The Addams Family

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Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice


April 2017








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Wednesday, April 5th at 7:30pm

Thursday, April 6th at 7:30pm

Friday, April 7th at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 8th at 1:00pm

Saturday, April 8th at 7:30pm

Sunday, April 9th at 1:00pm

This adaptation of the beloved characters depicts every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a young man from a respectable family,and worse, a man her parents have never met. And if that isn’t upsetting enough, she goes to her father and begs him not to tell her mother! Gomez Addams, who has never lied, must keep a secret. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.


Tickets are $15 for general public, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU Students

Located in the Forest Roberts Theatre



"When You're an Addams"-Addams Family, Ancestors

"Fester's Manifesto"-Fester

"Wednesday's Growing Up"-Gomez


"Pulled"-Wednesday, Pugsley

"One Normal Night"-Company

"But Love Reprise #1"-Fester, Ancestors

"Secrets"-Morticia, Female Ancestors

"Gomez's What If?"-Gomez

"What If?"-Pugsley

"But Love Reprise #2"-Fester, Ancestors

"Full Disclosure"-Company


"Full Disclosure (Part 2)"-Company




"Just Around the Corner"-Morticia, Ancestors

"The Moon and Me"-Fester, Female Ancestors


"Crazier Than You"-Lucas, Wednesday, Mal, Alice

"Not Today"-Gomez

"Live Before We Die"-Gomez, Morticia

"Tango de Amor"-Gomez, Morticia, Ancestors

"Move Toward the Darkness"-Company


Cast List

Gomez Addams Devin Murphy*
Morticia Addams Jill Vermeulen
Uncle Fester Ryan White
Wednesday Addams Hanna Numinen
Lucas Beineke Alex Herman
Grandma Addams Lilith Kontos
Pugsley Addams Jeremiah Ogawa
Lurch Brock Weaver
Mal Beineke Dorsey Sprouls
Alice Beineke/Understudy Morticia Taylor Kulju
Understudy Lucas/Ancestor Brady Skewis
Understudy Alice/Ancestor Carly Plasman
Understudy Wednesday/Ancestor Audree Stephens
Ancestors Nicholas Conroy, Nathan Morgan, Nick Salin, Dane Wurmlinger, Carly Bellock, Dra Hintsala, Kortney Manchip, Abby Persoon, Laura Thompson, Sadie Knill, Nathaniel Langlie


*Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of senior capstone project.

† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Fraternity.




Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Musical Director Erin Colwitz
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Lighting Designer David Pierce
Scenic Designer Vic Holliday
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer Bill Digneit
Properties Masters Hannah Cormier & Dorsey Sprouls
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Abby Schneck
† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Fraternity.





Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Director Sabrina Nelson
Assistant Stage Managers Emily Baker, Amber Urban
Assistant Music Director Parker Serino
Assistant Choreographer Gabrielle Revord
Assistant Lighting Designer Lily Howder
Light Board Operator  Caitlin Beyer
Sound Board Operator Jacob Stipe
Costume Mistress Regan McKay
Hair/Makeup Carol Starrine
Run Crew Joe Hinman, Jacob Laitinen, Kayla Pederson, Maddie Rayner, Brandon Sanford, Sam Weaver




Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Taylor Ehle

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Dakota Vogel, Anna Labreche†, Dorsey Sprouls†, Emma Schroeder, Hannah Cormier, Coop Bicknell†, Emily Baker, Helen Boburka, Audree Stephens

Box Office Manager Morgan Waller
Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan
Box Office Staff Elizabeth Trueblood, Sam Cole, Lily Howder, Amber Urban, Regan McKay†, Tanner Schut, Lilith Kontos, AJ Stephens
Photographers Leora Lancaster
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† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.





Cast Bios

Carly Bellock (Ancestor) is honored to be part of The Addams Family. She started performing at the FRT in 2014 cast as June in the FRT's production of Chicago. She's been in other FRT productions such as The California Suite, The Secret Garden, and Scrooge!. Carly is finishing her communications major and double minor in theatre and dance this year at NMU. She spends her summers performing with LST in Marquette. Carly would like to thank Shelley, Ben, and the amazing cast and crew for all the great fun and support!

