DANSVILLE — They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky, The Dansville Drama Club.
Starting tonight, March 14, Dansville High School Drama Club will present its Spring Musical, The Addams Family, based off of the classic television series characters.
“I think everything is going great,” director Meaghan Bell said Friday during dress rehearsal. This is her eighth year with Dansville Drama Club, and her 15th production between overseeing the school’s Spring musicals and Fall productions. This year she has a new vocal director, Lindsay Buckel, and new pit director, Pam Mark, working with her. With the two of them, Bell said she feels the readiness of the cast and crew is ahead of where they have been in the past.
“The production itself, I think is coming along very well,” she said.
The musical is a slight variation of the original Addams Family Broadway production. The story focuses on the Addams daughter, Wednesday, who is now a little bit older than she was portrayed in the television series, and has fallen in love with a ‘normal’ young man. When she invites him and his family over for dinner, the Addams Family tries to make their best impression. But to find out just how well it goes, you’ll have to see for yourself.
Shows start at 7 p.m. on March 14, 15 and 16. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens; and can be purchased at the door, school offices, Mill Creek Optical, or from cast members.
And speaking of cast members, Wednesday will be played by Sophie Leuzzi; Gomez by Ryan Barber; Morticia by Emily Porter; Pugsley by Jasmine Helles; Uncle Fester by Gabe Doe; Grandma by Kendra Evans; Lurch by Gavin Brooks; Lucas Beineke by Aiden O’Connor; Alice Beineke by Sydney Martin; and Mal Beineke by Zach Foster.
Many of the students have been in the drama club for a few years, Bell said. “Watching how they’ve grown is just amazing.” But there are also a host of new students in the drama club this year, “which is great for our growing program,” she said. Support from local businesses has doubled, she added, “which is fantastic.”
Bell said that this kind of growing support coincides well with the construction of a new auditorium, which is expected to be started and completed within the next couple of years.