BFA’s Fall Drama Production Preview: “The Addams Family”

Rehearsal of The Addams Family
Photo credit: Penelope Noza

Rehearsal of “The Addams Family” Photo credit: Penelope Noza

Patricia Noza, Writer

Are you ready for Bellows Free Academy’s fall musical: “The Addams Family?”

Each year the BFA Theater Company performs a musical for audiences.  “The Addams Family” musical tells the story of love and friendship through adversity with a comical yet poignant spin.

Madison Gagner (‘23) plays Morticia Addams. According to Gagner, her first show was in fourth grade, and she has loved it and has been involved in drama ever since.

“My dad did theatre in high school, so he always encouraged me to do creative endeavors and whatnot,” Gagner said.

According to Gagner, the cast is pretty close. “If you’re looking for a place that is very welcoming and warm and is like a family, theatre is the place to be.”

Susan Palmer said this is her fifth year as director of the Theater Company.

“Drama is an enormous dedication, and it’s unfortunate students don’t receive credit for it because of the enormous amount of transferable skills they are using,” Palmer said.   

According to Palmer, the whole process of preparing for the play is about 10 weeks, and the actors are now practicing six days a week. On weekdays, actors stayed after school until 5 p.m. and from this week forward until 6 p.m.

Palmer said she wants students to create something they feel proud and ownership of and take what they are doing with a level of seriousness that matters. She also wants people to have fun, connect, and “realize the power of theatre.”

When asked about what people can expect from the play, Palmer said, “The set is really fun. The costumes are great, and it should be an enjoyable experience for all audiences.” 

Gagner added, “It’s very dance-heavy; more dance-heavy than any show I’ve ever done. It’s also a comedy but with some serious tones. Overall, expect a good show.”

There are still ways you can be involved, like ushering, helping out at the bake sale and doing makeup. If you are interested, contact Palmer. There are also more theatre opportunities throughout the year. 

If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, or want a deeper description of the show, you can see more here.