Nerves give way to success with “The Addams Family”


Gabriel Petrecz, Staff writer

While members of “The Addams Family” are described as creepy and kooky, the people who staged the musical at Archbishop Carroll described themselves as nervous as the comedy opened this past weekend. Early reviews indicate there was nothing to be nervous about as the performances went well.

“I was very nervous for opening night,” said senior Viky Fallouh. “But after the first performance, the nerves were completely gone.”

Performers said they were nervous because the spring musical is considered one of the “bigger shows.” 

“Despite all the preparations, the first show is always the most nerve-wracking considering it’s in front of a live audience for the first time,” said senior Lauren Spratt, who plays Wednesday. “However, as we adjust to performing live, every show after that continues to run more smoothly as all of our hard work pays off!”

Freshman Grace Sammartino said she also was anxious. 

“Because this was my first show, I was nervous to perform,” said Sammartino. “I was also nervous because I don’t usually like performing or presenting in front of big groups of people. However, being in ACTS for the past couple of months has taken away the nervousness because everyone is so accepting and kind. I had a lot of fun at the rehearsals and preparing for the show. I would most definitely do another show next year.”

Ryan Holmes, who plays Lucas, Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend, was very pleased with how the first three shows went. 

“It was a terrific opening weekend, and we are even more excited to perform this second weekend,” said Holmes. 

Senior and stage manager Evelyn Stong was also content with how the first weekend moved. 

“Through lots of hard work from our wonderful crew, pit, actors, and directors, opening weekend has shown ACTS’ Addams Family to be a chillingly delightful show,” said Stong. 

The last three shows will be 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 

Junior Lizzy Hennessy ran the concession stand and also went to see the show. She said it was very humorous. 

“The Addams Family was such a great play that had me laughing the whole time,” said Hennessy. “I was personally entertained during the whole 2 hours and 45 minutes and was sad when it was over! The singers were great and the whole production was a 10/10.”