Nicholas Conroy (Ancestor) is seventeen and a junior at Ishpeming High. He has a passion for theatre and has been acting since age ten. He's been in many local productions over the years, most recently as the King in Cinderella with SAYT and Scrooge's Nephew in Scrooge! at NMU. Nick would like to thank the many directors and production teams he has worked with for giving him these opportunities. He's very excited to be part of this show and encourages the audience to enjoy it as much as he has. 

Alex Herman (Lucas Beineke) graduated from NMU in December with a degree in sports science. He spent his first two years of college in Milwaukee, going to school and playing football for a private D3 college before transferring to Northern. Alex has been doing theatre for a year and a half; his performances include Beauty and the Beast (Understudy Gaston), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Rocky), Oklahoma! (Curly), and The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric) at the Vista Theatre, and Proof (Harold Dobbs), and Worth a Second Glance (Performer) at the Forest Roberts Theatre. A big thank-you goes out to his family for their never-ending support in everything he takes up.

Dra Hintsala (Ancestor) is a community member from Ishpeming, MI who graduated from Westwood High School in 2011. Dra has been in many different musicals in the area, including Spamalot, The Secret Garden, The Producers, and Scrooge!. She is also a member of Lake Effect Show Choir at NMU and wants to pursue performance as a future career. Dra would like to thank her parents, Beth and Greg, for all their continuous support. She'd also like to thank Parker, her fiance, for always bringing her food to rehearsal when she's hungry.

Lilith Kontos (Grandma Addams) is a sophomore at NMU this year majoring in English and minoring in theatre and entertainment arts. She appeared as Lucinda in the Forest Roberts Theatre's production of Into the Woods last year, was featured in Alpha Psi Omega's Heroes and Villains cabaretplayed Deborah Abramson in Where a Certain Future in October 2016, and performed in APO's Worth a Second Glance cabaret in March. Other, non-FRT performance credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Catch Me If You Can, Twelve Angry Jurors, Spy School, and The Giver. Lilith is very thankful for this opportunity to be part of another production at Northern, and is excited to bring this amazing show to life!

Sadie Knill (Ancestor) has been involved in the performing arts since the age of three. She studied musical theatre, performing in musicals such as Alice in Wonderland, before choosing to shift her focus towards ballet. As a member of the Michigan Ballet Theatre, Sadie performed in ballets such as The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty. At NMU, Sadie is a freshman and has chosen to study neuroscience. She anticipates attending medical school in the future and hopes to continue her involvement in musical theatre at NMU. She'd like to thank her friends and family for all their continued support.

Taylor Kulju (Alice Beineke/Understudy Morticia) is a recent graduate of NMU, with a major in theatre performance and a minor in communications. She's excited to be back on the FRT stage with friends old and new! Taylor would like to thank her loved ones for their continuous support and encouragement.

Nathaniel Langlie (Ancestor) is a freshman double majoring in theatre and outdoor recreation. He's super excited to continue his NMU theatre journey with this fun musical. Nathaniel has been involved in theatre and music throughout his life, and he's looking forward to the opportunities he's going to receive at NMU. Earlier this year, he made his debut NMU performance in Scrooge! (Pallbearer/Ensemble) and performed in March in APO's Worth a Second Glance cabaret. He'd like to thank his parents for being very supportive of him throughout his life in all his endeavors.

Kortney Manchip (Ancestor) is a freshman at NMU and has been in numerous productions in the past, including Cabaret (Frauline Kost) at the Historic Vista Theatre in Negaunee, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Veruca Salt), The Great Gatsby (Jordan Baker), Alice in Wonderland (Alice), and many others in high school. She was also nominated for the 2016 Michigan Statewide Musical Theatre Awards. She'd like to send a shout out to her parents, Jordon, Tara, Jared, and Marissa for giving her their unconditional love and support.

