“The Addams Family”
Kenwood gets spooky with presentation of
The cast and crew of Kenwood High School’s “The Addams Family” are discussing the best way to chain one of their actors to a cork board.
They are hard at work transforming the school’s auditorium into a dungeon and their high school students to a creepy cast of characters for their latest musical stage production, set to premiere this week.
The show is authentically Addams, even opening with that
famous four-note-followed-by-two-claps musical beat.
The Kenwood cast does an excellent job embodying the spirits of these spirits, each adding something unique to their own interpretations of the iconic characters.
The story centers around a now eighteenyear-old Wednesday Addams, played by Emily Watson, who struggles with confessing to her macabre and morbid family that she is engaged to a (gasp!) normal person.
She laments her plight with the song “Pulled” expertly and powerfully sung by Watson, where she outlines how she is be- ing pulled away from her life of darkness and gore to one of sunshine and butterflies. Her brother Pugsley, played by Francis Bell listens in and has his own worries about losing his sister to love.
Meanwhile, Gomez (Connor Wantz) humorously fumbles while trying to keep the secret engagement from his wife and family matriarch Morticia (Jasmyne Washington).
Wednesday and her fiancee, Lucas (Trevor Merritt) plan to break the news at a communal dinner with their respective families, his from Ohio and hers, living in a hundredyear-old mansion possessed by spirits and home to a collection of torture devices. What could go wrong?
The play follows the antics of these two disparate families as they try to reconcile their differences for the sake of their children, to varying degrees of success.
The drama culminates during a musical number called “Full Disclosure”, where the dinner attendants must share secrets that open up a Pandora’s box of troubles, even tearing apart Lucas’ seemingly squeakyclean parents.
Family is tricky, whether you’re an Addams or not. At the musical’s climax, the three couples at the crux of the story go their separate ways following a litany of arguments where communication breaks down and secrets get exposed.
The second act asks: Is there any recovery from this? Can these torn apart families try to reconcile with the events of its disastrous dinner date? You’ll have to see the play to find out!
The play, at its core, is a musical comedy, and the students play up the dramatically absurd scenarios with great fun. However, the play’s conclusion illuminates the core of what keeps all families together- love.
It’s about love, all of it. It’s the foibles and fumbles and awkward conversations and tense arguments and the moments of joy and excitement that come with being a family. You may not have a a pale-faced zombie butler or a crazed bald uncle who is in love with the moon, but any members of the audience will find something in common with the Addams.
The other players are Abigail Bruzdzinki, Jemyrah Speller, Taylor Cheaton, Kimi Cook, Jenna Michaels, Karen Hayes-Karn, Ashleyann Reid, Ashley Stevenson, Jada Stevenson as the Ancestors, Matt Tydings as Lurch, Tamia Spires as Uncle Fester, Victoria Dilley and Eric Waters as Alice and Mal Beineke, and Saija Scott as Grandma.
“The Addams Family” will be performed at Kenwood High School on Thursday, December 7th, Friday, December 8th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, December 9th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Student tickets are $5 and general admission is $8.
The cast and crew of Kenwood High School’s production of “The Addams Family”
The ghostly Ancestors that reside in the Addams household.
Wednesday (Emily Watson) tortures her brother Pugsley, played by Francis Bell.
Connor Wantz and Jasmyne Washington as Gomez and Morticia Addams.
Emily Watson as Wednesday Addams