The HHS Theater Department is not letting COVID stop its production of The Addams Family; everyone involved is spending their time making sure it is both COVID-friendly and still fun for the students.
“Where normally we’d see 520 people, we’re limited to 185,” fine arts teacher Carole Everson said of restrictions on seating.
Attendees of the play will be asked to sit near family during the show to maintain social distancing.
Thursday (March 25) was to be opening night, but the premiere was moved to Friday because of severe weather. The other shows are keeping their original schedule on the 27th and 28th. The first two shows will be at 7 p.m. and the 28th show will be at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.
The cast has worked hard to pull everything together, especially since they had to deal with COVID restrictions. Due to limited ticket sales, funds are low; they’ve had to work around some complications in order to get everything done.
Freshman Madison Hickey, Pugsley’s understudy, said, “We’ve had to pull in parents that work in certain fields to make stuff for us, instead of just ordering it from some other place.” Her own father did the playbills and the posters for the show.
The cast members aren’t the only ones who are working hard, though: the stage crew has spent lots of time trying to get the sets together before the show dates. Due to budget cuts, they’ve had to modify past set pieces to make them fit.
Senior Emily Smith, the light tech, stated that “the past two musicals, ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ and ‘Mary Poppins,’ were very set-heavy, so we had a lot of different pieces.”
Because of the COVID restrictions, the production team had to get creative and use set pieces from the last two musicals to craft the pieces for The Addams Family.
Cast members' parents and connections were such a huge help with making these sets happen. They helped build sets or created the costumes. As horrible as COVID is, these people were brought together in this difficult time.
Story by Emma Yarbrough and Sophie Bolen