'The Addams Family' comes to Monroeville

Cary Ashby • Feb 27, 2019 at 10:17 AM

MONROEVILLE — Monroeville High School sophomore Ethan Sattler tends to be shy, so the Uncle Fester role is an opportunity to be much more dramatic.

“He’s important to the musical because he tends to break the fourth wall and talk to the audience a lot,” said Sattler, who enjoys the experience. “I tend to break out of my comfort zone a lot with that.”

The MHS production of “The Addams Family” will be March 29 through 31.

“This musical is going to be great. I hope to see a lot of people there,” said Sattler, the son of Shane and Dana.

One of his challenges in playing Uncle Fester was finding the proper voice. He made the discovery while hanging out with his friends.

“They looked at me and they were like, ‘That was the one,’” Sattler said.

In the “Addams Family” musical, 18-year-old Wednesday (Sophia Yarber) wants to marry her boyfriend Lucas (Gunnar Steward). She attempts to keep that a secret from her parents, Gomez (Ellis Herner) and Morticia (Isabella Grant).

Herner considers Gomez “the character everybody looks up to” and the strongest member of the family.

“If there’s something wrong with Gomez, the whole family kinda falls apart,” the Monroeville junior said. 

“I have to push myself outside of my comfort zone (and) become a different character. It’s pretty fun to do; it’s just a challenge.”

Herner and Grant often talk off-stage to figure out how to play Gomez and Morticia well.

“We’re still working on it, but it’s definitely going a lot better,” said Grant, the daughter Brian and Lynn. “I have to be very sultry, very close with Gomez. They’re obviously married, but they have that ideal marriage that everyone wants.”

Reflecting on her experiences in other productions, Grant said she has learned “not to be afraid.”

“You have to do everything full on or it’s not as good as it can be,” the sophomore added.

Yarber enjoys being slightly creepy as Morticia’s daughter, Wednesday.

“Any time I get to be like all lovey-dovey, then I have to try and hide it,” the daughter of Wylly and Sarah said.

“I’m normally a shy-type of girl, just limited to her friends. In this musical, I’m very outgoing,” she added. “It’s been a challenge, but it’s also been a lot easier than I expected because I am surrounded by all my friends.”

Steward plays Lucas, Wednesday’s love interest.

“I’m sort of a goofball, so I try and add a little bit of that to everything that I do. And I feel like I add that to Lucas,” he said.

The son of Kerry Steward and Tarrelle Steward had the lead role in “Godspell.” He said last year’s musical taught him to “study, study, study” and “learn to take a laugh.”

“It was a crazy experience, but it was so much fun. In this, it’s just as amazing. Everyone has their own little bit to be in,” said the junior, who enjoys having less stress since he’s not the main character in “The Addams Family.”

Yarber also was in “Godspell.”

“I feel like this is the most fun I’ve ever had during musical,” she said, referring to this year’s production.

Cast members said they consider “The Addams Family” a fun comedy that the entire family should enjoy.

“I just want to say that is something that all generations can remember, so anybody who can come and see it should have fun,” Yarber said.

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