After the success of previous shows such as Little Shop of Horrors, Rent, Jekyll & Hyde and Sweeney Todd, this year St John Rigby College opted for a performance that is relatively new to the circuit of musical theatre, The Addams Family. The Music and Performing Arts departments had been planning the show since July 2015 but it wasn’t until October that the final cast was selected.
All those involved in the performance and production were busy at evening and weekend rehearsals to bring the show to life. Students showed their dedication in keeping on top of their commitments to their studies during what was a very hectic period.
It’s safe to say all of their hard work was a success as the cast, crew and band of Addams Family 2015 entertained full houses every night.
There were stunning performances from all involved, including powerful solos, energetic ensemble numbers and accomplished duets. Audience members commented that this was “the best show yet” and the College were even tweeted by Mayoress Susan Loudon who said, “Fantastic event meeting the Addams Family! Talented young people and fabulous staff to nurture such talent. Thanks for a wonderful evening.” A Northwest Operatic and Dramatic Association representative also attended to review the show, which was particularly exciting as this is the first year the college have been associated with NODA.
Director and Music Tutor, David Wall proudly said, “Since rehearsals began in July, it has been a tight knit community in performing arts with new friendships being made and it is humbling to see how much time students give up in order to perfect their performances.”
Well done to all involved and thank you from all of the staff – you are all amazing and we are all very proud!
The Music and Performing Arts departments have found out that their production of The Addams Family, has been nominated for nine awards by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association.
The students nominated were thrilled to hear the news, with the full list of nominations as follows:
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Youth) - Amber Lowe as Wednesday Addams
Most Entertaining/Comedy Male Actor (Youth) - Brandon Whelan as Uncle Fester
Most Entertaining/Comedy Female Actor (Youth) - Emily Priestley as Alice Beineke
Best Male Actor in a Lead Role (Youth) - Alistair Davies as Gomez Addams
Best Female Actor in a Lead Role (Youth) - Sarah Marrow as Morticia Addams
Best Musical Director (Youth) - David Wall
Best Director (Youth) - David Wall
Best Staging Set/Technical
The NODA District Awards Dinner is set to take place in January where the results will be revealed and the winners will go on to the next stage at the regional awards.
Production Director, David Wall, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received these nominations, especially as this is the first year the College has been associated with NODA. I’d once again like to thank all of the students involved in the staging and performance of this year’s production and hope you are as proud as I am with your nominations.”