The Hoogland Center for the Arts, Edward Jones, 98.7 WNNS and Midwest Family Broadcasting are proud to present the new musical version of THE ADDAMS FAMILY on August 28-30 & September 4-6.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY has long been a successful franchise, encompassing comics, movies, and the popular 1960’s television series. The musical premiered on Broadway in 2010 starring Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane. The Hoogland’s production will star long-time UCP Telethon hosts and local media personalities Julie Staley and Gus Gordon as Morticia and Gomez.
The Addams family, led by the elegant Morticia and her devoted husband Gomez, is in turmoil. Their morose daughter Wednesday has just turned 18 and fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a young man she met in Central Park. She confides this news to her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia! Chaos ensues for the whole family when they host a dinner party for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
“THE ADDAMS FAMILY contains everything you want in a show,” explained director Matthew Vala. “It has humor, big production values and heart-warming moments. We have two veteran performers, Gus and Julie, leading a great group of actors.”
“Since childhood I have loved Morticia because she is cool, calm, collected, and beautiful,” said leading lady Julie Staley. “She doesn’t see herself as unique, but rather a woman just being true to herself. She sees being ‘normal’ as just a perspective which is different for everyone. As she says in the show, ‘normal is an illusion, darling. What is normal for the spider is a calamity for the fly.’”
The cast also features Jake Peecher as Uncle Fester, Vanessa Ferguson as Grandma Addams, Terry Shoppenhorst as Lurch, JD Waldron as Pugsley, and Amalia Schneider and Grace Peecher sharing the role of Wednesday. Johnny Molson, Alexa Giacomini and JD Lindley play the Beineke family, and the ensemble includes Rachel Douglas, Autumn Meyer, Molly Thornberry, Issy Wottowa, Polly Keen, Elizabeth Stehn, Elena White, Breckyn Lyons, Carson Allen, Alex Pryor, Rayden Meyer, Emily Wilkerson, Erin Gheen and Brett Rutherford.
Tickets for THE ADDAMS FAMILY are $18 for adults and $16 for seniors over 60 and students. Call 523-2787, or log on to www.hcfta, to purchase tickets.