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'The Addams Family, A New Musical' to be staged in Pequot Lakes

Submitted Photo Pequot Lakes Community Theatre's production of “The Addams Family, A New Musical” includes all the classic characters.1 / 2
Submitted Photo Pequot Lakes Community Theatre will present “The Addams Family, A New Musical” for six performances starting Feb. 22.2 / 2

Pequot Lakes Community Theatre will present "The Addams Family, A New Musical" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, and Friday, March 1, as well as at 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 24 and March 3, and Saturday, March 2, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.

Meet the Artists of the Addams Exhibit before the show and during intermission Friday, Feb. 22. Talkback sessions are scheduled after the performances Sunday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, March 2.

As the curtain rises, the last dead leaf of autumn falls from the Family Tree, and all is right with the morbid, macabre world of Gomez (Ben Gordon, Pine River), Morticia (Kate Davis, Pequot Lakes), Fester (Dalton Ebnet, Pequot Lakes), Grandma (Jen Anderson, Pine River), Wednesday (Nicole Rothleutner, Pequot Lakes), Pugsley (Josh Anderson, Brainerd) and Lurch (Sam Moreland, Breezy Point).

They've gathered - where else? - in the family graveyard to celebrate life and death in a yearly ritual to connect with their past and ensure their future.

They seem at peace, not just with each other and their inimitable, unchanging Addams-ness, but with their dead ancestors (Phylipe Bell, Bobbi Cruikshank, River Curtis, Lola Eastwood, Brianna Engels, Gracin Johnson, Susan Langins, Rachel Martin, Heather Pearson and Nikoa Perkins) who emerge from their graves on this night each year to join in this celebration of continuity.

But, at the end of the ritual, Fester blocks the ancestors' return to their graves. Those unchanging Addams family values are about to be tested.

Fester enlists their help to set things right, just in case a new family secret goes terribly wrong. What's the secret? Wednesday Addams, that irresistible bundle of malice, has grown up and found love. So what's the problem? The young man, Lucas Beineke (Eddie Binda, Merrified), is from Ohio, and his parents (Andrea and Mike Anderson, Brainerd), are coming to dinner to meet the family.

Classic characters Cousin Itt (Keenen Bleichner, Brainerd) and Thing (Daisy Davis, Pequot Lakes) will make appearances too.

Book is by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Music and lyrics are by Andrew Lippa based on characters created by Charles Addams. Originally produced on Broadway by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/Mary LuRoffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Company/Clarence, LLC, Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical.

PLCT thanks the orchestra pit and production crew: Michelle Gonzalez (choreographer), Lisa Sater (orchestra director), Tim Leagjeld, (scenic design), Molly Krautkremer and Chris Melberg (set construction), Travis Chaput (stage manager), Mike Macy (technical director), Brady Davis, Lily Bleichner, Owen Gitchell and Ken Henke (techs, theatre technicians) and Kate Davis (vocal director).

Tickets are $14 for adults; $10 for seniors age 60 and older; and $12 for youth age 18 and younger. Tickets can be reserved by calling 218-568-9200 or buy them online at www.glapa.org.

The production is sponsored by Essentia Health and made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.