Between night rehearsals, set constructions, and dance reviews, over the course of this busy week for the musical, I have had the opportunity to interview a few of the members of The Addams Family. Here are some of the highlights from these interviews:
Kalen Luciano: What’s your favorite part about being in the musical?
Cara Langner (playing the role of Grandma on Saturday night): I like how everyone forms a family through the musical. We all become so close, especially in the final weeks leading up to the show.
Dana Miller (playing the role of Alice Beineke on Friday night and Sunday evening): I like getting to know everyone better and making new friends along the way. It’s nice to know I have a cast that I care about and can count on to be there for me.
Sydney Blanchard (playing the role of Morticia): My favorite part is opening night right before we open the curtains because there’s such an electric feeling in the cast and in the audience, and everyone is so enthusiastic to see the show that we’ve been working on for months finally come to life.
Matt Schlomann (playing the role of Mal Beineke): I love being able to work with a lot of talented people and putting something together that we all worked so hard on.
Colton Bassett (playing the role of Fester): I love this musical because I’ve grown to really love the music. It’s definitely one of the most fun musicals we’ve had and I love the varied styles that each song has to offer because it gives us a challenge, but it also provides a good variety of music for the audience to enjoy.
Luciano: What’s your favorite scene and why?
Bill Wilson (playing the role of Lucas Beineke on Friday night and Sunday evening): My favorite scene has to be “Full Disclosure” because it’s the big number that everyone’s in, and it’s so catchy that it sticks in your even after the musical is over.
Briana Holster (playing the role of Grandma on Friday night and Sunday evening): I love “Full Disclosure” because not only are my lines hilarious in this scene but almost every character gets a moment to shine, too. Even the ensemble gets to show off their best vocal powers in this scene because everyone is on stage for this scene.
Connor Halma (playing the role of Gomez): The opening scene where we sing “When You’re an Addams” is my favorite scene because I get a rush every time we do it and it really sets the stage for the rest of the show.
Luciano: How do you feel about your character? Does your character resemble your personality at all?
Langner: I love my character because she’s so crazy and weird, and she does whatever she wants. I feel like I relate to her because we’re both wack-a-doodles.
Holster: I can definitely relate to Grandma because we’re both a little weird. I mean I’m not peeing myself like Grandma does, but she’s a comic relief, and I feel like I can be one with my friends, so in that sense, I relate to her.
Blanchard: Every character I’ve played in the past resembles some part of me, and I usually adapt to the character by using this connection. In this musical, I connected with Morticia’s ferocity and anger and used those emotions to connect more with her.
Luciano: What’s your best memory from rehearsals?
Miller: One day during rehearsals, I was having a laughing fit and I couldn’t stop laughing. I don’t really know why I was laughing so hard, but it got to the point where I made myself leave the room to cool down because I couldn’t stop.
Blanchard: I thought it was funny when we were doing a read-through of the script for the first time, and every time we got to a punch line, we’d hear Mr. Wynne burst into laughter.
Halma: I loved going to the first few rehearsals and reading through the script because everyone was so excited for this new start and ready to give their all.
Schlomann: My best memory so far was one of the first times we ran through the show with a set. We were changing scenes and one of the walls started tilting over. Everyone was silent, and then Colton suddenly shouted, “Oh no!”
Bassett: My favorite memory was after Victor Schiavo, who is playing Lurch, came back from a week of being sick. We were in the middle of running the show, and he’s standing there on stage holding this prop, and in the midst of everyone else on stage asking a bunch of serious questions, he randomly asked what his prop was. Everyone started laughing, including Mr. Wynne, for a good minute before we could move on.
Luciano: What’s the most challenging part about your role?
Miller: Some parts of the musical are very serious, and sometimes, it’s hard to stay in character when my lines are hilarious because I’m such a giggly person, but this challenge helps me learn a lot about being a better actress.
Holster: Sometimes, it can be hard for me to get the voice for Grandma right and then hold it for the whole scene.
Blanchard: It was hard for me to strike a balance between the morose and somber qualities of Morticia and her emotional side.
Halma: The accent for Gomez is without a doubt the hardest part, but with a lot of practice, I was able to drill it in my head.
Schlomann: The most difficult part about this role was finding a balance between being a jerk and being a loving husband and then successfully showing this transformation.
Bassett: My character, Fester, has some really high notes in some of his songs, and I’m not a tenor, but I try my best to achieve his high voice range.
Luciano: Why should everyone go see this show?
Blanchard: It’s the funniest musical we’ve done in a while, and we’ve all put a lot of hard work and effort in this show. It’s nice to perform in front of a large audience because they generally have more energy, which makes the show even more fun and enjoyable.
Halma: The show is very unique. Everyone will get a kick out of the music and get a good laugh out of many of the lines. We’ve put our best work into this, and we want everyone to have a good time.
Schlomann: It’s a pretty great show, and the cast is full of a lot of talent that you’ll clearly see during the performance.
Bassett: Every show we’ve done is really good, but this show is going to be especially amazing because there’s a lot of great singing, dancing, and acting. If I wasn’t in it, I would go see it in a heartbeat.
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It’s not too late to go see this show. Tickets can be purchased at 973-697-3535 X 5860 or email@example.com. They cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door for adults and $7 in advance and $10 at the door for students, children, and seniors. The production will go on at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday evening and 2 pm on Sunday afternoon. Everyone in the cast can’t wait to see you there.
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