'The Addams Family' pays a visit to Estacada
Though it will look different than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Estacada High School Performing Arts Department is preparing a production of "The Addams Family" to share with the community.
The musical, created by Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, follows the quirky and ghoulish characters Morticia (Irelynd O'Neill), Gomez (Andrew Riedel), Wednesday (Lizzie Smith), Pugsley (Ava Shibahara), Uncle Fester (Ayla Zallee), Grandma (Breanna Ruiz) and Lurch (Mason Bouck).
At the start of the show, the family gathers in the graveyard to connect with their ancestors (McKenna Neldner, Jocelyn Clark, Gabriel Reinhold, Kassidy Elkins, Raven Yoder, Danica Beguelin, Heather Shaver, Sophia Griffith and Mia Klauberg). Wednesday then invites new boyfriend Lucas Beineke (Andrew Kent) and his parents, Mal (Gavin Rex) and Alice (Olivia Davidson), to dinner.
The show runs Thursday, Jan. 28, through Saturday, Jan. 30, with shows streaming online at booktix.com. Tickets can be purchased online at esd.booktix.com. Performances are at 7 p.m. Jan. 28, 29 and 30, and at 2 p.m. Jan. 30.
"I'm really looking forward to the kids getting the chance to perform. We're making it as safe as possible," said Estacada High School theater teacher Jordan Collins.
In addition to having a virtual audience, actors wear face masks and practice social distancing whenever possible.
"It's been very difficult and different, but we've figured out how it works," Smith said.
Riedel appreciates the show's musical elements.
"My character sings a lot, and that's something I love to do," he said, noting that singing while wearing a face masks is not without challenges. "It's hard to get enough breath."
The show also features multiple dance scenes. O'Neill's favorite scene is a tango scene between Morticia and Gomez.
"We've spent a lot of time practicing it," she said.
Riedel encourages anyone interested to join the show's virtual audience.
"We're doing a show during a plague. It's something that's never been done (in Estacada) before," Reidel said.
If you go
What: Estacada High School production of "The Addams Family"
When: 7 p.m. Jan. 28, 29 and 30; 2 p.m. Jan. 30
Where: Streaming online at booktix.com
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