WMTC to present creepy comedy

Just in time for the Halloween season, the Woodstock Musical Theatre Company will bring the creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky characters from the Addams Family to life on stage by presenting “The Addams Family” at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St. Shows will be at 8 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 6, 13 and 20; 8 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 7, 14 and 21; and 2 p.m. Sundays Oct. 8, 15 and 22. Ticket prices are $24 adults and $21 students and senior citizens.

The show is a musical comedy with a lot of big production numbers. Artistic director Shannon Day said a lot of aspects of the popular mid-’60s television show people have come to know and love will be present in the production. She added, even for people who have seen the stage show,  WMTC’s production will have some unexpected surprises.

“I am going for a Tim Burton-esque feel [in the production], using a lot of different elements to draw out the darkness,” said Day.

Most recently,  Day directed “A Christmas Story” for WMTC. When she began to consider heading up the “Addams Family,” she researched the script and discovered it coincided with the life of comic strip creator Charles Addams.

“I liked how he used the comic strip to bring normalcy to scary things,” said Day.

The plot for the stage production finds Wednesday Addams growing up and falling in love with a normal person, and the story shows how the Addams family reacts.

Day said, “The overarching theme is that it doesn’t matter who you are. As long as you respect and love people for their differences, they’ll respect and love you.”

She credits choreographer and set designer Billy Seger with making the production very visual for the audience. He even created a way to make the house a character in the PG-13 rated show.

“You’re going to see 20 people busting it on stage,” said Day. “We’ve really taken the story off the paper and brought it to life.”

The production features Jeffrey Cook as Fester Addams, Matthew Leptich as Gomez Addams, Haley Gustafson as Wednesday Addams, Matthew Savas as Pugsley Addams and Kathie Comella as Grandma Addams. Tim Vance plays Lurch, Matthew Lennon Stewart is Lucas Beineke, Hannah Shepherd is Alice Beineke and Travis Greul is Mal Beineke.  A chorus of ancestors supports the cast.

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