The curtain closes on a talent packed production for the Expect Excellence Community Theatre

By Melanie LeCroy / melanie@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 10/13/21

After three months of rehearsal and four performances, the Expect Excellence Community Theatre’s production of “The Addams Family” has come to a successful end.

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The curtain closes on a talent packed production for the Expect Excellence Community Theatre

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After three months of rehearsal and four performances, the Expect Excellence Community Theatre’s production of “The Addams Family” has come to a successful end.

This production had an added element of dinner and a show. Audience members sat at tables and dined while the large cast sang, danced and amused all in attendance.

The large production directed by Jacob F. Morris had a cast packed with talent from across the area including Mobile, Fairhope and Orange Beach. Dylan Farnell, a student at University of Mobile played Lurch and was the makeup designer for the show.

“The Addams Family” had a plot any married couple or parent of a teenager could relate to. Wednesday, played by Dru Bramblett, has fallen in love and wants her boyfriend Lucas, played by Greg Naman and his parents from Ohio, Mal and Alice, to meet her parents over dinner. Hilarity ensues as Gomez, played by Justin Gipson tries to please both his daughter Wednesday and his love Morticia, played by Polly Pittman. The story incorporated all the key components of love: bliss, drama and heartache.

The entire cast sang and danced their hearts out through two acts. Everything about the production was first class from the decorated entrance to the Orange Beach Event Center and the sets to the costumes and dinner. The lighting and sound added the finishing touch.

The set pieces built by the city of Orange Beach Logistics Department were outstanding and included a torture device Wednesday uses on Pugsley played by Faith Craig and a unique chair Gomez has his guest Mal, played by Kathan Brannon, sit in. The chair looked to be an electric chair with a spike that came up through the seat with the pull of a lever.

In the end, love prevailed, and the young couple marry. As the story ended, the hilarious Uncle Fester blasted off to join his love, the moon. Jeremiah Knight, aka Orange Beach’s dancing crossing guard, kept everyone in stitches throughout the entire show.

For more information on the Expect Excellence Community Theatre, visit orangebeachal.gov/events/performing-arts.