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Broadway Players present ‘Addams Family — A New Musical’

By Vicki Tillis, Ledger lifestyles editor | Apr 19, 2018
Photo by: VICKI TILLIS/Ledger photo Lucas Beineke and Wednesday, played by Andrew Alonzo and M Aven Gottshal, argue about their future in front of the Addams family ancestors.

The Broadway Players of Fairfield High School are bringing “The Addams Family — A New Musical Comedy” to the FHS Auditorium stage.

Yes, this is the Addams family — that finger-snapping, creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky, but neat, sweet clan — that many of us watched on black-and-white TV when it aired in 1964-66 or caught later in reruns as we sat in front of the TV during summer breaks.

But now, little Wednesday has grown up — heck, she’s almost Thursday, according to her father Gomez. She’s fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a normal boy from Ohio — and the eccentric family’s unique, centuries-old traditions and values are tested and begin to change when the two families have dinner together.

And this isn’t just any dinner. Once a year, the Addams’s ancestors come out of the family crypt to visit — from a conquistador to a Titanic non-survivor, from a Viking to a 1980s prom queen — and Uncle Fester enlists the 22 of them to help love triumph.

The cast members making up the Addams family are:

Brittan Bowman and Phoenix Haessler as Gomez and Morticia Addams. M Aven Gottshall as Wednesday, and Harper Fiske as her brother Pugsley. Jackson Brown as peculiar yet lovable Uncle Fester. Alex Holden as Grandma, the 102-year-old woman who lives in the attic, who might not really be an Addams. And David Wallingford as the tall, dark, limited-vocabulary butler Lurch.

The completely normal Beineke family includes: Andrew Alonso as Lucas. Gunnar Mattson as his dad Mal and Alyson Reid as his frumpy mother Alice.

The Addams ancestors, who make up the chorus for the musical, are:

Cherie Anderson (1980s prom queen); Aaron Austin (conquistador); Ellie Baker (southern belle); Amber Burroughs (1920s flapper); Dallas Carlson (Viking); Emma Carlson (Medieval lady); Izzy Ferrell (Tudor gentleman); Julia Fritz (ballerina); Madelyn Hanna (Regency lady); Michael Hunt (knight); Laurel Hilger (bride); Ahillan Kumar (explorer); Amiritha Kumar (French aristocrat); Mitchel Melvin (Highlander); Mira Pappin (Titanic non-survivor); Claire Pettit (Romani gypsy/traveler); Michel Putnam (British magistrate); Allison Rebling (1950s bobby soxer); Calista Rowe (California Gold Rush saloon girl); Tessa Seibert, (World War II Army Nurse Corps); Jakob Watson (Greek nobleman); and Gabriel Zimmer (1930s gangster).

The light and sound crew includes students JJ Funkhouser, Blair Grunwald, Logan Johnson, Katie McLain and Gannon Scott. Teachers John Grunwald and Jim Edgeton are the tech supervisor and assistant tech supervisor, respectively.

The makeup crew includes student Charity Madison, with teacher Noel Wotherspoon as the makeup/make up designer. Wotherspoon also is costume assistant, choreographer and assistant director.

Let me stop right there — the makeup and costumes for this play are outstanding! There were kids I should have recognized immediately, but didn’t! As the character costumes and makeupwere developed, the realization that their own families might not recognize them lead to placing before and after photos of each cast member in the program. The few examples I saw were amazing.

To continue: Students on the set, props, costume and “run crew” are Dewayne Barnes, Paige Carlson and Natalia Wagener. The stage manager is Abyni Garner.

Jim Edgeton is the orchestra conductor. Students Colton Crowl and Madison Kraemer are orchestra members. The other orchestra members include three Fairfield Community School District teachers Mary Andersen, Fred Hucke and Zach Reiter along with LeAnne Edgeton, Marshall Fiske, Vidya Mullangi, Gary Roth, Gerry Runyon, Scott Teater and Derrick White. Reiter also is the vocal coach for the production.

Several cast and crew members also worked on set-building days: Andrew Alonso, Brittan Bowman, Dallas Carlson, Izzy Ferrell, Harper Fiske, Phoenix Haessler, Ahillan Kumar, Gunnar Mattson, Claire Pettit, Alyson Reid, Calista Rowe, David Wallingford, Jakob Watson, Gabriel Zimmer, Dewayne Barnes, Paige Carlson, Abyni Garner and Natalia Wagener.

And overseeing it all is teacher Betsie Wortherspoon as the director.

The Broadway Players of FHS will open “The Addams Family — A New Musical Comedy” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the FHS Auditorium. Additional shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. April 28 and 2 p.m. April 29.

Tickets are $8 for general admission and $10 for reserved/preferred seating. Tickets can be purchased in advance in the FHS office or 30 minutes before each performance at the auditorium box office.

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