The Addams Family Hits The Stage

junior discusses experience being part of upperclassmen musical

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Mia Rice, Staff Writer

Every school year at Blue Valley High, the Performing Arts Center opens its curtains for the musical and presents students that normally walk the halls as reborn singing stars. However, just like everything this year, challenges were met when trying to pursue traditions. Instead of the typical “Choir Musical,” the spring show became the “Upperclassmen Musical.” 

This change restricted the cast to mainly include juniors and seniors—like junior Reece Dickerson. 

After scoring the lead role, ex

citement was hardly limited for Dickerson. “I wanted to perform in the Addams family because I’ve always loved performing in musicals and showing what I can do,” Dickerson said. 

The show expressed many challenges for the cast, especially performing under an intense time limit. 

“We did only have about a month to put it together, but it turned out better than any of us expected,” Dickerson stated. 

All the challenges this year made it hard to not only plan performances safely due to COVID-19, but also gave students opportunities to show off their skills. 

“This year the choir department has had very few shows compared to previous years due to COVID,” Dickerson said. “The Addams family was a great change from not having many performances this year.” 

Aside from everyone else, Gomez is a difficult role to polish, especially at a high school level. “For my role I h

ad to do an accent during the entire show, songs included. Thankfully I’ve had experience with doing voices before which helped me greatly,” Dickerson said. 

Through it all, the performance reminded the students of why they love to perform for others. The realization hit Dickerson after the first show night.

 “When you rehearse, the directors might laugh at a few of the jokes here and there,” Dickerson said. “It’s a completely different feeling when there’s a couple hundred people laughing at your deliveries.” 

When the show came to an end, cast and crew members enjoyed the memories made and bonded with each other unlike anything before this year. 

“I would say that the entirety of the show was a good memory—from the people to the afterparties,” Dickerson said. “All of it was memorable.”