“The Addams Family,” a musical based on the bizarre and beloved characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will be presented at Cresson Lake Playhouse October 17-26 just in time for Halloween.
Performances – October 17-26 (Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m.)
Ticket prices – $18 for adults and $12 for students under 18.
To purchase tickets, call the Cresson Lake Playhouse box office 814-472-4333.
The musical features all of the well-known characters from the TV series and the movies, but it’s an all-new story dramatizing every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and secretly fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. If that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother about her “normal” boyfriend. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved Morticia. Everything changes for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s new boyfriend and his parents.
“The Addams Family” is under the direction of Holly Smith with music direction by Valerie Galczynski. Mathew Harris and Hilary Yahner will star as Gomez and Morticia in a cast that also includes Shane Sedlemyer as Uncle Fester, Lisa Lego as Grandma, Kiersten Szcar as Wednesday, Holly Smith as Pugsley, Ed Loscar as Lurch, Michael Shank as Mal Beineke, Kimberly Shank as Alice Beineke, and Ian Brumbaugh as Lucas Beineke. Portraying the ancestors and featured ensemble are Randy Datsko, Rhys Long, Myah Smith, Amanda Loscar, April Gergely, Carson Long, Mariah Myers, Frank and Clarise Noll, Olivia Swan, and Allison Bailey.
“The Addams Family” opened on Broadway in March 2010 starring Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia. It won more than a dozen honors that season including two Tony Awards. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune described the production as “classic, full-tilt, fast paced, old-fashioned musical comedy!” John Simon of Bloomberg News called it “uproarious! A glitzy-gloomy musical entirely worthy of the macabre drawings by Charles Addams.”