Don’t torture yourself, go see Glenn High School’s ‘The Addams Family’ musical

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Don’t miss out on a creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, all together ooky, musical production of “The Addams Family” by the Tom Glenn High School’s Theatre and Choir Department.  


Tom Glenn High School Theatre Director Melody Morton said “The Addams Family” is done differently every single time it has been done, whether it’s the television show, the movies or the Broadway productions.  


“With this version, the audience is going to see a different Addams Family story,” Morton said. “They are going to get to see Wednesday fall in love. They are also going to really enjoy the music. It’s going to be stuck in their head, in a good way.”


The Tom Glenn High School Theatre and Choir will present “The Addams Family” --- a musical comedy --- at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14 and at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Tom Glenn High School Auditorium, located at 1320 Collaborative Way, Leander. 


Morton said she thinks the audience will be impressed with all of the technical elements of this production.


“With the show, we are using the Broadway animated projections, which is a new technical challenge that I wanted to give our kids as well,” she said.


Though it is a bit after Halloween, Morton said she thinks this is the perfect time of year to present this musical.


“Everybody loves ‘The Addams Family,’” Morton said. “It’s been around for so long --- decade after decade of people enjoy it, from grandparents to little kids." 


This musical adaptation is unlike anything they have done previously, Morton said. 


“The music is upbeat and fun and sassy,” she said. “It’s more jazzy and some it has almost a rock feel to it. The set is going to be different than anything we’ve done. Plus, the projections are going to make the audience feel like they are seeing a Broadway production as opposed to just a high school production." 


Morton said she had been wanting to direct “The Addams Family” for a few years.


“This is one that I’ve always wanted to direct,” Morton said. “I thought I had the right kids to play Gomez and Morticia and Wednesday and all of the leads. I had the right group this year, so I wanted to pick something that would fit them. I knew I wanted to do this musical before this group of seniors graduated.”


Morton said the musical is almost completely student-led, with students creating the costumes, set, production, lighting and even the choreography. The more contemporary choreography was led by Glenn High School seniors, Shelby Dubose and Ryleigh Baker. 


“I wanted to pick something that was more challenging, dance-wise, since my two choreographers are seniors this year,” Morton said. 


Lead roles will be played by Ryleigh Baker as Morticia, Jaiden Collier as Gomez, Taiya Collier as Wednesday, Morgin Nokes as Pugsley, Paige Wilson as Grandmama, Logan Parmenter as Fester, Alfred Rivera Thompson as Lurch, Camille Calley as Cousin Itt, Shelby Dubose as Alice Beineke, Collin West as Mal Beineke and Jacob Busby as Lucas Beineke.


Tickets can be purchased online at squareup.com/store/glenn-hs-theatre for $10 or $12 at the door. 

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