HONESDALE—The Honesdale High School (HHS) Performing Arts Center (PAC) will be alight with activity this weekend for three spook-tacular showings of the The Addams Family.
Based on the iconic family drawn in the macabre works of Charles Addams, the show was created by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice – the creative forces behind Jersey Boys – and composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa – a Drama Desk Award winner.
HHS players take to the stage Friday, February 16 at 7 p.m. to present the creepy and kooky production in all its mysterious, spooky and altogether ooky glory.
Further showtimes are Saturday at 7 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.
The play features a grown-up Wednesday Addams, played by Madison Palmer, in the throes of affection for Lucas Beineke, played by Andrew Murphy, “a sweet young man...from a respectable family,” states a press release.
With only her father Gomez, played by Michael Kirk, aware of her secret, Wednesday struggles to keep her love under wraps until Lucas' parents, played by Blake Lispsmeyer and Melody Feustel, can meet her mother Morticia, played by Mackenzie Tagle, her Uncle Fester (Nicholas Theobald), brother, Pugsley (Daniel DeCrotie), Grandma (Kristen Gager), and butler, Lurch (Kameron Slish).
What hijinks will ensue when upright meetsuncanny? Find out this weekend when the HHS PAC presents, The Addams Family.
“I know audiences both young and old will enjoy this hilarious and heartwarming story with all of their favorite, altogether ooky Addams Family characters,” executive director Scott D. Miller said in a press release.
“Audience members can expect to laugh a lot at this Addams Family production, and enjoy a grown-up Wednesday Addams, who is engaged to wed a “normal” young man, but wishes her father to keep that secret from her mother. What could go wrong?”
Other cast members include: ancestors Emily Bialecki, Elizabeth Blum, Mika Brauser, Brittania Brown, Morgan Brown, Andrew Buckwalter, Kaitlyn DeFazio, Abigail Fuller, Cassie Griffis, Kaeleb Jones, Brooke Landers, Kallie Lazaro, Shayla Mullican, Margaret Murphy, Adriana Phillips, Nicole Roberts, Miguel Salvador, Jasmin Selimovic, Ella Sherman, Aaliyah Sims, Abby Skelton, Taylor Slish, Kayla Taninies, Matthew Tracy, Katrina Van Houten, Katherine Wilson, and Victoria Wormuth.
Macabre melodies accompanying the musical will be provided by student orchestra members: Stephanie Matlaga, Rachel Daub, Tessa Vendetti, Kalah Gries, Lindsay Daub, Alexandria Reed, Abigail Robson, Gabriella Bruford, Abigail Ward, Kiersten Nordenhold, Lauren Dyser, Mia Yatwa, Lora Protzman, Emma Messersmith, Lauren Kutch, Alexa Yatwa, Katherine Matlaga, Alyssa Stumpo, Levanowitz, Jillian Penn, Isabella Ramirez, Madisyn Roegner, Kari Stiteler, Hailey Tyler, and Annabelle Wengler.
The Addams Family is directed by Scott D. Miller, choreographed by Jesse Perry; music direction by Martha Curtis, Betty Ann Robson, and Geri Spinosa; technical direction by Shawn Garing and Nick Slish; set designs by Jason Smith and Brittany Cardona; costume design by Linda Zimmer; prop master Meredith Galinkski; and hair and makeup design by Linda Forlenza; and publicity by Stacy Stone. The production also includes student production assistants Anna Dunsinger, Maria Kannebecker, and Hannah Merritt; assistant student choreographer Kayleigh Pugh; costumer Emily Roberts; and stage managers Ethan Collins and Dominic Maglione.
Tickets for the show are available online at http://www.honesdalepac.com.
Prices run $9 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (those over 62), $5 for students, $4 for children three to five years old, and free for Red/Black pass members.
More information is available online or by calling 570-251-9831.
—Information from a release was used in this story.