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They're creepy and they're kooky. Mysterious and spooky. They're all together ooky.
The Clear Creek per-form-ers.
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The Clear Creek Middle School/High School Visual & Performing Arts departments are performing "The Addams Family" for their spring musical May 6-7. The show starts at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $10 at the door, although CCHS students and staff members can get in free.
About 40-50 students are involved in the production, whether acting, playing instruments in the pit band or doing technical work behind the scenes.
Deborah Sandblom, the school's drama director, said she and her colleagues chose "The Addams Family" based on what would be the best fit for the school, its actors, its musicians and so on.
"The Addams Family" is a popular pick among high schools across the region, she said, in part because it lends itself to elaborate and eye-catching sets. Overall, it has a very "haunted house" feel, she described.
For those familiar with other "Addams Family" stories but unfamiliar with the musical, Sandblom said the characters are the same, but the story is completely different.
The musical features a grown-up Wednesday who has fallen into a "Romeo and Juliet" situation and wants to marry into a normal family, she explained.
"(The story) is chaotic in the way that keeps you glued to your seat," junior Jordan Rogers said.
Rogers, who's playing dad Gomez Addams, said he'd never seen any "Addams Family" before the musical. He was glad to have this outlet to experience the characters, saying, "It's quite strange, but it's really fun to be part of the family."
Rogers and his fellow castmates have been working on the musical since January and that preparing for musicals is quite different from preparing for plays. Musicals are more energetic, he said, requiring singing and choreography.
Junior Mason Loesch, who's playing saxophone and clarinet in the pit band, said it was also his first time playing in a musical. He and the other musicians have been practicing the music since late February or early March, he said, adding that the pieces are pretty difficult.
Loesch, who's used to playing in jazz and concert band performances, said this was a very different experience. In band concerts, the musicians are the stars of the show; but, in a musical, they're only accompanying the actors, he described.
Sophomore Reese Dunbar, who's playing daughter Wednesday Addams, performed in last spring's "Rock of Ages" musical. She felt like there were more students helping with this year's, as she's met a lot of new people.
Dunbar had seen the recent "Addams Family" animated movie before joining the cast, and really loved the story and the weird family.
Bringing that weird and iconic family to life was a big undertaking for the CCHS students and staff members involved, and Sandblom said they couldn't have done it without everyone in the school and community working together.
"We're a bit of a kooky community, just like the Addams family," she said.
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