In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. The Addams Family Musical is based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish family with an affinity for all things macabre.
Stage North Theatre Society will bring this weird, yet comical, family to life on stage in Fort St. John October 25 through November 2. Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, and Uncle Fester are just a few of the dozens of Stage North members in rehearsals with Director Oliver Hachmeister preparing to treat audiences to a special spooky Halloween season.
The story goes like this… It’s a dismal day at the Addams family’s manse, with the ever-approaching storm clouds reflecting the gloomy atmosphere that has beset the household. Daughter Wednesday, now eighteen years old, has found herself experiencing a surprising new sensation, one that frightens both her and her family: she has fallen in love.
Lucas Beineke, the object of her affections, comes from a seemingly normal family, and he and his parents Mal and Alice are on their way to the Addams’ estate to become better acquainted with the family over dinner. Brother Pugsley, who has been largely ignored since Wednesday’s involvement with Lucas, begins to miss the attention his sister previously paid to him and pleads with her to torture him once more.
Meanwhile, mother Morticia finds herself conflicted over her ever-maturing daughter’s newfound feelings, while oblivious father Gomez simply wishes things would remain the way they were. As they learn to relate to the Beinekes and cope with Wednesday’s romance, one thing is certain: the Addams family will never be the same.
Mixed with lively and bizarre musical lyrics in songs that will capture your funny bone, the cast portrays The Addams Family in the spirit it was created. What is right is wrong, what is black is white and what is perfect is imperfect.
The Addams Family Musical goes live on stage at the North Peace Cultural Centre Oct. 25 to Nov. 2. The content of this show is not for the very young. For more info, call the cultural centre box office.
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