September 27th, 2019
Theatre department puts on show to die for
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“The Addams Family” musical, hosted by the Rampant Theatrical Company, took place in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) from Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30. This musical was a modified version of the original “Addams Family” that showcased the eccentricities of an unlikely couple.
“It's the same kooky characters, but now Wednesday has grown up and wants to get married to someone who is not nearly as kooky as the Addams are,” Spanish teacher and “Addams Family” director Cristina Borisoff said. “It is about how all the different couples navigate life, love and finally come to a happy conclusion for everyone.”
Borisoff stepped into the director
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role to fill the shoes of current theatre teacher Jacquline Golebiowski who recently went on maternity leave.
“I normally work as the technical theatre director, which means I handle all of the behind-the- scenes stuff,” Borisoff said. “Due to our theatre teacher's maternity leave, somebody had to step in, and it was the natural fit for me.”
Many school groups united to ensure that the production went off without a hitch. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) helped with the playbills, and the band performed live music from the orchestra pit. There was also a technical crew composed of students that helped with set equipment, preparation of props, makeup and assembly of the costumes.
“[The technical crew] put a lot of hard work and dedication into making the play come alive,” Rose junior and actor Josiah Jernigan said.
Students had to go through an audition process filled with dancing, singing and acting in order to be called back for roles. After the callbacks, the parts were assigned. There were many different roles in the “Addams Family” production. The role of Wednesday Addams’ love interest, Lucas, was played by junior Billy Miller and the role of Wednesday was split between sophomore Amaya Serrano and senior Chloe Monsen. Jernigan played the role of Fester and the Grim Reaper.
Students had been preparing for this play since December. They rehearsed after school for weeks and have had many late nights of practicing at the stage.
“[This play required] a lot of hard work, dedication and accountability for yourself and others,” Jernigan said.
The original idea for Rampant Theatrical Company to perform this production came from Golebiowski’s former intern, who had acted in the play in high school. “The Addams Family” was the first production where live instrumental music has been played since the start of COVID, as the “Aladdin Jr.” production in the fall had live singing and recorded instrumental music.
After many rehearsals and help from many different people and clubs from around the school, the “Addams Family” production hit the stage.
“Our actors, technicians and musicians put in a tremendous amount of effort that sometimes people don't realize,” Borisoff said. “We [had] a really diverse group of students and it [was] so cool to see them pull together… you're on the stage, you're making it happen and you're transporting your audience somewhere, and I'm just so proud that they put that mission first.”