School Production: The Addams Family
In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. Nonetheless, this quirky family still has to deal with many of the same challenges by any other family.
The Addamses have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years. Gomez and Morticia, the patriarch and matriarch of the clan, would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is now an eighteen-year-old young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family – the most un-Addams sounding person one could be! And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.
The Teachers’ Feedback:
Working on ‘The Addams Family’ has been a joy and a pleasure as the story has been one that I have grown up with through the iconic TV series. Producing it for SKISS has been a wonderful experience and I have been lucky to have the opportunity to work with so many talented people on this year’s production and I would like to thank, in particular, our wonderful team of staff members that have worked tirelessly to put the show together.
Our students have been a credit to our school throughout the process and the passion and commitment they have shown have made the process something I will always remember. Of course, a show of this magnitude has been a challenge, but our students have truly risen to the occasion and their talent knows no bounds. I know you will all enjoy the show!
-Mr Gamble (Executive Producer)-
Working with the Set and Props team has been a highlight of my year here at SKISS. It has been an absolute pleasure to collaborate with such dedicated, talented and highly creative students. The whole team have worked very effectively, under a lot of pressure and to tight deadlines to ensure that the set and props would be ready on time. The team have absolutely gone above and beyond all of my expectations and have produced incredible pieces for the production. I would like to thank the team for all of their hard work over and perseverance the last two terms – ‘The Addams Family’ would not be going ahead without all of your ideas, commitment and skills! I would also like to thank the rest of the staff involved in the production for all their support; it has been a pleasure! I am already looking forward to planning next year’s set!
It has been a huge pleasure working with all the main cast, all the singers and the KS3 choir members. Most of the singers have never had any vocal training before; however, their determination and passion for singing have driven them to reach their current level.
It has been a wonderful experience working with them, developing their voices every week as they focused all their efforts to follow my guidance. In this musical, we have to admit that some of the songs were rather challenging for students technically and emotionally, especially for those students who have never had any vocal training before. However, their hard work made it happen as some of the main performers actually changed their vocal timbre throughout the rehearsals in order to convey their emotions in the scene, melting into their characters.
Although the KS3 choir only joined this production recently, they displayed as much passion as any of the other singers. I hope that they have learned from this experience and will play one of these characters next year. Thank you to all of our students for their hard work and commitment.