To the moon, Alice!

Allie Villa is overjoyed to be making her AFD debut in this creepy and kooky production as Alice! She most recently performed in "If/Then" with Broken Leg Productions in Melrose and as Flotsam in "The Little Mermaid" with Create Inspire Change Theater Company in Watertown. Other favorite roles include Aquata in "The Little Mermaid" (TVRT), Texas in "Cabaret" (Adirondack Lakes Arts Center), Rachel in "Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson," and Brenda in "Hairspray" (Redhouse Arts Center). Allie is a full-time theatre teacher at Mildred Avenue K-8 in Mattapan. Much love and thanks to the production team and her own family, especially Eli & Henry! Follow @alliejvilla for updates.

Oh, the joy of blowing up things!

AFD welcomes the young and talented Gabriel Corey to the role of the gleefully destructive Pugsley Addams. Gabriel, just 15 years old, is a Sophomore at Tri-County, where he studies Computer Information Systems. Gabriel has twelve shows under his belt. Some of his favorite roles were Gevroche in "Les Miserables", Ben-Lisa in "Disaster" and Flounder in "The Little Mermaid." This is his first performance at Arlington Friends of the Drama.

Welcome to the stage, Alex Deutch!

Wow, AFD is honored to welcome Alex Deutch --as the intriguing character of Lucas Beineke-- in the first supporting role of his community theatre career! When the director, Tim Andrew, learned that it's Alex's first time in such a role, he found it hard to believe. Alex is a natural, and seems completely comfortable on stage. He certainly has the vocal chops. Though a singer in bands during high school, Alex began singing more seriously after joining an a capella group on campus at Case Western Reserve University. Alex moved to Somerville shortly after graduation and began taking voice lessons and auditioning for musicals in the area. He has one previous role (split three ways) as Storytelle

In a while, she'll be Thursday!

Daria Contino (Wednesday Addams) is thrilled to be making her debut with AFD this season! Some previous roles include Veronica Sawyer in Heathers (Firehouse Center for the Arts), Emma Borden in Lizzie (Theatre Company of Saugus), Marcy Park in 25th Annual...Spelling Bee (Theatre Company of Saugus), Aldolpho in Drowsy Chaperone (Greater Boston Stage Company), Chloe in Good Kids (Winnmere Family Theatre), Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (SHS), and Hecuba in Trojan Women (SHS). Daria would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support! Daria is also a singer/songwriter so go to or find her on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, etc to check out her music!

Welcome back, Ancestor Bobby...

Spooking around onstage as an Ancestor, Bobby McCall may look familiar... In fact, he's dusted off the cobwebs to return to AFD's stage for his third musical here, previously having played Chip Tolentino in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and Ensemble in "Sunset Boulevard." Other credits include "The Odd Couple" (Millis Theatre Group) and "Shakespeare's Star Wars" (The Opposite of People: A New-ish Theater Company). While not acting, Bobby enjoys crafting nightmares and bartering with evil spirits.

Why so much chemistry in the Addams family?

It's not your imagination--the Addams parental units really DO have that much sparkle between them. That would be due to the real life friendship of the lead actors, David Rodrigues (as Gomez),and Vanessa Calantropo (as Morticia). They amuse each other, and bring out the best in each other. And they swear this is true: it's not the first time they've played the Addams couple. They recently dressed as Gomez and Morticia for Halloween... There's a rumor of photograph... "It's kind of crazy," notes Tim Andrews, the director who's participating at AFD for the first time. "I had no idea they even knew each other when they auditioned." He says that their commitment has made the collaboration and t

What we hear in the shadows

The things we say to mount a production... especially this one... “We have a monster, but we could get a hand.” “We have an arm in the other room.” “Let’s not spend a lot of money on a hand if we don’t have to.” “I have some short weapons.” “I found the most god awful toupee for Fester.” “We’ll be doing a lot of tea-ing of things.” “Thing came out of the box.” “The choreography in the show is very elegant, so the stairs have to move in very smoothly.”

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