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Harrison High School to present ‘The Addams Family’ musical

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published January 20, 2016

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FARMINGTON HILLS — While values, love and faith bind some families together, all things grim, grisly and horrible weave memorable pastimes and sentiment feelings together for the infamous Addams. The Addams family, that is.

During a Harrison High School presentation of a new musical comedy, “The Addams Family,” an opportunity will be had to delve a bit deeper into the familial lives that nightmares are made of.

Meet daughter Wednesday Addams, played by Bridget Smith, who is 18 years old and in love with a normal teenager, Lucas Beineke, played by Darius Bonner.

Wednesday invited the Beinekes to her family home for dinner and asked her father to lie to her mother about it, according to a press release. Follow the crazed, zany family as they deal with secrets, love, change and many other tests during performances at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4-6 and 2 p.m. Feb. 7.

Bonner, an 11th-grader from Farmington Hills, said he sees similarities with his character.

“We kind of have the same personality … kind of laid back and cool (and) collected,” he said. “We’re different because there are just certain things that he does that I wouldn’t do necessarily.”

Bonner said he would not date a person as dark as Wednesday Addams.

He added that his singing parts are right in his comfort zone, along with his role.

“He is adventurous and wants to break away from the original family, and I think that is why I enjoy him and the music,” he said. “Some of the lines he has are kind of funny too.”

Farmington Hills senior Adam Blugerman plays Uncle Fester, who he described as crazy, which isn’t a stretch for the family. 

“The Addams are all crazy in their own ways,” he said. “Fester is crazy because he always has energy and is silly and particularly flamboyant. What I draw out to get his character is just his innate silliness — kind of a carefree, almost mischievous attitude.”

Bonner’s character orchestrates the love between Wednesday and Lucas. Oh, and he is also in love with the moon.

“It is introduced that I am in love with the moon partway through the show — the idea of loving the moon in the same way that there is (the) same passion between Wednesday and Lucas. Despite how crazy it seems, it is very real to him.”

Directors Dean and Sue Cobb are bringing this classic story to life.

“The kids are picking up on the characters very nicely,” Dean Cobb said recently. “The whole thing began way back in the ’30s as a cartoon — they picked up on that and it is a goofy, goofy show, but it has a very serious message to it and that is family is everything.”

Dean Cobb said the young thespians are stretching themselves as actors in a very “nice way” by putting energy and enthusiasm into their performances.

“(They are) buying into what the message is all about,” he said.

Blugerman said he has performed in 10 shows so far, and this musical will be his last before he graduates.

“I want to go out with a bang,” he said.

Tickets will be available during school Feb. 1-5 during all lunch hours at Harrison High School, through the box office by calling (248) 888-6274  after Jan. 25, and at the door beginning one hour before each performance. 

Tickets cost $12 for students and seniors ages 60 and older, and $15 for adults. 

All seats are reserved. 

Harrison High School is located at 29995 W. 12 Mile Road, near Middlebelt Road.