Guildlings present ‘Addams Family – the Musical’

Photo by Sue Suchyta. Dearborn residents Grace Bertucci (left), Matt Apostle, Katie Rose Garber and Noah Wisniewski, ancestors in “The Addams Family – the Musical,” practice tango-inspired choreography at the Players Guild of Dearborn. The show runs 7:30 p.m. July 16 to 18, and 2:30 p.m. July 19 at the theater. For tickets and more information, call 313-561-TKTS or go to playersguildofdearborn.org.

Photo by Sue Suchyta. Dearborn residents Grace Bertucci (left), Matt Apostle, Katie Rose Garber and Noah Wisniewski, ancestors in “The Addams Family – the Musical,” practice tango-inspired choreography at the Players Guild of Dearborn. The show runs 7:30 p.m. July 16 to 18, and 2:30 p.m. July 19 at the theater. For tickets and more information, call 313-561-TKTS or go to playersguildofdearborn.org.

By SUE SUCHYTA

The Players Guild of Dearborn presents “The Addams Family – the Musical,” featuring the teenage Guildlings at 7:30 p.m. July 16 to 18, and at 2:30 p.m. July 19 at the theater, 21730 Madison.

For tickets or more information, call 313-561-TKTS or go to playersguildofdearborn.org.

Directed by Brian Townsend, the show features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.

When Wednesday Addams, now grown up, brings home a “normal” young man she loves, Gomez and Morticia find their world turned upside down until Uncle Fester and an ensemble of ghostly Addams ancestors step in to help.

The cast features Trevor Berry of Dearborn as Gomez, Jenny Lessnau of Livonia as Morticia, Lia Bertucci of Dearborn as Wednesday, and Kyle David Cochran of Canton Township as Uncle Fester.

Also: Peter Moore of Dearborn as Pugsley, Marjorie Garber of Dearborn as Grandmama, Ian Duma of Canton Township as Lurch, and Ian Haas of Inkster as Thing.

Also: Allen Maxson of Canton Township as Mal Beineke, Rachel Ogger of Livonia as Alice Beineke, and William Dunn of Taylor as Lucas.

The Addams ancestors include Dearborn residents Matt Apostle, Grace Bertucci, Katie Rose Garber, Andrew Oswald, Emma Scott, Heather Slanec, and Noah Wisniewski; Anthony Pierzoynowski of Taylor; Sydney Balan of Flat Rock; and Quinn Higgins of Northville.

Townsend said the clever show brings to life characters audiences have seen on TV, in print cartoons, and in movies.

“We get to experience them in a whole new light, in a completely different set of circumstances,” Townsend said. “It really brings to light the idea that normal or normalcy is all relative. No matter where you come from, accept that part of you and everything else will be fine.”

Moore said it is a very energetic show.

“It really brings life to the stage,” Moore said. “It has so much energy that I can (use to) bring the character to life.”

If like good music and good choreography, Dunn urges audiences to come see the show.

Ogger said if people like the Addams family characters already, they will enjoy seeing them in a stage musical. She said the ancestor ensemble is fun and crazy as well.

“You really understand the family more through the ancestors and Fester,” she said. “It’s another way to get the same feeling you had with the (TV) show, in another venue.”

PLAYERS GUILD ANNOUNCES ‘MIRACLE WORKER’ CAST

Director Kirk Haas of Inkster announced the Players Guild of Dearborn cast for William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker” Wednesday.

The 1960 Tony Award-winner for Best Play tells the story of Anne Sullivan, and blind and mute Helen Keller, whom she rescues from a dark, silent existence.

The show runs 8 p.m. Sept. 18, 19, 25, 26, and Oct. 2 and 3, and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 20, 27, and Oct. 4.

For tickets and more information, call 313-561-TKTS or go to playersguildofdearborn.org.

Meg Kisch of Dearborn plays Anne, with Madeline Baker of Wyandotte playing Helen.

Kristen Campbell of Canton Township is Kate Keller, with Tom Varitek of Dexter as Captain Keller, James Mayne of Farmington Hills as James Keller, and Connie Harrison of Dearborn as Aunt Ev.

Also: Jillian Drapala of Dearborn Heights as Viney, Kate Varitek of Dexter as Martha, Peter Moore of Dearborn as Percy, and Tom Sparrow of Allen Park as Anagnos.

Christina Bertucci and Alia Elhajj of Dearborn, and Jamie Paschke of Canton Township play blind girls.

Cole Haas of Inkster plays a boy, with David Wood and Jeff Bartos of Dearborn as Crone 1 and 2, respectively, Tim Carney of Livonia playing Crone 3, and Richard Moore of Dearborn playing a man.

SUMMER ARTS ACADEMY PLAYERS PRESENT ‘THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS’ AND ‘THE MAGIC FLUTE’

A two-week theater immersion program at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn, will culminate in two one-act musical productions the third weekend in July.

“Through the Looking Glass,” performed by preteens, and a shortened English language version of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” performed by teens, runs 7 p.m. July 17, and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. July 19.

For tickets or more information, call 313-943-2354, or go to dearborntheater.com.

Director Cynthia Frabutt said “The Magic Flute” will infuse elements of manga and sosplay into the production to give it an added dimension of fun and fantasy.

“The story is essentially a fairy tale embedded with mystery, conflict, and a power struggle between the forces of good and evil,” Frabutt said. “With its Freemasonry ideals of goodwill and enlightenment, it is also an allegory portraying humanity’s struggle for truth, and wisdom rising above adversity.”

She said Mozart’s genius as a composer enabled him to combine and blend elements of noble, social, and political ideas with mythology, mystery, magic, romance, and comedy in an extraordinary way.

“Magic Flute” cast members include Mary Charara and Madelyn Kaplan of Dearborn as the Queen of the Night, Karim Hazime of Dearborn Heights as Tamino, and Katie Polidori of Dearborn, and Rebekah Preiss of Dearborn Heights, as Pamina.

Also: Mike Suchyta and Kyle Tillman of Dearborn as Papageno, Katherine Lieblang and Scout Greimel of Dearborn as Papagena, and Noah Goddard of Dearborn, and Bilal Hammoud of Dearborn Heights, as Sarastro.

Also: Dearborn residents Madeleine Herman and Anna Karoub as the First Lady, Kayla Katona as the Second Lady, and Kristin Thompson as the Third Lady.

Also: Dearborn residents Christian Plonka as Monostatos, Kyle Polidori and Tyler Katona as the Speaker, Irenie and Maria Froman and Liliana Greimel as the Three Spirits.

Also: Adam and Ryan Chatila of Dearborn Heights, and Sean Riley of Dearborn, as the Three Priests, and as guards, and Nora Nieman of Dearborn, and Elayna Cunningham and Katie Schmaltz of Livonia as the Three Servants.

Dearborn residents and music and vocal directors Kurt Frank, Brittannia Talori, and Westley Montgomery give direction to “The Magic Flute.”

Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass” has been adapted into a one-act musical, with compositions and arrangements of Old English songs by Nashville recording artist and Dearborn native Kirabelle Frabotta, who is also assistant directing.

The costume designs of Lisa Goddard of Dearborn bring a Burton-esque flare to “Alice” and a manga influence to “The Magic Flute.”