Newark High school recently started rehearsing for its musical production of “The Addams Family.”
Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a young man from a respectable family, who her parents have never met. She confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Gomez Addams now must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s boyfriend and his parents.
“‘The Addams Family’ is probably best known to our audiences from the television show in the 1960s and the movies in the 1990s, however, the characters originated as a satirical cartoon by Charles Addams in The New Yorker in 1938,” said Emily Howard, director and choreographer. “In the musical version, we are in modern times. Wednesday is now grown up and bringing her fiance to meet her family. She asks for one normal night, to which her grandmother responds ‘define normal.’ This show provides lots of great singing, dancing and really interesting costumes. It’s a great fit for our students this year. The principal roles are challenging for our strong character actors, and there are lots of opportunities to show off their comedic skills. My favorite part about this show is the ensemble; each ensemble member will be an Addams ancestor from a specific time period. This gives us the opportunity to develop 30 distinct characters. Each will have their own individual walks, physical stances and reactions. It is a wonderful acting exercise for our students. For me, the success of a production comes down to the commitment, presence and preparation of the ensemble. They are a crucial part of this show.”
Faculty members include vocal music teacher Kate Flock as vocal director, instrumental music teacher Bob Humphrey as pit band director and Mary Lou Bonnell as the piano accompanist.
The cast features Joe Goodman as Gomez Addams, Megan Cauwels as Morticia Addams, Shelby Cramer as Wednesday Addams, Carson Jordan as Fester Addams, Cody Acquista as Pugsley Addams, Mara Cornwell as Grandma Addams, Joseph Malach as Lurch, Ian MacTaggart as Mal Beineke, Emily Partridge as Alice Beineke and Jacob Lindberg as Lucas Beineke.
Members of the ancestors cast ensemble include Natalie Acquista, Mary Adkins, Isabella Bailey, Olivia Bailey, Abbi Belliveau, Haley Brown, Katyra Bryant, Kelsie Bushart, Emily Burgess, Ben Cepulo, Madison Chandler, Liam Childs, Ella Crowder, Wiktoria Czekajska, Jaidyn Fontanez-Owen, Coby Frazier, Cherylanne Garrett, Tiffani Griffin, Emma Healy, Julia Kellogg, Lauren MacTaggart, Emma Meeks, Nadia Rothpearl, Jadan Smith, Nicholas Stalker, Anisha Stallworth, Deborah Szarek, Jada VanDeMortel, Medina VanDuyne, Emma Whiting and Lindsay Whiting.
Pit band members include Nick Cepulo, Grace Kreuser, Alex Taylor and Mallory Williams.
Crew members include: Cheyenne Lane, stage manager; Adam LaRue, lighting design; Alec Matz, sound design; Mary Adkins, makeup and hair design; and Angie Otterbein, makeup crew. Dave Howard is in charge of set design, and Linda Whiting is in charge of costumes.
Deck, props, lighting and sound crew members include Anndreana Campbell, Andrew Hoe, Cholena Lane, Heather LeBerth, Nathaniel Payag, Danika Ritz, Lauren Santino, Mackenzie Westcott, Kayla Williams and Gianna Wright.
The show will run at 7:30 p.m. March 3-4 and at 2 p.m. March 5 at Newark High School, 625 Peirson Ave. Tickets at the door cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
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