‘The Addams Family’ takes the stage

OSWEGO N.Y. — “The Addams Family” has found a temporary home inside SUNY Oswego’s Watermen Theater. Crowds flocked to get seats for the Theatre Department’s newest production.

The Addams Family is a story about Wednesday, a princess of darkness who falls in love with a boy from a more “normal” family. 

The musical features students from a wide variety of majors. While the lights were on the acting students, just out of sight of the crowds was an orchestra of 13 students and three professional musicians. They were tasked with bringing musical composer Andrew Lippa’s vision to life. One student is Nick Thelen, a violinist who says his time in the pit orchestra has been a rewarding experience. 

“It has been so rewarding. It has been so fun to be a part of the group ensemble. I would say we are all serious musicians and I don’t have many opportunities to be in a group like this on campus because I’m a French major… It’s really nice to have this opportunity to be so close to music and make a bigger production,” said Thelen.

Not only does this musical bring a twist of the story along with the music, it is also done with an all-female team behind the production. 

The director of the musical is Jonel Langenfeld, associate professor of theatre; Amanda Li, assistant professor for the music department, led the music for the musical; and Julie Ano and Stephanie Standish were the choreographers for the show as well.

The next show is Saturday, but it’s sold out. Sunday’s matinee starts at 2 p.m. The final show is Sunday night at 7:30 p.m..