Fort Mill High school will present the musical comedy production of “The Addams Family” next week.
“This show is a love story surrounded by cobwebs and laughter. It’s lighthearted humor that appeals to all ages,” said Katie Meyer, Fort Mill High school chorus teacher.
The production involves many students behind the scenes.
“Our pit orchestra is made up of current Fort Mill band members and even two graduates,” Meyer said. “The tech crew students manage the lighting, sound and backstage labor. This year we have four kids participating in a new costume internship where they meet after school and help design and create the costumes for the show.”
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Sarah Williams, the school’s theater teacher, “When we pick the shows we try to find ones that will continue to develop our students. They are involved in the whole process, set building, costumes and creating and researching their characters. It is a whole process.”
“The graphics students created the posters and programs and The Buzz student news crew has been filming our rehearsals and will cover the show,” said Williams. “We have people everywhere involved.”
Students say they’re excited about the upcoming performance.
“It hasn’t hit me yet that this could be my last show,” said Evan Santiage, a senior. “Playing the role of Gomez has been so much fun. This show is weird, dark, heartwarming and so funny. ... Being involved in concert chorus and theater has had a significant impact on me. I have made some great friends here.”
Abby Walker, a freshman, said “I have never been in a play before, so I was pretty intimidated at first. I play the role of Wednesday and I had no idea how much practice we would have, but I am so glad I am doing this. I relate to people here and it teaches confidence.”
Isabel Hayman, another senior, plays the role of Morticia. She talked about the hard work that has taken place.
“Although it is a huge time commitment to be in a show, it doesn’t feel like work,” she said. “Our mind and energy are fully here and when it is over we are completely exhausted, but it is so worth it. I love the atmosphere of a play. No one is more or less important than anyone else.”
Williams said the spring show will be “The Music Man” and Principal Dee Christopher played the starring role when he was in high school and will perform in the opening number.