WGMS Presents The Addams Family-UPDATED for Performance Dates and Times

Update About WGMS Musical:  The WGMS production of The Addams Family will still be putting on three shows, even with the cancellation of the Thursday performance. They will be on Friday night at 7 p.m. as originally scheduled, Saturday at 2 p.m. as originally scheduled, and an additional show Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Thursday tickets will be honored at any of the 3 shows, and tickets will be available for $6 at the door.

The Case of the WGMS Musical The Addams Family
Pictured in the Addams Family Photo in first row are Maura Hennessy, Cooper Corcoran, and Michael Hess; in the second row are Joshua Pierce and Collin Cervino; in the third row are Ava Morey-Farley, Elsa Propper, and Vanessa Mitchell; and in the back row are Jaden Mattimore, Rodney Peghee, and Caleb Williams. Not picture but featured in the muscial are Lauren Battaglia and Melissa Cherchio.

West Genesee Middle School is proud to present the musical The Addams Family.

Hundreds of years ago, the Addams family ancestors came from the old country and settled on a plot of land in what is now New York’s Central Park. This was, of course, long before it was a park when it was still wilderness and garbage. The family flourished for many generations, and eventually, a huge house was built where a great Spanish oak. This was the Addams Family Tree which had been planted to protect the ancestral graves from such annoyances as sunlight and tourists.

As the curtain rises, the last dead leaf of autumn falls from the Family Tree, and all is right with the morbid, macabre world of Gomez, Morticia, Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley, Lurch and Cousin It. They’ve gathered – where else? – in the family graveyard, to celebrate life and death in a yearly ritual to connect with their past and ensure their future.

They seem at peace, not just with each other and their inimitable, unchanging Addams-ness, but with their dead ancestors, too – who emerge from their graves on this night each year to join in this celebration of continuity. At the end of the ritual, however, Fester blocks the ancestors’ return to their graves. Those unchanging Addams family values are about to be tested. Fester enlists their help to set things right, just in case a new family secret goes terribly wrong.

What’s the secret? Wednesday Addams, that irresistible bundle of malice, has grown up and found love. So what’s the problem? The young man, Lucas Beineke, is from Ohio, and his parents are coming to dinner to meet the family. Two different worlds are about to collide. Will love triumph, or will everyone go home vaguely depressed? (The plot summary is borrowed from: Theatrical Rights Worldwide)

This year’s production stars the following students along with their respective cast roles:

  • Gomez Addams: Caleb Williams
  • Morticia Addams: Ava Morey-Farley
  • Uncle Fester: Jaden Mattimore
  • Grandma: Elsa Propper
  • Wednesday Addams: Vanessa Mitchell
  • Pugsley Addams: Collin Cervino
  • Lurch: Rodney Peghee
  • Cousin It: Joshua Pierce
  • Thing: Lauren Battaglia
  • Mal Beineke: Michael Hess
  • Alice Beineke: Maura Hennessy
  • Lucas Beineke: Cooper Corcoran

The show is directed and produced by Christy Knowlton, choreographed by Maddie Amodio (Sophomore at WGHS), and the set design and construction is done by Jeff Bowe.

Performances are Thursday, November 15 and  Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 at the door.