They’re Ooky, They’re Spooky – Meet the Cast of The Addams Family!

KIARA ADAMS (Ensemble) just finished her freshman year at North Canyon High School, where she is in the International Baccalaureate program and on the Danceline. Some of her favorite past roles include Penelope Square in Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical (Valley Youth Theatre) and Danielle in Bring It On (Desert Stages Theatre). She is in the HyRev Sonic Revolution performance troupe and was last seen on the ABT stage as a Royal Child in The King and I.

CORBAN ADAMS (Pugsley Addams) Corban Ad(d)ams is very excited to be returning to the ABT stage as Pugsley! Past credits include Beat Bugs A Musical Adventure (Mean Mr. Mustard at SYT), Elf The Musical (Michael at PT), Mary Poppins Jr. (Bert at ABT), and Oliver! (Oliver at ABT). Corban loves his family, friends, and playing the snare drum in his school band. He hopes you enjoy the show and “buckle your seatbelts!”

JASMINE BASSHAM (Wednesday Addams) is ecstatic to return to Arizona Broadway Theatre! Her past credits include Mamma Mia! (ABT), Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Fraulein Kost in Cabaret, Heather in American Idiot, and Thea in Spring Awakening. Jasmine would like to thank her friends, family, and everyone at ABT for all of the love and support. Special thank you to her father, Robert Bassham. Without him none of this would be possible.

DANNY DURR (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Arizona Broadway Theatre debut in The Addams Family. Danny lives in New York City where he is a dance teacher, fitness instructor, and choreographer. He recently choreographed Ghost at Stage Door Theatre in Lauderhill, Florida, under the direction of Clayton Phillips. Favorite roles include White Christmas (Phil), Cabaret (Emcee), Pippin (Pippin), Happy Days (Richie Cunningham), The Last Five Years (Jamie), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), CATS (Macavity), West Side Story (Big Deal), A Chorus Line (Greg Gardner). www.dannydurr.com

LIZ FALLON (Ensemble) is so ecstatic to be back on the ABT stage! She recently finished a year and a half sailing around the Caribbean as Jennyanydots (and sometimes Jellylorum) in Cats on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. Favorite Arizona Broadway credits include Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical, Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity, and Angel in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Liz is a St. Louis native who graduated in 2012 with her BFA in Musical Theatre/Dance from Millikin University. So much love and many, many thanks to the entire ABT family. www.lfallon.com

LYNZEE FOREMAN (Alice Beineke) is thrilled to be back on the ABT stage in such an amazing show with even more amazing people! Lynzee was last seen at ABT in Mamma Mia! and HAIR (Jeanie). Previous shows include Jersey Boys (Lorraine, Phoenix Theatre Company), Godspell, Singin’ in the Rain (Lina Lamont), Trailer Park The Musical (Pippi) (both at ABT), and In The Heights (Daniela) at Phoenix Theatre. When not performing, she is blessed to work with the Valley’s best youth talent at ABT in the HyRev program and somehow finds time to ride her reining horses!  The MOST love to her family and her hubby Mark and baby girl Shiloh. This one is for you, Den.  

RENÉE KATHLEEN KOHER (Morticia Addams) is beyond excited to be a part of this classic! Some of her favorite ABT credits include Disney’s Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Kiss Me, Kate (Lily/Katherine), A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Past), Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (Doatsy Mae), Camelot (Nimue/Morgan LeFay), Carousel (Mrs. Mullins), Fiddler On The Roof (Fruma Sarah), Rock Of Ages, Hair, The Bridges of Madison County, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Disney’s Tarzan. Other favorite Regional credits include The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), 9 to 5 (Violet), Pippin (Fastrata), The Secret Garden (Rose), Godspell, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and Sister Act. A huge thank you to Mom, Dad, Ryan, and boyfriend Nick for always supporting her dreams, to Cass, Kiel, and Kurtis for being such an incredible family, to Danny and Adam for being our fearless leaders, and to this amazing cast, crew and production team. www.reneekathleenkoher.com

