The theater department prepares for “The Addam’s Family” musical

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The theater department prepares for “The Addam’s Family” musical

Director Abby Turner hangs up the back drop for rehearsal. This is one of the many props that the team has put together.

Director Abby Turner hangs up the back drop for rehearsal. This is one of the many props that the team has put together.

Director Abby Turner hangs up the back drop for rehearsal. This is one of the many props that the team has put together.

Director Abby Turner hangs up the back drop for rehearsal. This is one of the many props that the team has put together.

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For three nights only, students at Northwest prepare to dazzle the stage with the upcoming musical “The Addam’s Family.” It originally opened on Broadway in 2010, but according to rumor, it was intended to be a third movie, but became a musical instead.

While many people think of “The Addam’s Family” as a movie to watch at Halloween, this version, set five to ten years later, still portrays the spooky family, but focuses on their relationships and the secrets they’ve uncovered. The musical still contains the classic roles of Wednesday, Morticia and Gomez, but also incorporates new characters that have never been introduced in the movies, TV show or comic strip versions.

Auditions began following winter break and the team began rehearsing almost immediately afterwards, Monday through Thursday.

“We learn the music and then the blocking and acting,” senior Elonie Quick, playing the role, of Morticia said. “We start from the beginning and work our way through so we don’t forget what happened first.”

The theatre department welcomes students of all skill levels, some of which have never performed in front of an audience. Showing immense progress from the first few weeks, the group has worked assiduously to perfect each number.

“Rehearsals were rocky in the beginning because there’s a lot of people who haven’t performed before, but as we’ve become a team and a family, it’s moving along very well,” senior Ethan Nadelson, playing the role of Gomez, said.

Elonie Quick and Ethan Nadelson, two of the lead roles, prepare outside of rehearsal in order to better understand their characters and learn the lines. Each version of “The Addam’s Family” depicts the characters differently. The actors study each role in detail to accurately portray their role.

“I’ve been trying to figure out which version of Morticia I want to represent,” Quick said. The one in the TV show fits the best, so I try and base my acting off of that.”

There are also numerous lines for the leads to learn.

“I have a lot of lines to read, so I’ve been reading the script constantly with my sister,” Nadelson said.

Behind the scenes, sets are being planned, props measured, and lighting adjusted. Safety is the biggest concern, so the Technical Theatre class and many others have to plan the dimensions and the level of stress each prop can hold even before they begin the long process of building. To help the show run smoothly, technical jobs are essential.

“I am doing all things involving lighting in the musical whether it be programming the switchboard, making lighting cue decisions or climbing up on the rafters to change light bulbs,” lighting technician senior Sarah Dawkins said.

“The Addam’s Family” premiers on April 11 and runs through April 13.

Everybody can go see a movie. It’s different to see something live because it’s something that’s never going to happen again.”

— Elonie Quick

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