The Addams Family musical comedy performances are on Friday and Saturday, April 21-22 at the school auditorium. Curtain is at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door — there are plenty of seats but get there early for a good one.

Drama club performs ‘Addams Family’ this weekend

They’re mysterious and spooky, they’re all together ooky, The Addams Family. Da da da da. Snap. Snap. Da da da da. Snap. Snap.

Oh, yes, the famous TV show has been turned into a musical comedy and the Marathon High School drama club will reveal its interpretation of all that dark humor on Friday and Saturday.

“It’s the story of Wednesday Addams all grown up, her coming-of-age story,” said director Carrollyn Cox. “She finds a boyfriend and doesn’t know exactly what world she belongs in — the ‘normal’ world or the Addams family.”

The show opened on Broadway in 2010 starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth. Locally, it stars junior Ariana Patterson in the leading role and sophomore Aaron Tipsword as her beau. Gomez is played by junior Jay Walters and the role of Morticia belongs to sophomore Shannon Pitchford. There are 10 title characters and a cast of another dozen as dancers, extras, prop wranglers, and spot operators.

“It’s a big cast and crew — about 40,” said Cox. “But, I have to say, the kids have taken ownership of this show. I have done very little in the way of choreography or makeup design. They have done it all themselves.”

Patterson’s amazing pipes are featured throughout the show with numbers like “Pulled” in Act 1 and “Crazier Than You” in Act 2, and Walters’ singing voice is surprisingly strong for his first musical role. Pitchford’s comedic timing is impeccable, and look for Hannah Gracy to be a scene-stealer as the Addams’ grandma. And then there’s Anthony Proudnik as Fester … he grabs Weird by both ears, kisses it on the lips, and saunters off stage. He is outstandingly funny. There’s some laugh-out-loud bits — especially the marital strife between Gomez and Morticia and the recurring effusive delight in the macabre.

“The cast has a really good energy. The little kids are really excited and that’s nice to be around,” said veteran and graduating senior Gracy.


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