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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

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    Addams Family Awakens

    Rundown on haunting spectacle ahead
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    Camila Pardo
    Alan Hodder ’25, Capistrant, and Saléya Scott ’25 during a dress rehearsal of the production.

    Blake will be putting on “The Addams Family” as the musical for this spring, which will be a hard pivot from the fall play of Radium Girls, which was a masterful narrative about the unfortunate contraction of radium that killed over thirty women due to the negligence of the company that they worked for. The Addams Family, in stark contrast, will focus on the relationship between Wednesday Addams and her boyfriend, Lucas, who wants to get married.

    The musical will have a total of 25 actors and 15 people on crew. The rehearsals are happening at Blake in the choir room and in the Black Box, with Sandra Agustin choreographing the musical. The Addams Family is summarized by Taous Khazem, the director, as being “so gimmicky… [with] “big emotions,” and “obsessed with death.”

    This allows for a narrative where a death-obsessed family is put at odds with a “very normal” kid in Lucas as described by the actor for Lucas, Kai Capistrant ’25. This leads to a situation in which the Addams family invites Lucas’s family over for dinner, leading to a potentially perilous situation that unexpectedly teaches lessons for both sides about how they can grow to become better people. Capistrant describes this goal and environment as “having fun on stage.”

    This provides a vision into the environment that is created of being “a cohesive ensemble” through “trying new things… to stretch yourself … [and] that everybody there around them is there saying, ‘I got you,’ ‘I’ll catch you if you fall” as narrated by Khazem.

    This environment that is being created by the collective trust allows for something truly beautiful to happen on stage where the actors can just “[have] fun on stage.” Other goals and aspirations of the actors were to promote the ideas of “weird is good” and  “being true to yourself.” The play will be on the March 8, 9, and 10. If you are looking for a production that is entertaining, thought-provoking, and an overall good experience, watching this musical is a no-brainer. 

     

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    Ben Aviles, Staff Writer
    Hi! I am Ben Aviles and I am a freshman. I thoroughly enjoy writing and am extremely excited to be able to write for Spectrum this year. Other things I enjoy outside of school are soccer, running, and reading.
    Camila Pardo, News Editor
    Hi! My name is Camila, and I am a freshman this year. This is my first semester being an editor and I am looking forward to editing news and diving deeper into different writing styles! When I’m not writing you can find me playing tennis, reading, or at Chipotle!

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