The Addams Family

Brian Altman (Mal Beineke)
Brian is making his TrueNorth debut in this production. He was last seen as Smudge in Beck Center's Forever Plaid. He has also recently played Emile deBecque in Rabbit Run Theater's South Pacific and before that Stephen Kodaly in She Loves Me at Beck Center. Some of his other favorite roles have been in: Bat Boy: The Musical (Dr. Parker) at the Roadhouse Theater in Erie, Ragtime (Tateh) at Rabbit Run Theater in Madison, Monty Python's Spamalot (Lancelot) at Beck Center and Into the Woods (the Baker) at the Erie Playhouse. Offstage, Brian enjoys his job as a Senior Line Designer of Kids product for American Greetings. Love and thanks to his family, friends and especially Brendan!

Rachel Maria Anderson (Morticia)
Rachel is ecstatic to be making her TrueNorth debut with such a talented cast! A graduate of the University Of Akron School Of Music, she recently performed the role of Emma Carew in Jekyll and Hyde at Olmsted Performing Arts Center. Favorite roles include Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at Brecksville Theatre on the Square, Laurie in Oklahoma! at Cassidy Theatre, Woman 2 in Songs for a New World at CAMEO in Medina, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Rosamund in The Robber Bridegroom, and Johanna in Sweeney Todd at the University of Akron. She has also appeared at Actors’ Summit Theatre, Players Guild Theatre, and North Canton Playhouse. Her upcoming projects include playing Glinda in The Wizard of Oz at OPA and Brooke in Other Desert Cities for Wolf Creek Players. Her most challenging and rewarding role is being “Mommy” to two beautiful girls, Lillian and Helen!

Steve Brown (Fester)
Steve is in his first show at True North but has performed in close to 100 roles throughout the area. Favorite roles include Mr Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors, Moonface in Anything Goes, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and John Adams in 1776, a role he's done 3 times. Other favorites are Oscar and Felix in The Odd Couple, The Narrator in Into the Woods, Perchik and Motel in Fiddler on the Roof and Joe Benjamin in God's Favorite. Steve works by day in radio with WZAK and WENZ, and has been on the air since 1991 with stations like Q104 and The Fish. He serves on the board with Brecksville Theater on the Square, where he lives with his wife, Julie and 4 sons, Noah, Aidan, Quinn and Owen. Thanks to Kristin and Heidi for the opportunity to have a super time with such a talented cast!

Kimberly Eskut (Granny Addams)
Last seen in Guys & Dolls (Adelaide), Frankie & Johnny (Frankie), Texas Chainsaw (Momma), Anything Goes (Irma). Kimberly has been performing on stage & directing for over 27 yrs. She has earned 3 wins for featured actress in a musical for her performances in Cabaret (Fraulein Kost), West Side Story (Anita) & Little Me (The Mother’s). Favorite roles include: Legally Blonde (Paulette), Texas Chainsaw (Momma), Blood Brothers (Mrs. Johnstone), Gypsy (Tesse Tura), City Of Angels (Oolie & Donna), Assassins (Sarah Jane Moore), Urinetown (Ma Strong), Chicago (Mama Morton), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), West Side Story (Anita), Pippin (Fastrada), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie) & Lucky Stiff (Dominique Dumonico). This summer Kimberly is honored to play the role of Maid of Honor to Debbie Lenarz when she becomes Mrs. Jeremy Jenkens. Very special thanks to Kristin, Heidi, the band, Rick with TrueNorth Cultural Arts Center and all volunteers. Feeling truly loved, thankful and blessed :)

