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Stockton Civic staging Addams Family Musical
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STOCKTON — Stockton Civic Theatre presents “The Addams Family Musical” as its 397th main stage production to open its 67th season.

This is the first main stage production directed by Dennis Beasley at Stockton Civic Theatre.

While the characters in The Addams Family are familiar, the story is new. Gomez and Morticia’s now grown-up daughter Wednesday upsets her family by bringing home her “normal” boyfriend and a big secret. A zany night unfolds with the rest of the Addams clan, including little brother Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Grandma and Lurch, as well as some pesky dead relatives. It premiered on Broadway in 2010 and has entertained capacity theatres all over the country.

audiences will also recognize many of the actors.  All of the leading players have played prominent roles in past SCT productions.  The familiar names include Melissa Esau (Anything Goes, A Little Night Music) as Morticia Addams, Martin Lehman (Fiddler on the Roof) as Gomez Addams, James Reed (Young Frankenstein) as Lucas Addams, Ashlyn Kelley (Mary Poppins) as Wednesday Addams, Cynthia Good (Sound of Music, A Little Night Music),  Matther Nehring-Voyer (Mary Poppins, A Little Night Music) as Mal Beineke, Nick Giovannoni as Uncle Fester (Unnecessary Farce, A Little Night Music), Nathan Origer (Xanadu Jr.) as Pugsley Addams, and Lin Taylor (Mary Poppins) as Grandma.   

Stockton Civic Theatre’s production is designed by Technical Director Brian Johnson (set) Kathie Dixon and Cathy Hastings (costumes), Don Meyers (lighting), and James Gonzales and Jessica Reinhart (sound). Jenny Key is the Stage Manager.

: Stockton Civic Theatre began with Frank Jones and Clyde Nielsen teaching an adult education course in acting for the Stockton Unified School District in 1950. The class evolved into Stockton Civic Theatre and their first show, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, was performed at Madison School Auditorium in 1951. The fledgling group incorporated as a California non-profit corporation in 1954. The 1960’s were years of tremendous growth. By 1962, SCT had bought the old Zion Lutheran Church at Willow and Monroe and turned it into a 197-seat theatre. Continuing to grow, SCT began construction in the late 70’s on a 300-seat state-of-the-art facility just off March Lane at Venezia and Rosemarie on land donated by a local developer. The beautiful new theatre opened its first season in 1980 with its 166th main stage production of Chapter Two. Now in its 67th season, SCT has presented 396 main stage productions.