The Addams Family

The creepy, kooky characters so many of us grew up watching on TV are back in the Ramblewood Middle School’s production of The Addams Family, Young@Part.

In this version of the dramatic comedy, Pugsley and Wednesday are all grown up, frustrated by a bevy of weird, unchanged relatives, like Lurch and Grandma.

Written by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, with lyrics by Andrew Lippa, The Addams Family Young@Part was adapted into a 65-70 minute edition of the Broadway musical and written specifically for elementary, middle schools and youth theaters.

Directing the play is dramatic arts teacher Meagan Nagy who said that from set design to execution, the Addams Family show represents the first time her students have handled everything themselves.

“From day one, the design team’s biggest dream was to make this show as immersive as possible,” Nagy said.

In the play, Gomez and Morticia Addams have continued to march to the beat of their own morbid drum for hundreds of years, and wish to continue doing so. Their teenage kids have other ideas. Wednesday has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family.

In one fateful, hilarious night set to music, and captured in catchy songs, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one unthinkable thing they’ve managed to avoid for so long: change.


John Delaney has made a terrible mistake and has been serving his sentence for the last 12 years. Today is the final day of his sentence, but he is not being set free. What will happen to him?

As a documentary of John Delaney’s life is being filmed, see the prisoners surrounding him, what is going through his mind, how his mistake has effected so many other people and the long struggle to forgive. The story unfolds through haunting melodies and emotional interviews and there is humor found through the eyes of the other prisoners who all have become larger than life in John’s mind.

Little Shop of Horrors

Meek flower shop assistant Seymour pines for co-worker Audrey. During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey's boyfriend, to the plant after his accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.

Shrek Jr.

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek.  One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

The Dogsitters 

by  Sarah Cowan

The Dogsitters is a comedy about a group of teenage girls invited to house-sit and look after a dog for an evening. They take the opportunity to have an impromptu party, during which they discover a bit of a problem with the dog.   The play is a fast-paced physical comedy with lots of action and suspense.  The cast  and crew dedicated numerous hours to rehearsing their lines (in British dialect), gathering set props and costumes and meeting outside of school hours to give the best performances they possibly can.

Hairspray Jr.

The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray JR. is the family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.  Adapted from the Broadway production that won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Hairspray JR. is a show that will celebrate your students' diversity and bring audiences to their feet with its positive message and uproarious sense of humor.

It's 1962, and spunky, plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has one big dream – to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When she finally gets her shot, she's transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her newfound power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest DJ, Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy's new beat just might prove unstoppable.

RMS 2015-2016 One Act "The Orphan Train"

Viewed through the eyes of the children themselves, The Orphan Train, by Aurand Harris, is based on the experiences of young orphans sent off on a train from New York City in 1914. But the past and present blur in this production, as anxiety, abuse, rejection, acceptance, and hope, are all encountered on this journey – echoing experiences all too familiar to modern day orphans.

The play tells the story of nine orphans on an "orphan train" that left New York City on May 28, 1914. The train travels to Midwestern towns in search of homes, any homes, anywhere for the orphaned and unwanted children. There's Mary, Annie and Little Lucy, a quiet one. Other orphans include Frank (who later becomes Frankie, a small girl), Raymond, Lucky and Danny the song-and-dance boy. And there are the men and women hoping for children. The lonesome whistle wails as the train chugs between encounters of anxiety, laughter, wistfulness, rejection and acceptance. Eight stories unfold, each a memorable surprise. The Orphan Train is a charming heart-warmer and all we expect from one of legendary playwrights for children, Aurand Harris. The staging creates a highly theatrical story, moving, amusing and always tellingly human.