By Denis Gullickson
It represents great joy to this writer that the “Vagabond Halfback” scene will costar my daughter, Rachel — the very best thing on my personal resume. Rachel’s a beautiful, talented, hardworking, twenty-year-old “kid” with a heart of gold. I can only marvel at how I got so lucky. I am tickled when I meet people and they say, “Oh, you’re Rachel’s dad.”
After two years at AMDA-New York, Rachel’s back in the area — for a while at least. She’s got a lot on her plate these days as she has helped shape the role of Genevieve Frechette, Johnny Blood’s paramour and intellectual equal; works at a fashion store in Bay Park Square; and pursues her musical theater passion.
Rachel also will be showcased as Morticia in Dare to Dream Theater’s production of “The Addams Family: The Musical” Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 26 at 2 p.m.
At one point, it appeared as though she might be doing double-duty the day of the Football History Event as she raced from the evening performance of Vagabond Halfback to The Addams Family — morphing from Genevieve Frechette to Morticia Addams en route along a highway near you.
Founded by Rachel Thuermer, Dare to Dream is a budding, regional theater company that performs in Manitowoc’s historic former St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 634 N 10th St.
According to Dare to Dream’s website, The Addams Family is a weird and wonderful family that comes to devilishly delightful life in this magnificently macabre musical comedy created by “Jersey Boys” authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.
The Addams Family features an original story that is every father’s nightmare. 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 weren’t upsetting enough, she 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.
Gomez Addams is played by James Steinbruecker, Wednesday Addams by Morgan Bramstedt, Pugsley Addams by Katie Berg, Fester Addams by Bob Deyo, Grandma Addams by Angelina Laurin, Lurch by Nate Snyder, Mal Beineke by Jesse Arndt, Alice Beineke by Kimmi Singer, Lucas Beineke by Dallas Laurin and Cousin It by Ashleigh Pratt. Other cast members include Gary Moore, Jesse Arndt, Jessica Green, Angel Her, Haley Leonhard, Isabel Heins and Brogan Jindra. Thuermer is directing. Jon Porter is the acting coach.
You can call to reserve tickets at 920-682-2104 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reserved seating is $12 adults, $10 students. There is special pricing for blocks of five or more tickets.
If you’re looking for some subtle Halloween fun without the all-too cliché and passé screaming heads, bloody stumps and lunging monsters of a haunted house, then “The Addams Family: The Musical” would be just the thing.