Nathan Morgan (Ancestor) is a senior biology major at NMU with aspirations of one day attending medical school. Nathan has a long list of performance credits at NMU, including Angelo in A Comedy of Errors, several roles in The Colored Museum, Fakir in The Secret Garden, Narrator 2 in The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, and 2nd Gentleman/Ensemble in Scrooge!. Nathan also performed in Lake Superior Theatre's cabaret last summer.

Devin Murphy (Gomez Addams) is a theatre major and communications minor at Northern Michigan University. He has appeared in Les Miserables (Forest Roberts Theatre), Chicago (Forest Roberts Theatre), Spamalot (Lake Superior Theatre), King Lear (Lake Superior Theatre), The Ten Minute Play Festival (Black Box Theatre), Holdin' Our Own (Forest Roberts Theatre), The Secret Garden (Forest Roberts Theatre), The Producers (Lake Superior Theatre), Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Lake Superior Theatre), Where a Certain Future (Black Box Theatre), and Scrooge! (Forest Roberts Theatre).

Hanna Numinen (Wednesday Addams) is a freshman at Northern Michigan University and is majoring in theatre and entertainment arts. Her most recent roles include Jill Tanner in Butterflies are Free (LST), Virginia in Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (LST), and Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (SAYT). This is her first production at NMU and she's excited to perform on the FRT stage with such a talented cast! Hanna would like to thank her family and her wonderful boyfriend Brady for their constant love and support.

Jeremiah Ogawa (Pugsley Addams) is a sophomore at Marquette Senior High School. He's part of the SAYT youth committee, and a member of the Redmen Chorale. He's been in many shows, including James and the Giant Peach Jr., The Wizard of Oz, Once on This Island Jr., Mary Poppins, The Music Man Jr., Willpower, Quilters, Les Miserables, and Scrooge!. He also assistant directed Aladdin Jr., and was a photographer for The Lion King Jr. Jeremiah loves photography, Netflix, and spicy food.

Abby Persoon (Ancestor) is a junior zoology major and theatre minor from Mahtomedi, Minnesota. Performance credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II Puppeteer), Heroes and Villains (Elsa/Rapunzel/Ensemble), The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon (Dirt Merchant/Hansel/Host/Doctor), and Worth a Second Glance (Performer/Director) at the Forest Roberts Theatre. Performances outside the FRT include The Little Mermaid (Maid/Sea Creature/Dance Captain) at Rosetown Playhouse and Urinetown (Ensemble), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Judah's Wife/Egyptian), and Children of Eden (Storyteller/Deer) at Ashland Productions. Abby would like to thank her family, friends, and mini unit for their unending love and support.

Carly Plasman (Ancestor/Understudy Alice) is a junior and a first year transfer to Northern, studying outdoor recreation leadership and management. This is her fourth show at NMU; she's previously appeared in The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon (Witch 1&2), Scrooge! (Ensemble), and Building Madness (Gwen Gladwell). Her favorite shows she participated in elsewhere were Fools (Sophia), Play On! (Polly), and The Importance of Being Earnest (Lady Bracknell). She would like to thank all her friends and family, and send a special thank you to her roommate for being supportive and awesome in transitioning to Northern and its theatre department. Enjoy the show!

Nick Salin (Ancestor) is a transfer student from Bay de Noc Community College. He is double majoring in mathematics and theatre. This will be his fifth production at Northern Michigan University, with his previous performance credits being The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon (Rumplestiltskin/Talking Fish/King/God/Dwarf 2), Scrooge! (Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come/Ensemble), Building Madness (Vito Deleoni), and Worth a Second Glance (Performer). He has also acted in high school as well as in the Dickinson County Community Theatre. His more notable roles have been in Annie Get Your Gun (Charlie) and Aladdin (Aladdin). He is excited to continue his Northern Michigan University acting career with this fun show, and thanks everyone for coming out!

