The Addams Family is headed to New Horizon Community Theatre
Published 5:00 pm Tuesday, April 30, 2019
WEST POINT — The Addams Family is headed to New Horizon Community Theatre in West Point.
Bill Nixon, artistic director at New Horizon’s Theatre, said the shows will start at 8 p.m. on May 2, 3 and 4 at 411 W. 8th Street in West Point.
There will also be an additional matinée performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. Tickets are starting at $16 for adults and $13 for seniors, students and military. Tickets can also be bought online.
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The Addams family made its first pop culture appearance in 1938 in “The New Yorker,” created by cartoonist Charles Addams. The family has always included Gomez and Morticia Addams, along with their children Wednesday and Pugsley. The family members Uncle Fester and Grandmama, as well as the family’s butler Lurch, the disembodied hand Thing and Cousin Itt, have made regular appearances throughout the years.
Nixon said after reading the script, he knew it was one that had to be done.
“I read the script about a year and knew it had to be on the list for this season,” he said. “I like the music, the script and most importantly, I knew it was one we could cast.”
In New Horizon’s presentation of the family, Morticia will be played by Cassie Ellerbee, Gomez by Chase Golden, Wednesday by Jessica Connelly, Pugsley by Annah Lee, Fester by Zeke Weldon, Grandmama by Cora Connelly and Lurch by Hunter Brawner.
According to a new release by New Horizon, the family is shaken by the fact that Wednesday has fallen in love, which is a new sensation for her. She initially reveals the secret to her father and asks him to keep it quiet but keeping it from his wife Morticia proves to be challenging.
Also, Wednesday’s love interest, Lucas Beineke, played by Ethan McKie comes from a typical, Midwestern family and his parents — Mal, played by Brian Green and Alice, played by Abby Stodghill — met the Addams over dinner to discuss their children.
Nixon said the play will be full of music and laughs. He said there are between 20 and 25 songs, mixed up of solos, duets and chorus selections.
He said it wasn’t the cast he envisioned when he first started to think about the show.
“It has really surprised me the way this has turned out,” he said. “It wasn’t the cast that I envisioned, but it is so much better.”
For ticket information, call (706) 518-6234 or visit www.nhct.org.