Wednesday, September 28, 2016 This Week's Paper

‘Addams’ story stays kooky with less creepy

// TMP opens season with Halloween treat

The creepy, kooky family we’ve all come to know and love comes to life in “The Addams Family” musical at Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

In this original story by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and based on the classic television series and 1991 movie, Wednesday Addams (Savana Masako Smith) has grown up and falls in love with “normal” Ohioan Lucas Beineke (Jake Atwood), and invites his family to meet the rest of the Addams clan at dinner.

This clash of two worlds, the macabre versus the mundane, is told through Andrew Lippa-penned songs such as “Full Disclosure,” “Secrets” and “One Normal Night,” which could make the dead dance in their graves. Michele Bettinger (Alice Beineke) and Erik Furuheim (Mal Beineke) show the stark contrast between Beinekes from Ohio and the mysterious, spooky Morticia and Gomez Addams (Linda Palacios and Rafe Wadleigh).

The whole story unfolds on a set that flows perfectly and purposefully (Dennis Kurtz) with costumes that add a fun mix of color and ghoul (Jocelyne Fowler) alongside the mood-filled light design by John Chenault. “The Addams Family” will keep you on the edge of your seat dying for more thanks to a solid cast and snappy choreography by Jon Douglas Rake and musical director by Jeff Strvtecky.

The Addams family also includes: John Kelleher as Uncle Fester, Jonathan Bill as Lurch, Callan Barth as Pugsley Addams and Shelleigh-Mairi Ferguson as Grandma. Their ancestors include: Colin Briskey, Cassandra DeChant, Emile Hanson, Lindsay Hovey, Sean Kilen, Kathy Kluska, Derek Mesford, John Miller, Tasha Smith and Corey Thompson.

“The Addams Family” runs at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 16. Tacoma Musical Playhouse is located at 7116 Sixth Ave. Tickets are $22 to $31 and available by phone at (253) 565-6867 and at