Jersey Shore High School’s ‘The Addams Family Musical’

JERSEY SHORE — “They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. They’re altogether ooky, The Addams Family!”

Generations have grown up loving the popular 1960s sit-com based on the escapades of The Addams Family.

This new musical comedy brings the beloved characters from the show such as Morticia, Gomez, Lurch and Uncle Fester to life on the stage at Jersey Shore Area Senior High School.

“The Addams Family Musical” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The production, directed and produced by Mo Ortbal, choral music instructor, centers around the mismatched love between Wednesday (portrayed by Karissa English), the daughter of Morticia and Gomez (performed by Dayanaira Watson and Maxwell Ferguson), and a “normal” young man, Lucas Beineke (David Kramer).

A dinner party is planned at the Addams’ mansion so they can meet Lucas’s very straight-laced parents, Mal and Alice (Cale Blakely and Abigayle Greevy).

What could possibly go wrong? Everything! Mal and Alice first meet the butler Lurch (Logan Garrett), who does little to put them at ease in the creepy home. Pugsley (Kaylyn Naugle) plots to split up the couple, but Alice becomes the unintended victim of the plot.

Grandma Addams (Emilianna George) attempts unsuccessfully to appear normal, then Uncle Fester (Kayla Keen) rallies the dead ancestors to come to the rescue, but again, this plot goes awry and hilarious mayhem takes over.

The show includes some touching moments that will hit home for viewers. Morticia and Gomez lament that their daughter is growing up. The “normal” Mal and Alice also reveal they aren’t as perfect as they would have others believe. The overall storyline makes the viewers question what is “normal” and what is not.

Appearing in the ensemble are ancestors who bring a creepy comedic air of fun to the stage. They include Alyssa Munro as the conquistador; Kristopher Zinck as the soldier; Allison Panczyszyn as the saloon girl; Adam Fox as the gambler; Dayna Beitz as the courtesan; Emma Silvis as the bride; Harmonie King as the Puritan; Ambria Confer as the flapper; Dakota Dieter as the Grim Reaper; and Brynli Brungard and Victoria Henry as the Central Park ancestors.

There is a cost and all seats are sold on a reserved basis. Tickets are available by calling the school at 570-398-7170 during school hours.

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