Sahana Athreya ’25 (She/Her)

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Q: It’s the day after the last show of the spring musical, The Addams Family. I have here with me Zayna Abuhakema, a wonderful human being, and a member of the ensemble. Zayna, do you want to introduce yourself with your class year and major?

A: Hi! My name is Zayna and I’m a sophomore. I’m a physics major and a theatre minor. 

Q: How did it feel to be in The Addams Family?

A: It was a very rewarding experience. I haven’t been in a full-blown production since COVID. I’ve been in little things here and there, but not to this level. Being a STEM major, I spend a lot of time doing problem sets and don’t get to do a lot of arts-related things. So when I saw that there were auditions for The Addams Family and that I don’t have to be a theater major to do it, I decided to give it a shot. It was such a fun time. The cast is absolutely incredible. I got to know each of them so well, and they’re all really close friends of mine now. I’m just really glad that I get to keep doing musical theater at Davidson and I can’t wait to be in more productions.

Q: Have you been involved in other Davidson productions?

A: I was in Unveiled and Unvarnished last year, which was a student-devised play about stories of discrimination and injustices on our campus and outside of our campus—just things that us as a student body wanted to highlight to our peers. Then this year, we started the Social Justice Theatre Troupe, and we did something similar, but we ended up working with a Davidson alum, who wrote a play based on our experiences here.

Q: Coming back to The Addams Family, what was the best part about the show and the rehearsal process?

A: The best part about the show was how all the elements kind of came together. It was crazy to see how we started in Room 100 in Cunningham, just learning choreography, not having costumes or design elements or lighting or anything like that. And then once we got into the Duke Family Performance Hall, we started to add those elements in order one by one, and it was just amazing how well everything worked together. The department here is just amazing in general, so seeing it all come together was really rewarding.

Q: How do you feel now that the show is over?

A: It’s bittersweet. People ask me this question a lot because I have more “free time” now. So that’s good. There are no rehearsals every night anymore, but honestly, I miss it. I see the people in the cast all the time, but I don’t see them every day anymore. I’m excited to be in another show soon.