Oshkosh North Presents: The Addams Family

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Addams Family (musical)

February 8-10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

February 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

@The Grand Oshkosh

After months of rehearsal, opening night has finally arrived for students of the Oshkosh North High School production of The Addams Family.  Instantly recognizable in American pop culture, the Addams Family has been a part of our zeitgeist from the 1930s on, featured as a comic sketch, TV series, movies, and now a musical.

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. Nevertheless, this quirky family still has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by any other family. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to one horrible thing it has managed to avoid for generations: Change.

“I saw the Broadway production of “Addams Family” in 2011 and knew this gruesome tale would be perfect for a high school production at the haunted Grand Opera House,” said Oshkosh North Choir and Musical Director Bridget Duffy. “I am over the moon to have had such wonderful students involved in this production. The cast, crew, and pit orchestra have moved towards the darkness and welcomed the unknown in presenting this crazy show.”

Based on Charles Addams’ original macabre cartoons, The Addams Family finds the charmingly creepy clan facing a new nightmare: daughter Wednesday has fallen in love…with a nice young man from Ohio! Despite the pair’s plea for things to just be normal for once, the dinner party hosted by Gomez and Morticia to meet the boy’s parents soon goes devilishly awry, testing the bonds of family, love, and matrimony. A Broadway blockbuster, this wickedly hilarious musical conjures the irreverent spirit and morbid humor of the comics, while illustrating that although the unknown may be frightening, when we face the darkness, love and acceptance await.

Dylan Ford, who plays family patriarch Gomez, believes this show will be hilarious for all ages. “There’s simple humor for all the little kids, and lots of adult humor that’ll go right over the heads of the young ones,” Ford said. “Whether it be a rebellious teen, a passionate mother, or a Dad trapped in a sticky situation, everyone can find a character to relate to.”

The Addams Family are known for embracing their creepy and kooky personalities. In this tale, another “normal” family, the Beinekes, shows that every family has its quirks, and even if something looks “normal” on the outside there may be some skeletons in the closet. As Grandma Addams would say, “define normal!” The Addams Family does not hide from their traditions or beliefs. By embracing the darkness and mortality of life we can be human and find love and acceptance.

Go snap your fingers with The Addams Family at The Grand Oshkosh this weekend.  Tickets available online or by calling the Grand Box Office.

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Tickets available online at https://thegrandoshkosh.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=182, or by calling the Grand Box Office at 920.424.2350.

$8 Kids 10 and Under, $10 Students & Seniors, $14 Adults.

OASD employees: receive 2 free tickets to one performance with ID.
North & West High School students: receive 1 free ticket to one performance with ID –
Must present valid ID to box office for purchase, complimentary tickets not available online

Photos:

  1. Addams Family members in the opening number of the musical. From left to right: Gomez (Dylan Ford), Grandma (Miranda Leggett), Wednesday (Kianna Fiedler), Lurch (Calum Sullivan), Morticia (Cora Strand), Pugsley (Nolan Spanbauer) & Fester (Max Burger)
  2. (Banner) Pugsley (Nolan Spanbauer) and Grandma (Miranda Leggett) bond over life, love, and potions.

 

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