‘The Addams Family’ plays to packed house

by Madeline Baker, News

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The brilliant and dedicated cast and crew of Spring Lake has just finish their three performances of their latest musical, The Addams Family. The musical had a very successful turnout this season. The show starred Madison Smits as Wednesday Addams, Kayla Raschke as Morticia Addams, Ian Gluck as Gomez Addams, Kyle Coon as Lucas Beineke, and was directed by first-year director Shaylynn Chalupa.

“This is probably one of the most successful musicals in Spring Lake. The cast and crew were all close and friends and it felt like one big party every time. This show was a dream for me and it was my dream role. It was an honor to perform this show with so many amazing talented people,” says Kayla Raschke, who perfectly embodied the spirit of Morticia.

In this story, Wednesday has grown up and fallen in love with a young boy her age, Lucas. The only problem…he’s normal. Wednesday starts questioning her mental state as she learns to like the color yellow and other cheerful things. Her family is horrified at the thought of their dark daughter becoming a typical girl.

Wednesday tells her father, Gomez, to keep a secret, that she and Lucas and will be getting married. The Addams host a dinner, inviting the Beineke family over as their guests. This secret, among others, is revealed at the dinner party and tears both of the families apart.

As the story develops they learn to love, trust, and accept each other again and in the end the young couple is married and they live happily ever after. It has a very nostalgic vibe and is true to the original show while having modern day humor and comments throughout to keep the audience entertained and laughing for the whole time.

All of the cast was very talented in singing, dancing, and acting. Other characters of note were Joe Negen (Lucas’s father); Anja Hochhuth (Lucas’s mother); Skylar Coon (Pugsley Addams); Jared Hogan (Uncle Fester); Claire Peterson (Grandma); and Nathan Luben (Lurch). The set design was exceptional and and the entire production, from costume and makeup to sound and lights, required a truly all-school effort.

“It was very funny and the singing was fantastic. I really liked how the whole cast was on stage for almost all of the play; that was my favorite part. There was always a lot to watch,” Mrs. Sarah West said of the production.

“I had such a blast working on the show. I met a ton of new friends and became closer to so many people. Theater is such a safe and accepting place for everyone and that is what makes it so great. We had three amazing shows and I couldn’t be more proud of Spring Lake High School theater. I am sad to see the show close, but I am extremely proud of the end result,” Emily Prescott, who played an ancestor, said of her experience.

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