Joel S. Furr (Ensemble/Caveman)
Joel, 22 years of age, attended Ithaca College as a BFA in Musical Theatre in Fall of 2012. He then withdrew to return home to perform locally and pursue other careers. Since then he has enrolled in school at The Art Institute of Pittsburg: Online Division seeking a diploma in Web Design with a focus in Technical Web Development! He is set to graduate in Fall of 2015! Here’s a list of his most recent credits: From My Hometown; Detroit at Karamu House, Ensemble in Broadway Cares: The Who’s Tommy- Equity Fights Aids at Tri-C East, Quartet Bass/Sailor in Anything Goes and Shark Ensemble/PePe in West Side Story. His favorite roles include: Tom Collins in RENT and Leading Player in Pippin. Joel would like to give a huge thank you to Kristin Netzband for allowing him this opportunity and keeping his love for the theatre alive! He also gives a loving thanks to his family, friends and fiancé for their support and love through the ups and downs. And lastly, Caveman also wishes to say: ENJOY SHOW!

Gavin Gangi (Lucas Beineke)
Gavin is extremely excited to be back in town to make his TrueNorth debut. Regional credits include Guys & Dolls (Benny Southstreet), 9 to 5 (Joe), Anything Goes (Sailor Quartet/Ensemble), the World Premier of Legally Addicted (Mark), the Chicago premier of The Greenwood Tree (Muse), Through the Storybook (Captain Hook), Weekend Comedy (Tony), Seussical (Horton / AMD), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius). Gavin also wants to thank his family and friends for their constant support and inspiration. Special shout-out to Kristin and Heidi for the hard-work, dedication, and for letting him join in on all the fun!

Tia Karaplis (Wednesday)
Tia is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful production! Previously at TrueNorth she has been seen in The Fantasticks, Children of Eden, The Secret Garden, Westside Story, Bunnicula, Sunday in the Park with George, The Lion King in Concert, and Charlotte's Web. She was last seen singing in An Evening With Andrew Lloyd Webber here at TrueNorth. She has performed at the Beck Center for the Arts, Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory, MGP, Tri-C East, The Cassidy Theatre, as well as other venues. She wishes the cast many broken legs!

Daryl Kelley (Lurch)
Dave is pleased as punch to be a part of this fantastic production and to be working with so many incredibly talented people. His most recent credits in area theaters include Catch Me If You Can (Agent Dollar) at Huntington Playhouse, Damn Yankees (Sohovik) at Cassidy Theatre, Baby (Professor Weiss) at Broadview Heights Spotlights Theatre, and 9 to 5: The Musical (Bob Enright) at Huntington Playhouse. Daryl holds a B.A. in Theatre and Spanish from Otterbein University. Благодария!

Lou Petrucci (Gomez Addams)
Lou is proud to be making his TrueNorth debut with The Addams Family. A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama, Lou is no stranger to North-East Ohio's theatrical scene. With over 13 years of local and regional experience, recent credits including appearing as Rocky in Damn Yankees, Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys & Dolls at The Cassidy Theatre of Parma Heights. "I am stoked for this opportunity - big thanks to Kristin for making this possible. I love this creepy, kooky family!!!"

Maggie Stahl (Alice Beineke)
Maggie is happy to return to TrueNorth Cultural Arts. TNCA regulars may have seen her in Baby (Pam) or Spelling Bee (Rona). Some of her favorite roles include Children of Eden (Yonah), Ragtime (Mother) and Anything Goes (Reno). She's thrilled to be working with Kristin and Heidi again throughout this creepy and kooky experience!! Love to Rick, who refuses to let me NOT perform, and to the babies, Aidan, Abby and my baby mermaid, Rowan.

Christian Thomas (Pugsley Addams)
Christian is excited to be making his TrueNorth debut as Pugsley in The Addams Family. Christian most recently appeared as Pigpen in the HBTI production of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. Other favorite credits include the Marvel film The Avengers, and the PBS national television program The Kid Concoction Show. Christian has appeared in several television commercials including Silver Dollar City theme park and TimeLife. He is a currently a member of the Singing Angels performing chorus, and a past member of the Baldwin Wallace Youth Honors Chorale. For the past five years Christian has studied voice with the incomparable Brenda Cuffari. He dedicates this performance to his family.



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