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The Adams Family, a comedy classic that highlights the wackiest quirks of every family will be presented by Southwestern College’s Theatre Department of the School of Arts, Communication and Social Sciences at the new 500-seat state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center. 

The musical will be the first to be performed in the new performing arts center on March 21- 25 at 7:30 p.m, and March 26 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“As the Omicron variant threatened to upend production plans of ‘The Addams Family,’ the cast demonstrated outstanding commitment as they submitted to daily testing in January during the winter intersession,” said Professor and Director Ruff Yeager. “After losing a week of rehearsal in February, they redoubled their efforts and have triumphed by creating hilarious characters and delivering delightful doses of dance and music.”

A full, diverse cast of 22 students was assembled by Yeager. This will also be the first musical since the college retired from the Mayan Hall stage. 

“The talented and diverse cast of 22 students have united to create a fabulously funny, terrifically tuneful tour-de-force for this, the first musical theatre production in the new Performing Arts Center,” Yeager said. 

The theatre department partnered with the dance and music department to stage a Broadway-style production. Dance Professor Dana Maue choreographed this year’s production, and the musical was vocally directed by music instructors Tracy Burkland and Ernest Quarles. 

A “larger-than-life” set is designed and constructed by Technical Theatre Professor and Theatre Operations Manager Michael Buckley.

“We’ve never done a set with so many intricate components and our students are getting to work with state-of-the-art tools, lighting, and sound equipment. This show ushers the Southwestern College Theatre Arts Department into a whole new era,” Buckley said

General admission tickets are on sale for $15 and can be purchased online. The box office opens one hour before each performance and accepts checks and cash. 

Audience members can find free parking in Lot O.

Seating will cap at 250 audience members per performance, though people can reserve seats on Eventbrite. All guests, students, and employees must wear masks while inside the theatre and during the performance. 

Southwestern College will no longer screen for proof of vaccination or negative test for guests.

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