Addams Family Dinner & Theatre Night


    Addams Family Cast

    Addams Family Marks Foundation's 4th Dinner & Theatre Night

    On Friday, November 11, the Morton 201 Foundation hosted its fourth Dinner & Theatre Night: The Addams Family in the Great Room at the Freshman Academy at Morton West. The event was hugely successful and raised over $5,800 for the Pay It Forward Scholarship Fund.  

    Guests were treated to a delicious play-inspired specialty drink (Smokin’ Gomez) and a four-course meal planned and prepared by Morton West and Morton East Culinary Arts students, followed by VIP seating for the performance in the Morton West Auditorium. In keeping with the night’s creepy, spooky and all together ooky theme, attendees were also able to view a colony of tarantulas up close and personal before dinner.

    Appetizes included: Deviled Eggs, Bloody Chorizo Bites and Jalapeño Mummy Poppers.

    The main course consisted of Bewitched Brussel Sprouts Salad, Spooky Skewers of Chicken and Steak Kabobs served with Purple Mashed Potatoes and Bloody Balsamic Root Vegetables.

    A sweet table of delicious Red Velvet and OREO Truffles, Mini Scream Cheesecakes with Strawberry Sauce and Cousin It Kibble rounded out the menu.

    During the event, a quintet of student musicians played during appetizers and guests enjoyed a private meet and greet with the main cast members including: Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Fester, Grandma, Lurch, Cousin It, Lucas, Alice and Mal.

    Attendees also had the opportunity to take souvenir photos with the cast against an Addams Family inspired backdrop provided by Jose Hector Ramirez from Gabriel Studio. His wife, Araceli, created the beautiful Addams Family souvenir mugs which served as vases for the lovely centerpieces donated by V&A Flowers. These centerpieces were later auctioned off at the end of the night along with signed cast posters.

    Guests had the opportunity to win one of four fabulous raffle prizes including:

    After dinner, the Morton 201 Foundation presented honored guests, Eileen & John Szubert, Morton East Class of '85 alums, with one of its first Pay It Forward Awards for their ongoing and continued support of the Foundation's mission and efforts. Since 2019, Eileen & John have helped to raise almost $5,300 for the Pay It Forward Scholarship Fund.

    The Morton 201 Foundation would like to thank the following for donating items to our raffle:

    In addition, we would like to thank:

    • Toledo's Landscaping for donating 180 "Thank You" sugar cookies from CrumbCrusher & Lulu's to all of the culinary, orchestra and theatre students involved in The Addams Family production.

    • Jose Hector and Araceli Ramirez from Gabriel Studio for providing keepsake photos and creating the lovely souvenir centerpieces mugs for our event.

    • Maria E. Miranda from V&A Flowers for the beautiful centerpieces.

    The Morton 201 Foundation would like to thank the following for purchasing tables at our event:

    Cicero Voters Alliance
    District 99
    Morton East Classes of '85 & '86
    Town of Cicero

    The Morton 201 Foundation would also like to sincerely thank the following for helping to make our Addams Family Dinner & Theatre Night such an amazing success:

    Culinary Arts instructors Chef Courtney Bay, Chef Lindsay Ryan and Chef Mariana Valdez as well as the Morton West and Morton East Culinary Arts students for their hard work, hospitality and dedication in preparing the meal served and ensuring that our guests had a warm and welcoming experience.

    Morton West Theatre Director, Janine Delmonico, Billy Delmonico, Emerson Steinhaus and the entire cast and crew of the Morton West Theatre Department.

    Students Angela Maria Aleksich, Kyle Anthony Lyth, Daisey Klinhom, Barbara Morelos and Andrea Serrano for the lovely music provided during appetizers and dinner.

    Lastly, the Morton 201 Foundation would like to give special thanks to 

    Matt Dugan, Assistant Principal for the Freshman Academy and Student Activities, the Maintenance Department, IT Department and AV Department for turning the Great Room into a beautiful banquet room.

    Superintendent's Secretary Connie Chapman

    Family and Community Education Coordinator Michael Frutos

    Interim Web Specialist Estrella Vargas

    West Video Instructor Robert Moriarty

    West Video Students Brendon Donahue and Baron Slater

    West Science Teacher Jim Hensley

    The Foundation's next Dinner & Theatre Night will be The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Friday, April 28 at Morton East.
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