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The Addams Family Opens Thursday

FULTON – Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School will present the humorous Broadway musical, The Addams Family this week.

Lucas Beineke (portrayed by Michael Mankiewicz - right), is worried his parents Alice and Mal (Alexis Phelps and Nick Kinney) will embarrass him as he introduces them to his girlfriend Wednesday Addams and her family. Photo by Kelly LeVea
Lucas Beineke (portrayed by Michael Mankiewicz – right), is worried his parents Alice and Mal (Alexis Phelps and Nick Kinney) will embarrass him as he introduces them to his girlfriend Wednesday Addams and her family. Photo by Kelly LeVea

The production will be presented Thursday, March 9 (7:30 p.m.), Friday, March 10 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, March 11 (2 and 7:30 p.m.) in the Bodley Auditorium.

Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Based on the characters created by The New Yorker magazine artist Charles Addams, the story centers around young Wednesday Addams who is now grown up.

Wednesday has fallen in love with a “normal” boy from a traditional family.

She has invited the boy and his parents over for dinner and to meet her family.

She begs her family members to act “normal” for one evening so that she can impress his family.

The evening does not turn out the way she hopes it would.

The Addams Family is a newer Broadway musical written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.

The production features a fun score with such lively songs as “When You’re An Addams,”  “One Normal Night,”  “Crazier Than You,”  “Pulled,”  “Full Disclosure” and “Trapped” to name a few.

The Addams Family opened on Broadway in 2010 with an all-star cast featuring Nathan Lane as Gomez Addams, Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia Addams and Kevin Chamberlain as Uncle Fester.  The production had a successful run on Broadway as well as national and international tours.  It has become a favorite musical to produce for high schools and community theatres.

Fulton’s cast of The Addams Family features a combination of veteran and new performers.  GRB Senior David Houck will portray Gomez Addams and GRB Junior Millenia Brown will play his wife, Morticia.  Uncle Fester will be played by longtime Quirk’s Players member Jeremy Herlowski.   GRB Freshmen Vita Dean and Alex Blaine will play Wednesday and Lurch, respectively.

The role of Grandma will be filled by Alysa Rosenbarker.

Young Pugsley Addams will be played by Granby Elementary sixth grader Sutter Lewin.

Wednesday’s boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, will be Michael Mankiewicz.

Lucas’ parents, Alice and Mal, will be played by Alexis Phelps and Nick Kinney.

The members of the ensemble will portray several generations of deceased Addams Family ancestors.

Students assuming roles as ancestors are Ethan Abelgore, Kaley Allen, Alfred Arduini, Justin Atwater, Alexis Barth, Selene Belrad, Mckenna Bourgeois, Nicholas Brown, Kelsey Caza, Shaylee Cealie, Sunny Clinard, Julie Duval, Sarah Fisch, Kaylee Foster, Anthony Galletta, Lauren Goss, Olivia Hawthorne, Jessica Herlowski, Kayleigh Hotaling, Mary Jerred, Haiden Johnson, Tyler LaDue, Jessica LaPage, Abby Mainville, Caitlyn McAfee, Hanna Miller, Jaden Patterson, Samantha Ponzo, Kelsey Rosenbarker, Emily Sohoski, Camille Stevenson, Charlie Stoutenger, Christopher Tetro, Zachary Vaccaro, Wesley VanBuren, Hayley Vann and Madison Wilson.

G. Ray Bodley High School’s production of The Addams Family is under the direction of Tom Briggs, theatre director at GRB.

Rob Lescarbeau is the assistant director and technical director.

Thomas Nami serves as the production’s music director and will conduct the pit orchestra.

Dances are choreographed by Doreen Forbes.

Quirk’s Players is the student theatre troupe at G. Ray Bodley High School.

Named in memory of William Quirk, a longtime English teacher at both Fulton High School and G. Ray Bodley High School, the group presents two main productions a year and participates in the annual high school theatre festival sponsored by SUNY Oswego.

Most recently, the troupe presented Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! last spring and the fast-paced comedy Unnecessary Farce last fall.