'Addams Family' comes to Spring Lake

Krystle Wagner • Apr 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM

SPRING LAKE TWP. — The “creepy” and “kooky” Addams family will be on stage next week at Spring Lake High School.

The school’s theater program presents “The Addams Family,” a musical comedy, at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 27-28; and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in the auditorium.

In the show, Wednesday Addams has fallen in love, and she asks her father, Gomez, to keep it a secret from her mother, Morticia. When the Addamses host the family of Wednesday’s boyfriend, everything changes.

Playing the Addams family matriarch, Morticia, is a dream-come-true for SLHS junior Kayla Raschke. Raschke, 17, said she likes the way her character acts and knows everything. The musical became one of her favorites after seeing the show in Chicago.

Raschke’s favorite song is the opening number, “When You’re an Addams,” and she enjoys the tango with Ian Gluck, who plays Gomez.

“It will be a fun night for any age,” she said.

Last week, some of the show’s actors and actresses got into character and performed at The Village Baker in Spring Lake. 

Freshman Skylar Coon said playing a relatively well-known character has provided some challenges with putting her own spin on Pugsley. Coon, 15, said her character is fun because she gets to play a male role and someone who isn’t a good person. Before the spring production was announced, Coon had already started listening to the show’s soundtrack. 

With the show less than a week away, Gluck said he thinks everything is coming along well, but it’s also sad since it’s his last high school production.

As audiences watch the musical, Raschke said she hopes they learn not to keep secrets and that everyone is different.

“All families are different,” she said. “Normal is an illusion.”

Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens, and $12 for adults. Tickets are available online at www.springlakeschools.org.

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