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Kent Kurrus directs the Addams Family pit orchestra

The Addams Family is A Smash Hit for M-A!

One of the advantages of having a large, diverse public school like Menlo-Atherton in our midst, is the level of talent that exists within the school community.  Well, the school's spring musical, The Addams Family,  is replete with unbelievable singing, dancing, fencing and acting talent, slapstick and subtle comedy, stunning costumes, gorgeous music and all of your favorite characters from one of the most beloved families in Central Park: Uncle Fester (who can still light up a light bulb), Morticia and Gomez, Wednesday and Pugsley, still torturing each other the way loving siblings do. In this production, it is Wednesday who has a problem . . . she’s in love!  All she wants is for her family to be normal for one dinner!  Wednesday, performed hilariously by Emma Denend, is ready to grow up . . . (and may well find a career on Broadway, with the  pipes she has)!

The show is really a laugh a minute, with sophisticated humor for adults and wonderful, gruesome gags for the kids to enjoy.  Plus, remember little Teddy from Little League?  Well, it turns out he’s a profoundly talented young actor who holds his own in hand-to-hand sword fighting with Lurch (played by Daniel Mountfort) and Morticia, played by the gorgeous Izzie Nada, who inhabits this divinely dark role so well, you’ll forget you ever saw Caroline Jones or Anjelica Huston as Morticia.

There are six performances of the The Addams Family playing at the stunning Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center (555 Middlefield Road) and tickets will be sold at the door.  $14 for adults and $10 for students.  Please see the school's website for showtimes and tickets. Advanced Ticket Purchase recommended.  There’s never been a better bargain than to see this exquisite production starring Teddy Pagee as Gomez, Issie Nada as Morticia, Emma Denend as Wednesday, Goerge Stevenson as Fester and Michael Pagee as Pugsley.  The show is set off to fabulous music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, performed by the Menlo-Atherton pit orchestra, conducted by M-A’s Musical Director, Kent Kurrus, and featuring the following dedicated performers out of the M-A bands:

Shane Turner on Keyboard

Nikita Manin on Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone

Ben Justus on Guitar

Kristina Lee on Flute

Ian Lange-McPherson on Percussion

Sarah Tiemann on Trombone

Jordan Kim and Helen Chafee on Trumpet

Max Prichard on Banjo

Ryan Saadat on Cello

Alex King on Bass Clarinet and Alto Saxophone

Camron Meyer on Bass

Hazel Keelan and Lucy Prichard on Violin