Southeastern Drama Club Gearing Up For Spring Musical

Southeastern Drama Club Gearing Up For Spring Musical

The Southeastern Regional Drama Club is gearing up for their spring musical production of The Addams Family. The cast is a mix of students from grades 9-12 representing all nine of Southeastern’s sending city and towns. Playing the lead roles are:

Lillie White, Gr. 12 (Norton)…………………………………………….……….Morticia Addams
Hannah Clifford, Gr. 9 (W. Bridgewater)……………………………….…..…Wednesday Addams
David Read, Gr. 11 (Foxborough)……….………………………….…….…..Gomez Addams
Matthew Barboza, Gr. 12 (Brockton)…….……………………………………Fester Addams
Emma Doherty, Gr. 9 (Mansfield) …………………………………….………Pugsley Addams
Millie Morales, Gr. 12 (Brockton)…………………………………..………….Grandma Addams
Allison Oriani, Gr. 12 (Brockton)…….………………………………..……….Alice Beineke
Joshua Lovering, Gr. 9 (Brockton)….….……………………………………..Mal Beineke
Alex Barros, Gr. 12 (Stoughton)…..………………………………………..…Lucas Beineke
Patrick O’Brien, Gr. 10 (Brockton)…….……………………………………….Lurch
Vanessa Deltufo, Gr. 10 (Brockton) …….……………………………………..Thing

For some, this is the first drama production at Southeastern Regional, but for many like senior Allison Oriani, it is not. Oriani has been in more than a dozen drama productions for Southeastern since her freshman year. Oriani’s character, Alice Beineke, is the mother of the adult Wednesday Addams’ love interest, Lucas Beineke. What she likes about the role is it is one of the biggest and most challenging roles she has played due to a change in the character halfway through the musical. Oriani also says the songs are much more challenging for her due to some very high notes, but says she is very excited for the role.

Like Oriani, senior Alex Barros is also a Performing Arts student who has performed in numerous shows at Southeastern. Barros describes the musical as a fun and funny family play, and he says the set is truly grand and awe-inspiring with a house that rotates 360 degrees. The character Barros plays is Lucas Beineke, the love interest of Wednesday Addams. Hilarity ensues from the discrepancy between the eccentric Addams family and the traditional Beinekes. Barros says his character, Lucas Beineke, is a lot like himself in that he goes to school every day in a suit and is the classic “all-American” teen. Barros hopes to continue his post-secondary education for film production, but will continue to act.

David Read, a junior from Foxborough, is cast as Gomez Addams, the lead male role for the patriarch of the Addams family. Read says he has always wanted to be an actor to “entertain people,” like his idol, Jim Carrey. Read has done about ten drama performances since his freshman year as a Performing Arts student and hopes to continue his education in acting to make a career of teaching performing arts and doing local performances. For Read, playing Gomez Addams is challenging because of the character’s Spanish heritage. Read says he has to maintain a Spanish accent throughout the play, including the songs, which makes this role more challenging than any other.

The well-known and unmistakable Morticia Addams is being played by senior Lillie White who says this is her favorite of all the roles she has played in over a dozen productions for Southeastern because Morticia Addams is such a fun and humorous character. “I worked really hard for Morticia by stretching myself vocally last summer,” claims White, who says she chose to attend Southeastern for the Performing Arts program, and intends to continue her theater education in the fall at Salem State University. Ms. White hopes one day to incorporate psychology and her love of theater to work with children using theater and the arts as therapy rather than medication.

The Addams Family musical will surely be entertainment for the whole family. Show times are May 4th and 5th at 6:00 PM, May 6th at 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM, and May 7th at 2:00 PM at Southeastern Regional Voc. Tech High School, located at 250 Foundry Street in South Easton. Tickets are $10 per person (children under 5 are free). Email Kerri Cooper to pre-order or reserve tickets: kcooper@sersd.org

Supporting cast members:

Ancestors
Ashley Anthony, Gr. 10 (E. Bridgewater)
Jeannette “Rosa” Bernard, Gr. 10 (Brockton)
Victoria Bert, Gr. 10 (N. Easton)
Heidi Bucklin, Gr. 12 (Brockton)
Alexis Davis, Gr. 10 (Norton)
Nicholas Deltufo, Gr. 11 (Stoughton)
Shannon McGlinchey, Gr. 12 (E. Bridgewater)
James Peckham, Gr. 9 (S. Easton)
Amber Reynolds-White, Gr. 12 (Brockton)
Ashley Rivera, Gr. 9, (Brockton)
Grace Silva, Gr. 12 (Brockton)
Raquel Snow, Gr. 12 (Brockton)
Josiah Stessman, Gr. 10 (Sharon)
Casey Wallace, Gr. 9 (Mansfield)

Gypsy Dancers
Amanda Beninati, Gr. 10 (Stoughton)
Michaela Berry, Gr. 12 (N. Easton)
Sydney Zavolta, Gr. 10 (Stoughton)

By: Traci Wheeler