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The Southern Cayuga Drama Club proudly presents The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy on Thurs, March 7 at 6:30 p.m., Fri, March 8 & Sat, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Southern Cayuga High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Children 5 and under are free of charge. Patrons can also purchase a special 3-show pass for $20/person. Tickets will be available at the door, and pre-sale tickets will be sold during school hours by Mr. Joseph Gessler, Music Director. Cash and checks are both accepted. For more information, please contact Musical Director Stephanie Figer at

With a book written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, The Addams Family presents the classic, kooky characters from the Charles Addams comic strip in a modern-day setting. (Fans will also recognize references to the 1960s television series and the 1990s feature films.) Young Wednesday Addams has fallen in love, and desperately wants her family’s approval of her beau, Lucas Beineke. The two plan to reveal their intentions to marry at a dinner hosted at the Addams Family home, a giant gothic mansion in the middle of Central Park. The hitch? The Beinekes are a “normal” family from Ohio, and the Addams clan is anything but. Both teens worry that the straight-laced Beinekes and the macabre Addamses won’t mix well. Wednesday is particularly concerned about Morticia, the family matriarch, and she secretly enlists the help of her father, Gomez, to smooth the whole thing over. And the “squeaky clean” Beineke parents, Alice and Mal, have a few secrets of their own. When a series of uncomfortable truths come out over dinner, Pandora’s box opens wide. Mysterious potions, torture devices, and a chorus of literal ghosts from the past set the stage for a romantic comedy with a gothic twist. In the end, the Addamses and the Beinekes do find their common ground. After all, “It’s family first, and family last, and family by and by!”

Director Stephanie Figer, Musical Director Joseph Gessler, Technical Director Peter Bakija, Choreographer Anna Post and Costume Designer James Caito head the creative/production team, and are joined by Jake Young and Chris Kessler, the sound designers for the show. Tim Amory and Dan Thayer provide additional technical support to Mr. Bakija. Gessler’s orchestra members include Steve Baumes, Carolyn Becker, Dean Comstock, Kevin Goodman, Grayson Hebbard, Cathy Mullarney, Mariel Schneggenburger, Jim VanArsdale, Andy VanNostrand and Lily Vernon.

The student crew members, who are responsible for both set and prop construction, are led by Stage Manager Kelsey Rejman. Crew members include Heather Adsit, Caleb Burroughs, Syd Clark, Alison Frazier, Hunter Freary, Cam Harriger, Ethan Huber, Liz Kreydatus, and Rainey Thayer.
The cast is comprised of students in grades 5-12. Jacob Myers and Jenn O’Neil appear as Gomez and Morticia, the iconic heads of the macabre manse. Abby Sweet and Jake Gentry appear as their equally quirky offspring, Wednesday and Pugsley. Kadrian Rossbach and Riley Binns play loveable comedic foils Grandma and Uncle Fester. The prudish heads of the Beineke household, Alice and Mal, are played by Scarlett Lonsky and Luke Gentry. (The role of Alice will be understudied by Haley Mayeu.) Lucas Beineke, Wednesday’s well-meaning but hapless fiancée, is played by Johnathan Lewis. Rounding out the Addams clan as Lurch, the tight-lipped servant, is Jarred Marshall.

The Addams Family Ancestors, whose ghostly personas visit the family throughout the show to offer assistance to the young lovers, are Addison Chamberlain, Nexi Conklin, Aiyana Cornell, Arianna Davis, Ian Gentry,  David Hayden, Jordan Heiman, Justin Jillson, John Kreydatus, Adelaide Larsen, Lila May, Haley Mayeu, Grace McLean, Cennedi McCarthy, Tae Moon, Robyn Morgan, Emma Morris, Alycia Orona, Caylee Reynolds, Isabel Rossbach, Kylah Rossbach, Collin Sweet, Owen Saville, Abby White, and Robert Wood.

We hope you will join us for our production of The Addams Family !

Article posted 2/3/19
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