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Every spring, Godwin teams up with the Short Pump Players to produce a school musical. This year, “The Addams Family” was selected as the production.

“The Addams Family” focuses on Wednesday Addams, played by senior Erika Glines.  Wednesday is an 18-year-old young woman ready to start a life of her own, away from her dysfunctional family. In a turn of events, she falls in love with Lucas Beneke, played by senior Barrett Goode, a sweet boy from a normal, respectable family.

“I can relate to Wednesday because she’s very hard-headed, and she knows her morals,” said Glines.

Beloved father and mother Gomez and Morticia Addams, previously seen in the 1991 film adaptation of “The Addams Family”, are welcomed back to the stage and played by seniors Mitchell Ashe and Emilee Papa.

“I saw [The Addams Family] at VCU, and I loved the characters and costumes,” said Goode.

“The Addams Family” is described as a musical filled with humorous one-liners and bizarre  challenges.

Director Todd Coolidge said he hopes “to stay true to the fundamental premise of the TV show as well as the more focused themes presented in this musical adaptation.”

Papa said she’s excited to play a character that has the opposite personality of Gertrude McFuzz from “Seussical”, the character she played in last year’s spring musical.

Senior Michael Whitty, who will play Uncle Fester, said “I’m excited to make friends with the underclassmen who have never done a Godwin musical before.”

The production will be held at Godwin on May 4-6 with tickets available for $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Choir director David Clatterbuck said, “We have a wonderful cast – 30 students from all grade levels.  We’re going to have a blast putting the show together and hope that all of our student and faculty will plan to attend one of the performances in May.”



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