Musical comedy at Waupaca High School
Rehearsals are under way at Waupaca High School for this fall’s musical production of “The Addams Family.”
This new musical comedy by “Jersey Boys” authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice will be under the direction of Kathy Alan and Jackie McGinnis.
The show will open at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, with other performances slated for 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7 before the show closes with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.
The change in the performance schedule will allow the cast and crew to polish the show during the weekday student matinees on Monday, Nov. 2 and Wednesday, Nov. 4, and thus put their late night efforts all at the end of the week, according to Alan.
Both Alan and McGinnis want to keep the students on top of their school responsibilities.
They believe running the show from Thursday through Sunday will help make the students more productive in classes during the week of the run.
Closing the show on Sunday afternoon will then allow for a cast party that evening to celebrate the production, they said.
The cast for this year’s show features the following students in lead roles: Hayden Neidert as Gomez Addams, Kira Mielke as Morticia Addams, Maddy Frank as Wednesday Addams, Nate Schuler-Jones as Lucas Beinecke, Caleb Hamm as Mal Beinecke, Jane Ryder as Alice Beinecke, Nathan Wachsmuth as Pugsley Addams, Christian Bump as Uncle Fester, Nicole Weise as Grandma and Joe Gill as Lurch.
“The Addams Family” brings the famous family of all things macabre from the television show to the stage.
It features an original story in the familiar mansion.
Gomez’s worst nightmare has come true.
His princess of darkness, Wednesday, has grown up and fallen in love with a young man from a respectable family, whom the Addams parents have never met.
To make matters worse, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother.
This means Gomez must do what he has never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.
When the family hosts a dinner for Wednesday’s boyfriend and his “normal” parents, everything gets chaotic, making for some big changes in the Addams’ household.
Members of Waupaca High School’s Concert Choir will all be involved in working to prepare the show.
Each student will have a role to play, whether it is on the stage, with the tech/stage crew or in the planning and rehearsal portion of the production.
Alan and McGinnis are excited to present another musical production to the students, staff and community of Waupaca.
Tickets will go on sale in mid October.
Watch the Waupaca County Post for further show updates and ticket information.