‘The Addams Family’
Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre gets creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky for its newest production of “The Addams Family.”
The musical comedy features music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The show is based upon the characters created by Charles Addams.
In this production, directed by Bill Nothstein and Susan Matol, Wednesday Addams, played by Helen Smith, falls in love with a nice boy from a respectable family named Lucas Beineke, played by Jared Drabick. The entire Addams family deals with the news differently and examines what love means to them, while Wednesday must figure out how to cope with these feelings she is not used to having. Things get complicated when the two families meet for the first time.
CAST has been providing entertainment for the community since 1993. The organization aims to allow a variety of people in the community, including children, adults and families, the opportunity to perform together and to share their passion with others.
“Inclusion is one of the highest priorities when selecting a show to ensure that all who are interested have a place in the show we select,” said Bethany Nothstein, who handles publicity for the group.
One of the biggest priorities for CAST, in addition to putting on a showstopping performance, is to give back to the community. Each year, the organization takes up a collection at the shows for the Families Helping Families project. To top it off, the group matches the donation collected from the audience.
This money goes to a local family in need. In the past, CAST has helped families struggling with medical bills, those who have lost their homes in fires and more.
All of the work behind the scenes and on stage is done by the performers and their families. The production team, including Bill Nothstein and Matol, works tirelessly, and each member fulfills a variety of functions to ensure a successful production. Kathie Metzeler works as the choreographer and stage manager for the production, as well as president of the organization’s board of directors.
Musical director and accompanist Julius Sarkozy is responsible for making sure all the actors know their notes while coordinating the show orchestra. Katie Keller assisted Metzeler with the choreography. Bob Heffelfinger is responsible for constructing the elaborate sets, while Rick Eckart and his team of Karen Coughlin and John Concillio created the massive backdrops.
Other team members include Tonya Helton and Toni Ann Dries, who coordinate behind-the-scenes aspects in addition to front of house organization. Annette Englert and Shelly Hillpot run the box office with the assistance of board treasurer Leslie Heffelfinger.
The show runs for two weekends and the schedule has been adjusted to accommodate the Easter holiday. The show will run 7 p.m. April 12, 13 and 26 and 2 p.m. April 14, 27 and 28. The performances are held in the Catasauqua High School auditorium, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Northampton.
To order tickets, visit cattytheatre.org or call 610-841-3747.