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‘The Addams Family’ set for Saturday: Kayhi’s new musical theater club’s first musical performance

Daily News Staff Writer

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

 “The Addams Family” will be the first musical performed by the new musical theater club, and the first Kayhi 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. Saturday in the Ketchikan High School auditorium, and a matinee performance is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday at Kayhi.

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.”

The cast will include Connor Wodehouse as Gomez Addams; C.B. Pierce in the role of Morticia Addams; Debi Karlik as Grandma; Ethan Thomas as Uncle Fester; Katie Isner as Wednesday Addams; Anne Paxton as Pugsley Addams; Wyatt Miller as Lurch; Kyan Kimberley portraying Mal Beineke; Madi Lundamo in the role of Alice Beineke; and Alec Lundberg as Lucas Beineke.

The ensemble of Addams family ancestors will be portrayed by Olivia Phelps, Judy Meirsonne, Kyesha Williams, Shay Ohmer, Autumn Padron, Bethanne Tucker, Emily Stumpf, Caitlynn Ashcraft, Natalie Henson, Robert Cope-Powell, Josh Ryan and Royce Walston.

“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.”