Watch: Madison Kerth as Wednesday rehearses “Pulled” for Rivertown Theaters’ “The Addams Family”

Madison Kerth as Wednesday performs "Pulled"

Madison Kerth as Wednesday performs “Pulled”; Christian Collins (Pugsley) is hanging loose at right.

Dropping by Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts on a recent weeknight for a run-through of “The Addams Family” offered an opportunity to catch the cast going through the paces and working on the songlist for the show, naturally. I only had time to catch most of the first half while recording interviews with director Gary Rucker and Trina Beck (Morticia). (Check out the podcast interview with Rucker here.)

(Related: Read the “Addams Family” preview)

It also offered the chance to catch young Madison Kerth perform one of the show’s early numbers, “Pulled,” and while this is obviously a rehearsal (you can hear Rucker piping in directing notes from the back of the auditorium), it nevertheless hints at what could be a really fun performance by Kerth. A senior at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), Kerth gets around. She’s already performed in several location productions and earned 2009 Big Easy and Storer Boone nominations for her performance in the title role of a touring production of “Annie.” (Check out her list of performances here.) Not only did she perform with the NOCCA vocal students at this past New Orleans Jazz Fest (watch the video), but she also appeared in a little fashion spread with some of her fellow students this past July in the New Orleans Advocate.

So check out the video below of her rehearsing “Pulled.” For more details on “The Addams Family,” click here.

“The Addams Family” at Rivertown Theaters kicks off a series of articles for the New Orleans Advocate (podcast)

Very excited about being given the opportunity to contribute to the New Orleans Advocate, which starts in Thursday’s (Nov. 5) Beaucoup section with three — count ’em, three — features spanning a nice little spectrum of entertainment.

But the most exciting opportunity of all was a chance to preview Rivertown Theaters’ production of the Broadway musical adaptation of “The Addams Family,” directed by Gary Rucker and starring Trina Beck as Morticia and Johnny Lee Missakian as Gomez.

While I was working on the feature I got a chance to interview both Gary Rucker and Trina Beck about the musical, which has an interesting history and required a pretty shrewd production strategy. Check out this podcast of the interview with Rucker (below). I’ll have the Trina Beck interview up later today, hopefully.

Also check out my previews of the 26th Mirliton Festival in Bywater, and “Sesame Street Live” at UNO Lakefront Arena.