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Almost three whole months of seemingly endless preparation, practice, and performing have paid off for the musical cast. The first public performance of The Addams Family took place on March 17th, with additional performances the 18th and 19th. Needless to say, it was a hit, and they had a big audience for all three shows. The comedy musical was highly entertaining, and each performance was unique and a little different every time.

Every musical is different, and so is every cast that comes with it. One of the biggest issues that can arise is the clashing of personalities on stage and in practice. However, according to director Melissa Walburn, that wasn’t an issue this year. “This season was really good and was one of my favorite casts. Everyone was really positive and supportive and got along, which doesn’t always happen.” That support really seemed to carry through on stage, and the cast and crew put on brilliant performances every time. “There is always someone that you don’t know and new things to learn about each other. It is like one big family and even if we don’t always get along, we always find a way around it.” Cynthia Lopez, who played Wednesday Addams, commented. This was crucial, due to the fact that this particular show had more complex dance routines and music. The cast spent countless hours with a choreographer, trying to create the perfect routine for the stage. Walburn also saw a lot of growth in the cast throughout practice. “Watching everyone develop their own character, whether it was the leads or ancestors, was really cool and brought everything together.”

The end of musical season is always a bittersweet moment. “Looking towards next year almost half of this cast will have graduated, so there will be lots of new faces. This is exciting, but also a challenge as well.” Walburn said. Any show would not function without a supportive crew, and everyone, from the tech crew to the makeup crew, worked hard to make the show come together. Of course, next year’s show will bring about a brand new cast and its own struggles and highlights, but the outcome is sure to be brilliant!

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