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July 19-28: Summer production of ‘The Addams Family’ musical comedy

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jun 27, 2019

The College of Lake County Theatre Department presents the musical comedy “The Addams Family” Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. Performances take place in the Studio Theatre of James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on CLC’s Grayslake Campus.

Based on characters created Cast of Addams Family comedyby Charles Addams, “The Addams Family” explores the creepy, kooky, weird and wonderful household immortalized in cartoon, television and big screen. In this new musical comedy, Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet young man from—gasp—a respectable family. She’s confided in her father and now, Gomez Addams must do the unthinkable—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Change is just around the corner for the entire family in this delightful tale, created by “Jersey Boys” authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music and lyrics provided by the award-winning Andrew Lippa.

Photo: The cast of the College of Lake County’s summer musical comedy, "The Addams Family," includes, front row, from left: Pugsley (Lillie Salas), Morticia (Nicole Frier), Gomez (Scott Metzger), Wednesday (Isabel Koleno) and Grandma (Isabella Cernuska). Back row, from left: Uncle Fester (Ryan McNeil) and Lurch (Jonathon Rocha).

“This musical comedy takes all the wonderful things we know about ‘The Addams Family’ and moves the story forward,” said Craig Rich, director of the play and chair of CLC’s Theatre Department. “Young adults will relate to Wednesday and Lucas trying to find their own path, but still wanting their parents’ blessing. Those of us a little older will relate to Morticia, Gomez and Lucas' parents. They want the best for their children, but are having a hard time accepting that they have grown up. In a broader context, these two families, from very different backgrounds, are trying to work through their differences and find common ground. The musical does this in a comic way, but the message is something all of us can relate to.” 

Tickets are available in person at the Box Office, by phone at (847) 543-2300 or online at, which also has pricing and discount information. To request sign language interpreting, please contact the Box Office at least two weeks in advance.

‘The Addams Family’ cast and hometowns

Gomez Addams:  Scott Metzger (Libertyville)

Morticia Addams: Nicole Frier (Gurnee)

Uncle Fester: Ryan McNeil (Racine, Wis.)

Grandma: Isabella Cernuska (Round Lake)

Wednesday Addams: Isabel Koleno (Lake Forest)

Pugsley Addams: Lillie Salas (Grayslake)

Lurch: Jonathon Rocha (Waukegan)

Mal Beineke: Nolan Rice (Lindenhurst)

Alica Beineke: Rena Beyers (Wauconda)

Lucas Beineke: Ian Cummisford (Grayslake)

Addams Ancestors: Riley Beckett (Lake Villa); Joshua Cain (Lake Villa); Sarah Clement (Lindenhurst); Colby Flade (Round Lake); Tyler Gray-Henry (Grayslake); Elijah Janssen-Weitz (Lindenhurst); Delaney Katz (Lake Zurich); Sam Kim (Hawthorn Woods); Cole Larsen (Lindenhurst); Rachel McCulloch (Gurnee); Chantal Moody (Round Lake); Tanner Newman (Lakemoor); Kassandra Phelan (Waukegan); Owen Skarbalus (Lindenhurst); Dylan Thomas (Winthrop Harbor); Nate Toledo (Round Lake Beach); Corey Truger (Vernon Hills); Nikki Wegner (Mundelein); and Kristen Yoder (Grayslake).

About the CLC Theatre Department

The CLC Theatre Department offers 13 different courses and an Associate in Arts degree, with emphasis either on theatre performance (acting/directing) or technical theatre (design/stage management). For more information, contact the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division at (847) 543-2040 or visit Or become a fan of the College of Lake County Theatre Department Facebook page.


About College of Lake County:

College of Lake County is an innovative community college in Lake County, Ill. that transforms lives with its variety of accessible, quality education options. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, College of Lake County provides affordableoptions in a state-of-the-art setting close to home. A large student network, with small class sizes,provides advantages to our students on a career-related program or a path toward a transfer degree. We’re proud to serve the diverse needs of our community and student body. Connect to your future today at College of Lake County. For more information, visit