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.
This musical is Rated PG-13. Parental guidance is suggested due to adult innuendo, profanity, and scenes containing torture.
Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by
Based on Characters Created by
Regardless of their ages, the audiences snapped fingers and cheered on this first-time production of “The Addams Family” at Community Players.This creepy, kookie, mysterious, and ookie musical also received high praise from the reviewer. The show gave large audiences a fun night at the theater. However with Happy comes Sad. Community Players in the span of the rehearsal and show run lost four of its former members: Cody Struepfert, Roy Luitjens, Justin Palm, and Neil Cobb. Cody was a young actor, only 27. He played Jean ValJean in “Les Miserables” for High School for the summer theater of 2009. Roy Luitjens, age 72 was a stage manager an actor, and avid supporter of his wife Rosemary Luitjens. Justin Palm, age 33 was a singer and an actor. Justin loved being in musicals and plays. Neil Cobb, age 69 was a director of plays, musicals and was also a board member from 1973-1980. He directed Players most successful musicals of that decade.