“The Addams Family” comes to GRB this week


Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School will present the entertaining Broadway musical, “The Addams Family,” with four show-stopping performances March 9, 10 and 11 in the auditorium at GRB.
 
Based on characters created by Charles Addams, “The Addams Family” tells the story of young Wednesday Addams who is now grown up. She has fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Wednesday has invited the boy and his parents over for dinner and begs her family for just one normal night.
 
GRB seniors Nick Kinney, David Houck and Jeremy Herlowski have encouraged people to figure out if Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Pugsley, Grandma and Lurch can portray a normal family for Wednesday’s beau and his parents. The guys promised stellar performances, which would not be made possible without the dedication of the 48 cast members and 11 tech crew members.
 
“Everyone knows the Addams family as having quirky characters, but the struggles are extremely relatable,” he said.
 
Rehearsals began in late November and recently have taken up six nights per week at the high school, although Houck said each student has committed extra time learning lines and choreography.
 
The ghoulish and spooky set will feature the new technology of computer-generated backdrops, instead of the traditional large, stationary backdrop. Director Tom Briggs said smaller set pieces will also appear in the musical performances.
 
The catchy music and pure talent of the young students will ensure all attendees enjoy the show, Briggs said. Although the large ensemble is mostly comprised of GRB students, Briggs said the shows will also feature several Fulton Junior High School students and one elementary school student. Shows will take place at 7:30 p.m. March 9, 10 and 11, with a 2 p.m. March 11 matinee. Tickets will be available at the door.
 
Tom Nami, of GRB’s music department, is the show’s music director and conductor, while Rob Lescarbeau is the assistant director/technical coordinator. Doreen Forbes is the production choreographer.  
 
“The Addams Family” is presented through special arrangements with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

GRB seniors, from left: Nick Kinney, David Houck and Jeremy
Herlowski, cannot contain their excitement for their upcoming
performances in “The Addams Family,” the Quirk’s Players of
GRB’s spring musical.