The St. Joseph’s Academy/Catholic High School Black Box Company presented The Addams Family April 25-29 in the Academy Arts Center Black Box Theater. The musical comedy was presented through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
The Addams Family featured 31 talented students.
In this original story, the macabre Addams family is put to the test when outsiders come to dinner, hurling Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Grandma and Lurch headlong into a night that will change the family forever.
Lily McGill, SJA’s drama teacher and Black Box Company moderator, said the show was a huge success. “This was an ambitious project for us, and I’m so proud that we pulled it off,” she said. “The students worked so hard for the last three months, several hours a day, five days a week. This hard work was evident in their performances. My favorite part of it all is the bond that the students form. Our club is like a huge family; the tears really flowed Sunday as we closed our show and said goodbye to our seniors. I could not be prouder of what we achieved as an organization this year, and we are looking forward to getting started next year.”
Junior Brooke Bell portrayed Pugsley Addams. She said the experience was memorable. “The cast and crew along with our instructors actually became a real family through our journey,” she said. “Performing with such talented friends and learning new things was amazing. I am extremely thankful for this opportunity. It is insane to see girls I don’t know well congratulating me around campus or girls who do not participate in theater have a newfound interest in it. Only truly positive things have come from The Addams Family for me.”
Sophomore Ashley Stevens played the role of Wednesday Addams. “This was my first big production at the SJA/CHS Black Box, and it was so wonderful, thanks to Ms. McGill,” she said. “She really whipped the Drama Club into great shape. The production quality has skyrocketed. I’m so thankful to have worked with her on this beautifully strange show.”
Freshman Jules Culotta was the understudy for the role of Grandma Addams and a member of the ancestors’ ensemble. “The show was so much fun,” she said. “Getting to know and work with such fun and amazing people in such an upbeat, uplifting and hilarious show is definitely the highlight of my freshman year. They really made me feel at home here, and I’m ecstatic to see what theatrical adventures await us in the future.”
Junior Ainsley Schulte was the understudy for Morticia Addams and a member of the ensemble. She said the production was first rate. “From the set to the choreography, all the way to the people, the entire show was outstanding,” she said. “I enjoyed growing close to the cast because everyone in the show was unbelievably enthusiastic and excited, and now I feel as if we truly are our own little Addams Family. One of the lines in the show was, ‘It’s family first and family last and family by and by,’ and I feel as if this show has brought me closer to my family as we all ‘moved toward our darkness.’ A big thanks to Ms. McGill for being a wonderful director and helping us to reach new levels of potential as actors, singers and people. I could not be more proud of the magic we’ve made these past few months.”
Sophomore Annie Blanchard was the understudy for the role of Alice Beineke and a member of the ancestors’ ensemble. “I had such a blast with this show,” she said. “I loved having the opportunity to be both an ancestor and Alice understudy. The ensemble in The Addams Family is really unique because each person has their own character. There was a ballerina, a sailor, an astronaut and many more, and all of them were dead. All of us did makeup to look the part and made our skin paler and added purple under-eye bags every night. Getting to play Alice in the matinee was an amazing opportunity; she’s such a crazy and fun character to explore. I am so grateful that SJA has so many ways for students to explore the arts.”
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos courtesy of Trinity Laudun, Edy Koonce and Tracy Ducote