High school performing 'The Addams Family' at end of month

Published on Sunday, 11 March 2018 20:19
Written by Angie DeRosa


NEW BRITAIN - New Britain High School is commemorating its 13th musical season with “The Addams Family” on stage March 23 and 24.

Based on the cartoons of Charles Addams, which spawned the classic 1960s sitcom and several movie adaptations, “The Addams Family” comes to you live with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a brand new story by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

“Since the musicals have been brought back this is the 13th year. We thought the production fit with the spooky, unlucky vibe,” Jason Ferrandino, choral director at New Britain High School, said.

“It’s a lot of fun. It’s funny, silly, it’s geared toward kids, but there are one to two liners that go above the kids head that are racy and more adult humor.”

The high school used to do musicals decades ago, but in the late 60s and early 70s the director at the time was burned out and thus the musicals stopped, Ferrandino said.

In 2005 the musicals returned and now occur every year in March. Any student can audition for a part, and the Stage Crew class helps build the sets for the productions.

All roles are portrayed by New Britain High School students. Manuel Benitez and Maeve Maltese lead the cast as Gomez and Morticia Addams; Nicholas Giantonio as Pugsley; Leah Gaffney as Wednesday; Robert Breau as Uncle Fester; Zoe Hyres-Buley as grandmamma; Lucas Beineke, Wednesday’s boyfriend and would-be fiancé, is played by Dylan Washington; and his all-American parents are portrayed by Giovanni Cirinna and Claire Palin.

Completing the ensemble cast is Treyvone Walker as Lurch; Timothy Carrier as Thing; Erasmus Gunawan as Cousin Itt; and Kimberly Holder-Callender, Margarita Cartagena, Sara Colapietro, Natalia Matuszewska, Catherine Keithline and Abigail Olson as The Fester-Cestors.

Additionally, they will be joined by a hoard of singers and dancers, all of whom portray the Addams family ancestors.

Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.

Tickets are $12 for students and senior citizens, and $15 for general admission. All seating is first come first serve. Refreshments will be available for purchase in the lobby.

For more information and ticket reservations visit NBHSshows.org.

Posted in New Britain Herald, on Sunday, 11 March 2018 20:19. Updated: Sunday, 11 March 2018 20:21.