Brady Skewis (Ancestor/Understudy Lucas) is a communications student here at Northern Michigan University, pursuing a major in communication studies and a minor in theatre. Other roles Brady has played at NMU include The Great Mage Steve in She Kills Monsters (2014), Marvin Michaels in The California Suite (2015), and Tom Jenkins in Scrooge! (2016). He's also performed in the Lake Superior Theatre's production of Butterflies are Free as Don Baker, and The Historic Vista Theatre's production of Cabaret as The Master of Ceremonies. He would like to thank his parents, Dave and Wendy, and his beautiful girlfriend Hanna for their undying admiration and support.

Dorsey Sprouls† (Mal Beineke/Properties Master) is an NMU senior, pursuing a theatre degree and minoring in art and design. He's been involved in the FRT productions of 1776 (Samuel Chase), Avenue Q (Bad Idea Bear), Legally Blonde (Dad), Les Miserables (Ensemble), A Comedy of Errors (Dromio), A Paper Tiger in the Rain (Ben), Little Shop of Horrors (Orin), The California Suite (Billy/Stu), Into the Woods (Steward), Twelfth Night (Feste), Heroes and Villains (Performer), The Secret Garden (Ben), Scrooge! (Ensemble), and The Myths and Bricks Project (Man). He's also performed in LST's productions: Spamalot (Prince Herbert), The Producers (Leo Bloom), Do Black Patent Leather Shoes...Up? (Eddie), and Butterflies are Free (Ralph).

Audree Stephens (Ancestor/Understudy Wednesday) is a freshman at Northern Michigan University majoring in theatre and minoring in dance. Her passion is musical theatre; she hopes to pursue a career in the field after college. After receiving an undergraduate degree at NMU, she plans to attend a college near New York to receive a graduate degree in musical theatre. She last performed at the FRT in The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon (Plant). Some of her favorite roles she played throughout high school were Jo March (Little Women), Fiona (Shrek: The Musical), Mayzie (Seussical), Cinderella (Into the Woods), and Ismene (Antigone). She hopes you enjoy the show!

Laura Thompson (Ancestor) is a senior theatre major and has appeared in Les Miserables, A Comedy of Errors, She Kills Monsters, Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods, The Secret Garden, Scrooge!, and Proof at the Forest Roberts Theatre, and Pippin at the Lake Superior Theatre. Laura is thrilled to be working alongside such talented and friendly people in this production of The Addams Family. She'd like to thank her supportive friends, family, and boyfriend for their love and encouragement.

Jill Vermeulen (Morticia Addams) is an NMU senior majoring in theatre and communications with a dance minor. Some of her recent performances include The Producers (Ulla), Pippin (Player/Dance Captain), and Beacon on the Rock (Lisa) at Lake Superior Theatre; Proof (Claire), The California Suite (Beth), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal), She Kills Monsters (Kaliope), and Chicago (Hunyak), at the Forest Roberts Theatre. She recently directed The Wizard of Oz, choreographed James and the Giant Peach Jr., directed Narnia, and assistant choreographed Mary Poppins with the Superior Arts Youth Theatre, assistant choreographed Spamalot at LST, and choreographed Shrek: The Musical at Marquette Senior High School. Jill is a student writer with NMU Marketing and Communications and she's enjoyed working at the FRT Box Office. She looks forward to interning in social media/marketing and development at the Adirondack Theatre Festival this summer in Glens Falls, New York. Jill would like to thank her family and boyfriend Tom for their incredible support.

Brock Weaver (Lurch) is a twenty-two-year old Yooper that enjoys the outdoors, the arts, and sports spectating. He spends a lot of time writing and reading. He enjoys hanging out with friends and collaborating with fellow artists. Brock would really like to make a movie/TV series before he dies! He'd like to say that being part of this show has been an awesome experience and has opened him up to a higher-focused approach of getting into a character. he appreciates the opportunity to work with this cast and be Lurch!

