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Duchess Park Theatre Company presents The Addams Family Musical

Quirky and weirdly wonderful, the Addams Family Musical is presented by the Duchess Park Secondary School Theatre Company April 23 to 27.
The Addams Family Musical, school edition, will be hitting the secondary school’s stage April 23 to 27. Here students are seen during a rehearsal of one of the big numbers in the show.

It’s been years since Duchess Park Theatre Company has done a musical and here it comes.

The Addams Family Musical, school edition, will be hitting the secondary school’s stage April 23 to 27 at 7 p.m. each evening and a special Saturday matinee at 1 p.m.

There’s 62 students involved, 15 teacher-volunteers, and with a little help from the community the sets have just gone through finishing touches.

Teachers have rallied to help with box office, costumes, sets, props and everything else that needs doing.

“It’s been fantastic,” Jackie Friesen, drama teacher, said.

The whole community has come together to help.

“That community support has been really awesome.”

The Addams Family Musical, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, has been one of those shows that’s been in the back of Friesen’s mind for a long time, she added.

“Just looking at the pool of talent we have we knew this was the show for these students,” Friesen said. “I think at the heart of it the Addams Family is a kookie family and it just works because they all bring something to the table. And that’s exactly what our theatre company is, we’re all weird, wonderful people who all have these weird, wonderful quirks and together it just works. It’s just really symbolic of us as a group coming together.”

This is the second time the group has created something wonderful, Friesen added. Last year’s production was Game of Tiaras, a spoof of Games of Thrones with a twist.

“And they’re just taking this musical and running with it and that’s been fantastic,” Friesen said.

The Addams Family Musical runs from April 23 to 27. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. at the Duchess Park Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students. Special half price matinee Saturday, April 27. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., show starts at 1 p.m.

Tickets for dinner and a show Wednesday and Thursday are $50 if there are any remaining.

All tickets are on sale at the box office in the school at lunch (cash only) and after school (cash/debit). Tickets also on sale one hour before the show begins (cash/debit) unless there is a sellout.