ORONO, MN – The Broadway musical, “The Addams Family,” will be presented on stage in the auditorium at Orono High School Friday, July 19 through Monday, July 29 by 4 Community Theatre.
The “frightfully delightful” world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Lurch come to life in this story, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams.
The morbid family is put to the test when outsiders come to dinner, hurling them into a night that will change their lives forever.
This musical comedy brings the beloved and bizarre first family of comedy to life, complete with musical numbers, a set by Greg Vanselow, props by Ron Brown, and costumes by Mary Senneka.
Actors, crew members
Morticia will be played by Maple Plain actress Jody Harmon in her debut with 4CT. She has a lengthy career as a vocalist with several local area bands, large and small, performing both solo and ensemble pieces, from popular and classic rock to country and blues.
Matthew Downs makes his 4CT debut as Gomez, after performing most recently in “Little Mermaid,” with Morris Park Players. A classically trained baritone, he has been in multiple productions, both in the Twin Cities and in Duluth, the latter including stints at the Duluth Playhouse and Lyric Opera of the North.
Appearing as Mal and Alice Beineke, the parents of Wednesday Addam’s love interest, Lucas, are Joe Happe and Trish Fike.
Happe was seen in last summer’s “Anything Goes,” and has played multiple roles with 4CT, including presently serving as the group’s board chairman.
Fike has recently been in Morris Park’s “Seussical,” as Yertle the Turtle, and played Golde in Northfield Arts Guild’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.”
In her first role with 4CT, Kate Piering is appearing as Wednesday Addams. A graduate of Wayzata High School’s theatre program, she also trained at Stages Theatre Company, and Children’s Theatre. She now attends the University of Minnesota.
Also appearing for the first time with 4CT, Lucas Beineke is played by Ike Nebeker, a recent graduate of Eden Prairie High School, now studying opera at Brigham Young University.
Recent Delano High School graduate Kelli Carroll appears as Pugsley.
Michael Hentges returns to the 4CT stage as Lurch, after his recent undertaking as the Gentleman Caller in this winter’s “The Glass Menagerie.”
4CT veterans Virginia Haggart and Tom Sullivan round out the principal players as Grandma and Uncle Fester, respectively.
Director for this production of the “Addams Family” is Jack Neveaux, who has directed several shows for the 4CT.
Music director for the production is Dan Oie, who recently worked as the Music Director for the Buffalo Community Theatre production of “The Addams Family,” and was music director for 4CT’s “Willie Wonka” two years ago.
Kerri Olson is the assistant director and choreographer. In addition to last summer’s starring role as Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes,” Kerri has played in multiple 4CT shows, and is on its board.
The production also includes many local actors as the Addams’ ancestors, including Lilly Maeder, Hunter Elwood, John Lahlum, Mari Olson, Elise Nawrocki, Sam Happe, Clarissa Geske, Madelyn Roseen, Victoria Shafer, Natasha Shafer, Sophia Cruz, Clara Cruz, Victoria van Beusekom, Elie Engle, Ana Engbloom, Harmony Sullivan, Jackson and Vivian Althoff, Maia Larson, Annemarie Steinberg, Jill McKernon, and Kate Monskey.
Tickets for “The Addams Family” are available through the 4CT website, http://www.4communitytheatre.org/Current_Show.html.