TICONDEROGA-The mean streets of Ticonderoga are safer today thanks to Nick Addams, private eye. That's Addams with two Ds.
Addams, portrayed by Derek Bevins, was the main character in the annual Ticonderoga High School play, "Beauty and the Deceased," presented March 19 and 20.
The production was set in the 1930s and features guys in fedoras and dames as quick with wisecracks as they are guns. The plot followed Addams who had to find out who was framing him for murder. The gumshoe confronted a series of shady characters, thugs, killers and an underworld crime boss before learning the killer is, in fact, the lady in distress who hired him for the case.
"Beauty and the Deceased" was directed by Amy Crannell, an English teacher at the school, and Tory Walters, a senior who plans on studying acting in college next year. Walters directed as part of her senior project.
Crannell praised the entire cast and crew, singling out Walters for her dedication to the production.
"She's an independent lady with professional training via Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University this past summer," Crannell said of Walters. "This has been an incredible adventure for her, I reckon, as there are quite literally 1,001 things to take care of and remember. It's also a challenge to convince your peers to trust you and to give you authority over them.
"I'm very proud of how she has come through," Crannell said. "Aristotle teaches us that the Greeks believe that one has to suffer to become wise. Mission accomplished."
Joining Bevins in the cast were Jessica Garrow as "Girl Friday" Dixie Turner, Shalee Handy as femme fatale Veronica Abercrombie, Karney Manning as Police Investigator Danny Boyd, Walter Porter as Dad, Tory Walters as Dick Murdock, Martin Glazer as Arthur Scanlan, Emilee Namer as Helen Highwater, Shelby Spaulding as Hillary Ferguson, Riley Chapman as Nash Abercrombie, Hannah Herbst as Dutch Sanchez, Randolph Bevins as Bunny, John Sharrow as the Crossword man, Mike Fuller and Michaela Connors as thugs, Alex Joiner as Tommy Steiner and the waiter, Miranda Holman as Maxine, R.J. Bevins as the maitre d', Taylor Dorsett as the panicked patron and Kristian Gibbs as a patron.
The stage crew included Sarah Plude, Annette Hurlbert, Michael LaFountain and James Gijanto.