MIDDLEPORT— They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky and they’re performing near you.
River City Players are bringing Charles Addams’ frightfully delightful world to life in “The Addams Family,” a musical adaptation of the iconic comic strip, television series and movies.
Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 7 and Aug. 8, as well as 2 p.m. Aug. 9 at Middleport Village Hall, located at 659 Pearl St. in Middleport. Tickets are $10 at the door. Reserved seating is available by purchasing RCP Flex Pack tickets.
The story opens with trouble brewing in the Addams household after a teenage Wednesday, despite her grim, sarcastic personality and fascination with the macabre, announces her romantic relationship with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, sensitive, young man from a respectable Ohio family. Wednesday’s concerned parents, Gomez and Morticia, along with the rest of their bizarre bunch, attempt to pull off a successful dinner party for Lucas and his “normal” parents.
To make matters more complicated, the young couple has already made wedding plans, a secret that Wednesday makes her father swear to keep from Morticia, for fear she will “wreck the whole thing.” Gomez quickly finds himself stuck between breaking a promise to his daughter or breaking his ever-important vow of absolute honesty to his wife.
This Broadway production features side-splitting dialogue, classic “Addams Family” humor that fans of the familiar sitcom may enjoy, and musical numbers such as “When You’re An Addams,” “One Normal Night,” “Full Disclosure,” and “(Death Is) Just Around the Corner.”
Leading an ensemble of more than 20 local performers, Michael Kennedy and Amy Perrin star as Gomez and Morticia Addams, supported by Lara Perrin as Wednesday, Seth Argabright as Uncle Fester, Celia McCoy as Grandma, Jack Musser as Pugsley, Ty Phelps as Lurch, Jaxon Meadows as Wednesday’s boyfriend Lucas, and David Hopkins and Renée Stewart as his parents, Mal and Alice.
The cast also includes a chorus of singing, dancing and deceased Addams ancestors, portrayed by Nathan Becker, Jace Casto, Sarah Curl, Cheyenne Gorslene, Veronica Grimm, Sam McCall, Elena Musser, Forrest Nagy, Emma Perrin, Grant Roush, Piper Smeck, Marilyn Spencer, Ross Stewart, Gary Walker and Lynn Werner. The production is under the direction of Nathan Jeffers. Production crew members include Roger and Mary Gilmore, Sierra Hall, Jack Starcher, Terri and Amber Sturgeon, Tom Reed, and Collen Young.
For more information on “The Addams Family,” visit RCP on Facebook and Instagram (@river_city_players) and by visiting rivercityplayers.org. For more information on purchasing Flex Pack tickets and reserved seating, contact Mary Gilmore at firstname.lastname@example.org.