by Vivian Marina Piña | February 17, 2016 10:45 am
The Addams Family will be visiting RBHS this March. Director Diane Marelli carefully chose The Addams Family for this year’s spring musical.
“I wanted to do something new,” said Marelli. “I was always a fan of the TV show as a kid, and I thought it would be kind of fun to do something edgy, creepy, and funny. I thought the students would be excited about it, and I was right.”
The musical is new, and audience members who are uncertain about the musical’s quality can worry no more.
“Nobody really knows the music, but the music is really good. The characters are so much fun, and you really become a part of the family,” Marelli said.
Finding the right cast to portray such mysterious characters was quite the task for Marelli.
“First, students have to be able to sing the role convincingly, and once they can do that, they have to be able to act the part. I always look for improvement. I will have them read, and I’ll have them read again, and I’ll have them read again, and I wanna see that steady thought process in developing their character,” Marelli said.
The Addams Family is a musical comedy, and the cast has been rehearsing daily after school to prepare for their shows on March 3-5.
“It’s such a fun musical,” sophomore cast member Taner Guzeldereli said. “I look forward to having fun being my character, and just being with The Family. I’m sure we’ll make the show a good time for everyone.”
Some cast members are enjoying their new personas.
“I wasn’t going for the part of Lurch, but now that I have it, it’s a perfect fit,” cast member Johnathan Wells said. “Especially with these new five inch platform shoes.”
Musicals are an enjoyable and memorable experience for all, but for some students, it’s training for their future careers.
“I did a few plays in middle school, and I was in the Great Gatsby,” sophomore extra Brandon Ouadi said. “In the future, like in college, I am considering practicing acting as a minor.”
The Addams Family hopes their audience will enjoy their performance.
“I think the audience is going to have a great time. Students are having a great time making this show, and I know the audience will appreciate it,” said Marelli.
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