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PV Theatre Announces Addams Family for Spring Musical

Valley Echo Banner Grace Rose '19
17 January 2019

This year's spring musical, The Addams Family was announced on the PVHS Theatre Instagram on December 9th. In preparation for auditions, the Drama Club hosted a workshop in late December, where PV alum, Jess LeProtto '11, and other Broadway stars, Jelani Remy and Jesse Corbin, provided guidance on the process. Auditions are open to all, including eighth graders, and will be held on February 12th at 5 pm in the Auditorium.Audition Workshop; photo credit: Ms. Jennifer Shue

The workshop was helpful for underclassmen and upperclassmen alike. Students learned a dance combo choreographed by LeProtto. Then, students learned how to audition, pick the best song, and the "Do's and Don'ts" of auditioning. Jelani Remy, Cedar Grove High School alumnus, and Jesse Corbin helped students with confidence, song interpretation, and song choice.

"The Broadway stars were so incredibly helpful!" exclaimed Mia Preziosi '20. "They showed us how important it is to stay grounded, have good posture, and to be confident."

Freshman Gabriella Cielo added, “The main point was that confidence is key, as well as allowing yourself to not be ashamed or feel awkward when playing a character outside of your comfort zone. They stressed adding your own personal touch in both singing and dance auditions so that the directors remember you.”

Audition Workshop; photo credit: Ms. Jennifer Shue The Addams Family is based off the original comic strip by Charles Addams. The Addamses are depicted as a satirical reversal of a “normal” American family. The Addams Family has evolved from television to literature to various films, and is truly iconic. The musical will portray what happens when daughter, Wednesday Addams, breaks the usual ghoulish family tradition by bringing home a “normal” boyfriend.

This year was one of the hardest to choose.  When you look to pick a musical, you look to see what is best for the students,” Director Ms. Jennifer Shue explained about the selecting The Addams Family. “I tried to pick a show that had many lead roles because we have so many talented students. This show also has a very cool ensemble that will be featured throughout the show.”

Interested students are encouraged to tryout on February 12th. For auditions, prepare a song with piano sheet music and wear comfortable clothes to learn the dance combination. Callbacks will be held by invitation only on February 19th at 4 pm in the Auditorium. More information can be found at the PV Theatre Website.