Eight Shelton High School Drama Club seniors will end their high school performance careers much the way they began it — with The Addams Family.

As freshmen, the group performed in a shortened version of the musical in an annual Drama Club production known as Adaptations.

And now, as seniors, they will perform in the full-length version of the musical, the club’s big spring musical production.
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The play, being directed by Mia Scarpa and Gary Scarpa, will be performed from May 7 to 9 in the SHS auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursday, and 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets, at $15 for adults and $10 for students, can be bought online at showtix4u.com or at the door.

The Drama Club seniors are Alex Koumbaros, Jenna Palermo, Veronica Pleasant, Nicole Romeos, Alison Scalenghe, Lili Sierra, Elise Sullivan and Greg Wresilo.


Growing as actors


“It is really cool to come full circle from doing the first production freshman year and now, as our last production, senior year,” Koumbaros said. “It really captures how much we have grown as actors.”

The plot of this Broadway version of the famous story revolves around Wednesday, played by Sullivan. “It’s crazy to think that both my first and last high school show was The Addams Family,” she said.

The concept for The Addams Family is based upon characters created by artist Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre.

The Addams Family became a popular television show from 1964 to 1966. A film version was released in 1991 and then a Broadway musical in 2010.


A fateful night


In the musical version, 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.

Everything will change for the whole Addams family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

“Although the script is funny and splashy, there are wonderful messages about acceptance, love and family that I think really resonate with our cast and will hopefully reach our audiences as well,” said Mia Scarpa, Drama Club advisor.