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General News: The Addams Family Comes to Storm King

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August 11, 2017

The Addams Family Comes to Storm King
By Hannah Comitz 08/11/2017

This musical is about the grown daughter Wednesday, who brings her boyfriend, Lucas Beineke to meet her bizarre family, the Addams. The play will be taking place on Friday, August 11th and Saturday, August 12th at the Walter Reade, Jr. Theater at the Storm King School in Cornwall on Hudson. Both showings start at 7pm.

The Directors and More

The directors are Karen Eremin and T.J. Larke and produced by Ronda Barber. Karen Eremin said that this is the 30th play she has directed in her life. She founded the summer play company in 2010. This is the 12th show for the summer stage. Karen Eremin started directing at COH when her 27 year old son was in 2nd grade. She did costumes at the high school for a time and now helps direct the theater program at the Storm King school. Karen said it's "amazing what these kids can do in two weeks and it's just really fun. The ages range from five to 18 and it's amazing how they mingle." Many of the actors commented on the amazing opportunity to interact with people of all ages. Karen wanted to thank the community saying "there has been a lot of help from community members who don't even get their names in the program." Her experience in theater makes for entertaining and well planned plays that are sure to excite the whole family. The choreography is by Montana Nogrady and Nina Johnson. Musical direction is by Max Finkelstein.

Words from the Stars

During rehearsal the actors, all under 18, worked tirelessly to resolve issues and improve the play.
Raymond Capuzzi, 12, who plays Pugsley, mentioned that it's a "really fun show to practice and everyone has a blast." Andrew Osborne, 12, plays cousin Itt. He enthusiastically said that "cousin Itt is the best character and no one can deny it." He is most excited about the hair he will wear, but still is figuring out how to walk in it.
Andrew Richardson, a senior in high school, plays Mal, the father of Wednesday's boyfriend. This is his first play in the summer stage program. He has been involved in many music programs throughout the town which has not allowed him to participate in the summer program till this year. Andrew said that "the dynamic of the show is certainly interesting, because I [Andrew] can interact with kids from preschool all the way to high school, which makes a really cool end product."
Cara DiMedio plays the star Wednesday Addams, who is the center of the family's drama.
Cameron Franke plays uncle Fester and he will be wearing a bald cap to fit the unforgettable look of his character.
Robbie Hess plays Lurch, the butler. He kept a zombie like persona the whole rehearsal, wearing his character's shoes even before dress rehearsal.
Olivia Robertson, 6, is one of the many little ones in the play. Her and her fellow moon maidens are the youngest actors on set. These girls can't help but chatter and giggle as they line up for their rehearsal. She replied that she has been in a few plays dispite her young age.
Another young actor is Gillian Debree who is 5. She said this is her 2nd play, the first being Annie. She said she "loves cats, cookies and Christmas." Although this has little to do with the play it was good to see and talk to the young actress.
All of the actors remain professional but keep the comical and creepy style of the Addams family.

Tickets

The play can be enjoyed by all ages, mentioning some complex issues that can excite adults and children.
Tickets are $15.00 and may be reserved by calling 534-3645. Tickets are also sold at the door and seating is general admission.
Make sure you come out and see the performance this coming weekend!

Cast list
Gomez – David Mosca
Morticia – Kianna Batista
Wednesday – Cara DiMedio
Pugsley – Raymond Capuzzi
Grandmama – Grainne Halliday
Uncle Fester – Cameron Franke
Lurch – Robbie Hess
Cousin Itt – Andrew Osborne
Thing – Zoe Stene
Lucas Beineke – Brendan Ahmed
Alice Beineke – Ally Wolf
Mal Beineke – Andrew Richardson

Ancestors:
Prom Queen – Mia Pagano
Bride – Emma Blacksmith
1940s Starlet – Grace Musante
Cavewoman – Evyn Kendall Lovell
Countess – Annika Taylor
Suffragette – Ariel Yarmus
“Shining” Twin – Ava Liebert
“Shining” Twin – Quinn Skinner
Bobby Soxer – Sophia Colarte
Flapper – Casey Steiner
Native American – Gianna Gazzillo
Nurse – Caroline Hecht
Ballerina – Sofia Taylor
Saloon Girl – Brigid Grodence-Hastey
Disco Queen – Maia Blacksmith
Pilot – Matthew Fenton
Gambler – Daniel Bannon
Matador – Colin Steiner

Moon Maidens: Gillian deBree, Ciara Fogarty, Catherine Larkin, Madeline Larkin, Olivia Robertson, and Alanna Lee Sargeant


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