About The Addams Family
From Theatrical Rights Worldwide: "THE ADDAMS FAMILY Young@Part® is the authorized 60 minute edition of the Broadway musical for elementary and middle schools, and youth theatres. Through a series of workshops with industry professionals and actual kids, the Young@Part® musicals are tailor-made for younger actors. Song keys are changed where needed, songs and scenes are edited for time and content, while keeping the spirit of the original Broadway show intact. There are great parts for girls, boys and can feature any size ensemble/chorus, who are featured throughout the show.
Celebrate the wackiness in every family with our best-selling Broadway musical adapted for middle school-age performers! Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family whom her parents have never met. She confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents."
John Greenleaf Whittier Middle School
The JGW Drama Club has been active at J.G. Whittier Middle School since 2018. The club has produced Hairspray Jr., Willy Wonka Jr., Moana Jr., The Lion King Jr., Matilda the Musical, and most recently Into the Woods Jr. The drama club also hosts an annual talent show and chorus concert, both of which help to provide funds for the club in return. These efforts have led to complete self-sustainability without the need of additional funding.
Since established in 2018, The JGW Drama Club has gross profited over $20,000. This past year, The JGW Drama Club was voted HAVERHILL'S BEST AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM 2023 by The Eagle Tribune and The Haverhill Gazette.
Mr. Gariepy has been the music teacher at JGW since August 2018. An HHS and JGW alumni (JGW '08-'10 & HHS Class of 2014), Mr. Gariepy has a B.A. in Music from Bridgewater State University (BSU 2021) and teaches private music lessons downtown. He specializes in professional voice instruction and beginners piano.
Mr. G has been the sole choreographer, stage director, and music director for various productions including Hairspray Jr. (2019), Willy Wonka Jr. (2021), Moana Jr. (2022), The Lion King Jr. (2022), Matilda the Musical (2023), and Into the Woods Jr. (2023). He has also starred in local productions like Firehouse Newburyport's RENT (Role: Benny, 2021) and Pentucket Players' Into the Woods (Role: Wolf/Cinderella's Prince, 2021).
"I strive to provide the opportunities I craved to have when I went to school in Haverhill as a child. I can't imagine being anywhere else in my life other than where I am today." -Mr. Gariepy, JGW Music Teacher