Stock­ton Civic stag­ing ‘Ad­dams Fam­ily Mu­si­cal’

The Oakdale Leader - - PERSPECTIVE -

Stock­ton Civic Theatre pre­sents “The Ad­dams Fam­ily Mu­si­cal” as its 397th main stage pro­duc­tion to open its 67th sea­son.

This is the first main stage pro­duc­tion directed by Den­nis Beasley at Stock­ton Civic Theatre.

While the char­ac­ters in The Ad­dams Fam­ily are fa­mil­iar, the story is new. Gomez and Mor­ti­cia’s now grown-up daugh­ter Wed­nes­day up­sets her fam­ily by bring­ing home her “nor­mal” boyfriend and a big se­cret. A zany night un­folds with the rest of the Ad­dams clan, in­clud­ing lit­tle brother Pugs­ley, Un­cle Fes­ter, Grandma and Lurch, as well as some pesky dead rel­a­tives. It pre­miered on Broad­way in 2010 and has en­ter­tained ca­pac­ity the­atres all over the coun­try.

Au­di­ences will also rec­og­nize many of the ac­tors. All of the lead­ing play­ers have played prom­i­nent roles in past SCT pro­duc­tions. The fa­mil­iar names in­clude Melissa Esau (Any­thing Goes, A Lit­tle Night Mu­sic) as Mor­ti­cia Ad­dams, Martin Lehman (Fid­dler on the Roof) as Gomez Ad­dams, James Reed (Young Franken­stein) as Lu­cas Ad­dams, Ash­lyn Kel­ley (Mary Pop­pins) as Wed­nes­day Ad­dams, Cyn­thia Good (Sound of Mu­sic, A Lit­tle Night Mu­sic), Matther Nehring-Voyer (Mary Pop­pins, A Lit­tle Night Mu­sic) as Mal Beineke, Nick Gio­van­noni as Un­cle Fes­ter (Un­nec­es­sary Farce, A Lit­tle Night Mu­sic), Nathan Origer (Xanadu Jr.) as Pugs­ley Ad­dams, and Lin Tay­lor (Mary Pop­pins) as Grandma.

Stock­ton Civic Theatre’s pro­duc­tion is de­signed by Tech­ni­cal Director Brian John­son (set) Kathie Dixon and Cathy Hast­ings (cos­tumes), Don Mey­ers (light­ing), and James Gon­za­les and Jes­sica Rein­hart (sound). Jenny Key is the Stage Manager.

Stock­ton Civic Theatre be­gan with Frank Jones and Clyde Nielsen teach­ing an adult ed­u­ca­tion course in act­ing for the Stock­ton Uni­fied School Dis­trict in 1950. The class evolved into Stock­ton Civic Theatre and their first show, Thorn­ton Wilder’s Our Town, was per­formed at Madi­son School Au­di­to­rium in 1951. The fledg­ling group in­cor­po­rated as a Cal­i­for­nia non-profit cor­po­ra­tion in 1954. The 1960’s were years of tremen­dous growth. By 1962, SCT had bought the old Zion Lutheran Church at Wil­low and Mon­roe and turned it into a 197-seat theatre.

Ad­mis­sion is $27 for adults and $22 for se­niors, $15 for stu­dents and chil­dren. Tick­ets for the Wed­nes­day, Aug. 30,pre­view per­for­mance are $16 for adults and se­niors and $15 for stu­dents and chil­dren. For tick­ets and more de­tails, go to sctlivethe­atre.com or call 209-473-2424

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