‘The Addams Family: A New Musical’ opens Thursday

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The Lakeview High School’s theater department’s 2018 production will be “The Addams Family: A New Musical.”


The characters from the popular TV comedy will come to life Thursday through Saturday, March 15-17, on the Lakeview High School stage.


The musical features an original story. In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, a grave crisis is brewing. It is every father’s worst nightmare but in reverse. Daughter Wednesday, the ultimate Princess of Darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a “normal” young man, Lucas Beineke, from a quiet, respectable Ohio family — not even remotely fiendish!


Worse, the romance seems to have turned the steadfastly gloomy Addams girl downright cheery, leaving her family very worried and distressed. Comedic chaos reigns when they host a dinner for Wednesday’s new boyfriend and his parents so they can become better acquainted with the entire Addams family.


The show is being directed and produced by Lakeview Middle-High School teachers, Chylo Baun and Becki Williams, respectively. Joseph Bandi and Doug May, choir and band directors, lend their talents to this production as vocal director and pit director. Becky DeGraaf is the show’s choreographer.

The production features talent from the halls of Lakeview with a mixture of veterans and rookies taking the stage:

Sophomore Trevor Steen is Gomez Adams, senior Cecily Greggs as Morticia Addams, senior Tiana Johnson as Wednesday Addams, freshman Melana Vaughn as Pugsley Addams, sophomore Jacob Erlwein as Uncle Fester, junior Kayla Cogswell as Grandmamma, sophomore Josh Hoobler as Cousin Itt, sophomore Michael McClure as Lurch, sophomore Douglas Maxwell as Lucas Beineke, senior Tommy Stamp as Mal Beineke and sophomore Madison Zimmer as Alice Beineke.

A band of spirited ancestors from diverse past generations also haunt the scenes. Their singing and dancing, like that of the main characters, are a special treat. The Addams Family Ancestors include: Natalie Ray, Alaina Barrick, Clarissa DiMaria, Magdalene Barber, Kaylee Martin, Anastasia Hovis, Paige Kosik, Brayden Fusco, Michelle Gilliland, Grace Gadsby, Jaina Bowmer, Andrew Lattimer, Gabby Smeltzer, Leah Peck, Erin Slater, Kara Kearns, Rachel Byler, Exie Mouck, Haven Patton, Jason Kearns, Hannah Grim, Aliah Espinosa, Pierce Bowser, Anna Redfoot, Jenna Claypoole, and Alexa Hedglin.

Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 15-16, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Adult tickets cost $8, student tickets cost $5 and children 4 years old and under are admitted for free. Tickets will be available at the door one hour prior to each performance.

The high school is located at 2482 Mercer St., Stoneboro.