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21Mar

Addams Family @ Holy Spirit High School

“Full Disclosure,” Holy Spirit High School’s production of The Addams Family was to die for.

The Addams Family became a musical in 2010, with characters from a 1938 cartoon by Charles Addams. Featuring music by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, The Addams Family follows the story of a kooky, macabre family, as their daughter falls in love with a “normal” boy.

Holy Spirit High School’s production was elevated through its incredible ensemble and intense comedy. The stage erupted with energy from each member of the 22-person cast, which was amplified by impeccable comedic timing and beautiful choreography.

Jack Hierholzer commanded the stage as Gomez Addams, through his quick wit and impressive mustache. The fake accent Hierholzer produces brings in-depth detail to his characterization, while not taking away from his serious moments. Along with this, Hierholzer demonstrated his exquisite vocals through songs such as “ Not Today” and “Happy Sad.” Alongside Hierholzer, Peter Martin (Lucas Beineke) produced amazing vocals, especially with Violet Berk (Wednesday Addams) in numbers such as “One Normal Night” and “Crazier Than You.” Berk and Martin’s chemistry felt real, and with every word said between them, the audience truly believed they were a young couple ready to get married.

The entire cast ascended the production to another level with outstanding vocals and comedy. Liza Martino (Alice Beineke) blew the audience away with her intense vocals, displaying her incredible diction and impressive range in the numbers “Waiting” and “Full Disclosure.” Alongside Martino, Jared Ramos as Uncle Fester had audience members on the floor laughing from his impeccable comedic timing. Each joke and one-liner from Ramos hit perfectly, garnering uproarious laughter from the audience.

From a technical perspective, the show was outstanding, utilizing intricate costumes, masterful makeup, and an excellent set. The costumes of the ancestors perfectly portrayed their death through their gray color scheme. Alongside their costumes, the makeup of the ancestors truly built upon their ghostly look, which allowed for a truly immersive experience. The set was beautiful, and gave the audience the feeling of peering into a beautiful, yet dreary home.

While The Addams Family is a difficult musical to produce, Holy Spirit High School made it appear like a walk in the park. The cast was incredible, the tech was terrific, and the performance was entertaining; Holy Spirit’s production surely was anything but “One Normal Night.”

About the Author

Flood-Orion, Jeffrey

Flood-Orion, Jeffrey

Program Director - FY20 Season

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