The Addams Family

Event Date

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 7:30pm to Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 2:00pm

The Addams Family

Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice​
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams
Directed and Choreographed by Sean T. Morrissey

Preview

The creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky Addams Family comes to life in this raucous new musical comedy based on the original characters by cartoonist, Charles Addams. There is fun for young and old.

Performances

  • Friday, November 13, 2015 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, November 15, 2015 2:00 PM

Location

  • Kirkland Fine Arts Center

More Info

Cast of Characters

Morticia Lexis Danca
Gomez Taylor Blaze Lindemann
Wednesday Emma Wright
Lucas Beineke Andrew Cliatt
Uncle Fester David Blakeman
Lurch Brock Hayden
Grandma Allison Atkenson
Pugsley Blaine Burns
Alice Beineke Kristin Brintnall
Mal Beineke Dave Thomson
Cousin IT "We can't reveal ALL the family secrets”
Ancestors Kelly Cunningham
Anna Dvorchak
McKena Silva
Katherine Viviano
Molly Will
Joseph J. Bezenek
Ryan Lacy
Darius Lee
Nate Lee
Maurice Randle, Jr.
Swings Amanda Donohoe
Alexandra Johnson
Emilio Canals
Jordan Luty
Standby for Uncle Fester Michael Alexander
Standby for Mal Beineke Kyle Kite
Stand-in for Pugsley Patricia Bales

Biographies for Artists

Lexis Danca

Senior, BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor
Crystal Lake, Illinois

Lexis was most recently seen as a member of the Resident Company at Music Theatre Wichita. She has appeared on the Millikin Mainstage in The World Goes ‘Round, Peter Pan, Legally Blonde, Cinderella, String, and Machinal. Additional credits include An Evening with Andrew Lippa at Millikin University and the workshop of Salzman and Cunningham’s The Legend of New York.

Taylor Blaze Lindemann

Sophomore, BFA Acting          
Oak Lawn, Illinois

Credits include The Normal Heart and Tribes (Oak Lawn Community High School); Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre); and Measure for Measure (Millikin Mainstage).

Emma Wright 

Senior, BFA Musical Theatre
Wheaton, Illinois

Emma Wright most recently appeared as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and Wendy in Peter Pan (Millikin Mainstage). She was also a featured soloist in Millikin’s workshop with Andrew Lippa in January of 2015. This past summer, Emma trained and performed at IO Chicago Improv Theater. Other credits include Michaela in The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Millikin University); Tricia in Dog Sees God and Mary Jane in Reefer Madness (Pipe Dreams Studio). Emma has also worked as an actor/singer/dancer at Six Flags Great America (Gurnee, IL) in the shows Gotta Kick It Up and Ignight. Additional credits include: Georgia in Curtains, Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, Belinda in Noises Off, and Rusty in Footloose (Wheaton Warrenville South High School).

Andrew Cliatt 

Freshman, BFA Musical Theatre
Indianapolis, Indiana

Andrew Cliatt has most recently appeared in Seussical, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Twelfth Night, Peter Pan, and Honk! Jr. at the Quincy Community Theatre.  This is Andrew’s Millikin Mainstage debut. 

David Blakeman

Sophomore, BFA Musical Theatre
Frankfort, Illinois

Credits include Martin Van Buren in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre; the Baker in Into the Woods, Pharaoh/Levi in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Brock Hayden

Senior BA Theatre
Moweaqua, Illinois

Brock Hayden was most recently seen as The Crocodile in Peter Pan (Millikin Mainstage) and the Valet in No Exit (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre). Behind the scenes, Brock has helped to construct costumes for Peter Pan, The Ladies Man, and Equinox: A Concert of Dance at Millikin University.

Allison Atkenson

Junior, BFA Musical Theatre
Palos Park, Illinois

Alli Atkenson is making her Millikin Mainstage debut. This past summer she performed with West Virginia Public Theatre in their production of A Grand Night for Singing as Victoria.  Her most recent credits include: Heidi in [Title of Show] (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre); an Ensemble member for In the Heights (Governor State University); Jo in Little Women, Lucy in 13 The Musical (Stagg Theatre); and the Lead Teen Girl in Memphis (Illinois All State Theatre).

Blaine Burns

Guest Actor
Decatur, Illinois

This is Blain’s first performance with the department at Millikin University. Blain is a 7th grader at Cerro Gordo Middle School and has been seen in several shows including Constitution as Ben Franklin and Alice in Wonderland as the King of Hearts.

Kristin Brintnall 

Senior, BFA Musical Theatre
Wheaton, Illinois

Kristin Brintnall - Credits include The Music Man and Singin’ in the Rain (North Central College); Tarzan (Stage Door Fine Arts); Curtains and Oklahoma! (Benet Academy); Evil Dead: The Musical and On Stars Not Falling (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre); An Evening with Andrew Lippa (Millikin’s New Musical Workshop Series); Cinderella and Machinal (Millikin Main Stage).

