Crestwood presents ‘Addams Family’ musical comedy

Photo by Cayla Kolbusz  Dearborn Heights Crestwood High School presents the musical comedy, “The Addams Family,” with Alayna Alie (left) as Grandmama, Hyaal Wehab as Wednesday, Karime Hazime as Gomez, Alex Dynda as Lurch, Vanessa Elzein as Morticia, Jamal Jaafar as Pugsley and Cameron Davis as Fester. Show times are 7 p.m. April 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 in the school auditorium, 1501 N. Beech Daly.

Photo by Cayla Kolbusz. Dearborn Heights Crestwood High School presents the musical comedy, “The Addams Family,” with Alayna Alie (left) as Grandmama, Hyaal Wehab as Wednesday, Karime Hazime as Gomez, Alex Dynda as Lurch, Vanessa Elzein as Morticia, Jamal Jaafar as Pugsley and Cameron Davis as Fester. Show times are 7 p.m. April 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 in the school auditorium, 1501 N. Beech Daly.

Crestwood High School presents the musical comedy “The Addams Family” at 7 p.m. April 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25, with a free senior citizen performance at 11 a.m. April 16 at the school, 1501 N. Beech Daly in Dearborn Heights.

Tickets are available at the door, and are $10 for general admission, $8 for students with identification, and $7 for seniors.

Directed by Cayla Kolbusz, the show follows what happens when Wednesday Addams wants to marry someone not accustomed to her creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky family.

The mothers of three Crestwood graduates created the spectacular costumes, which Lasca Smith designed, then brought to life with the help of Kim Kadeau and Lynne Senia.

Senior Audrey Wilson, an ensemble member, choreographer and dance captain, said the cast features amazing singers and fun choreography.

“It has been really interesting to see this show go from teenagers dancing and singing in jeans and hoodies to seeing costumes and makeup being added in,” Wilson said, “and seeing how it changes the feel of the show.”

Hyaal Wehab, a junior who plays Wednesday Addams, has high praise for the costumes designed and built for the cast.

“Each costume has to be in a shade of white or gray for the ancestors in order for it to blend in and match the story,” she said. “Thanks to our lovely costumers, we are lucky to have awesome costumes.”

Wehab said she enjoys the feeling of performing for an audience, and has shared videos of the musical numbers and explained the show’s plot to encourage those unfamiliar with the show to attend.

“I tell them that if they come, they’ll see me get married in the show, which is funny, because I am only 16,” Wehab said.

Sophomore Vanessa El-Zein, who plays Morticia, Wednesday’s mother, said acting is her passion as well.

“It gives me an adrenaline rush that nothing else can give me,” she said. “This play is one full of laughter, excitement, and most importantly family.”

She said the show’s creative process has been an incredible experience for her.

“Every little detail has been accounted for,” El-Zein said. “From the costumes to the set, the creativity of this show is out of this world.”

DATA SEEKS DIRECTORS, ACTORS FOR ‘RANDOM ACTS OF THEATRE’

The Dearborn Area Theater Association, in partnership with the Dearborn Community Fund, will hold interviews for directors April 13 and 14 for “Random Acts of Theatre” in Studio A of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

“Random Acts of Theatre,” a two-hour collection of one-act plays and reader’s theater, runs at 8 p.m. Sept. 11 and 12 on the main stage of the Michael A. Guido Theater. Dianne Bernick will coordinate the project.

Auditions for adult actors will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. May 11 to 14 in Studio A, with rehearsals running evenings June 2 to Sept. 10 in Studio B.

A $15 DATA membership fee is required when auditioning.

For more information, go to dearbornareatheatre.org.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE ENROLLING FOR SUMMER PROGRAM

The Missoula Children’s Theatre, a weeklong introductory experience for children 6 to 17, is accepting registrations for the July 20 to 24 program at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

The class meets 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20 to 23, and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 24, culminating in a 6 p.m. performance of “King Arthur’s Quest” in the Michael A. Guido Theater.

There is a $165 registration fee for the program. For more information, and to enroll, call 313-943-2354 or go to dearborntheater.com.

SUMMER ARTS ACADEMY TO PRESENT 2 MUSICALS

The Summer Arts Academy Players will offer a two-week summer intensive July 6 to 19 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center culminating in two one-act musicals.

Participants age 13 and under will perform Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass,” while participants age 14 to 20 will perform in the Dearborn-area premiere of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

Performances are 7:30 p.m. July 17, and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. July 19 in the Michael A. Guido Theater. There will also be a July 18 afternoon understudy dress rehearsal, followed by a cast party in Studio A.

The program runs 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Studio A and on the Michael A. Guido stage. Auditions will be July 6, the first day of the program. Perusal material and music samples will be available online in June for the auditions.

The $125 participation fee includes a show T-shirt and a cast party. To register, call 313-943-2354 or go to dearborntheater.com. Contact director Cynthia Frabutt at cintext@me.com with any questions.

Kirabelle Frabotta is the assistant director, with Kurt Frank and Brittania Talori as musical directors, and Wesley Montgomery as assistant musical director. Jeanette Capote will choreograph the shows.

Frabutt said the age separation provides younger children with more opportunity for lines and solos, while providing teens with more challenging material.