PRINCETON — Festival 56 will present “The Addams Family,” running July 6-13 at Princeton’s Grace Performing Arts Center.
The Addams family lives in a macabre Victorian mansion. They have picnics in a cemetery. For recreation, the kids torture each other on a rack. At dinner, someone drinks Grandma’s dark-truth-about-yourself potion. In an attempt to calm a family quarrel, the family’s ancestors get together and conjure up a terrible thunderstorm. No wonder Morticia and Gomez grow worried when their 18-year-old daughter, Wednesday, falls in love with a sweet boy and invites his respectable family to their mansion for dinner. What if she becomes normal?
Playwrights Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice wrote the book for this new musical while Andrew Lippa provided music and lyrics. Based on characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams, the play includes the familiar characters of Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Grandma and Lurch, with the addition of the “normal” family Mal, Alice and Lucas Beineke.
After the play’s tryout in Chicago in 2009, it played on Broadway and toured North America, South America, Asia, Australia, Japan, continental Europe and the United Kingdom. During its Broadway run, it ranked third in ticket sales after “Wicked” and “The Lion King.”
Festival 56’s 2018 summer production is directed by Jimmy Calitri and sponsored by Norberg Memorial Home. Season sponsors are Heartland Bank and Trust, Princeton Tourism and Visitors Bureau, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. July 6, 7, 10, 12 and 13, with 2 p.m. matinees on July 8 and 11.
The Grace Performing Arts Center is located at 316 S. Main St. in Princeton and is fully accessible with public parking nearby. To purchase tickets, visit www.festival56.com, call 815-879-5656, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the theater. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. Tickets are $29, $26 (seniors 65 plus) and $14 (students). Beer, wine, soft drinks and the famous Festival 56 cheesecake are available for sale at the lobby bar. For further information, contact the box office at 815-879-5656.