Bainbridge Little Theater gears up for Addams Family musical
Posted 9:24 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2022
They’re scary and they’re crazy, and they’ll be visiting Bainbridge soon. That’s right, the Bainbridge Little Theater is gearing up for a performance of “The Addam’s Family Musical” later this month.
Krystal Apke, president of marketing at Bainbridge Little Theatre, spoke to the Post-Searchlight about the production. “The auditions were August 4th, so we started the following Monday, so it’s eight weeks of rehearsals,” she explained. “So we still have a few things to learn, we’re still working on our last song and our last scene.”
While some of the actors are locals, some have come from all over. “Some of the kids are from Grace, we have kids from SCCA, we have kids from Bainbridge Middle and Bainbridge High School,” Apke said, “And then a lot of our adults, it’s like their first or second show with us, so we have people from Cairo, from Whigham, so it’s pretty cool, because we have people from everywhere.
Joshua Apke portrays Gomez Addams and commented on the bizarre nature of the play and the characters. “I actually think it’s more fun to be crazy and a little weird, because sometimes when you’re playing more serious characters it’s harder to get into character, and I think for that , everyone has an easier time, because we have a laugh.”
Rachael Herendeen, who plays Morticia Addams, seems to have the opposite problem. “It’s hard, because there’s a lot of laughs in it, and for me, my character is very, very serious, doesn’t smile, doesn’t know how to smile, and so I have to practice not smiling or laugh at some things, and it’s really hard. I haven’t quite mastered it yet.
Alaiya Schuyler portrays Wednesday Addams, has a long history with the Bainbridge Little Theatre. “I’ve been in this theater for probably third grade. The first play I played here was ‘Dear Edwina’, it was a summer production, it was all kids,” she said. According to her, she grew up watching reruns of the original “Addams Family” TV show. “So I always liked the Wednesday character,” Schuyler said.
Krystal expressed her excitement for the production, saying, “We’re really excited because I feel like The Addams Family is a classic. People grow up and almost every generation has their own version of the Addams Family they grew up with.
Other cast members include:
Uncle Fester – Wes Chapman
Grandmother – Shanell Schuyler
Pugsley Addams – Thornton West
Lurch – Willie Ray
Mal Beineke – Tyler Pollock
Alice Beineke – Brittany Webb
Lucas Beineke – Cooper Genovar
The Addams ancestors: Allison Poitevant, Alyssa Johnson, Anabel Dempsey, Ashley Spaat, Audrey Nichols, Brandy West, CJ Poole, Dominick Rosario, Hannah Lewis, Joshua West, Kaylee Widner, Krystal Carter; Kylie Leanne, Maddie Chapman, Matthew Strickland, Nourah Holt, Scarlett Rivera and Stella Poole.
The opening night is scheduled for Thursday September 29 and will continue until Sunday October 2, followed by a race the following weekend from Friday October 7 to Sunday October 9. Adult tickets are $18 and children’s tickets are $13. For more information, visit the Bainbridge Little Theater Facebook page or the official website https://www.bainbridgelittletheatre.com/