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Lambert High takes second in one-act competition

If you go

There is still time to see Lambert High School’s award-winning production.

* What: “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy” rated PG

* When: 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and also at 2 p.m. Saturday

* Where: Lambert Theater, 805 Nichols Road, Suwanee

* Tickets: Available at or on-site; $8 for students, $10 for adults; come to the final show on Halloween night wearing a favorite theater souvenir T-shirt and receive half-price tickets; or wear a costume and receive a free concession.

SOUTH FORSYTH — A high school in south Forsyth was full of treats and low on tricks when they took a Halloween-themed play to competition over the weekend.

The Acting Troupe of Lambert was awarded second place for its rendition of “The Addams Family” in the Georgia High School Association 6AAAAAA One-Act Competition that included 10 schools on Saturday.

The competition, which was held at West Forsyth High and falls under the same organization that includes prep sports, occurs annually and can eventually lead to a state championship.

Lambert placed behind Habersham Central, which took first place for “Oedipus the King.”

Johns Creek won third place for its rendition of “Yellow Boat,” while South Forsyth placed fourth with “Urinetown.”

“Directing this show has been a dream,” said Carly Berg, creative director and choreographer for Lambert. “The spooky, dark, but comedic, farce elements combine with meaningful heart-touching scenes to create a fun and memorable story-line.”

Ryan Wason is the musical director for the show.

Characters in the play are the same as the 1960s TV classic, but the story is “a fresh and funny take on modern family life,” according to Rachel Lesser, a parent booster board member.

This newest version comes in the form of a musical, written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice — who penned Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” — with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.

The show follows Wednesday Addams, the “ultimate princess of darkness,” who falls in love with a sweet man from a respectable family. She confides in her father, Gomez Addams, to keep the relationship a secret from her mother, Morticia.

But things don’t go quite as planned when the Addams family has a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

“I am blessed to be working with an extremely talented and fun group of students and have strived to create a sense of family within the cast,” creative director Berg said.