LOGAN — Unless you are the cast of The Aracoma Story’s upcoming musical “The Addams Family,” it is not every day you get to play with the likes of torture chairs, giant spiders, dead trees and dismembered body parts.
The Aracoma Story will present “The Addams Family” which ran on Broadway and followed with a highly successful national tour, starting Tues., July 28, through August 8, (Tuesday through Saturday both weeks). The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and, according to the director Bill France, it is perfect for the whole family.
That lovable family of creepy kooks is alive and well and living in their super-spooky mansion in Central Park. The Addams family, led by the elegant and seemingly undead Morticia and her ever-devoted husband Gomez, is in turmoil. Their daughter Wednesday, now 18, finds herself falling in love — a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family of endearing misfits. When the teen invites her new boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, over with his “normal” family to get better acquainted with the Addams household, comic chaos ensues.
Fans of Charles Addams’ macabre cartoons and the popular TV show and movies they inspired will not be disappointed by this musical. The original story and score may be new to audiences, but the iconic characters, including Lurch, Grandma, Pugsley, The Thing, and Uncle Fester, remain. In addition to singing and dancing, this Addams Family is different from other incarnations of the altogether ooky clan: Wednesday, now coming of age, is no longer satisfied with spending her days torturing her brother, and Morticia has morphed from the picture of cool confidence to a woman faced with her own mortality — and all the anxiety (and perhaps comfort) that entails.
Charles Wallace, who portrays Gomez Addams, says he has enjoyed playing such an iconic character. “Gomez has been such a fun role because of how happy go lucky and upbeat he is with an added splash of macabre humor.,” Wallace said. “The show is one of the most hilarious productions I have ever been a part of. It’s nonstop laugh from beginning to end.”
Heather Thompson of Chattaroy tackles the role of Grandma Addams. “She’s funny and feisty but not your typical little old lady character,” Thompson said. “I drew from the memories I have of my own grandmothers, and my favorite TV and movie grandmas through the years. I know everyone will have such a wonderful time seeing us all in action.”
This will be the first time on the Aracoma Story stage for Brittany Whitt of Madison. “Alice has by far been not only one of the most fun roles I’ve ever played, but one of the most difficult,” Whitt said. “It has been a rewarding experience to get to rehearse and perform with not only a talented cast, but a welcoming and kind one.”
Advance tickets are available at Pic Pac at Man, Aracoma Drug in Chapmanville, Apex Printing in Downtown Logan and Chief Logan Convention Center. Tickets will also be available at the gate of the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater in Chief Logan State Park. You can order tickets in advance by calling 304-752-0253.