Fall Musical Theatre · MWHS Theatre Presents ‘The Addams Family’

By Lorrie Ham

The Mound Westonka High School Theater Department is proud to present “The Addams Family” as this year’s fall musical Nov. 15 – 18. The shows start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 through Saturday, Nov. 17, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18.

“We are obviously so thrilled and excited to be approaching our first musical performances in the Westonka Performing Arts Center,” said assistant director Meagan Lenz. With 32 cast members, 18 crew members and 19 students participating in the pit orchestra, “The Addams Family” is one of the school’s largest productions in recent history.

In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. Nonetheless, this quirky family still has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by any other family, and the spookiest nightmare faced by every family creates the focus in Lippa, Brickman and Elice’s musical: the Addams kids are growing up.

As the story goes, the dark, macabre but beloved daughter Wednesday is now an 18-year-old young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family. And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.

Tickets, $12 for adults and $10 for students/seniors, are available online at www.westonkapac.com. Online ticket sales will close two hours prior to the start of each show. Everyone is encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time! Tickets will not be sold through the high school activities office, so all ticketing questions should be directed to Kelly Newell, performing arts center coordinator, at newellk@westonka.k12.mn.us or (952) 491-8264.

Senior cast members include Sarah Brammer, Joey Colianni Jr., Nick Drilling, Emma Jordahl and Tia Meyer. Adding to the cast are juniors Sarah Ahmad, Elmo Fernandez-Armstrong, Conner Jones, Giulia Rabello and Destiny Uttecht. Sophomore players include Jenna Courneya, Austin Henderson, Eve Mikkelson, Kate Moch, Jordyn Nester, Josh Nkhata, Ben Ortaleza, Jake Robertson, Jayna Sherman, John Wombacher and Annika Wulf.

Ninth-grade talent includes Caleb Abernethy, Ellie Becker, Emma Corazzo, Nicolas Doepnerhove, Haakon Erdahl, Madeline LaJoy, Isabel Newell and Seth Worden. Rounding out the cast are eighth-graders Serenity Bownik, Connor Houston and Haley Kummrow.

Members of the pit orchestra include seniors Camille Hill, Ethan James, Megan Larson, Allen Soley, Trevor Spurbeck, Aly Sveeggen, Jasper Treat and Navin Thakurdial; juniors Anders Erdahl, Kobie Kirtz, Sarah Malchow, Kate McGown and Connor Prok; sophomores Olivia Gable, Merrick Gormley, Simon Leonard, Carly McGown and Aly Schneider; and ninth-grader Beckett James.

Senior Zoe Peterson serves as stage manager, and  ninth-grader Taylor Jemtrud is assistant stage manager. Other crew members include seniors Kris Kurtz and Emma Giles; juniors Dagmar Arula, Robby Brustad, Tristan Kaye, Bekah McCann, Grace Prchal and Emilene Loehr; sophomores Zachary Houston, Michael Kurtz, Celia Kolb and Mackenzie Wallace; and eighth-graders Sofia Baker, Ashlee Johnson, Julia Johnson and Ellen Pruitt.

The show is directed by Farrah Buffington, in her first year at the helm of the MWHS musical, with Lenz as assistant director and choreographer. Emma Marsh serves as vocal musical director for the first time, while Gretchen Chilson directs the pit orchestra. Jamie Harms is the costume designer, and Kate Schilling provides technical design.

“We are so thankful to the Westonka community for providing this opportunity for our students,” Lenz added.