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Jordan High students to perform “The Addams Family”

Nov 03, 2017 09:28AM ● Published by Julie Slama

Twenty-two Jordan High students performed at the annual Shakespeare competition in Cedar City. (Suzie Duval/Jordan High School)

Many patrons may have grown up watching it on television, but now, thanks to Jordan High theater students, they can see the musical of the ghoulish American family, “The Addams Family.”

“Our students really wanted to perform this,” theater director Suzie Duval said. “Most of our students are familiar with the musical so when our theater officers met with me and our choir teacher, they were excited and knew we had the talent to put this on.”

Unlike the generation before this one, Duval said students are more familiar with the musical that hit Broadway in 2010 than with the TV show.

In the musical, the Addams family visits their graveyard to celebrate their family — the living, the dead and the undecided. Instead of returning to their graves, the ancestors come to dinner — where to the surprise of everyone, daughter Wednesday announces she is marrying an ordinary boy, Lucas. As chaos and confusion swirl, the ancestors create a storm so the fiancé and his parents are trapped and the families are forced to work everything out.

The Jordan High musical will be under the direction of Duval, with co-director Bailey Walker along choreographing the show. The music director is JP Kentros and the orchestra is under the direction of Brandon Cressall. Costuming is provided by volunteer Jenn Mergens.

The role of Wednesday will be played by senior Mira Kocherhans. Junior Gunnar Russell will play Gomez, senior McKenna Rogers is Morticia and senior Madi Michaels is Alice as well as the cast’s rehearsal pianist.

The show will be performed at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9 through Saturday, Nov. 11 and again on Monday, Nov. 13. Tickets are available at the door as well as in the school office for $5 for youth and $7 for adults. The show will be performed at the Jordan High stage, 95 E. Beetdigger Blvd. (9880 South).

Twenty-two advanced theater students and the Dance Company already performed a Shakespeare showcase where they took the stage with an ensemble piece, “A Winter’s Tale,” three monologues, two scenes, a minstrel piece, a dance number and the improve team’s “Awkward Silence” piece. In addition to Deval and Walker, senior Mira Kocherhans stepped up as a student director.

Those pieces they took to Cedar City, where they performed in the 41st annual junior high and high school Shakespeare competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University in Cedar City. They also watched “The Tavern” put on by the Utah Shakespeare Festival as well as “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” by SUU.

After their fall musical, Jordan High theater students will put on the showcase “A Night of Broadway” at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15. Tickets are $5. The showcase will serve as a fundraiser to help students to attend the Utah Theatre Association conference in January 2018.

The Jordan High stage opens in 2018 with “A Comedy of Errors,” performed at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22 through Saturday, Feb. 24 and Monday, Feb. 26.

“We love Shakespeare and we have a strong group of kids to cast. Some of our students are really funny so this will be a good show to spotlight our comedians before graduation,” Duval said.

Students then plan to compete at their regional festival in March and state in April.

The year ends with Theater 2 students performing a showcase of scenes and one-act plays on Wednesday, May 16 and then Theater 3 and 4 students directing one-act plays on Thursday, May 17 through Saturday, May 18.

“These students are really dedicated to a rigorous year of competitions and performing to finishing up their year directing,” Duval said. “But they have the love and passion of the stage and want to share that.” 

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