The family made famous by the Charles Addams’ 1960s sitcom will take over the Nazareth College Arts Center this month in “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy,” presented by the Theater and Dance Department.
This musical will be directed and choreographed by New York City-based Robin Levine whose accolades include starring in “Mamma Mia!” on Broadway, with musical direction by Corinne Aquilina, assistant professor and program director of musical theatre at Nazareth College.
Starring alongside a group of actors in the college’s pre-professional program is West Irondequoit resident Charlie Bohrer, a seventh-grade student at Dake Junior High School. Charlie will be tackling the role of the mischievous son Pugsley Addams, whose antics throw the family into a tailspin.
“[Pugsley’s] kind of like me because I like to be the ‘crazy kid’ in a lot of situations,” said Charlie.
As Wednesday’s conniving brother, Pugsley is doing everything he can to make sure that his sister’s love life crashes. Much to Pugsley’s chagrin, his usually gloom-filled sister has fallen in love with her polar opposite: an upstanding and respectable young man whose lack of interest in all things death and despair sends shockwaves through the Addams’ family mansion. The family of darkness must attempt to bury their abnormalities to host a dinner for Wednesday’s love interest and his family.
Having been in theatrical productions for over half of his life, Charlie is no stranger to the stage, as he began performing at the age of four and has continued to participate in productions every subsequent year.
“Charlie has been great to work with. He comes to the table with a lot of ideas and brings a great fun spirit to the cast,” said director Robin Levine.
Though many kids Charlie’s age may see working alongside college students as fairly intimidating, Charlie embraced the opportunity.
“I normally work with people up to 12th grade and the [cast members of ‘The Addams Family’] are like 22,” said Charlie. “It’s awesome! Hanging out with different age groups is really a privilege.”
Charlie’s passion and enthusiasm allow him to juggle the rigors of a college rehearsal schedule. With rehearsals running until 10 p.m. almost nightly, Charlie’s schedule is packed and any free time is spent completing homework assignments, grabbing dinners on the run and memorizing lines.
“It’s been pretty exhausting for me because I’m not used to going to bed that late,” said Charlie. “But, I’m super happy to be here. This is such an awesome opportunity!”
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on April 20 and April 21 and 2 p.m. on April 22 in the Callahan Theater, located on the campus of Nazareth College, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, 14618.
Visit artscenter.naz.edu or call (585) 389-2170 for tickets. Use code ADDAMS15 at checkout to receive 15 percent off. Discount cannot be combined with other offers. Prior sales are excluded.