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‘The Addams Family’ staff, crew announced

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,

Delano 4th of July 2019 Softball Tournament Brackets

DELANO, MN – 2019 Softball Tournament Brackets.

The annual Delano 4th of July Celebration mens softball tournament brackets have been released for the modified and fastpitch tournaments. Tournaments run from Wednesday, July 3 through Saturday, July 6.

Click the brackets below for printable versions of each bracket.




Plant sale Saturday, May 25

DELANO, MN – The Big Woods Garden Club will be hosting its annual plant sale from 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, in the parking lot of Flippin Bill’s, located on County Line Road and Highway 12. A number of perennials, annuals, and shrubs will be available for purchase.

John Nilsen concert Thursday, May 16

DELANO, MN – Delano United Methodist Church, 3310 County Line Rd. SE, will host a free concert featuring pianist John Nilsen from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, May 16.

Peonies presentation Thursday, May 16

DELANO, MN – The Big Woods Garden Club invites the public to a presentation on growing and caring for peonies at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 201 Buffalo Street, Delano.

Book, puzzle sale Wednesday, May 15, through Friday, May 17

DELANO, MN – Delano Senior Center, 234 Second St. N., will host its semi-annual book and puzzle sale from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. Hardcovers are 50 cents, paperbacks are 25 cents, and puzzles are priced to sell. Now accepting donations.