GRANITE CITY — Mark Lull is on double duty.
He’s not only the principal at Maryville Elementary School, he’s also an actor.
“It’s manageable and I make it work,” Lull said. “It’s great fun and my castmates make it fun, too.”
Lull is one of the cast members of the Addams Family musical, which is coming to the Alfresco Arts Center Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 23-24. He will play Uncle Fester, a hairless character who wears a heavy fur coat.
“Believe it or not, I grew up with the Munsters, so I’m starting to become a big Addams Family fan,” Lull said. “I saw the original production on Broadway, but I’ve never seen the TV series. Now, I have. I’m trying to YouTube it.”
The Addams Family has been popular since cartoonist Charles Addams created this group of eccentric fictional characters in 1938. The family has been adapted to other media such as television series (live and animated), films, video games and musicals. “The Addams Family” TV show ran for two seasons from 1964-66 and its main competition was “The Munsters,” which also ran for two seasons.
All shows of the Addams Family musical will start at 7:30 p.m. Brenda Whitaker is the director, Lisa Garcia Fensterman is the choreographer and Angie Morgan is the music director.
“Tickets are general admission,” Garcia Fensterman said. “They can purchase tickets by going to our website and making reservations, can buy hard copy tickets from any cast member and it will be available at the Garden Gate Tea Room if they want to buy physical tickets. Since it’s general admission, if people have physical tickets, they can bypass the box office and come right in and get their seats when they get here. The door will open an hour prior at showtime.”
Lull, who has been Maryville’s principal for just two years, is an experienced actor.
“I was the first production here at the arts center when we opened, but I’ve been doing theater in Granite City for 25 years,” Lull said.
In the Addams Family musical, chaos hits the Addams family household when Wednesday falls in a love with a normal boy and Gomez keeps it a secret from his wife, Morticia.
Lull will be part of a cast that will include Stephanie Sullivan as Morticia, Scott Tripp as Gomez, Morgan Ladyman as Wednesday, Ian Wonders as Pugsley and Camille Fensterman as Grandma Adams. Wonders and Fensterman also are from Granite City.
“This is the most talented cast that we had,” Lull said. “We had so many talented casts, but everybody in this fits the roles that they’re playing and they’re very strong in acting and very strong in singing.”
Also in October at the Alfresco Arts Center, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Music will have an event called Silents Are Golden. SIUE faculty, students and alumni will celebrate the days of classic silent film by performing music scores. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 10 and the cost is $10.
For information, contact the Alfresco Arts Center at (844) 248-9780 or visit www.alfrescoproductions.org.