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Kayhi theater group set to perform musical: ‘The Addams Family’ to be school’s first theatrical production since the mid-90’s

Daily News Staff Writer

Ketchikan High School will produce and perform a musical for the first time in over a decade this Friday.

“The Addams Family” will be the first musical performed by Kayhi’s new musical theater club, and the school’s first theatrical production since a mid-90’s performance of “Pippin.”

 According to an online flyer, the musical is a “comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family.”

 “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,” the flyer reads. “And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.”

 “The Addams Family” will open at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the Kayhi auditorium, and will be followed by a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

 The opening night was originally slated for a weekend in late January, but scheduling conflicts for the Kayhi auditorium forced co-directors Elizabeth Nelson and Bridget Mattson to move the date up by two weeks.

 Moving the date of the performance was not the only change that the musical theater club faced.

 “Based on audition turnout, we changed the musical from ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ to ‘The Addams Family,’” Mattson wrote in an email to the Daily News.

 “While we had a really good turnout for casting, and could easily have cast all the leads and secondary characters in the show, (it) didn’t really leave us with the ensemble we needed to make a lot of the big dance numbers,” Nelson said.

 Nelson told the Daily News that the small cast of 26 high school-aged students had been working hard all school year and through winter break in preparation for the fast-approaching production of “The Addams Family.”

 “They are such a lovely group of teenagers, they really are,” Nelson said. “And (they) are flexible and willing just to go with the flow – there’s been so many changes in making this whole thing happen, not the least of which is having to move it two weeks earlier … I think it’s going to be charming.”