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WHS presents 'The Addams Family'

By Linda Wenger | Apr 10, 2014
Photo by: Linda Wenger Many members of “The Addams Family” cast are on stage. From left are Ransom Adams (even though he isn’t one of the Addamses), Ian Stakland, Caitlin Yeggy, MaryKate Horak, Cody Chalupa, and Amber Linnenkamp. In the background are many ghostly ancestors of the Addams family. Toward the end of the musical, the moon becomes a character to pay attention to, and the audience will learn who the man in the moon is, at least for this weekend.

A TV sitcom that survived two seasons from 1964-66 still is still enjoyed by audiences in 2014. The Washington High School drama and music departments will present "The Addams Family" musical at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the Washington Community Theater.

The Addams Family is a comedy with a twist — whether it be with a sword, the launch of an arrow from a crossbow, or the tightening of torturous chains. It is ghoulish, a white shade of pale, and a world more nightmarish than reality.

Gomez Addams is the patriarch of the family, and he enjoys wielding a sword. Morticia Addams is his beloved wife. Their daughter Wednesday is in love with a more natural human, Lucas, and they are secretly engaged. Wednesday has a younger brother, Pugsley, who doesn't mind being tortured by his sister. In fact, he is not happy about the engagement. Rounding out the Addams family are Fester and Granny. Lurch, the mostly silent butler, serves the family.

Lucas's parents are Mal and Alice Beineke. They have never met a family quite like the Addamses, and they are not at all sure their son should be marrying Wednesday.

C.J. Lisauskus plays Gomez and brandishes a sword very well. Even after 25 years of marriage he is quite in love with his wife, played by MaryKate Horak. An argument between the two ensues when Gomez tries to keep Wednesday's secret to himself.

Two actresses play the role of Wednesday. Mallory VanWinkle acted in the play prior to intermission, after which Zoe Wagner takes over. Ransom Adams is Lucas.

In the role of Gomez's brother, Fester, is Cale Rausch. Amber Linnenkamp is Granny.

Ian Stakland is Mal and Caitlin Yeggy is Alice.

Several actors, dressed in white, leave their mausoleum throughout the musical.

Musicians are concealed in the orchestra pit and play live throughout the musical.

Each of the principal cast has his or her solo moment on the stage, which showcases their great talent as both actors and vocalists.

The performances will have audiences laughing out loud at the antics onstage. They are supported by an excellent backstage crew and technical support on lights and sound.

A sneak peek video can be seen on The Journal's Web Site at <www.washjrnl.com>.

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