Eas­ton High to get ‘creepy’ and ‘kooky’

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

EAS­TON — Join Gomez and Mor­ti­cia, Wed­nes­day and Pugs­ley, Fes­ter, Grandma and Lurch as the Eas­ton High School theater depart­ment presents “The Ad­dams Fam­ily,” a new mu­si­cal com­edy, in the EHS au­di­to­rium, open­ing Fri­day, Oct. 21.

The mu­si­cal, di­rected by Richard A. Vi­tanovec, is based on characters cre­ated by Charles Ad­dams, with book by Mar­shall Brick­man and Rick Elice, and mu­sic and lyrics by An­drew Lippa.

“This ex­pe­ri­ence is go­ing to be some­thing that Eas­ton will be talk­ing about for quite a while,” Vi­tanovec said. “The act­ing, singing, high-spir­ited danc­ing, sets, cos­tumes and hys­ter­i­cally touch­ing story of a fam­ily we all love will surely strike a chord in all of us.”

Al­though “creepy” and ”kooky,” the Ad­dams Fam­ily still deals with many of the same chal­lenges faced by any “nor­mal” fam­ily, and they now face the spook­i­est of all: The Ad­dams kids are grow­ing up.

They have lived by their unique val­ues for hun­dreds of years, and now Gomez’s (Jonah San­ders) and Mor­ti­cia’s (Maya Thomas) beloved daugh­ter, Wed­nes­day (Eve Van Horn), isn’t the lit­tle girl in pig­tails any­more. She’s an 18-year-old wo­man who is ready for a life of her own. Un­cle Fes­ter (Josiah San­ders) has dis­cov­ered she has fallen in love with Lu­cas Beineke (Cameron Mathis), a sweet, smart young man from a “nor­mal” Ohio fam­ily.

Wed­nes­day has in­vited Lu­cas’ par­ents, Mal (Erik Bell) and Alice (Emily Wittman), to their home for din­ner. She is de­ter­mined to make it work be­cause of the se­cret she is try­ing to keep from her mother the fact that she and Lu­cas are get­ting mar­ried. Fes­ter calls on the Ad­dams An­ces­tors to help him make sure Lu­cas is the right match for his niece.

In one fate­ful night, the Ad­dams Fam­ily must face the one thing they’ve dreaded for gen­er­a­tions: change.

Other prin­ci­pal cast mem­bers in­clude Emily Royer as Pugs­ley, Emily Red­mond as Grandma and Will Mann as Lurch.

The cre­ative team in­clude mu­sic di­rec­tor An­drea Davis, and chore­og­ra­phers Mal­ley Hester and Erinne Lewis.

Show times are 7 p.m. Fri­days and Satur­days, Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29; and 2 p.m. Sun­days, Oct. 23 and 30.

Show days and times are Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 21 at 7 pm, Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 22 at 7 pm, Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 23 at 2 pm, Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 28 at 7 pm, Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 29 at 7 pm, and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 30 at 2 pm.

Tick­ets are $10 for adults and $5 for anyone 18 or younger. They will be avPro­mote to Ready to Pub­lish, save and closeail­able at the door or can be pur­chased in ad­vance at the EHS main of­fice.

PHOTO BY RANDY BACHAND

The cast of Eas­ton High School’s pro­duc­tion of the mu­si­cal “The Ad­dams Fam­ily,” fea­tures, from left, Emily Red­mond, Eve Van Horn, Will Mann, Jonah San­ders, Maya Thomas, Josiah San­ders and Emily Royer.

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