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“The Addams Family” at Cornerstone

"The Addams Family: A new musical comedy"

Art and music are two curriculum areas that often work in tandem on school activities and projects. This has never been more truer than during the springtime school musical. This year’s musical proves to be fun and entertaining, “The Addams Family.” The quirkiness of the characters and the unusual settings will certainly pique our interest.

All students are encouraged to participate in the musical in any way they can contribute. This includes but is not limited to acting and singing, set design, costume design, and lighting, to name a few.

Play sign-ups were conducted last month, and Ms. Engstrom, our school’s music teacher, assigned roles to the actors. We have a diverse cast, with students taking on roles like Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, and Pugsley. Practice began shortly after that. There are days when practice is during the school day, and as we get closer to the performance date, there are practices after school.

Sets are created with the help of Cornerstone’s own art teacher, Ms. Constas, and school instructional aide, Mr. Lopez.

A field trip to the local vintage shop sent our students on a hunt for outfits that would work as costumes for characters in the show. They were successful, and the students were excited to design the clothing into costumes for the show.

We are incredibly excited to see this year’s school production of The Addams Family. The show performances occur on Thursday, March 21, 6:30-8:00, and Friday, March 22, 1:00-2:30.

Please contact Ms. Gina Paz at for tickets.