CLC's musical 'The Addams Family' has something for everyone

  • The cast of the College of Lake County's summer musical comedy, "The Addams Family," includes, from left, front row: Lillie Salas as Pugsley, Nicole Fryer as Morticia, Scott Metzger as Gomez, Isabel Koleno as Wednesday and Isabella Cernuska as Grandma; back row: Ryan McNeil as Uncle Fester and Jonathon Rocha as Lurch.

    The cast of the College of Lake County's summer musical comedy, "The Addams Family," includes, from left, front row: Lillie Salas as Pugsley, Nicole Fryer as Morticia, Scott Metzger as Gomez, Isabel Koleno as Wednesday and Isabella Cernuska as Grandma; back row: Ryan McNeil as Uncle Fester and Jonathon Rocha as Lurch. Courtesy of the College of Lake County

 
Submitted by the College of Lake County
Updated 7/1/2019 10:16 AM

The College of Lake County Theatre Department will present musical comedy "The Addams Family" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 25-27; and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21 and 28. Performances take place in the Studio Theatre of James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on CLC's Grayslake Campus.

Based on characters created by Charles Addams, "The Addams Family" explores the creepy, kooky, weird and wonderful household immortalized in cartoon, television and movies. In this new musical comedy, Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet young man from -- gasp -- a respectable family. She's confided in her father, and now Gomez Addams must do the unthinkable: keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Change is just around the corner for the entire family in this delightful tale, created by "Jersey Boys" authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music and lyrics provided by the award-winning Andrew Lippa.

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"This musical comedy takes all the wonderful things we know about 'The Addams Family' and moves the story forward," said Craig Rich, director of the play and chair of CLC's Theatre Department. "Young adults will relate to Wednesday and Lucas trying to find their own path, but still wanting their parents' blessing. Those of us a little older will relate to Morticia, Gomez and Lucas' parents. They want the best for their children, but are having a hard time accepting that they have grown up. In a broader context, these two families, from very different backgrounds, are trying to work through their differences and find common ground. The musical does this in a comic way, but the message is something all of us can relate to."

Tickets are available in person at the CLC Box Office, by phone at (847) 543-2300, or online at www.clcillinois.edu/tickets, which also has pricing and discount information. To request sign language interpreting, contact the box office at least two weeks in advance.

'The Addams Family' cast includes: Gomez Addams: Scott Metzger of Libertyville; Morticia Addams: Nicole Fryer of Gurnee; Uncle Fester: Ryan McNeil of Racine, Wisconsin; Grandma: Isabella Cernuska of Round Lake; Wednesday Addams: Isabel Koleno of Lake Forest; Pugsley Addams: Lillie Salas of Grayslake; Lurch: Jonathon Rocha of Waukegan; Mal Beineke: Nolan Rice of Lindenhurst; Alica Beineke: Rena Beyers of Wauconda; Lucas Beineke: Ian Cummisford of Grayslake; and the Addams Ancestors: Riley Beckett and Joshua Cain of Lake Villa; Sarah Clement, Elijah Janssen-Weitz, Cole Larsen and Owen Skarbalus of Lindenhurst; Colby Flade and Chantal Moody of Round Lake; Tyler Gray-Henry and Kristen Yoder of Grayslake; Delaney Katz of Lake Zurich; Sam Kim of Hawthorn Woods; Rachel McCulloch of Gurnee; Tanner Newman of Lakemoor; Kassandra Phelan of Waukegan; Dylan Thomas of Winthrop Harbor; Nate Toledo of Round Lake Beach; Corey Truger of Vernon Hills; and Nikki Wegner of Mundelein.

For more information, contact the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division at (847) 543-2040 or visit www.clcillinois.edu/programs/the. Or become a fan of the College of Lake County Theatre Department Facebook page.

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