Adelaide Wilson and the cast of “The Addams Family” rehearse a number March 1, two weeks before the musical is set to bow at Ferndale High School.

Adelaide Wilson and the cast of “The Addams Family” rehearse a number March 1, two weeks before the musical is set to bow at Ferndale High School.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Ferndale High production of ‘Addams Family’ musical to take stage

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published March 5, 2019

 Adelaide Wilson and Victoria Shoot  are both cast in the role of Morticia Addams  for different performances of Ferndale High  School’s musical adaptation of “The Addams  Family.”

Adelaide Wilson and Victoria Shoot are both cast in the role of Morticia Addams for different performances of Ferndale High School’s musical adaptation of “The Addams Family.”

Photo by Donna Agusti

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FERNDALE — A very peculiar family will be brought to life by Ferndale High School students in the school’s upcoming spring musical.

Ferndale High School’s production of “The Addams Family” will take place on six days later in March. The musical will bow at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, followed by performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17. 

The next weekend also will have performances, starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24. All performances will take place at the Ferndale High School auditorium, 881 Pinecrest Drive. The musical focuses on Wednesday Addams introducing her “normal” boyfriend to her family, and the repercussions that follow.

Musical producer Judy Donlin said that after having cast the roles in the production in December, she felt the cast recently made its breakthrough in rehearsals, especially after having many days off because of weather.

“It seem like everybody came together and finally all the days off are behind us,” she said. “People had a lot of time to learn the dances, learn their songs, learn their lines, learn their blocking, and it’s really coming together.”

The role of Morticia Addams was double casted, and will be played by seniors Adelaide Wilson and Victoria Shoot on alternating nights. When one of the girls is Morticia on one particular night, the other is an “ancestor.”

“They sing all the background vocals, the background for the dances and they react to a lot of the things that go on onstage,” Wilson said.

Double casting is something Ferndale High has done much of in the past, Shoot said, but she said the experience of working with Wilson has been wonderful and that they’ve been able to complement each other in the rehearsal process.

“It was a little bit strange and intimidating at first to think about how are we going to do rehearsals,” she said. “How are we going to learn two parts and everything, but it’s really worked out well to the point where she has different strengths than I do, so we can kind of help each other. She’s more confident on the dances. Maybe I can remember the lines a little easier. So it’s easier for us to work.”

“Victoria and I are both really close friends, so we practice lines with each other and go over the music a lot,” Wilson said.

Both Shoot and Wilson said what they loved most about playing Morticia was how powerful she is and the confidence she exhibits.

“She really knows what she wants, and she’s very stoic and dramatic, and it’s just very fun,” Shoot said. “As well as the elegance. It’s a very fun and empowering character to play.”

“I think it’s really interesting the dynamic between her and Gomez,” Wilson said. “She’s really the person who’s in charge of the Addams family, and she’s really glamorous and she knows what she wants to have. I think that’s really cool.”

For Wilson, she said the best part about playing the matriarch of the Addams family has been learning the dance moves for the productions.

“Especially for Morticia, there’s a lot of dancing parts in the show,” she said. “Morticia is like a character who I’ve never really played. I usually play some really oddball characters, like flowers and 9-year-old girls and men. So playing this beautiful, extravagant woman is something I’ve never done before.”

Tickets for “The Addams Family” can be purchased at the door for $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

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