MHS Drama Club to Present The Addams Family

Wednesday Addam, played by Kalie Gayer (left), "tortures" her brother Pugsley, played by Ethyn Krites, during the song "Pulled."
Staff Writer

In the market for something to do on a Friday or Saturday night? The students in the St. Marys Memorial High School Drama Club have just the thing and they can’t wait to show everyone what they can do.

Depending on the football team’s success Saturday evening, the school will be putting on three productions of “The Addams Family,” between Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

“If [football goes] to state and they play on Saturday, we will rearrange to Thursday, Friday and Sunday,” Co-Director Allie Phlipot said.

Cast members alluded to several fun and wacky scenes but didn’t want to give too much away.

“Probably the ‘Full Disclosure’ scene because there is a lot happening,” said senior Jenna Hawkey, who plays Morticia Addams.

Junior Kalie Gayer agrees with Hawkey, adding that the crowd of middle school students — whom the cast performed a dress rehearsal for — seemed to react the most to ‘Full Disclosure.’

“There’s so many crazy things that happen and there’s some things that Autumn [Crowell] who plays Alice does where people seemed to be like, ‘Is she really doing that?’ and ‘What is she doing? That’s really funny.’” Gayer — who is playing Wednesday Addams — said.

The students cited two different aspects that have been the biggest challenges for them — lines and getting into character. For Hawkey and her fellow lead Riley Hennon — Gomez Addams — lines can be tricky business but are vital to the success of any production.

“You have to give your lines to the band so they know when to start playing so if you mess up your lines, now the band doesn’t know when to play and if you say a line wrong, you can mess up a lot of other people and it’ll just fall apart,” Hennon said. “It’s never to early too early to start practicing lines — I can’t emphasize that enough — because lines are the heart and soul of what you’re performing.”

Gayer said she struggles the most with getting into the character of Wednesday, adding that her real personality doesn’t necessarily match with her character.

“This was our first musical in about five years and I just thought it was fun and funny  and I thought that the characters fit the cast well,” Phlipot, who is directing with Marissa Lewis, said.

Show times are tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the MHS Performing Arts Center.

If the football team wins Saturday and plays the next Saturday, Dec. 1, show times will be adjusted and released on Facebook.

Tickets cost $5 for students and $8 for adults.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the Nov. 23 print edition of The Evening Leader.