5 Things to Do Coming to Gazette Country for April Fool’s Day

1 MILLIS THEATER GROUP TO STAGE ‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY’: Millis’ Theater Group will perform the musical “The Addams Family” on April 1, 2, 8 and 9 at Millis High School Auditorium, 245 Plain St., Millis.

Based on classic Addams cartoon characters and the vintage TV series “The Addams Family”, the characters were the creation of Charles Addams. His unique designs combined with the twisted, macabre and just plain weird, but with charm, wit and enchantment have earned him great fame.

“Jersey Boys” creators Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and composer/lyricist Andrea Lippa brought the frighteningly delicious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch to life on stage.

The Millis Theater Group, a community theater organization, along with Millis High Schools and Colleges, brings this Broadway musical to the Millis area through a special agreement with Theater Rights Worldwide.

The cast includes Carolyn Hernandez of Medway; Lauren Blake, Dorothy Carmichael, Emma Genovese, Izzy Hastings, Scott Humphries, Olivia Humphries, Anna Keomurokot, Mya Lewit, Nora Molloy, Ben Pudelka, Jocelyn Reyes, Annie Rollag, Patrick Sennott, Jonah Stapels and Troy Wainwright de Millis; Bellingham’s Leah Hurvitz; Angie Richer of Natick; and Savannah Paul of Allston.

Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale now and available at www.millistheatre.org. Adult tickets are $15 and seniors and students are $10. Adult tickets at the door are $20, seniors and students $10.

2 DEAN COLLEGE PRESENTS “HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING”: The School of the Arts at Dean College will present “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” from Wednesday, March 30 through Sunday, April 3.

Big business means big laughs in this classic satire of big business and all that’s sacred about it. A comedic gem filled with tunes that took Broadway by storm, winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” is an irreverent, melodious adventure, packed with sly songs, fast, and sharp hits to the fun bone and an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser.

Dean College School of the Arts will perform "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" from Wednesday March 30 to Sunday April 3.

The story follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who rises through the corporate ranks from lowly window cleaner to senior executive, tackling such familiar yet powerful dangers as “man aggressively docile company, the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.

“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

The Dean College production will take place on the main stage at Dean College Campus Center, 109 West Central St., Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Dean College welcomes families and guests over the age of 12 to all shows, provided guests have followed all COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Tickets are $5 to $22. To learn more about the show and all safety policies, and to purchase tickets, visit www.dean.edu/boxoffice

3 AN IMPROBABLE STORY HOSTS AUTHOR EVENTS: An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Cafe, 111 South St., Plainville has a number of upcoming live and virtual author events.

First, on Tuesday, April 5, is a virtual event with award-winning writer TL Huchu, starting at 6 p.m. Huchu joins An Unlikely Story of Scotland to share the second book in her Edinburgh Nights series, “Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments.” This sharp contemporary fantasy is ‘The Sixth Sense’ meets ‘Stranger Things’, as a precocious and cynical teenager explores the magical and dark underworld of modern Edinburgh. A lost fortune, a vengeful spirit and a secret buried deep in Scotland’s past must be uncovered in this spellbinding sequel.

On Tuesday, April 5, the Impossible Story Bookstore & Cafe in Plainville will host a virtual event with award-winning writer TL Huchu.

Huchu will discuss his paranormal fantasy series and answer questions. Register for free at anunlikelystory.com/huchu

Also April 5, Rory Power will be at an unlikely story in person for a program beginning at 7 p.m. Power is the New York Times bestselling author of “Wilder Girls” and “Burn Our Bodies Down.” She will share the first book in her epic fantasy new duology, ‘In a Garden Burning Gold’ – a gripping saga of love and legacy that explores the limits of power and the bonds of family, and how far the two can be bent before they break. At the event, Power will sign his new book and answer questions from the audience.

On April 5, New York Times bestselling author Rory Power will be at an unlikely storybook bookstore and cafe in Plainville.

Register for free at anunlikelystory.com/power

At Thursday, April 7, Jane Green will be at the bookstore for an in-person program beginning at 7 p.m. Green is the author of 18 New York Times bestselling novels. She’s celebrating the release of her new novel, “Sister Stardust.” Inspired by a true story, “Sister Stardust” reimagines the glamorous and tragic life of fashion icon and socialite Talitha Getty.

On Thursday, April 7, New York Times bestselling author Jane Green will be at the Impossible Story Bookstore & Cafe in Plainville.

During this atmospheric event, Green will discuss his book, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies. Register on anunlikelystory.com/green2022

Friday, April 8, guitarist Barry Goudreau will be at the bookstore for a CD signing from 7 p.m. Goudreau will give a brief talk, answer questions and sign CDs before his show in Mansfield on April 9 at the Mass Arts Center.

On Friday April 8, guitarist Barry Goudreau from the band Boston will be at the Impossible Story Bookstore & Cafe in Plainville for a signing session.

Tickets for this event include a CD of The Road and admission to the event. Register on anunlikelystory.com/Goudreau

4 10th ANNUAL CULINARY CABARET: The Franklin Performing Arts Company will present its 10th annual Culinary Cabaret, a foodie event, on Friday, April 8 starting at 7 p.m.

Culinary and performing arts unite at THE BLACK BOX, `5 W. Central St., Franklin for an inspired evening of libations and entertainment.

The Franklin Performing Arts Company will present its 10th annual Culinary Cabaret, a foodie event, on Friday, April 8.

The 10th Annual Culinary Cabaret highlights the region’s exceptional culinary talent, showcasing fine wines, craft beer, delicious spirits, savory dishes and mouth-watering desserts. The event also includes entertainment by Electric Youth and special guest artists from the Franklin Performing Arts Company. Culinary Cabaret supports Electric Youth 2022.

The $75 per person all-inclusive ticket provides a delightfully entertaining evening. For tickets, go to https://www.fpaconline.com

5 THE 5TH ANNUAL NEW LIFE 5K TRAIL RACE: New Life is hosting its 5th Annual Trail Run on Saturday, May 7 on the grounds of Medfield State Hospital (at Hospital Road and Service Dr., Medfield).

The route winds through the Charles River Reservation and the event is open to runners, walkers and anyone in between.

To celebrate its in-person return after two years of virtual racing, New Life has partnered with the Medfield Cultural Alliance to provide live music on race day. Additionally, the Furniture Matters club at Medfield High School will introduce a Kids Fun Run for children ages 4-10.

Registrations for the Trail Run are open on www.newlifefb.org/5ktrailrun

Registration for the $25 early bird discount is available until April 23; after that, registration will be $30 between April 24 and May 5 and $35 on race day. Onsite registration for the Kids Fun Run will cost $5 (cash or check). There is a $5 group discount for teams of four or more when registrations are made at the same time. On-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m. on race day. The Kids Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. and the Trail Run at 9:30 a.m., with live music to follow. The first 300 registrants will receive a t-shirt on race day.

The Trail Run benefits the New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furniture to those in need.

“The funds we raise go directly to helping those coming out of homelessness furnish their new homes,” said Rich Purnell, executive director of New Life Furniture Bank.

New Life Furniture Bank of MA collects high quality, lightly used furniture and household items that are made available free of charge to individuals and families in need. The Medfield-based nonprofit operates a Walpole donation center and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life offers a meaningful option for those downsizing, renovating or divesting a loved one’s property.

Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating furniture or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org

Have an event you’d like to include here, online and in the calendar? Send details, along with a photo in jpeg format, to Heather McCarron at [email protected]

Toya J. Bell