The Addams Family is coming to Carroll this spring

Gabriel Petrecz, Staff writer

As time ticks closer to spring, time also ticks closer to Archbishop Carroll’s annual spring show. This year the Archbishop Carroll Theater Society is performing “The Addams Family.” This spooky, eccentric musical is about the ideal 20th century wealthy American family that is unaware and unconcerned about modern society and how people view it. 

The play has 10 lead characters. 

Wednesday will be played by Lauren Spratt, Lucas will be played by Ryan Holmes, Morticia will be played by Ashley Palmer, Gomez will be played by Nate Lechtenberg, Mal will be played by Walter Entwistle, Alice will be played by Mia Arpea, Pugsley will be played by Immacolata Capone, Grandma will be played by Bridget Lau, Fester will be played by Aiden Abiuso, and Lurch will be played by Ben Russell.

Although practices are very time-consuming, students are very excited and optimistic about this one.  

“I am so excited for ‘The Addams family,'” said sophomore Molly Lau. “The spring show is a very different experience from the fall one. It is usually done in a longer time period. This makes the show extra special!”

Junior Ryan Holmes agreed.

“This show, I was cast as Lucas, Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend,” said Holmes. “I’m so excited to start rehearsals for this hilarious production.”

After school on Thursday, January 20, ACTS had a mandatory meeting at which important details regarding rehearsals, communication, and production hours were discussed so everyone was brought up to speed and prepared for the journey ahead. 

While being cognizant of the ongoing pandemic, some policies have changed. During the last show, the entire cast was made to get tested before beginning tech week. The virus will impact this year’s show as well. 

“COVID has changed the theater production process by causing a lot of uncertainty,” said Viky Fallouh, assistant director of ACTS. “The ACTS needs to be 10 times more careful to put on a show because of the height of the pandemic.” 

While the script and choreography will be more challenging this year, so will the music and building of the set. Now that the conductor of the pit orchestra, Mr. D’Amato, wants to focus on directing, he is giving the main piano part to pianist Eddie Dulberg. 

“Keyboard is a very daunting task,” said Dulberg. “However, in the end, it is totally worth it. I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity.”

The show will be performed April 22 to April 24 and April 29 to May 1.  Performances will be 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. 

While this show will be one of the most challenging and eventful productions that the ACTS has attempted in a while, the students are ready to roll. 

“I am looking forward to the music and the additional members to the organization,” said senior Sarah Durham.