The eccentric Addams Family will be on stage Friday and Saturday at Grantsville High School to entertain any visitors who dare to watch.
Grantsville High Theatre students will present “The Addams Family Quarantined: A Dramatic Concert Version” Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The comedy features zany Addams Family parents Gomez and Morticia with their children Wednesday and Pugsley, along with Grandmama, Uncle Fester and Lurch.
“It’s the Addams Family musical slightly adjusted for the pandemic, so there’s no kissing, limited touching, and some jokes about quarantine,’’ said Jana Wilhite, drama director. The production includes two separate casts with 50 students performing including 45 actors and five technicians with about 22 actors per cast.
“We auditioned in December, and we’ve put in about 200 hours since then on rehearsal, building, painting, and designing. The show is about 90 minutes long, so we needed less rehearsal time than usual,” Wilhite said.
The musical is a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family, according to an overview of the play by theatrerights.com.
Wednesday’s new-found love Lucas and his parents soon meet The Addam’s Family and a comedy dilemma ensues. Songs in the play feature upbeat music with ghoulish lyrics.
Students playing leading roles on Friday include Brady Stromberg, Rylee Dalton, Alex Scott, Maddison Fait, Lacy Linares, Hilda Penny, Danton Bertot, Bo Millward, Landon Gumucio and Kim Goodsell.
Stars on Saturday are Garrett Tate, Erin Petersen, Zachary Petersen, Rachel Hendricks, Jaclynn Henniger, Aubrey Ewer, TJ Skaug, Colter Thompsen, Aspen Davis and Cameron Passey.
People can buy in-person tickets at the Grantsville High Theater website: our.show/grantsville-high-school/addamsfam or they can buy livestream tickets at grantsville.booktix.com. There may be some tickets available at the door to be purchased with a credit card.
Due to Covid measures this year, all guests must be masked throughout the performance. No cash accepted at the door (although credit cards are accepted if there are still seats available). It is a 90-minute performance with no intermission.