The Addams Family is returning – not via television show or movie, but as the University of Findlay’s spring musical production!
The show will be staged Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for seniors. UF students, faculty and staff with valid ID will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased through the box office located at 200 W. Main Cross St., or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org.
Based on the Addams Family we all know and love from the comic strip characters created by Charles Addams, these dark but lovable characters live in the middle of New York City’s Central Park in a mansion. Their ancestors, buried nearby, emerge from the ground every once in a while when something is going on to help move the story along. Outsiders consider the family abnormal, but their closeness and dedication to each other is evident.
Young daughter Wednesday dates a “normal boy” from a “normal” family that has its own evident problems, which ultimately makes the audience reconsider what is normal and what is abnormal. Is anything normal?
In this adapted musical production, a marriage combines the families. The ancestors are a very important part of the show, as they keep the story moving along.
While the story is about a mysterious family, play director Vicki Mcklurkin contends the characters are anything but “spooky.”
“It is very much a comedy! Even though it’s about dark souls it’s very much a comedy,” she emphasizes
This version will include all the characters from the original story, from the crazy granny who loves her potions, to Pugsley who loves being tortured by his big sister. It will also feature music from the 2010 Tony Award nominated best original score by Andrew Lippa.
Also assisting with production are Michael Anders, Ph.D., music director; Brenda Hoyt-Brackman, choreographer; Carl Walling, Ph.D., set designer; and Sara Bornhorst, stage manager.
The large cast include a total of 30 students and staff. The leads include:
Gomez Addams – Blake Bush
Morticia Addams – Megan Lasher
Uncle Fester – Brent Hoggatt
Grandma – Adrionna Powell Lawrence
Wednesday Addams – Abigail Land
Pugsley Addams – Nolan Tiech
Lurch – Jared Matte
Mal Beineke – Jacob Sarver
Alice Beineke – Sarah Black
Lucas Beineke – Andrew Peatee.
The family ancestors/ensemble include Alexis Regula, Isabel Wolke, Tabitha Kittle, Canarissia Cline, Rachel Coberley, Diana Montague, Cheri Hampton-Farmer, Katie Swank, Luke Kleman, Kelsey Sweatt, Jonda Krontz, Mykayla Ruffing, Ayane Hida, Jesse McGaughey, Cody Watson, Rino Okazaki, Destiny DeWar, Austin Stevens and Dale Brougher.
Theatricals are by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical. The Addams Family is also presented through special arrangement with, and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. (866) 378-9758 www.theatricalrights.com
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