The Addams Family Play Astonishes Audience

Paige Taylor, Staff

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For this year’s Puyallup High School musical was the classic Addams Family. The dates for the performances were Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23. 

The original director of the musical is filled with many jokes, laughter and a clever plotline.  

This year’s cast had around 30 actors with nine leading roles and 21 actors playing ancestors who are the ensemble dancers and singers.  

The performance of the Addams Family had performances for over two weekends. Since the production was a musical it took longer for the other performances instead of a normal play would. 

The cast says they had a lot of fun performing this musical and they were very happy with how it turned out. The actors went through three days of auditions at the end of the 2018-2019 school year, day one with being singing, day 2 being dancing and day three of being acting. 

The best part has been the people everyone is so enjoying and so fun to be around and it’s easy to talk to people and you know that you’re all interested in a lot of the same things like singing and acting and all that stuff and that’s why you all gather around it’s a place where you can really be yourself and express yourself and I think that probably the best part.”

— Elias Cameron

 The cast was senior Claire Bradshaw who played Alice Beineke; senior Mia Beaver played Morticia Addams; senior Jeremy Joosten played Mal Beineke; senior Mina Fowler played Wednesday Addams; senior Maverick McCarl played Gomez Addams; sophomore Theo Stone played Pugsley Addams; junior J’breon Forks played Lucas Beineke; sophomore Elias Cameron played Fester Addams; senior Imami Okiyama played Grandmama.  

As the audition process went on the emotions were split half and half. Some thought it was easy others thought it was difficult. Fowler had explained how her experience with the audition process was. 

“It was a difficult process overall but I think it was the cast that made it easier you know it’s not always the most fun to be at school the whole day then come and do a rehearsal for three or four hours but being with fun people made it better and easier,” Fowler said. 

Most of the cast agrees that the best part of the rehearsals was getting to know the new cast and meet new people or just seeing the whole world of the Addams Family come to life. Cameron goes on to explain his favorite part of the rehearsals were. 

“The best part has been the people everyone is so enjoying and so fun to be around and it’s easy to talk to people and you know that you’re all interested in a lot of the same things like singing and acting and all that stuff and that’s why you all gather around it’s a place where you can really be yourself and express yourself and I think that probably the best part,” Cameron said.

All the cast liked to perform different songs from the show some are the opening number or others are songs halfway or near the end of the show. Stone had told what his favorite song was to perform during the show. 

What If’ which is my song about how I want Wednesday to keep torturing me even though she has a boyfriend now. I like that song because I feel like it’s my moment to shine I guess and even though the vocals are very high it makes me really proud of myself to know that I performed it well,” Stone said. 

The cast of The Addams Family had truly turned into a family and they are very close to each other just from the practices. Joosten had gone in to explain how close the Puyallup High School department is in a way a family. 

“The practices are they reflect the family culture we provide at the PHS drama department,” Joosten said.