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GFW Theatre Department presents The Addams Family this weekend

The GFW Theatre Department will be performing The Addams Family (A Musical Comedy). The cast will take the stage February 25-27 with 7 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday, as well as a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens. They can be purchased in the GFW Jr/Sr High School office. “The Addams Family you know and love will be brought to life with song and dance, and a little chaos,” said Director Samarah Forster. The Addamses are perfectly content in their dark little world, but everything is turned upside down when Wednesday falls in love with a “normal” boy. And tonight he’s coming to dinner… with his parents. The musical features all newcomers in the leadership capacity. “This is my first production with GFW, as well as for Stacie Lehman (choir teacher/music director) and Rachel Dauer (art teacher/set designer),” Forster said. “I took the reins from Sue O’Neil who has been the director for many years, and she helped us choose this show. We considered many of the classics, but we agreed that doing something new and unique would be a great way to introduce ourselves.” Tryouts were held just before Thanksgiving and the cast has been rehearsing since December. “The students who play Morticia (Milayna Kokesch) and Gomez (Jose Cervantes) are both seniors who’ve never been in a play before. You would never know, though,” Forster said. “When they are on stage, they are complete magic, and they’ve grown so much along the way. “This cast is chock full of talent and, in a show that’s all about embracing the unique, they really get to showcase their many gifts.” The musical comes at a busy time of year for school activities and presents a few challenges for the new director. “It’s been a learning curve for us since it’s our first year and we are just meeting the kids and learning about them, as well as the equipment,” Forster said. “Also many of our students are involved in other activities (like basketball and dance team), so we’ve had to schedule rehearsals around many different schedules.” Forster has embraced the challenges and is looking forward for the hard-working cast and crew to take the stage this weekend. “It can be hard to come into a situation where you are taking over for someone who has been in charge for many years and did such an amazing job… but these students have welcomed me with open arms and we’ve had a ton of fun along the way,” she said The musical is based on a book by Marshall Brinkman and Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Andrew Lipps and produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

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