Client in the News: ‘Addams Family’ musical, new leadership usher in fresh era for venerable Lyric Theatre

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‘Addams Family’ musical, new leadership usher in fresh era for venerable Lyric Theatre


Burlington Free Press, 11-3-19 –

SOUTH BURLINGTON – Erin Evarts needed to distract herself as she waited at home on a Sunday afternoon in March to find out if she’d be the next executive director of Lyric Theatre.

“I was beyond nervous. I had cleaned my whole house,” she said.

The call finally came from the community-theater company’s board chair at the time, Roz Saunders. She told Evarts she was hired.

“I said, ‘Oh, my God, are you kidding?’ and she said, ‘No, this is real life,'” Evarts said. “This is definitely the fulfillment of a huge dream, because I have been involved in Lyric since I was 15.” As she recounted the story in a recent conversation with the Burlington Free Press, Evarts walked across her office floor at Lyric headquarters to a box of tissues and dabbed her teary eyes.

Now 36, the woman who grew up in Burlington and Shelburne is ready to steer Vermont’s largest community-theater company into the future. The immediate future starts with a musical version of “The Addams Family” that opens Nov. 7 at the Flynn Center.

Planning for a longer-term future will happen in and around Evarts’ office at Lyric’s new South Burlington facility, which has finally gathered the 46-year-old company’s rehearsal space and costume and set design under one roof. “The Addams Family” is the first show created at that unified location, a benchmark Evarts compares to the big, rousing number bringing act one of a musical to a close.

“I am thrilled to be stepping in at the beginning of act two,” she said.

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