Three from Boone County part of ‘The Addams Family’ musical at Chief Logan Park

From staff report

It’s not every day you get to play with the likes of torture chairs, giant spiders, dead trees and dismembered body parts, unless you are the cast of The Aracoma Story’s musical “The Addams Family”.

The Aracoma Story will present the show, which ran on Broadway and followed with a highly successful national tour, starting on Tuesday, July 28th through August 8th (Tuesday through Saturday both weeks). The show starts at 8:30pm and 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. This 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.

This will be the first time on the Aracoma Story stage for Brittany Whitt of Foster. “Alice has by far been not only one of the most fun roles I’ve ever played, but one of the most difficult. It has been a rewarding experience to get to rehearse and perform with not only a talented cast, but a welcoming and kind one.”

Van resident Leroy Mullins portrays the oldest Addams ancestor by far, the Caveman. Leroy, who also played in The Aracoma Story’s production of “Mamie” last month, has supplied many props for the show and has been busy with PR around Boone county. He is a perfect addition to this “odd family” and contributes to the kooky capers you will see in the Addams home and graveyard.

Musical Director, Robin Bunch Bailey, returns to the TAS family after a 9 year hiatus. This Foster native taught the choral ensemble music and coached the soloists in order to put on their best performances. “I have really enjoyed making friends with this wonderful cast and working on a show that has never been staged in our area of WV. The music is really catchy – Latin flavors, macbre production numbers, and several lovely ballads will not fail to keep audiences entertained. I can’t the music out of my brain – it’s witty and well written”.

Charles Wallace from Chapmanville, 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. 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.”

Advance tickets are available at Pic Pac at Man, Aracoma Drug in Chapmanville, Apex Printing in Downtown Logan and the 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.

From staff report

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