KRISTINA LEOPOLD JARVIS (Ensemble) is stoked to be working with ABT for the first time! Select credits include Nala in The Festival of the Lion King (Hong Kong Disneyland), Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (The California Theatre), Glinda in The Wiz (Center Stage Fontana), and The Witch in Big Fish (Inland Valley Repertory Theatre). Love to her wonderful husband! Romans 13:12

NICHOLAS KUHN (Ensemble) is absolutely thrilled to be returning to Arizona Broadway Theatre! Past ABT credits include Camelot (Sir Lionel), A Christmas Carol (Fred), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Aggie), Hair (Tribe), and The Little Mermaid (Ensemble/Eric u/s) just to name a few. His New York credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Whoopee (Ensemble), America’s Sweetheart (Ensemble), The Bully (Steve). Other favorite credits are The Fantasticks (Matt) and Godspell (Jeffery Track) (Artistree Music Theatre Festival)Nick would like to thank ABT for the opportunity, and his amazing friends and family for their never-ending support! Kabocha!

ALEXIA LORCH (Ensemble) is excited to be making her ABT debut!  She is a proud Phoenician and Creighton University Graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Favorite show credits include West Side Story (Minnie, Phoenix Theatre Company), Footloose (Urleen, Old Creamery), James and the Giant Peach (Miss Spider, Old Creamery), A Chorus Line (Bebe, u/s Kristine). She would like to thank her family for all their love and support! @alexialorch5 www.alexialorch.com

BARBARA McBAIN (Grandma Addams) is thrilled to return to ABT for this fun show! She was last seen as Vivien in Church Basement Ladies.  Some of her favorite roles include Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Miss Thorn in Ruthless and Dotty in Noises Off. Barbara has also appeared in film and television, most recently in commercials for Rebel Deck and Honeywell. In real life, her favorite roles are “Grandma Babs” and “Gary’s Fiancé.”

AARON McCASKILL (Pugsley Addams) is an 8th grader and is home-schooled. He has been performing since he was 7 years old. His favorite roles have been Michael Banks in Mary Poppins and Harry Finfer in Miracle on 34th Street at Arizona Broadway Theatre, Piglet in A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail at Valley Youth Theatre, Ching Ho in Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr., Dennis in All Shook Up, and Kevin in Robin Hood and his Merry Men at Actors Youth Theatre.  When Aaron isn’t on stage, he enjoys playing piano and guitar, writing his own songs, cooking, singing, and dancing. 

MATTHEW MELLO (Gomez Addams – Alternate) Hello, Peoria!! Matt is glad to be back at ABT with this talented cast. Matt is now a local Peorian. He is excited to be here on the regular! This is his sixth and hopefully not last production with ABT. Other ABT roles include Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, J. Bruce Ismay in Titanic, Hanratty in Catch Me If You Can, Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Lonny in Rock of Ages. He is excited to start this new chapter in his life with his wife Dana and son Aiden. Matt would like to thank his family, Cassandra Klaphake, Kiel Klaphake, Kurtis Overby, and everyone at ABT from the Box Office and beyond for welcoming him and his family. “Art is beautiful. Art is love. Art is life.”

CESAR RAZZA (Ensemble) is so happy to be returning to ABT for another fantastic show! Credits include National Tours: The Wizard of Oz, Sid the Science Kid Live!, Clifford in Clifford the Big Red Dog Live. Regional: Young Frankenstein at The Fulton Theatre, Elf The Musical at The Fireside Theatre, and Neleus in Mary Poppins at The Palace Theatre. Cesar would like to thank “The Hungry Gal Pals”, Caitrin, Apryl, Forecast Talent, and his family for all their tremendous support. Follow Cesar on Instagram: @cesarrazza123 www.cesarrazza.com

SAMANTHA ROSS (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back in Arizona performing with ABT! Samantha was last seen in Catch Me if You Can here at ABT. Some of her favorite past credits include Hedy from How to Succeed in Business and Virtue in Anything Goes. Samantha is grateful for the love and support from her family and friends and would like to thank everyone involved in this production of The Addams Family.

