By Lorrie Ham
The Mound Westonka High School 2018 fall musical production of “The Addams Family” earned several honors from the Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Musical Theatre Program. Following a successful run in November, the company received Honorable Mention for Overall Performance of a Musical and Overall Production. Additional Honorable Mention honors went to MWHS for Ensemble Performance, Acting Performance by an Ensemble, Student Orchestra, Technical Crew and Light & Sound Board Operators.
“I think you guys embraced the silliness and the fun of the style very well! I enjoyed getting to watch you all blossom into your new performance space, and perform confidently for your friends and loved ones,” wrote one of the judges. “I think you had strong costumes and tech, a talented leading and supporting cast, and an ensemble that supported the show beautifully!”
Individually, senior Emma Jordahl won Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Morticia Addams. Honorable Mention for Performance in a Leading Role went to senior Sarah Brammer as Wednesday Addams and senior Joey Colianni as Gomez Addams. Honorable Mention for Performance in a Supporting Role went to senior Nick Drilling as Fester Addams.
The Overall Technical Team received an Outstanding Award, with senior Kris Kurtz and sophomore Michael Kurtz both earning Outstanding in Technical Leadership awards as board operators. Senior Zoe Peterson earned Honorable Mention in Technical Leadership as stage manager.
“The resources for the sound and lights team went from about 0 to 100 in their move from their small space to the new large theatre and wow, did this team make the move with professionalism, energy and an eager willingness to learn,” said one of the judges.
The show was directed by Farrah Buffington, in her first year at the helm of the MWHS musical, with Meagan Lenz as assistant director and choreographer. Emma Marsh served as vocal musical director for the first time, while Gretchen Chilson directed the pit orchestra. Jamie Harms was the costume designer and Kate Schilling provided technical design.
“Great job on your first show in the new space!” summed up one judge. “I can see the potential you all have to knock it out of the park in years to come!”