It has been two years since the C-W Drama Club  has staged a play and 5 long years since they staged a musical, but the weekend after Halloween they are bringing the Addams Family to town!

A bit of background

The Addams Family was the brainchild of cartoonist Charles Addams which depicted a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre

Though most folks are familiar with the TV version and it’s finger-snapping theme song, the musical version is  slightly different fare.

Oh, Gomez (Jed Potter) and Morticia (Marissa Zelek) will be there along with Uncle Fester (Isabella Acuna), Lurch (Ethan Engel), Grandma (Abbie Kane), Pugsley (Jacob Marek), and of course Wednesday (Ella Olson).

However, in the musical production the audience gets to meet “straight-arrow Midwesterners.” Mal Beineke and his wife Alice, portrayed by Cooper Antczak and Lexi Guthman.

The musical also features an ensemble of Addams Family ancestors played by Ellie Bayer, Jorja Bradley, Emily Collins, Ocean Grinder, Gabby Guthman, Selyn Olson, Addie Rahm-Jost and Reese Ridout.

When the Addams Foundation licensed the use of the name, they retained creative control and insisted that the producers devise an original musical based solely on the actual Addams’ cartoons, not on the television series or films.

As such, there is no Cousin Itt or Thing.

Last musical five years ago

The last time the C-W drama club staged a play was five years ago when they put on “Cinderella.” That means that most if not all of the current actors have never been in a musical.

It is a big undertaking, but the cast sure looked cool and confident at a recent rehearsal. They began rehearsing on August 13 and have been doing Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening rehearsals plus Saturday mornings ever since.

On Saturday, seniors Marissa Zelek, Abbie Kane and Lexi Guthman were interviewed. They said the play is really funny, has interesting characters and fits well with Halloween.

There will be a pit orchestra with Andrew Elbin as the music director.

The play will have one intermission.

Ella Olson, Wednesday, also is doing the choreographing.

Rachel Westberg and Bob Rogers are the co-directors.

The show dates and times are Friday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, also at 7 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 7,  at 2 p.m.

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