after winter break. Nash says, “it gets intense and takes up a lot of time, and the principal characters usually have certain due dates to learn their lines.” However, the cast is given flexibility to come up with who their characters are. Sodini and Nash are part of the ensemble, which means they are the ancestor ghosts of The Addams Family, and they have the opportunity to add a “spooky but silly vibe,” according to Sodini.
While months are spent preparing, tech week is when the cast finally gets to see everything come together. This occurs the week before the performance and the cast stays until 11:00 pm every day. “It’s a crazy but fun week,” described Sodini. “A lot of time is dedicated, but it really pays off and helps you be prepared,” While some might think it would be hard to bond with the cast because the activity is open to students of all grade levels, so much time is spent rehearsing that bonding comes as second nature. Nash described this as “different from sports because there isn’t really bonding outside of school.” However, the cast goes out for lunch on Saturdays after rehearsal.
The cast encourages Northsiders to attend the show because “there is a lot humor, great dance numbers, catchy songs, and it is interesting visually.” The new dance numbers, non traditional music, along with a new big set planned, and weird vibes from “The Addams Family” make this a unique, non typical musical the audience can expect. Be sure to check out the musical on Feb. 14, 15, 16, and 17.