Dave Thomson

Senior, BFA Acting and English Writing
Oak Forest, Illinois

Dave’s credits include Measure for Measure, Tartuffe, Macbeth, and The Ladies Man (Millikin Mainstage). Dave has also appeared in On Stars Not Falling and designed for the production of No Exit (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre). Additional credits include the comedy group Un Bit Butter and Math Club Improv Troup.

Kelly Cunningham

Freshman, BFA Musical Theatre
Cary, Illinois

Kelly Cunningham has recently been seen as Erma in Anything Goes and Chava in Fiddler on the Roof. She has also been seen in Urinetown, 9 to 5, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Hairspray. She just finished understudying at Raue Center for the Arts for the show Beehive.

Anna Dvorchak

Senior, BFA Musical Theatre
Naperville, Illinois

Anna Dvorchak has appeared in The World Goes ‘Round, Peter Pan as Mrs. Darling, Legally Blonde as a Swing, Tartuffe as Elmire, and Machinal as The Mother (Millikin Mainstage). She has also been in Neuqua Valley’s productions of Jekyll and Hyde as Lucy Harris, The Little Mermaid as Ariel, The Outsiders as Cherry Valance, and Raggedy Ann and Andy as Raggedy Ann.

McKena Silva 

Freshman, BFA Musical Theatre
Casper, Wyoming

McKena has most recently performed in Natrona County High School’s Production of Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella as Stepsister Joy and in a student-composed and produced show called Follies LIVES as Rachel. She has danced with the Ariel Ballet in Cinderella and The Nutcracker. Other credits include Alice in Wonderland and Willy Wonka at the Casper C Theatre.

Katherine Viviano

Sophomore, BFA Musical Theatre
Overland Park, Kansas

Katherine Viviano has most recently appeared in Theatre in the Park’s production of West Side Story. At Music Theatre Kansas City she was seen as Kira in Xanadu, Amber in Hairspray, Bobbi in City of Angels, and Doo Wop in Little Shop of Horrors. Katherine’s Millikin credits include Some Enchanted Evening and Equinox: A Concert of Dance.

Molly Will

Senior, BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor
Martinsville, Indiana

Molly Will performed as Margot in Legally Blonde, an Ensemble member and Queen understudy in Cinderella, and as a female swing for The World Goes ‘Round (Millikin Mainstage). Other shows include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Buck Creek Playhouse); Crazy for You, Curtains, and Young Frankenstein (Footlite Musicals).

Joseph J. Bezenek 

Senior, BA Theatre
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Joseph J. Bezenek appeared as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast and Harold Hill in The Music Man at the O'Gorman HS Performing Arts. Millikin Mainstage credits include Alex in The Little Dog Laughed, Zues in String, Adam in Yankee Tavern, and Angelo in Measure for Measure. Joseph also directed and choreographed [Title of Show] at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. His professional debut was at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake, Colorado where he was a Chorus member and Billy understudy in 42nd Street, an Ancestor in The Addams Family, and a Chorus member in All Shook Up.

Ryan Lacy 

Senior, BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor
Naperville, Illinois

Ryan has recently been seen in The World Goes ‘Round, Legally Blonde, String, and Spring Awakening on the Millikin Mainstage and in the Millikin Children's Show Miss Electricity.

Darius Lee 

Sophomore, BFA Musical Theatre
Nashville, Tennessee

Darius Lee was last seen on the Millikin Mainstage in Peter Pan. At the Nashville Children's Theatre, Darius was seen in Avenue Q, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Godspell. Additional credits include: Urinetown (Governor's School) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Nashville school of the Arts).

Nate Lee

Freshman, BFA Musical Theatre
Winfield, Kansas

Nate Lee- credits include Lucas in The Addams Family, Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, and Willy Wonka (Southwestern College Summer Theatre); the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker (Edge Performing Arts Center); White Christmas, Fiddler of the Roof, Oh What a Lovely War, and A Bold Stroke for a Wife (Winfield High School); and Spamalot, Rent, and Children Of Eden (Southwestern College Main Stage). This is Nate’s Millikin Mainstage debut.

Maurice Randle, Jr.

Senior, BA Theatre
Oak Park, Illinois

Maurice is making his Millikin Mainstage debut. He has been previously seen in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Evil Dead: The Musical at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre.

Emilio Canals 

Freshman, BFA Musical Theatre
Centreville, Virginia

Emilio Canals- credits include Beauty and the Beast, Cabaret, A Christmas Carol, and The Thirty Nine Steps (Theatre Centreville); Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Lopez Studios); Cats (The Fairfax Academy); and Honk! (Centre Ridge Theatre). This is his Millikin Mainstage debut.

Jordan Luty

Freshman, BFA Musical Theatre
Abilene, Kansas

Jordan Luty has recently appeared in Oklahoma!, Damn Yankees, Big River, and The Secret Garden (Great Plains Theatre). He music-directed Godspell, Totally Red, and How to Eat Like a Child for the Great Plains Production Youth Company and composed The Paperbag Princess and Scene Better Days for their season. This is his Millikin Mainstage debut.

