Arts & Entertainment

Masquers of West Essex to Present Spring Musical 'The Addams Family'

87602bd052df34f4a553_4eb61264a66e818a1960_image2.JPG
Masquers of West Essex Presents “The Addams Family”  Credits: Daniella Ignacio
97f2a4971e67859ef067_image1.JPG
Masquers of West Essex Presents “The Addams Family”  Credits: Daniella Ignacio
9a2286c06c9d14417bdc_image1__1_.JPG
Masquers of West Essex Presents “The Addams Family”  Credits: Daniella Ignacio
79a61215a17c45f4a614_image2__1_.JPG
Masquers of West Essex Presents “The Addams Family”  Credits: Daniella Ignacio
87602bd052df34f4a553_4eb61264a66e818a1960_image2.JPG

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — They’re creepy and they’re kooky and they’re coming to West Essex. Masquers of West Essex is presenting its spring production of “The Addams Family” this weekend at West Essex High School (WEHS), with the first curtain call at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10.

"The Addams Family," known for its obsession with the macabre, receives a modern treatment in this original musical featuring all of the familiar characters that Addams Family fans know and love. In this retelling, written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and composed by Andrew Lippa, Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart, young man from a respectable family: a man her parents have never met.

Gomez Addams, whom Wednesday confides in and begs not to tell her mother, must do something he's never done before: keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. According to the musical, things heat up for the family on one fateful night, when the Addams host a dinner for Wednesday's “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Sign Up for E-News

“This show is just really enjoyable for everyone, old and young,” said WEHS senior Tess Dyer, who plays Wednesday. “There is so much really great talent in our cast, it’s going to be an amazing show.”

“It’s a really good show with an awesome cast, and it’s really fun,” said junior Michael Gaccione, who plays Lucas Beineke, Wednesday’s love interest.

Senior Matt DeFazio and junior Kira Shabbab star as the heads of the family, Gomez and Morticia Addams. They’re flanked by the likes of Dyer and Gaccione, as well as junior Michael Gonzalez as Uncle Fester, junior Caroline Lanfrank as Grandma, sophomore Matt Uhlendorf as Lurch and sophomore Paige Wasserman as Pugsley. The Beinekes are played by senior Joey Klein as patriarch Mal and senior Lydia DeLuca as his wife, Alice.

The ensemble of ancestors consists of Erin Bogert, Sarah Candido, Blake Chamberlain, Kristen DeAngelis, Alexa DeVito, Maddie Feldman, Sammie Haas, Daniella Ignacio, Paige Johnston, Dina Kolesar, Samantha Luk, Marc Pelosi, Teddy Press, Elaina Ragusa, Serena Szarka, Delia Zumpano and Francesca Zumpano. Many of these ensemble members are appearing in their first Masquers production.

“It’s been challenging, but a lot of fun,” said sophomore and Masquers newcomer Sarah Candido.

Christa Rizzo directs this cast of 27 students, while Shaun Salmon is the choreographer and Donna Mateyka serves as musical director. Other staff members include crew advisor Lee Oberg, technical director Anthony Rizzo and lobby manager Stefanie DuCasse.

Several West Essex students also serve as managers for this production, including senior Tashiana Quiñones as stage manager, junior Jovanna Bartelloni as assistant stage manager, junior Tommy Pravata as lighting designer, senior Andrew Rubinich as technical manager, senior Brandon Riotto as assistant to the advisors, junior Stephanie Lombardo as props manager and senior Marissa Stille as hair-and-makeup manager.

“Being a stage manager in my senior year means that I have achieved all of the goals I wanted to achieve backstage, and that I get to have the greatest impact I can on the crew, which I plan on being a positive one,” said Quiñones.

Masquers also welcomed two new staff members for this musical: Anthony Fabrizio as pit conductor and Erica Lescota as art director. Fabrizio recently took over as band director at WEHS and said he is pleased with the program.

“We put in the work, we put in the time,” he said. “The students did a lot of work during the rehearsal process that made it a lot smoother than it could have been. We have a high quality show and I’m very impressed with West Essex.”

Rizzo, the musical’s director, said she is excited for West Essex students to see the show that everyone involved in has been working hard to come into fruition.

“The Addams Family is a lot of fun,” said Rizzo. “It’s a really funny show, it’s a very entertaining show and I think that [by watching the show] West Essex students will see their friends in a new light. I also think that they’ll really enjoy their time, it’s got that little bit of creepiness, but a lot of fun. I just that that it’s different than anything we’ve really done here at West Essex.”

The Addams Family runs from Thursday, March 10, through Saturday, March 12, at 7 p.m. on all nights, with a 1 p.m. matinee on March 12. All performances are at West Essex High School, located at 65 W. Greenbrook Rd. in North Caldwell. Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for adults at the door. Tickets pre-ordered online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2503135?date=1406275 cost $10 for students and $12 for adults, not including service fees.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

$100 OFF per Week for Summer Camp Now!

July 12, 2018

Guerrero Marital Arts is now offering an 8-week summer camp for summer 2018!

Pick which weeks you want!

Camp Weeks are:

July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27

Includes the following:

Fitness
Fun (through Sports, Play and Games)
Field Trips (may cost extra)
Life Lessons
Reading Time
Martial Arts
A great place to ...

Bucco Couture Summer Sale on All Custom Suits, Shirts and Casual Wear

NUTLEY, NJ — Save while looking sharp! 20% off all summer wear an extra 10% savings for Military, Veterans and all first responders at Bucco Couture, 187 Franklin Avenue in Nutley, with the launch of some new products such as our tracksuit line, crushed cotton drawstring pants and jeans. 

We also carry Bugatchi and Rober Graham casual wear as well as stretch high V-neck ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

July 14, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters in Newark, according to one of two ordinances approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_2468930b54fcb2172eae_gb_front

Sat, July 21, 12:30 PM

CycleBar Livingston, Livingston

Bike for the Bean

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_f6336b4ae60182e89776_roseland_library_logo

Mon, July 23, 10:00 AM

Roseland Free Public Library, Roseland

Walking for Fitness

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_f6336b4ae60182e89776_roseland_library_logo

Mon, July 23, 4:00 PM

Roseland Free Public Library, Roseland

Lego Mindstorms

Matarazzo Farms Farmers Market Every Tuesday in Cedar Grove

July 17, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Join Matarazzo Farms for its Farmer's Market every Tuesday through the fall at the new Cedar Grove Park on Fairview Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. directly in front of the Robert J. O'Toole Community center in Cedar Grove.

Matarazzo Farms will have fresh local produce naturally grown plus some other specialties like fresh cut ...

Obituaries

Mar 23, 1932 - Jun 2, 2018
Obituary - Donald J. Cooney, March 23, 1932 to June 2, 2018 Donald J. Cooney, 86, of North ...
Read more

Would Shedding

How much wood wouldn’t a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck woodn’t?

 

Enough already.  

 

I get it.  It is an easy mistake to make, misusing would and wouldn’t.  It happens to me all the time.

 

“Honey, when I said I didn’t see any reason why I would go to the ballet, I meant to say I couldn’t see ...