ADDAMS FAMILY RUNS FOR TWO MADLY
Full disclosure: Pinewood students can’t stop humming and snapping along to the catchy numbers in the musical comedy “The Addams Family” put on by the Pinewood Performing Arts.
The show follows the unconventional Addam’s family and their attempt at a “normal night” to impress “Wednesday” Addams’ boyfriend and his average parents. Through their ridiculous and unique characters, the actors explored the complexities of love and what it means to tell a lie.
“[Director and music teacher] Linza was really great at helping us understand where our characters were coming from, which made our show more entertaining,” sophomore Anne Blotter said.
There was no shortage of crazy characters on the Addams’ side. Senior Grace Taylor, who played Grandma Addams, came onstage twerking. The audience adored the devious Pugsley Addams, portrayed by senior Cayden Ehrlich, and the romantic Uncle Fester, played by sophomore Keenan Peery.
“My favorite part about the show was the fact that we play such iconic characters that left imprints on people’s lives. Everyone portrays their character perfectly,” sophomore Drew Hill, who played Wednesday, said.
The actors had to work around a rigorous rehearsal schedule.
“Balancing the play and school wasn’t easy. Keeping my grades up took tremendous effort and I had to use every free moment to stay on top of my homework,” sophomore Casey Bates, who played Lucas Beineke said.
Perhaps one of the most unique parts of the play was the stage layout: the whole theater was flipped. The risers were moved onto the current stage, and an entirely new stage was built on the other side to accommodate the hidden entrances and varying stage levels.
“The Addams Family” is based off of the 1940’s comic strips by Charles Addams, which inspired TV shows, movies and a book as well.