October 10, 2023 By Carol Britton Meyer
Hingham High School senior Tim Bevens, a familiar face in more than a dozen plays produced in Hingham and beyond, will appear in “The Addams Family” at the Wheelock Family Theatre this fall.
The theater’s mission is to “create intergenerational and multicultural productions that provide a shared experience for the whole family.”
The “Addams Family” musical is an adaptation of the popular Addams Family saga, in which Wednesday Addams — the “ultimate princess of darkness” — grows up, meets sweet and intelligent Lucas from a respectable family, and the two soon fall in love with each other and plan to get married.
Wednesday confides in her father, begging him to keep this news from her mother. Now Gomez Addams is being asked to do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the entire family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
“The two families differ completely in every aspect, and chaos ensues when they meet during the family dinner,” Tim explained. “I recommend that everyone see the play because it’s a downright hilarious comedy, with exciting music and a beautiful message of love and acceptance performed by an incredible cast from all over Boston. It’s also the perfect show for spooky season!”
Tim auditioned for “The Addams Family” at Wheelock Theatre in Boston last May — when he submitted a self-tape, got a callback, and found out a few weeks later that he got the part of Lucas Beineke.
Theater career began at age 10
Tim’s involvement and training with theater began when he was about 10 with the Company Theater’s summer intensive program. From there, he took more classes, became involved with Hingham Middle School’s theater program — directed by Maureen Fish — and auditioned at various community theaters.
His training continues with Spotlight Music and Theater Academy in Scituate, where he take voice lessons with Kristy Soloman and dance training from Erin Henry-Verina.
“I remember going to the theater when I was younger and just having this feeling of excitement and thinking, ‘I want to do that!’ Tim recalls.
That’s exactly what has happened, and he is enjoying every moment. “It’s hard to choose a favorite role, but I really enjoyed playing Dickon [in “The Secret Garden”] this past spring with the Company Theater,” Tim said. “One of my favorite shows I’ve done with them was definitely ‘Hair’ in 2022.”
Other productions he has appeared in include “A Christmas Carol,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” — in the role of Joseph — and “Paragon Park — The Musical” with the Company Theatre and “The Music Man,” “The Secret Garden,” and “Sweet Charity” in Hingham schools productions.
Tim has served as head music director for Kids Cabaret Hingham, and has received a number of awards, including METG (Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild) High School Festival 2022 regional acting award winner and preliminary award winner, and best actor in the Academy of Performing Arts 2020 Festival. He is also a member of the National Thespian Society.
Not surprisingly, Tim plans to pursue theater in college and beyond.
The Addams Family runs from Oct. 13 through Nov. 12 at Wheelock Family Theater. Tickets may be purchased online at https://www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org/performances/2023-season/the-addams-family/ or at the box office. The play is recommended for ages 8 and over.