PITTSFIELD, Mass. — You thought your family was weird? The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble presents its take on oddball households, performing the musical comedy "The Addams Family" in shows at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, and in a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 26.
Gomez and Morticia Addams have tried to raise their children right — by Addams family standards. Then Wednesday Addams invites her new boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, and his parents to dinner. Intent on enjoying a simple family dinner, Wednesday and Lucas instruct their families to "act normal," which proves easier said than done. As the dinner unravels, a terrible storm traps both families in the Addams home for the night and sees all emerge with a new definition of "normal."
The performances will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall's School campus. General admission is $6, and reservations are recommended. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating is available. Call 413-443-6401 for tickets and reservations or order tickets on the MHS website.
This MHS production stars sophomore Ainsley Schuth as family patriarch Gomez Addams; senior Josie Dorsey as his wife, Morticia Addams; junior Olivia Kinne of Pittsfield as Wednesday Addams; and freshwoman Olivia Finston-Fox of Monterey as Lucas Beineke.
Performers also include junior Michela Laurin of Pittsfield as Uncle Fester; freshwoman Kate Nguyen as Wednesday’s brother, Pugsley; junior Jayme McGuigan of Pittsfield as Grandma; and freshwoman Riagain Wiley as Lurch, the Addams family's butler. Senior Christina Zhang and senior Maya Finston-Fox of Monterey play Lucas’s parents, Mal and Alice Beineke.
Performing as the Addams Family's ancestors are senior Tiffany Harris; juniors Vyn Balkandzhieva, Tiffany Luu and Queen Tran; sophomore Ingrid O'Dell; and freshwoman Emma Kotelnicki of Dalton. Additional ancestors and featured dancers include seniors Jackie Rich of North Adams, Cissie Jiang, Siwon Kim and Meigue Mollaioli; juniors Mei Craig of Williamstown and Julie Xu; sophomores Trudy Fadding of Glendale, Alkim Cetinkaya, Ivy Wang and Catherine Zhang; and freshwomen Charlotte Smith of New Marlborough, Erica Morales-Armstrong, Ayla Wallace, Candy Yu and Yasmine Wang.
The show's technical crew includes sophomore Rose Battista as stage manager; senior Sylvia Turner and sophomore Gaea Cortes as assistant stage managers; and freshwoman Soleil Laurin of Pittsfield and seniors Mindy Ma and Janet Zhao as costumes/props assistants. Jennifer Jordan, director of Theater and Dance at Miss Hall’s School directs the show, with choreography by dance teacher Kristine Waterman.
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