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'The Addams Family' takes to the Geyer Performing Arts Center stage

| Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
The cast of the Actors and Artists of Fayette County's production of 'The Addams Family.'
The cast of the Actors and Artists of Fayette County's production of 'The Addams Family.'

When Actors and Artists of Fayette County put out their casting call for “The Addams Family Musical,” they were looking for “all ages of creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky actors, dancers and singers.”

Anyone who watched the original television series (1964-66) on which the stage show is based remembers those words from the catchy theme song, which described the show's quirky characters.

The strange but lovable extended family will take the stage Nov. 16 to 19 at Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale.

Director John Cunnard of Everson says the TV show was always one of his favorites growing up and he is drawing a lot of inspiration from it for this production.

“When I heard there was a musical, I knew I wanted to direct it,” he says. “My biggest challenge is making sure everyone in a cast of 50-plus has stage time.”

The cast includes featured performers Patterson Ware of Scottdale as Pugsley, Breanna Deutsch of Greensburg as Morticia, Maddie Kocur of Oakmont as Wednesday, Peggy Bryan of Greensburg as Grandmama, Mike Fallon of Mt. Pleasant as Lurch, Mike Hamilla of Uniontown as Gomez and Julia Smitley of Mt. Pleasant as Uncle Fester.

In looks and behaviors, Addams family members are very different than other folks, but the family is dealing with the “normal” problem of the kids growing up.

“The Addams family members are such iconic and well-known characters and this show does a nice job of extending their story in later years,” Deutsch says. “I'm a rather bubbly person, so my biggest challenge is really embracing that dark seductress flair of Morticia and figuring out how to pair that with her very real love for her family. Finding the balance of light and dark is a fun challenge.”

Kocur is reprising the role of Wednesday Addams that she played as a junior at Riverview High School. She says it is different revisiting this role because the dynamic of the cast is different and her life has changed a lot in the past three years.

“These aspects have definitely influenced how I play Wednesday and how I act and sing the part. My biggest challenge is conveying the roller coaster of emotions Wednesday undergoes throughout the entire show, without overdoing it,” she says.

Candy Williams is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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