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KHS students ‘The Addams Family’ musical
April 27, 2017
KHS students ‘The Addams Family’ musical
By Noelle H. Lowery
They were creepy, cooky, mysterious, spooky and all-together ooky.
Last weekend, KHS students took the stage at the Gerald C. Wilson auditorium last weekend transforming themselves into one of television’s most-beloved and interesting families to perform “The Addams Family” musical.
An original musical comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the show is based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict the ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre. The musical is set during the family’s annual graveyard gathering of all family members — living, dead, and undecided — to celebrate what it is to be an Addams.
The production was directed by first-timer Wes Hanna, who works for Kodiak Island Borough School District as the secretary for the Board of Education. No stranger to the stage, Hanna has performed in a number of Kodiak community theater productions, and in the production program, he explained how he landed his directorial debut.
“The Coast Guard transfer season is a well-known part of living in Kodiak. Each year, we bid goodbye to precious friends and those who have enriched our community with their talents and skill. This was the case with last season’s transfer of KHS Drama Coach Alyssa Haig. As the school year began, there was no new drama coach in place,” wrote Hanna.
He went on to say that despite not having a coach the KHS Drama Club students continued meeting on their own during the first two months of the school year, brainstorming ideas for musicals they could perform in the spring that wouldn’t require a director. When Hanna heard about this, he was intrigued.
“I was reluctant to jump from fellow actor into the director’s seat,” Hanna added. “The responsibility of a show is a heavy burden to carry. However, I’ve lived in Kodiak for more than 10 years now, and in that time, I have enjoyed the rich tradition of high school and community productions here. It’s one of the reasons I choose to live on the island: The opportunity to take part in so many wonderful theater experiences. When I learned that this group of students were meeting on their own (and wanted to do a full musical no less), I wanted to see what I could do to help.”
The result were three rousing and rollicking performances with J.D. Agonoy playing the role of family patriarch, Gomez Addams, and Katie McKinney donning the jet black persona of Morticia Addams. The rest of the Addams family were played by Abigail Lewis (Wednesday Addams), R.J. Roy (Uncle Fester), Halaia Barnett (Grandma), Bradly Cobban (Pugsley Addams) and Jack Morin (Lurch).
The Beineke family was played by Josiah Fish (Mal Beineke), Nia Pristas (Alice Beineke) and Abraham Fields (Lucas Beineke). The Addams family ancestors were played by Jessica Mendez, Wetherleigh Griffin, Sandra Dorado, Hanna Clary, Grace Westling, J.B. Kim and Derek Rocheleau.
The production team included ChellaRae Nugent (Stage Manager); Tom Kiera (Lighting Design); Robert Otto (Lighting Operator); Maggie Mendones and Lola Apitz (Spotlight Operators); Wes Hanna (Sound Operator); Tim Bohac (Microphones); Tom Kjera and KHS Art Club (Set Design and Construction); Judy Carstens, Abigail Duston and Jenny Stevens (Costumes); Sophie Mondones (Ropes and Props); and Hunter Smude (Ropes). McKinney, Roy, Pristas and Lewis choreographed the musical numbers.
Hanna would like to thank the following people for their help, support and encouragement:
- Members of the KHS Art Club
- KHS Principal Chris Aguirre
- KHS Assistant Principal Shirley Hautala
- KHS Assistant Principal Neil Hecht
- KIBSD Superintendent Stewart McDonald
- KIBSD Assistant Superintendent Marilyn Davidson
- Laura Smelser
- Debbie Rohrer
- Edwina Horn
- Lissa Woodbury-Jensen
- Abigail Duston
- Katie Oliver
- Lori Seibe
- Mike Wall
- Pam Forman
- Scott Christiansen
- Kayla Desroches
- Jonathon and Sonia Clary
- The Kodiak Arts Council Board
- Parents of the actors (of course!)