CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 16, 2015 – Halloween comes early this year during Southeast Missouri State University’s production of “The Addams Family Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 3 and 2 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on Southeast’s River Campus.
“The Addams Family” features an original story, and it is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, that irresistible bundle of malice, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart, “normal” young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. The young man, Lucas Beineke, and his parents are coming to dinner to meet the family.
Those unchanging Addams family values are about to be tested. And if that were not upsetting enough, an annual ritual that brings the spirits of the Addams’ ancestors from their graves for one night is foiled when Uncle Fester blocks their return to the ground and enlists their help to set things right…just in case.
Two different worlds are about to collide. Will love triumph, or will everyone go home vaguely depressed? “The Addams Family” asks us, in its hilariously creepy and kooky way, what makes a family “normal”?
“This show is not to be missed,” said Dr. Kenneth Stilson, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “Audiences are going to truly love this, not because it’s nostalgic but because it’s a totally new telling of that story. It features all of the characters from the popular television show and also has a lot of ancestors that are involved which were creations for the musical.
“The music is so inventive and so much fun,” he continued. “It’s going to be popular for all ages – from little children to grandparents.”
Michael McIntosh, assistant professor of directing, musical theatre and acting, is directing the musical after helming last season’s sold out hit “Daisy Pulls it Off.”
Stilson describes McIntosh’s work as “very, very playful and highly creative.”
McIntosh has directed and acted throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Beirut, Lebanon. His award-winning work has been seen Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, The York Theatre and The Gallery Players among other venues. Regionally he has worked at theatres such as The Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, and Porthouse Theatre.
“‘The Addams Family’ at Southeast is going to be a fantastic show!” McIntosh said. “We have a remarkably talented cast and a top-notch production team that includes brand new musical director and instructor Joshua Harvey, vocal coach to Broadway stars Judith Farris and international choreographer Michelle Contrino. The show, like a fast-paced musical vaudeville, is great fun for all ages.”
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.