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“In physical comedy, many things are important,” he said. “In addition to understanding lines, I enjoy teaching my students what exactly is funny in a line or where are the possible ways to capture comic moments out of real human behavior. My students have grown hugely throughout this process. The rehearsals have been so fun, playful and incredibly professional. The students have been so focused. Overall, this is a really well-crafted show. Andrew Lippa is such a talented writer.”
Lippa’s tuneful Tony-nominated score includes “When You’re an Addams,” “One Normal Night,” “The Moon and Me,” “Let’s Not Talk About Anything Else But Love,” and Wednesday and Lucas’ terrific pop duet “Crazier Than You.”
FATHER KNOWS BEST
Hunter Minor, memorably seen last season as David in WSU’s impressive local premiere of “If/Then,” portrays patriarch Gomez Addams, particularly pressured by Wednesday into keeping her relationship with Lucas a secret from her mother, Morticia. Choosing to remain silent is a challenge for Gomez, but Minor regards it as the perfect example of a father’s unyielding love.
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“This show highlights a father who would do, and does throughout the show, anything for his family,” he said. “When both his wife and daughter ask for the impossible, he still does his absolute best to make both of their lives as perfect as possible. The show makes an incredible point of questioning what makes a ‘normal’ family. The Addamses and the Beinekes show us how every family, through their own uniqueness and quirks, is perfectly imperfect in their own way.”
CAST AND ARTISTIC TEAM
Joining Minor in principal roles are Robin Dunavent as Morticia, Michaella Waickman as Wednesday, Erik Moth as Fester, Dylan Tacker as Lurch, Amanda Astorga as Grandma, Eric Thompson as Lucas, Emma Bratton as Alice, Nick Martin as Mal, and Parker Kaibas as Pugsley. Marcus Butts, Tommy Cole, Mitchell Lewis, Jake Siwek, and Jeremy Weinstein portray the Male Ancestors. Lauren Eifert, Tassy Kirbas, Emma Metzger, Maggie Musco, and Jeannie Sincic portray the Female Ancestors. Matthew Shanahan and Sophie Hardy are the Swings.
Deer’s artistic team includes choreographer and WSU alumna Dionysia Williams (“The Music Man,” “Les Misérables,” “The Wild Party”); musical director Wade Russo (Goodspeed Musicals, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Boston Conservatory); set designer David J. Castellano; lighting designer Matthew P. Benjamin; costumer Zoe Still; and sound designer James Dunlap.
WANT TO GO?
What: "The Addams Family"
Where: Festival Playhouse of the Creative Arts Center at Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy., Dayton
When: Oct. 31-Nov. 17; 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays
Cost: $25 for adults; $23 for seniors; $15 for students
Tickets: Call (937) 775-2500 or visit wright.edu/tdmp
FYI: Patrons who attend the show dressed in costume will receive Halloween candy at the box office.