James Robson of Tyngsboro in Boston Children’s Theatre’s The Addams Family
James Robson of Tyngsboro in Boston Children's Theatre's The Addams Family

Tyngsboro teens James Robson and Kaleigh Ronan join other young players from Boston Children's Theatre's Summer Studios in recreating two popular TV and film mainstays from the past -- The Addams Family and Fame.

The shows will be performed in rotation August 7-10 at the new state-of-the-art theater at Shore Country Day School, 545 Cabot St., Beverly.

Robson, 16, appears in The Addams Family, an original story based on Charles Addams' popular cartoon family that spawned the popular 1960s TV show and 1991 movie. It tells the weird tale of Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, and her quest to keep a big secret from her mother, Morticia.

Ronan, 17, comes to the Fame ensemble from BCT's world premiere musical The Homework Machine.

 Kaleigh Ronan of Tyngsboro in Boston Children’s Theatre’s Fame
Kaleigh Ronan of Tyngsboro in Boston Children's Theatre's Fame

Fame was first an Academy Award-winning film and then an Emmy Award-winning TV series. Fame makes the leap to the stage with an intriguing look into the lives of students at the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts in New York City. It features lively dance numbers, intense drama and unforgettable music.

Ronan has appeared in numerous productions at Tyngsboro High School, where she is entering her senior year. They include Detective Sketches, Primitive Duality, Evita, Nunsense, Flowers for Algernon, Beauty and the Beast, and most recently as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors.

With Theatre III in Acton, she appeared in Jane Eyre, The Spider's Web and The Music Man as Amarylis, for which she received the Best Child Actress Award from the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters.


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Performances of The Addams Family are Friday, Aug. 8, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. Fame will be performed on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, adults; $15, students. For tickets and info, visit bostonchildrenstheatre.org or call 617-424-6634, ext. 225.

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