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‘Addams Family’ returns a little bit older

  • Adult Wednesday (Lily Magoon) hugs her younger self, played by Emma Geraghty. —Courtesy

  • Morticia and Gomez Addams (Mak Eldridge and Patrick Seward) argue in from of Lurch (Berhan Kidane). —Courtesy

  • The Beinekes are a "normal" family. —Courtesy

  • Fester Addams (Adam Bartlett) stands with the ancestors played by Lea Brunette, Sage Birsky, Julia Marquardt, Iona O’Leary Austin, Wyatt Paddock, Katie Nowicki, Haili LeBoeuf, Kaitlin Glidewell, Abigail Conrad, William Moore, Jonathan Glidewell and William Walker. Courtesy

  • Fester Addams (Adam Bartlett) plays the ukelele. —Courtesy



Monitor staff
Thursday, November 08, 2018

If you didn’t get enough of the spooky and macabre last week on Halloween, Kearsarge Regional High School can still delight you with some frights.

Students will perform The Addams Family on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In this show, the Addamses are a bit older than you might recall from the comics or TV shows. Wednesday Addams is all grown up and has fallen in love.

“I think people will enjoy seeing the characters in an older situation,” said director Sandy Nelson.

The thing is, Lucas is a sweet, smart boy from a “normal” Ohio family, just about as opposite from the Addamses as anyone could be. Wednesday has invited Lucas and his parents to dinner, and now the quirky Addams family must face the scariest thing ever – change.

The Addamses “aren’t evil, they’re just who they are,” Nelson said.

“They are just a kooky family.”

Senior Lily Magoon, who played Mary Poppins in last year’s school show, will lead again as Wednesday Addams opposite Daniel Courtine as Lucas Beineke. Her younger self will be played by Emma Geraghty. Patrick Seward and Mak Eldridge will play her parents, Gomez and Morticia Addams. Jake Vedova plays her brother Pugsley, Adam Bartlett as Fester, Jenny Hebert as Grandma Addams and Berhan Kidane as Lurch, the butler. Lucas’s parents Mal and Alice Beineke will be played by Bailey Carmody and Emilie Webster (with William Moore as understudy to Mal).

A chorus of ancestors who stay on stage throughout the show is comprised of Lea Brunette, Sage Birsky, Julia Marquardt, Iona O’Leary Austin, Wyatt Paddock, Katie Nowicki, Haili LeBoeuf, Kaitlin Glidewell, Abigail Conrad, William Moore, Jonathan Glidewell and William Walker.

“They’ve really done well,” Nelson said. “We probably have the best vocal group we’ve ever had at Kearsarge.”

Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door; they can be reserved by emailing senelson@kearsarge.org or by filling out the form at http://bit.ly/2ztNoJk.

Nelson says that show is meant for older children and adults; there are topics of death, dying and torture that may not be suitable for younger children.

“All of these are presented with humor and there is no malice involved,” Nelson said.