By Kimberly Brown
To celebrate the kickoff of Newfield High School’s live stream production of “The Addams Family,” parents and teachers surprised the cast and crew with a car parade.
The show will premiere on Saturday, June 5.
Parents instructed the students who performed in the play to dress up in their costumes so they could take press release pictures. Little to their knowledge, what seemed to be an endless line of cars decorated with balloons, posters and pinatas waited outside.
“They thought it was strictly for publicity and had no idea there was going to be a parade like that,” said parent Sean Austin.
The production team brought a speaker, where music from the show played. Cast and crew members showcased one of their dances while the car parade circled the bus loop.
“Everyone’s really happy the play is finished,” Austin said. “I know it was a little bit of a weird process with the filming, since they had to perform scenes out of order, but in a way, it was good because if they messed up on a part so they could easily go back and redo it.”
Students and parents paid homage to chorus and theater arts director Joan Meichner, who was faced with the challenging task of putting together the production while still adhering to the changing COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.
“From the time the show was cast, to the time we were in production and filming, the COVID guidelines and regulations had changed several times,” Meichner said. “The students in the show handled all of these changes with unparalleled grace, excellence and enthusiasm.”
Despite the obstacles, giving the students a production they are proud to be a part of is the only goal Meichner hoped to achieve.
“I am certain that we accomplished that, and the growing excitement as we eagerly await our premiere is inspiring,” Meichner said.