Just in time for the Halloween season, the Johnson County High School Players in collaboration with Johnson County Community Theatre, are bringing the Tony Award winning, Broadway musical “The Addams Family” to Heritage Hall. In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. Nonetheless, this quirky family still has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by any other family, and the spookiest nightmare faced by every family creates the focus of Lippa, Brickman, and Elice’s musical: “The Addams Kids Are Growing Up.” The Addams’ have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years and Gomez (Derek Visser) and Morticia (Megan McEwen), the patriarch and matriarch of the clan, would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday (Abigail Arnett), however, is now an eighteen-year-old young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke (Connor Long), a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family — the most un-Addams sounding person one could be! And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes (Scott Loveless and Josie Ward) to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.
Assisted by nine Addams family ancestors plus Uncle Fester (Travis Ward), Pugsley (Andrew Robinson), Grandma (Kaelyn Sussex) and Lurch (Zach Isaacs) the stage comes alive with song and dance. Performances are at Heritage Hall, October 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7pm and October 22 at 3pm. Advance adult tickets are $10, $12 at the door and student tickets are $5.