‘Addams Family’ brings in phenomenal directors from near and far for STC’s 86th season

August 14, 2019
August 14, 2019
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Jackie Erdman, Executive Director
(920) 459-3779
‘Addams Family’ brings in phenomenal directors from near and far for STC’s 86th season
Sheboygan, Wis. (August 14, 2019) - The Sheboygan Theatre Company (STC) will welcome back the talented Paul Sucherman as musical director of “The Addams Family: A New Musical,” alongside Guest Director/Choreographer Anthony Bruno, who hails from New York City.

Bruno is an award-winning theatre director whose work has been seen Off-Broadway at numerous theatres both in New York City and regionally. In 2018, Bruno earned the NSPF Award for Best Director and in 2016 he founded The Sandbox @ Redhouse, a program designed specifically to work with and train local playwrights and directors to develop new works and hone their skills. Additionally, Bruno was selected from a global pool of applicants by the International Performing Arts Institute to direct and coach early-career musical theatre and opera professionals in Kiefersfelden, Germany. This talented director holds a BFA in music theatre from Elon University.

Bruno’s focus for the show will be on its strong family ties.

“‘The Addams Family: A New Musical” is a story that teaches us the importance of not just accepting, but honoring who you are, where you come from and what makes your clan special, unique and worthwhile,” Bruno said. “This makes ‘The Addams Family: A New Musical’ the perfect piece for the Sheboygan Theatre Company, with its proven history of enriching and inspiring the community through the arts. The story of The Addams Family is quite literally the work and lifeblood of any community theatre — family. Exactly like a family, without coming together, lifting each other up and celebrating what makes each member special, the theatre could not function - “It’s family first and family last and family by and by. When you’re an Addams, you do what Addams do, or die.”

In addition to Bruno, STC welcomes Paul Sucherman, who was musical director of “Evita” during its 85th season.

Sucherman, a Chicago transplant, is the son of two popular entertainers, began playing piano as soon as he could walk, and was reading music before he could read sentences. Studying with world-renowned pianist George Rosenberg and later Bob Acri, he was one of the youngest musicians to join the Chicago local of the musician's union. Sucherman studied at Northwestern University and DePaul University and has performed around the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean, and has shared stages with Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Reba McIntyre, Tim Allen, Eddie Rabbit, Pete Barbutti and many other stars. His band hosted the Home State Ball in Washington, D.C. for the first Inaugural ceremony for President Barack Obama, as well as other state functions during the week leading to it. Sucherman was most recently the music director for “Mama Mia!” performed at the Calumet County Community Theatre.

"This show is a dark comedy, but full of heart, often in the least likely of places,” Sucherman said. “It's about family values…Addams Family values, to be sure, but values familiar to us all. It has wonderfully comic leads, and a Greek chorus of Addams Family ancestors watching and influencing the action on stage. It has memorable songs …each character has their own 'flavor' or style. Fester's songs are Vaudevillian, while Wednesday's and Lucas's more contemporary and Gomez, of course, usually has a Spanish flair...and a funny script, with a lot of heart!"

Auditions begin Monday, Aug. 19, and continue to Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6-9:30 p.m. both evenings. Reserve your audition time by calling the Community Recreation Department office number at 920-459-3773. Please note the department’s summer hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

STC will present showings of “The Addams Family: A New Musical” Oct. 4-12. Show time each night is 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6. Performances are at STC’s Leslie W. Johnson Theatre, located on the Horace Mann Middle School campus in Sheboygan.

Season tickets are on sale now. Season tickets can be purchased in person at the Recreation Department offices at 607 South Water St. during regular business hours or set up an account online and buy flex passes or 10-packs online. Individual tickets go on sale Sept. 3.

For more details on the show and audition information, visit www.STCshows.org.
Jacqueline Erdman, Executive Director
(920) 459-3779

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