The Belton High School Theatre Department will present “The Addams Family,” a creepy, kooky musical, this weekend at the BHS Performing Arts Center.
Performances will begin 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
The story is based on the beloved quirky characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams.
In the upside-down, eccentric 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. The Addamses have lived by their unique values for centuries and Gomez and Morticia, the patriarch and matriarch of the clan, are content to keep living that way. But the family is forced to face the terrors of change when their daughter Wednesday falls in love with a boy who is as un-Addams as can be.
“Wednesday Adams has grown up and met a boy, and it’s time for the families to meet, and there are a few problems,” said Theatre Director Melissa Stuhff. “There are a few things that go awry because the families are very, very different.”
Stuhff said 77 students make up the hard-working cast and crew. She said the show is sweet, funny, and showcases the talent of her students.
“These kids are incredibly talented, and they need to be seen,” she said. “We’ve got some kids in this cast that, in a couple of years, people will be able to say ‘I saw them when…’ And I really, truly believe that.”
Senior Ian Farrell said auditions for “The Addams Family” were held in October and the cast have been rehearsing since then.
Farrell plays Gomez, the leader of the Addams clan.
“He’s a wacky Spanish guy with a long family lineage,” he said.
Farrell said Gomez is caught between his wife and daughter when Wednesday doesn’t want him to tell Morticia that she’s planning on getting married.
“So he deals with that struggle throughout most of the show,” he said.
Morticia Addams, played by junior Kara Fish, is in essence “conceded, withholding, judgmental, and the entire play likes nothing more than stirring up trouble with her husband who just wants to help his daughter.”
Fish said she thoroughly enjoyed playing Morticia, even though the character is the complete opposite of her own personality.
Senior Kate Salters is portraying Alice Beineke, the mother of boy Wednesday is planning to marry.
“Alice is like sunshine personified, and she’s just this bright, bubbly woman who just loves the color yellow and loves birdies and stuff, until she mistakenly takes a potion and then it brings out her darker side,” Salters said.
She said the role is very different from any other character she’s ever played because of the shift from being a cheerful person to being something opposite.
Tickets for “The Addams Family” cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Advance tickets can be purchased online at beltontheatre.weebly.com, and tickets will also be available at the door.