Amanda Donohoe

Sophomore, BFA Musical Theatre
Chicago, Illinois

This is Amanda Donohoe's Millikin Mainstage debut. She previously appeared in Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre's production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Other credits include Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly! and Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Alexandra Johnson   

Sophomore, BFA Musical Theatre
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Alexandra Johnson- Credits include The Ladies Man (Millikin Main Stage); A Christmas Carol (Actor’s Theater of Minnesota); I Like Me and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (Stages Theatre Company); Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Rosemary in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (Benilde-St. Margaret’s School). Representation includes Moore Creative Talent, NUTS Ltd, and Wehmann Models and Talent.

Artistic Team

Sean T. Morrissey, Director

Interim Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance
Millikin University

Sean has been the Director of Dance at Millikin since 1999.  He was the recipient of the Times Newspaper’s Outstanding Choreography award for his work on the Porthouse Theatre production of Dames at Sea and the Connecticut Critics Circle Best Choreographer Award for his work on the Candlewood Playhouse production of West Side Story. He earned critical acclaim for his direction of the Porthouse Theatre production of A Little Night Music this summer. As a director/choreographer, Sean’s work includes Lucky Stiff, Sweet Charity, Me and My Girl, No No Nanette, Sugar, Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls, My Favorite Year, Kiss Me Kate, Drowsy Chaperone, The World Goes 'Round and Grand Hotel. Other choreography credits include Carousel, The Merry Widow, Brigadoon, Pippin, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and Cabaret. In addition to musicals, Sean has choreographed 21 concert works for the Millikin stage. As a performer, Sean appeared in the original Broadway cast of the Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens production of A Christmas Carol featuring choreography by Tony Award winner, Susan Stroman, the European tour of 42nd Street, the Vienna company of West Side Story, the Asian tour of South Pacific, and regional productions of Cabaret, Me and My Girl, Big River, Anything Goes, Singin’ In the Rain, Oklahoma! and Gypsy. Sean is a graduate of Syracuse University and a proud member of Actors Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

Barbara Mangrum, Scenic Design

Associate Professor of Theatre
Design and Production
Millikin University

Barbara has designed scenery, lighting, and/or costumes for various productions at Millikin. She was the costume designer for The Whipping Man and designed the scenery and props for the production of Measure for Measure.

Jana Henry, Costume Design


 

Associate Professor of Theatre
Costume Director
Millikin University

Jana is Associate Professor/Costume Director for the Department of Theatre & Dance.  Selected professional credits include costume work for Universal Pictures, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Kansas City Ballet, The Station Theatre, and The Little Theatre on the Square. Jana earned her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She has been designing for Millikin since 1999.

Matt Albrecht, Lighting Design


Assistant Professor of Theatre
Lighting Design
Millikin University

Matt Albrecht is a lighting designer from Madison, WI. Matt has had the opportunity to work in theatres across the United States. Some of his design highlights include The Greeks (Madison Repertory Theatre), The Water Engine (University Theatre), Into the Woods (Houston's Center Stage Theatre), The Temperamentals (Celebration Theatre), and Annie (Madison Theatre Guild). Matt has also had the opportunity to work with Peninsula Players in Door County, WI. Matt is thrilled to be at Millikin as the newest member of the Design Tech Faculty. Matt would like to thank the cast and crew for all of their hard work.

Dan Derrick, Sound Design

Scene Shop Foreman
Millikin University

Daniel is in his 8th year with Millikin University, serving as Scene Shop Foreman and Sound Engineer for the Theatre and Dance Department. This is Daniel’s 9th Sound Design on the Millikin University Main Stage.

Hannah Davis-Shatinsky, Stage Manager

Senior, BFA Stage Management
Naperville, Illinois

Credits include The Drowsy Chaperone and RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women (Stage Manager); Gypsy and Julius Caesar at Festival 56 (Assistant Stage Manager); My Fair Lady, Starmites, and Oliver! at Porthouse Theatre (Assistant Stage Manager); Legally Blonde, The World Goes ‘Round, Solstice: A Concert of Dance (Stage Manager), and Tartuffe and Spring Awakening (Assistant Stage Manager) on the Millikin Mainstage.  Hannah is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Genesis Brito, Assistant Stage Manager

Freshman, BFA Stage Management

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Past credits include- Time Stands Still (Life Director), The Little Mermaid (Ensemble), A Piece Of My Heart (Stage Manager), Tarzan (Ensemble), Shrek The Musical (Assistant Stage Manager), Hello! My Baby (Stage Manager), and In The Heights (Camila Rosario).

 

Jacob Livingston, Assistant Stage Manager

Sophomore, BFA Acting
Batavia, Illinois

Jacob’s past credits include Peter Pan and The Ladies Man (Millikin Mainstage). This is his first time being an Assistant Stage Manager at Millikin University.

Lauren Villarreal, Assistant Stage Manager

Freshman, BFA Stage Management
Hemet, California

Lauren recently worked as the script supervisor for Ramona at the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater. She has assistant directed shows such as The Wiz, Cinderella, and Shrek at West Valley High School. Additionally, she has assisted in the costume construction for Annie, The Little Mermaid, and Always, Patsy Cline at both the Ramona Bowl and West Valley.