BHS Student Cast and Crew Getting Ready for ‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY – A NEW MUSICAL’

Submitted by Sheila Mehta-Green on behalf of BHS Theater Department 

The Bedford High School Performing Arts Department will present “THE ADDAMS FAMILY – A NEW MUSICAL” on Wednesday through Saturday, March 13-16, in Buckley Auditorium at BHS. Performances begin at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 and at 7 p.m. the other days. There is also a 1 p.m. Saturday matinee.

“THE ADDAMS FAMILY – A NEW MUSICAL” is described as an original story, although the characters are familiar from the television series “The Addams Family” of the 1960s. The musical’s debut on Broadway was in 2010. The name is for Charles Addams, a prolific cartoonist for The New Yorker whose work occasionally featured a macabre family.

Some of the cast members shared what they enjoy most about the roles they are playing.  

Hayden McAllister, a senior playing Mal Beineke, says the most exciting part of his role is trying to figure out how his character should act – which ranges from how he moves to how he speaks. 

John Mitchell, a junior playing Fester, enjoys the “silliness” of his character to get a rise from the audience. 

Ava Derderian, a senior playing Wednesday, relates to her character as they both focus on “keeping true to oneself.” 

Learning how to “get into character” takes practice. Senior Cate Galante, playing Morticia, has worked to perfect her dancing and comedic acting to truly embrace her role. 

Felicia Pellegrino, a freshman featured dancer, is excited for the complex choreography in all the dance numbers. Her theater experience at the John Glenn Middle School has helped her prepare for high school theater productions. 

New to Bedford this year, senior Eliese Latham is the stage manager. She loves helping to weave the show together from the first practice to the final production. She loves seeing everyone’s hard work come to life. 

Being part of the BHS Theater program helps cultivate friendships. More than 80 students are involved in the production. When asked “what is the best part” of being in a BHS theater production, student enthusiastically say, “our theater friends are family,” “it’s a safe space to learn, explore and try new things” and “there is a great feeling of community and support.” 

The production team, led by Artistic Director Katrina Faulstich, includes Vocal Director James Ham, Pit Band Director Evan Grunwald, Choreographer Jessica Martin, Costumer Betsy Goetschius, and Tech Director Michael Poe. 

Cast members include: Jasmine Antriasian, Kaylee Axtell, Sayontika Bhattacharya, Abby Bourret, James Bryan, Helen Canciello, Alyssa Caruso, Maggie Chessman, Jacob Choi, Joseph Choi, Emma Cohen, Brooke D’Andrea, Dylan DeJesus, Ava Derderian, Gavin Derderian, Yoana Dimitrova, Carinna Dogan-West, Mia Falco, Cate Galante, Violet Gould, Aiden Green, Liam Green, Ariel Grossman, Evan Kelly, Sadie King, Olivia Lewis, Zoe Lin, Hayden McAllister, John Mitchell, Maddie Mola, Julian Muelhoefer, Jennie Noh, Felicia Pellegrino, Francesca Pellegrino, Emma Purtell, Teresa Silver, Shannon Sullivan, Yuzuki Sumisaki, Healy Weisman, and Chloe Wood.

On crew are: Cole Badzey, Verna Bowlan, Mary Bujalski, Katie Chiu, Alice Cooprider, Winter Cox, Jackie Cutrona, Charlie Desjardins, Laura Fonseca-Morlock, Maya Husain, Dhara Kaushik, Lauren Kociubes, Jessie Komack. Eliese Latham, Tristan Latham, Andrew Lum, Charles Mara, Mila Maricic, Alex Mattson, Theo Mattson, Sid Nandakishore, Daniel Nappi, Abby Post, Annaliese Randazzo, November Sandler, Ariane Sweetland, Marcy Venuti, Olly Walton, Druthi Yuvaraj, and Richie Zaloom.

On pit are: Bryan Bai, Rei Brown, Emory Carroll, Matthew Choi, Amelie Kelly, Vivian Liu, Ben Sedran, Matthew Shen, Zach Shen, Ryan Touri, Niall Wang, Cameron Zhu, and Emily Zhu.

The show is considered appropriate for audiences of at least middle-school age. At BHS, it will run approximately two-and-a-half hours with one intermission. 

Tickets, which are $14 per adult and $12 per student and senior adult, are available through the Performing Arts Department website at https://bhschorusandtheater.weebly.com/tickets.html. Tickets will be sold at the door only if seating is available. 

The Bedford High School Performing Arts Department is getting ready for “THE ADDAMS FAMILY – A NEW MUSICAL.”  Courtesy photo
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