Smoky Hill Theater Presents: The Addams Family

Starting Feb. 16, The Addams Family will be in production in the Smoky Hill Auditorium at 7:15 pm


Gloria Namgung, Editor-in-Chief

The start of the Spring semester indicates the time for the new musical production many are anticipating. This time around, “The Addams Family”, a musical based on the 1991 film will be performed for all to see.

“It’s about the Addams Family. And we know that the Addams Family is very peculiar, they like kind of grief and dark things. But Wednesday Addams falls in love with a boy who is kind of from the other side of the tracks. And it’s basically just about teaching the audience that normalcy or sticking to the status quo isn’t always the right answer and that when we quote, ‘move toward the darkness’, we can really know what’s there,” Adey Abraha (12) said.

Abraha plays the lead role of Wednesday Addams in the musical. Needless to say, being one of the biggest roles in the musical brings big expectations and big shoes to fill.

“I’m super excited to get to portray her. I don’t feel so much pressure, but definitely excitement and just excitement to share this with everybody. I think we all know and love Wednesday Adams and so to be able to play her and like, bring her to life is a great opportunity,” Abraha said.

“The Addams Family” is bringing an even bigger and brighter cast to the production table.

“I am Pugsley Adams. I am Wednesday’s little brother, and I cause the most problems, to put it simply,” Joseph Findley (10) said.

The musical brings more talent, hard work and commitment. Students involved in “The Addams Family” are part of a very thorough and driven process to get to the end goal of performing in front of peers and family.

“To put it simply, there are auditions, there are callbacks, there’s cold reading of the script, there’s singing and blocking. And it’s all, it’s all a process,” Findley said.

The ability to commit and stick to a schedule is encouraged for students in the program. Although the process to overall create and perform may be demanding, the cast and crew of “The Addams Family” find the light in each other.

“Yeah, so it’s very intensive. It’s after school for two and a half hours, if not like three hours. So it definitely makes you manage your time better, but it’s always a great time because you’re working with people that you’ve worked with for so long and you meet so many new people and you’re doing something you love so it doesn’t feel hectic, but it’s definitely a lot of work,” Abraha said.

Despite the fact that students in the cast and crew contribute to making the musical come to life, Director Tim Brown is the mastermind behind it all.

“This is my 48th show that I’ve directed so I think it’s always fun to learn about students. I like working with some of the freshmen and sophomores that I know are going to be in the program for a few years. So I learned about how they work and get to know them a little bit. All the juniors and seniors I’ve worked with a few years,” Brown said.

Brown recognizes the intrigue and entertainment that “The Addams Family” will bring to the audience.

“It’s super new, super fresh, very fun. I’ve had as much fun doing this show, as I’ve had with the show and many, many years. I think anybody that sees it will walk away saying that was a great use of two hours. It was super duper fun. The fact that Wednesday, like I said is on Netflix. Everybody’s kind of aware of it. I would bring all my families, all my kids, all the grandma and grandpas and aunts and uncles because it’s a great family show,” Brown said.

Tim Brown and the cast and crew present an exciting family-friendly show for all to enjoy with their families and friends.

In support of Smoky Hill Theater and “The Addams Family” production, watch the musical that will begin at 7:15 pm starting Feb. 16 and onward on Feb. 17 and 18!

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