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With a new animated Addams Family movie out, the FHS students are putting on a play about 'em

DAVID F. ASHTON - In this rehearsal of a scene from The Addams Family - The Musical, Benjamin Dunfee-Hall, playing Lucas Beineke, learned of the strange dating ritual proposed by the love his life, Wednesday Addams. (Are they dancing the Tango..?) Student actors and musicians in the Franklin High School (FHS) Theater Department are devotedly rehearsing their lines, dance steps, and songs for the upcoming fall production of "The Addams Family – The Musical".

The lively show is, of course, based upon the "Addams Family" cartoon characters drawn by Charles Addams published from 1937 to 1988 in the New Yorker magazine – a ghastly family, with an affinity for the ghoulish. The musical isn't based on the television series or the animated shows, or films; instead, the storyline developed for this original musical play is based exclusively on those long-ago Addams' printed cartoons.

"It's a love story about Wednesday, the daughter of Gomez and Morticia," explained FHS Theater Instructor, and the show's Director, Joshua Forsyth.

"Wednesday is in love with, and wants to marry, a boy named Lucas, who comes from a 'normal' family," Forsythe told THE BEE. "The comedy comes from watching the weird Addams family meet and try to get along with the very 'normal' Beineke family."

Through the story, and 20 song and dance numbers, audience members find how – or if – these families get along well enough that this oddly paired young couple in love can be married, he said.

All of the well-known Addams Family characters are in the show – plus the addition of the show's chorus, a group called "The Ancestors".

"Having live music in the show is the only way to do a musical like this; the orchestra makes the production come alive," remarked Orchestra Conductor Jason Owens, observing that 16 musicians will accompany each performance.

This show may not be appropriate for young children; "PG-13" would be a good guideline, Forsythe said.

"The Addams Family – The Musical" plays in the new Franklin High Theater at 7 p.m. on November 8 and 9, and again on November 16, 17, and 18. And, there's a special Sunday Matinee show on November 10 at 2 p.m. The school is situated at 5405 S.E. Woodward Street, just north of Powell Boulevard, east of 52nd.

Tickets are $12 adults, and $6 for both students with ID and seniors. They are available at the box office, and online – www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/franklin


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