Kooky characters abound in The Addams Family Musical! This very funny show is populated by the familiar members of the famous family, ancestors from ages past clad in ghostly white and one nice normal family stuck in the middle, trying to make sense of it all.
This production marks the sixth full-scale musical produced through a partnership between the William Floyd Community Summit (WFCS) Cultural Arts, the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library Friends of the Arts and the William Floyd School District. This is the first year bearing the name OCEAN Arts, a newly formed not-for-profit that grew out of the WFCS Cultural Arts Committee. “For the past six years, we have been growing these programs to include middle school and elementary school, and we felt the time had come to create a separate entity,” said April Franzino, co-producer. “We see a demand for performing arts opportunities in our community and we are doing our best to fill that need.”
The Addams Family was the most popular musical for high school groups to perform in 2016, with good reason. It boasts characters people are familiar with, hysterically funny dialogue, fantastic songs that will take the audience from laughter to tears in a few measures, and a storyline that teaches the audience to love and accept themselves and one another as they are, to embrace their differences and enjoy their similarities. When you’re an Addams, you are true to yourself.
The 2017 production team once again features many talented alumni of the William Floyd music and theater programs. Returning are Kyle Imperatore as director, Chris Miranda as vocal director and Michael Cordaro as the pit orchestra director. New to the team is talented alum Nicole Bianco as choreographer. Susan Cordaro will again handle sound and light direction.
The contributions of the William Floyd High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) program and its Building Trades and Construction Academy, led by teacher Matt Van Horne, have become indispensable to the production. This year, the sets are moveable and multi-level, and represent many hours of hard work by these fine young people. In addition, high school art teacher Barbara Covello-Mazlin has come on board and is leading a very talented group of students in set decoration. “Each year we are able to involve more students in our production,” said co-producer Cathy Meinhold. “We are always thrilled to deepen our mutually beneficial partnership with the school and open up to more kids.” The Addams Family will involve more than 100 students in cast, crew, pit orchestra, construction and art.
The Addams Family opens Friday, March 31 at 7 pm, with two shows on Saturday April 1 at 1 pm and again at 7 pm. Tickets are available online through a link at www.oceanarts.org and in person at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library. Tickets are $11 in advance, $13 at the door. All seating is reserved. Children age two and under are free on an adult lap.
Watch the video below for a sneak peek performance from the 3/21 William Floyd Board of Education meeting!