Trying to stage a school musical, entirely online, in the midst of a pandemic? That sounds … kooky.
Yet Stambaugh Middle is making it happen with a production of “The Addams Family Younger at Part,” a shortened version of “The Addams Family” Broadway musical.
Stambaugh theatre teacher Jessica Gautier has been guiding her cast through the spooky process of learning, rehearsing and filming a virtual production.
“I wanted to make it possible so that all of our students could be a part of something that would give them a sense of community. We are combining our face-to-face students and online learners, so we truly have become a ‘family,'” Gautier said.
The vast majority of Gautier’s cast members are theatre novices who are making their debut in “The Addams Family.” Rehearsals have taken place via Zoom videoconferencing, and the scenes are being filmed using Schoology.
The group is getting some invaluable assistance from Lakeland’s Sound House Studios, which is helping to edit all of the audio and videos together. Sound House is owned by Gautier’s husband, Jonathan, a 2002 Harrison School for the Arts grad.
“Production-wise it has been an adventure to see what the best methods are to rehearse and record all of their parts, as this is a relatively new format to do a performance,” Jessica said. “But the students are doing a fantastic job. I can’t wait for them and their families to see the finished product once everything is put together!”
Stambaugh’s take on “The Addams Family” will be streamed online on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at this link.