Ryan White (Uncle Fester) is a recent alumnus of NMU's theatre program. Starting in theatre sixteen years ago, he has no plans on slowing down. Recently appearing/starring in Torch Song Trilogy: The International Stud (Arnold), The Producers (Ensemble/Not You), and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Louie), along with being a makeup designer/artist, he is excited to bring everything he has learned into The Addams Family. A big thank you goes out to his real-life family and all the Addams' for their support and love.

Dane Wurmlinger (Ancestor) is thrilled to perform in this production. He is a theatre/media productions major from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and is a senior at NMU. At NMU, Dane is best known for his roles in Into the Woods (Jack), Where a Certain Future (Jacob), Painted Rain (Teddy), and Worth a Second Glance (Performer). Back in Idaho, Dane has performed at many regional and professional theatres. His favorite role so far was Kurt Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. He hopes you enjoy the show!

Creative Team Bios

Erin Colwitz (Music Director) is a native of Wisconsin, and received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota. She later completed the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern California in choral music. As a professional singer, Dr. Colwitz was contracted to sing with the Dale Warland Singers (of Minnesota) in 1999. She can be heard on three of their albums, one of which was nominated for a Grammy: Dominick Argento's Walden Pond (2003) on Gothic Records. Dr. Colwitz is currently the Director of Choral Activities at NMU; she conducts the Marquette Choral Society, University Choir and Arts Chorale, teaches choral methods and music in society, as well as specialty classes such as The Beatles: their music, their times. She is frequently a guest conductor, contest adjudicator and choral clinician throughout the U.P., Michigan, Wisconsin and the Southeast. She also serves on the Michigan ACDA board as the Membership Chair.

Hannah Cormier (Properties Master) is a junior at NMU majoring in theatre technology and design and double minors in public relations and dance. Past technical credits include properties master for The Secret Garden (2016), Where a Certain Future (2016), The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon (2016), assistant stage manager for The Producers (2016) and stage manager for In a Mason Jar (2017). She enjoys working in the scene shop at NMU and serving as dance captain in NMU's Lake Effect Show Choir. Hannah would like to thank her friends and family for their ever-present love and support. Enjoy the show!

Jill Grundstrom (Choreographer) is the Program Director for the NMU dance minor, has a BS from NMU in secondary education with majors in English and French, a MA in dance education from NYU, and is certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. She was also the author of the dance blog for Fox's So You Think You Can Dance during seasons four through seven. Miss Grundstrom is the resident choreographer for the Superior Arts Youth Theatre, Lake Effect Show Choir, and NMU theatre productions. she was the recipient of the MACC Outstanding Performing Artist of the Year Award in 2011.

Victor G. Holliday (Scenic Design) has been the designer for the Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He holds a bachelor of arts in phsychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his master of fine arts in scenic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatre companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theatre, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history), ship modeling (pre-deadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.

David Pierce (Light Design/Technical Director) came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been technical director for the department of theatre and dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company. David holds a BS in construction management from Ferris State University and an MFA in theatre technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires. He's also a boisterous Tigers fan!

Shelley Russell (Director/Costume Design) is a professor of theatre arts at NMU. Shelley teaches a variety of courses, including playwriting and stage combat. She's directed over fifty productions including Beauty and the Beast, RENT, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and Legally Blonde. She enjoys all aspects of theatre, and has acted and sung in numerous productions, created dance and fight choreography, designed costumes and written plays and musicals which have been honored by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Competition, KCACTF, the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Michigan. She served as executive director for LST and in 2011 was honored by NMU with the Distinguished Faculty Award. Playwriting credits include Holdin' Our Own, Beacon on the Rock, Haywire, Points North, and Water, Woman. 

Abby Schneck (Stage Manager) is a recent NMU theatre graduate. She's very excited to be participating on The Addams Family. Some acting appearances include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and She Kills Monsters at the Forest Roberts Theatre, and Pippin and Quilters at the Lake Superior Theatre. Backstage, she has worked on Les Miserables, Fringe Festival 2016, Into the Woods, The Producers, The Secret Garden, and Fringe Festival 2017. With all of the support she's gotten, she'd like to thank the rest of the production team for their help and her friends and family for their unconditional love.