Crighton Theatre | Performances: Oct. 21-Nov. 6, 2016
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. Nonetheless, this quirky family still has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by any other family, and the spookiest nightmare faced by every family creates the focus Lippa, Brickman, and Elice’s musical: the Addams kids are growing up. The Addamses have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years and Gomez and Morticia, the patriarch and matriarch of the clan, would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is now an eighteen year-old young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family — the most un-Addams sounding person one could be! And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.
Gomez Addams – husband of Morticia, father of Wednesday and Pugsley, and head of the Addams household. He is a strong leader and a caring father, who holds the Addams’ traditions and values — to honor the family, love, and death — in the highest level of importance.
Morticia Addams – the wife of Gomez Addams and the mother of Wednesday and Pugsley. Morticia shares the standard Addams family sensibilities: a taste for darkness, drama, and death. She is passionate, poised, and beautiful. Her husband, Gomez, is the love of her life, and she, in turn, has him wrapped around her little finger.
Uncle Fester – Gomez’s brother and, thus, Wednesday and Pugsley’s uncle. Throughout the play, Fester functions as a narrator of sorts, stepping out of the action at points to address the audience. He asks the audience questions, sings songs, and generally helps move the play forward.
Grandma – mother of Gomez and Fester. She lives in the attic where she drinks, smokes marijuana, and maintains her stock of potions. She is quick-witted, sarcastic, and funny. She is also caring and a good listener, willing to listen and offer her advice to any member of the family. The actress who plays Grandma must have strong comic sensibilities.
Wednesday Addams – the daughter of Gomez and Morticia and the older sister of Pugsley. The braided hell raiser we’ve seen in the comics has since grown up and is now a young woman of eighteen. She is a smart young woman with a dark sense of humor and a passionate nature that she inherited from her parents.
Pugsley Addams – the son of Morticia and Gomez Addams. He shares the Addamses’ preference for pain and mayhem; his favorite pursuits include being tortured by Wednesday. He counts his older sister to be his only friend.
Lurch – the faithful Addams family butler. He is a huge, hulking man — effect is often heightened with costuming. Lurch moves extremely slowly, much to the other characters’ frustrations at points. He does not speak through most of the play, instead communicating in low groans.
Mal Beineke – the father of Lucas and husband of Alice. He lives in Ohio where he owns a construction company. Mal is business-minded, logical, and determinedly normal. He sets very high expectations on his son, Lucas, who often feels pressured and criticized by this. He is resistant to the Addamses’ lifestyle; when he sets eyes on the decrepit Addams mansion, he immediately sees the business opportunity and wants to tear the place down.
Alice Beineke – is the mother of Lucas and wife of Mal. Unlike Morticia Addams, the mother of her son’s girlfriend, Alice is an impossibly kind, patient, and burdened wife. She often rhymes and writes corny little poems. However, this cheery exterior is really a front to hide how unhappy she is. Her marriage to Mal has lost its passion. Every day, she waits at home for him to return from work and then thanklessly caters to his every whim, before retiring to separate bedrooms.
Lucas Beineke – Wednesday Addams’ new boyfriend. He is rational, optimistic, and loyal. He is passionate and adores Wednesday as much as she does him. An aspiring poet, he is drawn to her passionate and impulsive nature. She, in turn, helps him come out of his shell and live a more adventurous life, with fervor and zest.
The Addams Ancestors – function as the chorus of the show. They are summoned from the dead by the Addams family in the opening scene. It is part of the family’s annual ritual to celebrate life and the Addams values. However, Fester retains their presence on Earth to help him aid Wednesday as she brings her new boyfriend home. Each of the ancestors is an Addams family member from a different time period. They should be markedly different and specific in their costumes so that the audience immediately recognizes their native time and place.