By Colby Owens | Reporter
Every year Avon High School’s performing arts department puts on a fall musical for the school and community. This year’s “The Addams Family” musical was directed by theater teacher Kaitlyn Spires and performed on October 6, 7, and 8.
Ms. Spires has taught at Avon High School for one full year, this year being her second. She has directed many performances, including last year’s spring play, but this was her first time directing a musical. The performance was Thespian Troupe 8320’s first musical, and for thespian Delaney Butler it was also her first time performing in a musical.
“[Spires is] amazing at everything she does, it’s no surprise that the musical is doing as well as it is. It’s really coming together and it looks great in my opinion,” said Butler.
Butler and her fellow cast members, including junior Edwin Cardona, had rehearsal for up to four hours in the last few nights leading up to the performance.
“We’re getting through everything and even though it is a little bit difficult, it’s very fun and exciting to learn,” said Cardona.
“The Addams Family” is Cardona’s first school musical and he feels that the performances went well and that he worked hard.
“I chose to audition for the musical because I wanted to do something fun after school. I also wanted a way to spend time with all my friends and make new ones,” said Cardona.
While in the past many of the musicals performed have been classics, this year’s musical, The Addams Family, is a bit more recent and was first performed in 2009. Junior Annabelle McCammon was happy to do this musical.
“I feel like this musical was more exciting and made the audience laugh a lot,” said McCammon.
Potential guests had the option to preorder tickets online. This proved helpful as 1,000 tickets were sold after only the first of the three performances.
“We had a great audience all three nights and the house was packed. I had never performed for a crowd that big before, and it felt so good to get a standing ovation every night, the hard work paid off,” said Butler.