Riverland Opens Theatre Season with The Addams Family Musical

Release Date: October 3, 2022

Categories: Riverland News Media Release

Riverland Community College’s first show of the 2022-2023 theatre season, The Addams Family, opens on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The Addams Family is comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family! Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family--a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before: keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

The Addams Family has a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.

Lindsey Duoos Williams directs. The technical direction is by John Deyo. Musical direction is by Brian Johnson. Costumes are by Heidi Clark and Carley Carranza. Choreography is by Tressie Kinney. Ciel Rogers stage manages. The Addams Family stars Anna Anderson (Alice Beineke), Maggie Bremner (Grandma), Jon Cochran (Uncle Fester), Ellen Ekins (Ancestor), Nancy Fernandez (Ancestor), Griffin Franksain (Lucas Beineke), Ian Gearhart (Ancestor), Tony Huizinga (Gomez Addams), Lucas Johnson (Mal Beineke), Courtney Lopez (Ancestor), Paulina Lopez Aguirre (Morticia Addams), Garrin Loveland (Ancestor), Lily Martin (Ancestor), Shawn Martin (Lurch), Kiera Neufeldt (Ancestor), Natania Raatz (Ancestor), Javier Rodriguez Cifuentes (Ancestor), Celeste Rose (Ancestor), Gracie Salvaggio (Wednesday Addams), Samuel James Vortherms (Pugsley Addams) and James Zschunke (Ancestor).

“This show felt like not only the perfect big musical to kick off our season, but also the perfect show to bring us into the Halloween season,” said Williams. “The Addams Family has been a staple of popular culture for over 80 years, from the original cartoons to the television show and movies. Though small details change in each various iteration, the characters are always the same ones we know and love.”  

The Addams Family will be performed Oct. 12-15 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Frank W. Bridges Theatre on Riverland’s Austin Campus.

Individual tickets to The Addams Family are $16. Tickets are currently on sale at www.riverland.edu/tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The online ticketing system allows customers to pay by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. The campus box office will be open for in person sales in the theatre lobby one hour prior to each performance. Riverland students receive two free tickets with a valid student ID. Contact the box office at 507-433-0595 or by emailing boxoffice@riverland.edu.  

Riverland Theatre strives to provide quality productions that are entertaining and challenging to both the audience and the artists.  Because we reach such a diverse audience, some audience members may find some subject matter, language, or situations objectionable. If you have concerns about a specific production, we encourage you to become familiar with the material before attending the performance.

Riverland’s Theatre Department is a high-energy performance-oriented program. Plays produced vary from classical tragedy to modern comedy and from full-scale large cast musicals in intimate small cast plays. Students are encouraged to get involved in all areas of theatre production including, but not limited to, acting, stage managing, set building and painting. Strong academic offerings provide challenges in and out of the classroom.