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Emmaus High School wins award for “Addams Family”

After a 2-year hiatus from an in-person event due to COVID-19, thespians from area high schools got a chance to shine in the spotlights of the State Theatre at the 2022 FREDDY&Copy; Awards May 26.

Cast and crew from Emmaus High School brought home one Freddy Award out of 15 nominations, scoring the Freddy Award for Outstanding Chorus for “The Addams Family School Edition.”

Ashley Westgate from the Emmaus production was one of eight recipients to receive a three-week scholarship for the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet/Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley Summer Dance Intensive. Nominated in the category “Outstanding Performance by a Featured Dancer,” Westgate portrayed the “Addams Family” Flapper Ancestor.

Among the Emmaus “Addams Family” nominees for Freddys were Jacob Klinedinst as Gomez Addams, Payton McGlory as Morticia, Madeline Kemler as Wednesday, Aiden Panko as Pugsley and Lucas Nowak as Lurch. The production itself had been nominated for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical.

Press Photos by Ed Courrier Accepting the award for outstanding chorus are Jack Freemont and Julie Vansuch on behalf of Emmaus for “The Addams Family School Edition.” Tony Cioffi and Nick Falsone presented the award.
From left, Director Jill Kuebler with “Addams Family” cast members Julie Vansuch, Danica Schueck, Madison Servais and costumer Sadie Dallas gather for a photo by the State Theatre's box office May 26.
At left, Freddy nominee Ashley Westgate performs a fleeting dance solo as the Flapper Ancestor during “When You're an Addams” May 26. She was later awarded a Pennsylvania Youth Ballet/Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley Summer Dance Intensive scholarship. At right is Miel Orrison as the Bride Ancestor.
“Addams Family” leads sing “When You're an Addams” at the awards ceremony May 26.
Freddy nominee Jacob Klinedinst, as Gomez Addams, solos with “Not Today” before the announcement of the winner for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
“Addams Family” ‘ghosts' hang out with Freddy's ‘ghost' in the State Theatre lobby after the awards event. The Freddys are named for the late J. “Fred” Osterstock, a former theater manager, also known as “Fred the Ghost.” From left are Emily Brown, Kyra Kelly, Hannah Kern and Anna Chavolla.