TEMPLETON — Templeton High School Drama presents “The Addams Family,” a musical based on the hit 1960s TV show of the same name. Humor and music merge with ghoulish situations to create a weird and wonderful theatrical experience.
Directed by Templeton Drama instructor Catherine Kingsbury, the play will be performed at the Templeton Performing Arts Center over two successive weekends: Thursdays through Saturdays, March 7-9 and March 14-16 at 7 p.m., with two matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, and Saturday, March 16. Tickets are available at https://thsaddamsfamily.bpt.me.
In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. Nonetheless, this quirky family still has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by any other family, and the spookiest nightmare faced by every family creates the focus of this hit musical: the Addams kids are growing up. The Addamses have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years, and Gomez and Morticia, the patriarch and matriarch of the clan, would be only too happy to continue living that way.
Their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is now an eighteen-year-old young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family — the most un-Addams sounding person one could be! And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.
Adult tickets for “The Addams Family” are $15 and student/senior tickets are $12 (all students and seniors 55 and older). In addition, there is a special offer which includes a preface preceding the Thursday performances at 5:30 p.m. For $20, you can attend a pre-show lecture on the history and development of the musical and then see the show (included in the price). Proceeds will benefit Eagles in Edinburgh.
The Templeton High School Theatre Program fosters skills and knowledge of theatre arts and nurtures personal growth and creativity in students through educational theatre. The program also entertains and educates its audiences with a wide variety of plays and performances from many eras and genres. THS Drama actively promotes community involvement in theatre arts as a life-long endeavor.
Kingsbury’s philosophy as a theatre teacher and director stems from being a high school educator first. It’s important to her that the students learn skills and information that will help them at the next level of their education or career training — whatever that may be. If they want to pursue a career in theatre, then they will be well prepared. If they want to pursue a career in anything else, they will also be prepared with good communication skills and work ethics, especially working in a team environment.