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High School Musical 'Addams Family' a Real Treat: See Photos PDF Print Email


By Karin Drakenberg

Mar. 14, 2018:  If you experienced the dark in Bronxville this past weekend, the students at Bronxville High School were responsible for a production of the musical comedy The Addams Family, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. And what a treat it was--incredible talent, through and through!

This wonderfully creepy and wacky family includes parents Gomez, played by Matthew Pytosh, and Morticia Addams, played by Hana Eddib, children Wednesday (Ally Bruno) and Pugsley (Sofia Fenner), Grandma Addams (Sarah Billings), Uncle Fester (Olivia Gravier), and the “David Bowie-esque” family butler, Lurch (Jacoby Goodson).

The musical began as the family visits the clan’s intoxicating graveyard. The family is at the cemetery for its annual gathering of the living, the dead, and the undecided. It’s also a chance for them to celebrate what it means to be an Addams, which requires a sense of humor, passion, a taste for death, and a talent for stirring things up. Proceeding to dance on the graves of their ancestors, their ghostly relatives then rose up and joined the family in a string of dance numbers including a bunny hop, twist, and line dance--and ending with rigor mortis. 

The show opened with a promising start and became the perfect night of cavorting with cadavers. And as fate would have it, this is when the daughter, Wednesday, confessed she wants to marry someone normal. What followed was an evening of hilarity and mix-ups as Wednesday's boyfriend, Lucas (Ned McCann), and his straight-laced parents from Ohio (George Cooney and Margaux Frolich) had dinner with the Addams family, who, despite Wednesday’s request that they act “normal,” weren’t able to pull it off.

As Morticia says, “Normal is relative, darling." 

During the night’s events, the audience got to know the individual family members better. Vamp-olicious Morticia met her match with her amorous husband, Gomez, who tangoed her around the room while also wanting to take a bite out of her arm. Daughter Wednesday was less into dancing than she was into torturing her brother, Pugsley, on the rack. Normally that would be a reason for a brother to welcome his sister’s departure. Instead, Pugsley didn’t want the torture to end and looks to Grandma Addams for help. Then there was Uncle Fester, who was also in love--with the moon--and the stoic Lurch, who grunted and swayed to the tunes. 

The audience on Friday night really got to meet all the Addams family ancestors, whose costumes were extraordinary and rapaciously designed by Caroline Osborne. They signaled multiple eras of Addams family stiffs. The ancestor costumes were each from a different musical era and then were ghosted up. This was a glorious production that whole families enjoyed; the wacky musical comedy had everyone laughing and humming along with the music as the talented cast took the audience on a journey through the macabre and humorous world of the Addams family.

Directed by Pamela Simpson, the show had lots of singing and dancing. Her energy came in particularly handy when directing 40+ cast members, 20 orchestra members, led by musical director Mary Ann Ivan, and loads of crew members and volunteers and several parents who lent a hand. Jason Summer also lent his creative hand, responsible for the spot-on choreography.

The musical is based on the television show The Addams Family, which was popular in the 1960s. It was turned into a Broadway musical in the '90s.

Click here to see photos by David Fenner.

Photo by David Fenner

Editor's note:  The author has a son who was in the production.


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