EHS production draws huge crowds

By on April 17, 2019

The macabre humor of the late New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams cast its darkly funny spell over enthusiastic audiences for three performances last week in the Ephrata High School auditorium.

In their production of “The Addams Family,” the Ephrata Area High School actors embodied the humor of a man who thought demons, wacky relatives, and instruments of torture were comedic treasures.

Gomez thanked Lurch for helping serve wine to the guests, “Awwwrrr,” Lurch replied. Photos by Dick Wanner.

Wednesday Addams, played by Carly Ludwig, is pulled between her family’s idea of normal and the outside world’s normal.

Grandma Addams offers her grandson Pugsley a potion to get rid of his sister’s suitor.

Morticia and Gomez host a family dinner – in full view of The Ancestors – with their daughter Wednesday dressed in a cheerful yellow (Gasp!) dress, and seated next to her “normal” (Gasp!! Gasp!!) boyfriend.

Fester and Grandma look like they know…something.

“I took a chance with this production,” Irving Gonzalez said the morning after the play closed. “It’s not a well-known play, but I wanted to introduce something new to the students and the community. And it paid off. I’m really happy the audience and the community liked it.”

Gonzalez has been directing the EHS theater program for seven years. He’s also a paraeducator with the school district and is the program director for EPAC’s Kids for Kids program. EPAC and the high school program are actually collaborators, Gonzalez said, and added that the two theater programs are a tremendous community resource.

Gonzalez saw “The Addams Family” two years ago at the Fulton Theater in Lancaster. He knew right away he wanted his students to do the musical.

“It was the right show, but I wanted to do it at the right time, with the right students,” he said. “This was the year.

“What’s great about this cast was that they really took ownership of their roles in the show. The lead actors. The actors who portrayed ancestors in picture frames. No matter who they were, each character really drove the plot.

“Feedback I got from a lot of the audience was that no matter where you looked on stage, everybody had a story.”

Dick Wanner is a staff writer and photographer for the Ephrata Review. He welcomes reader feedback at rwanner.eph@lnpnews.com. 

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