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Betty Moon shares a light moment with actors Rachel Hunter and Rob Laukaitis as they prepare for the opening of The Addams Family Musical.  Moon is directing while Hunter portrays Morticia and Laukaitis is Gomez Addams (Photo/Dennis Smith)

Betty Moon has heard them all.  Moonlight Becomes You, Moonstruck, Moon Over Miami. Each title refers either to a magical song or a movie. “There is a moon song in Addams Family the Musical, but it is not the featured song of the show,” said Betty Moon while describing the play coming to the Rose Theater in July. “There are lots of cute songs with catchy lyrics and easy to sing melodies that will keep the audiences entertained.”

Moon-talk aside, Betty Moon is co-directing “The Addams Family Musical” with Tullye Ralph. The show opens July 12 with a cast of 10 main characters and a large ensemble of singers/dancers. Betty shared she had learned a lot about ‘community theater’ in doing this production.  “I had been involved in numerous plays as a student while going to school, as a teacher in school and as a participant: I was a Music Director, musician or actor.  I was not worried about what color to paint the walls of the set,” laughed Betty. “This time I am concerned about all the details.” 

When reminded that the audience will probably react to the play based on the way the songs are sung and choreographed and not the color of the set walls, she let us know that she has a very talented cast that includes some local actors who look the part of famed Addams Family characters Lurch, Uncle Fester, Gomez and Morticia. “I knew from my days as a teacher in Monroe County Middle School that there are many very talented people in the area. Fortunately, we landed our share for this play,” smiled Betty.

Betty taught Chorus at MCMS from 2005-09 prior to moving with her husband to Valdosta. “I have fond memories of many of the students I taught those years. Crowding two campuses of students into the old auditorium for concerts and plays was a real challenge,” she recalled. “I am thrilled to be back here in the area and to be able to be involved at The Rose. We are blessed to have such a great community resource as this theater.”

Betty and her husband, Rev. Dr. Bob Moon, Vice President Church Relations and Chaplain at the Methodist Home in Macon,  returned to the area last year. The Moons have adult children: daughter Sarah and son Joshua. Just after moving back home, Betty saw her grandchildren double—going from three to six.  Her daughter who lives in Macon had twin girls and her son and his wife. who live in Louisville, Ky. had a daughter. All in the SAME day! “So, you wonder what I do with my spare time?” smiled Betty.

Betty was born in Norlina, N.C. and then spent her growing up years in Pennsylvania and Minnesota before the family settled back in Tifton where she graduated from Tift County High School. Betty’s dad was in the farm equipment business, which created the travel opportunities. Betty graduated with music degrees from Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky. Asbury College was founded in 1890 and is a leading Christian Liberal Arts school.

Betty shared that in addition to co-directing with long time Backlot Player member, music director and actor Tullye Ralph that she is being assisted by Kim Pitman doing the choreography, Nipper Bunn helping with the set and a host of other volunteers are doing the little things that will make a show successful.  “Community theater can be a lot of fun and very good when you have a great team of helpers,” concluded Betty.

Rose Adds Two Bonus Performances for Addams Family

Saturday matinees are being added for the Addams Family production.  Kim Ducheneau, incoming Backlot Players President, advised MEY that matinee performances are being added at 2:30 p.m. each Saturday during the run of Addams Family.  Ducheneau said, “In past musicals we have typically had to turn interested show-goers away. Adding the two performances will enable us to offer an additional 300 or so tickets so all who want to see this great musical will have the opportunity.”

Show dates and times are July 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., and July 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets will be available beginning in July for all performances. For more information about the play and the Rose Theater visit www.backlotplayers.org

Dennis Smith writes “Monroe Entertains You,” highlighting the entertainment fare offered in Monroe County and the people who make it possible. Smith wants Forsyth to realize and support the riches it has in the cultural arts.