The Addams Family - The Musical!
June 1-17, 2017
They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky, the Addams Family (snap, snap). Opening June 1 on the Market House Stage is the comedy musical The Addams Family.
The play starts as Wednesday Addams played by Emma Johnson (Les Misérables), has invited her boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, played by Mattison Sullivan (Peter and the Starcatcher) with his “normal” parents over to meet Wednesday’s “unusual” parents. Playing Wednesday’s parents are MHT veterans Mary Bowden (Mary Poppins) as Morticia, and Al Knudsen (Young Frankenstein) as Gomez Addams. Other Addams family members include MHT veterans Anakin Womble (The Best Christmas Pageant Ever-The Musical) playing Pugsley, Josh Morehead (Hairspray) playing Uncle Fester, Diane Byrd (The Grapes of Wrath) playing Grandma, and Chuck Wilkins (Young Frankenstein) playing Lurch.
Playing the Beineke parents are two newcomers to the MHT stage. McKenzie Kauffman plays Lucas’s mother, Alice—a woman who is all sunlight and rhymes—and Bruce Salsman plays Lucas’s father, Mal, a no-nonsense, uptight businessman.
In true Addams family tradition once a year the family goes to the Addams cemetery and dances on the graves to summon all of the “living and dead” to celebrate. When Uncle Fester discovers Wednesday is in love and the evening may be a disaster unless love prevails, he locks the crypt and all the ancestors are forced to help the young lovers find happiness before they can return back to their rest.
Playing the Addams ancestors and relatives are MHT veterans Kathryn Johnston (Mary Poppins), Fowler Black (Mary Poppins), Lisa Wilkins (Young Frankenstein), Tony Kitchen (Les Misérables), Travis Trimble (The Best Christmas Pageant Ever), Seth Bowden (All Shook Up), Andrea James (Young Frankenstein), Hadley Pierce (The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - The Musical), Madison Whelan (Les Misérables), and Addie Beth Franklin (Mary Poppins). Making their MHT debut are Robin Davidson, Kendel Ponchock, and Kiersten Slankard.
Director Michael Cochran says “The show gives us a view of how families no matter how odd can all have the same feelings and emotions when it comes to relationships and their children. The song “One Normal Night” is a plea from each of the teenagers that their parents not embarrass them at this meeting of the families. In the song “Happy Sad” Gomez realizes his daughter has grown up and fallen in love with a young man and she is not his little girl anymore. The song “Trapped” finds Gomez struggling with a secret his daughter begged him to keep that puts him at odds with his wife, Morticia. And in the song “Secrets” Morticia describes how secrets are the death of a relationship.”
The show’s Musical Director is Lisa Holm, and is Choreographed by Emi Chapman Hensel. The sets and lighting are designed by Tom Hansen with costumes by Costume Builders. Denise Bristol is the Stage Manager and Elise Svoboda is the Assistant Stage Manager. The crew for the show is Jenny Mariner running lights, and Dennis Bristol, Davin Belt, Karen and Alan Tucker, on the stage crew, and Jim Roush on followspot.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY - THE MUSICAL
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elise
Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.