LIONEL RULAND (Uncle Fester) hails from Parsippany, New Jersey, and has performed on stage in 46 US States (sorry Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, & Montana). Some of his favorite musical roles include Sancho in Man of La Mancha, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Roger Sherman in 1776, and King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar. When not performing, Lionel enjoys film producing, painting, and is a master level Reiki practitioner. Find out more at LionelRuland.com and follow him on Instagram @LionelOrLonnie.

NICHOLAS DANA RYLANDS (Lurch) Arizona Broadway Theatre Debut! Previous credits include 17th Century Apparition in A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage), Cpt. Robert Falcon Scott in Peter and the Starcatcher (Playhouse on Park), Ensemble in Passing Through, (Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals), Romain Tournel in A Flea in Her Ear, Frid in A Little Night Music (Monomoy Theatre). Proud graduate of The Hartt School! “To my parents, I know I thank you in all of these, but there is no one more deserving. Thank you.”

JAKE SOKOLOFF (Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining the ABT Family! He is a graduate of Elon University’s BFA Music Theatre program. Most recently, Jake was seen internationally as Eugene in Grease for Royal Caribbean. In addition to performing, Jake is a fashion stylist and has his own styling company, STYLE BY SOKOLOFF, in New York City. @JakeSokoloff

NICK WILLIAMS (Lucas Beineke) is excited to be part of another Arizona Broadway Theatre production! He has spent his teen years performing in theatres throughout the Valley. Some recent credits include Big River (Jo Harper/Young Fool), Sweeney Todd (Anthony Cover/Ensemble), Tuck Everlasting (Jesse Tuck), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Dan), and Grease (Roger). Nick would like to thank the talented cast, crew, and the entire creative team at ABT for this wonderful experience, as well as his friends and family for their continuous support.

MARK WOODARD (Mal Beineke) is thrilled to be making his ABT debut as part of this creepy, kooky, mysterious, and ooky family!  His recent credits include Lawrence Jameson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (The Resident Theatre Company), King Arthur in Spamalot, and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Palace Theatre in NH). Other regional credits: the 75th Anniversary production of Oklahoma! (Ogunquit Playhouse), The Producers, Bells Are Ringing, and South Pacific (Pittsburgh CLO).

BRODY WURR (Ensemble) is thrilled to be part of this amazing production of The Addams Family! Brody is honored to have been on the Arizona Broadway Theatre stage in Oliver!, Sweeney Todd, Titanic: The Musical, Mamma Mia!, and Guys and Dolls. He also recently played Andrew Jackson in Spotlight Youth Theatre’s rocking production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Brody loves being a part of Arizona Broadway Theatre’s new performance troupe, Sonic Revolution! Thank you to Cassandra, Kiel, Kurtis, Brad, and everyone at ABT for making dreams come true! Enjoy the show!

Brad York (Gomez Addams) hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest and the great state of Oregon. Brad first came to Arizona in 1996 on a full-ride out-of-state tuition vocal scholarship to Arizona State University. Brad holds a BA in Music from Linfield College (Oregon) and an MM in Musical Theatre Performance from Arizona State University. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City where he lived and worked for ten years – marrying the life of an actor with steady jobs at an investment firm and as a waiter. Brad has performed at regional theatres around the United States, but you’ll probably recognize Brad from his many appearances on the ABT stage over the years. Roles include: Evelyn Oakleigh (Anything Goes ’05), Hysterium (A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum ’07), Man 1 (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change ’10), Harold (The Full Monty ’11), The Baker (Into the Woods ’13) and most recently as Igor in Young Frankenstein (’14). Brad returned to Arizona full-time in 2010 to work on “the other side of the table” at ABT in Audience Development and is currently the theatre’s Marketing Director.