Newark High School, 625 Peirson Drive, will present “The Addams Family” at 7:30 p.m. March 3-4 and 2 p.m. March 5 in the Auditorium.
“I am excited to see this production come together,” director Emily Howard said. “‘The Addams Family’ will be a fun night or afternoon of entertainment. Our audience is in for a lot of laughs with some familiar characters. We are looking forward to presenting this to the Newark community.”
Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family — a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father, Gomez, and begs him not to tell her mother. Now Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday Addams’ “normal” 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,” Howard said. “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 is 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 thirty 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.”
NHS vocal music teacher Kate Flock serves as the show’s vocal director. NHS instrumental music teacher Bob Humphrey is the pit band director, and Mary Lou Bonnell is the piano accompanist. Howard also serves as choreographer for the show.
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, Wiktoria Czekajska, Jaidyn Fontanez-Owen, Coby Frazier, Cherylanne Garrett, 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 McKenna Briggs, Nick Cepulo, Anabel Darling, Grace Kreuser, Alex Taylor and Mallory Williams.
Crew members include stage manager Cheyenne Lane; lighting designer 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, Jared Pantek, Nathaniel Payag, Lauren Santino, Mackenzie Westcott, Kayla William and Gianna Wright.
Tickets at the door cost $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.
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