Reagan is home to many areas of the arts which represent themselves in a variety of ways. A student can find exactly what they want to do and pursue in high school, which brings us to, “The Addams Family” musical. This year, the musical took place on January 20 to the 22. Reagan took on the dark family most of us know well, “The Addams Family,” which truly turned out extraordinary in the end. The actors, actresses, and stage crew showed off how astonishing these school productions are. The musical was where the courage that these people held through rehearsal to performance sparked like fireworks. The show was a success, a full house even, with long lines full of people excitedly waiting to buy tickets. With this level of hard work, you have to wonder how it feels to be a part of the team that performs such a popular program.
Juan Cabral, a senior who acted as the Renaissance Ancestor of the Addams in the musical, and Amber Weissert, a senior who played Alice Beineke, expounded on how it feels to be in the musical. “Opening night was a roller coaster, there was a mixture of nerves and excitement and overall it felt good,”said Juan. He continued to say that his mood and tone overall was positive. “Going into a production like this you have to be at your best,” commented Juan. “It was important for everyone in the cast to be engaged the whole time we were on stage to make the story come alive.” Juan said that even if he was an ancestor, aside from the lead roles, he still had to do his part. He was an important piece to the puzzle, no matter what.
Amber stated that her moods varied during opening night from excitement, to very nervous, and, of course, to happy. “I was of course nervous because it was opening night and I wanted everyone to like the show. I was excited for everyone to see the hard work the cast, crew, and pit put into the show,” Amber explained. “But I was mostly happy because I love participating in theatre, especially musical theatre.” Amber had played a lead role in the musical, the mother of the boy named Lucas Beineke who fell in love with Wednesday Addams. Her role had importance; importance to her character, to the audience, and to the entire production in all.
Two other individuals involved in the musical experience were, Lauren Beal and Chloe Corn. They were a part of the group who worked behind the scenes, known as Stage Crew. Lauren was the leader and manager of Stage Left while Chloe served as a leader of Stage Right.
“I felt nervous, yet excited, to show the audience a show and set that we were all very proud of,” Chloe began. “When we found out that before the show there were still 50 or so people waiting for tickets, that was really amazing to hear and I feel it really invigorated the cast, crew and pit to put on an amazing show.” Chloe was correct about people still waiting on tickets;it was a packed show.
Lauren said that she almost always feels a little nervous about opening night. When she is imagining an actual audience awaiting her performance, it can take everything out of her. “There is also a level of calm though, as people are still in the zone for rehearsing, so they aren't nervous. Being crew is nerve-racking opening night as you just want everything to go as well as it did in all the rehearsals leading up to it.” Each individual of this musical had a part to play in its success. “My favorite thing about my character was the singing I had to do for the show. I had never had a solo in a show before this show, and I was glad to have one this year,” Amber said this was her favorite part of playing her character. She said that the singing was also the most difficult part for her in the show, but in the end it was all worth it.
“My favorite thing about being offstage is that we feel the energy from the audience and onstage and it creates a super fun environment to be in,” said Chloe. She continued on to say, “Also having a bit of stage fright, I greatly appreciate being a part of musical theatre in a creative and essential way.” “My favorite thing about playing the Renaissance ancestor was getting to develop my own persona,” concluded Juan.He stated that, as a background character, their roles were mostly open-ended. He could create his own personality and also represent what time period the ancestor he played was a part of. Lauren started, “As crew for stage left, I am in charge of calling the curtain calls and making sure that the set that goes on from stage left is out on time and that everyone is ready to pull something off stage or put something on.”As a leader of Stage Crew Lauren learned that without a cast or crew, there would be no show at all. Likewise, the musical had an enormous impact on those who were a part of it. “I met an amazing cast of people who love and support me for who I am. I would not sacrifice this experience for any other,”expressed Amber. “The friendships and bonds I have made during the musical will stay with me for a very long time and have impacted me to the fullest extent.”
Lauren said that the musical has always impacted her in a positive way. “All the friendships you make over the months and all of the little in-jokes that you have with everybody make the whole experience great and you have those relationships for the rest of the year, no matter what grade the other are in.” For Chloe, it taught her stuff that she'd never really forget. “This show has had a huge impact on my life honestly, even though it's a dark show on the surface we were constantly reminded of the idea of love and family within the show and within our own lives.” She added, “This show has shown me that moving towards the darkness (graduation/adulthood) isn't that bad and that wherever we go within our lives we will always have the memories of high school and families we have made within theatre.” She is sad that it is over, the production and all, but she is glad she was able to work on the show.
As for Juan, “It offered a home away from home, and although there were arguments and disconnects, I knew I could count on everyone in the cast because we became such close friends that it felt….like a family, an Addams Family.”
Soccer Tryouts are coming! Jackie Jones
Calling all Lady Huskies! Your favorite spring sport has come around once again. Girls soccer tryouts are coming soon. Why not get out of your comfort zone and tryout for soccer this year? Girls soccer tryouts start on March 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be the bus escorting the recruits to where the tryout will be held at 2:40 p.m. and the bus will be waiting in front of the school.
having tennis shoes to play in,
being cleared by Mr. Mayer,
having your paperwork handed in by March 1st,
be academically eligible in order to play.
Come on down, don’t be shy. There is no prior experience needed in order to play. Just bring the correct shoes, your hard-working spirit and yourself and make sure to try your best.
For more information you can contact Coach Mary at 414-861-4420 or at firstname.lastname@example.org