VCU Theatre opens “The Addams Family” a new musical

Courtesy of VCU Theatre

VCU Theatre opened “The Addams Family,” on Nov. 11, and will run the show every weekend until Dec. 4.

The production draws inspiration from “The Addams Family” story, featuring the classic mysterious and spooky family living in New York City.

The original show ran on Broadway from 2010 – 2011, and continued on tour after.

Wednesday Addams, played by Kaitlyn Tate, now all grown up, has fallen in love and and hopes to introduce her “normal” boyfriend to her “not so normal” family.

“Wednesday is growing up, and she wants to get married and she wants to be normal,” said Director Patti D’Beck. “The Addams family is very tipsy-truvy, upside down and macabre.”

Musical numbers include “When You’re An Addams” and “Happy, Sad,” and are accompanied by energized choreography by cast members.

The moving set in the Raymond Hodges Theatre is dark and cartoonish, to reflect the original Addams family which were brought to life in a series of cartoons during 1940’s in The New Yorker by cartoonist Charles Addams.

“The design and style of this is more like Charles Addams cartoons as opposed to the television series,” D’Beck said. “A little more suggestive and a little darker. But the design came from his drawings.”

The cast is bills a combination of undergraduate and graduate students, except for Quioccasin middle school student Jay Davis, who plays Pugsley.

The cast encourages audience members to dress in costume, to complete the Addams Family feel.

The show is $10 for students. For tickets visit VCU theatre’s website here.


marylee clark. photo by sarah kingMary Lee Clark
Mary Lee is a senior studying journalism. She currently interns for RVAmag and, in addition to writing for the CT. She previously worked as a makeup artist at Darkwood Manor, did lighting design at Trackside Theater (where she is now on the Board of Directors) and photographed for the Page News and Courier.
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