NMU theatre students put new twist on ‘The Addams Family’

MARQUETTE — Students at Northern Michigan University are bringing one of the world’s quirkiest families back to life, but with a unique twist that involves a little more romance and a lot more singing and dancing.

Gomez, Morticia, and the rest of the Addams Family, including years of dead ancestors, are center stage as they deal with a new crisis: Wednesday is in love. Wednesday, who reveals her secret only to Gomez, encourages the two families to meet over dinner while Gomez debates whether to lie to his wife or betray his daughter. And to make matters even crazier, Fester had trapped the family’s ancestors on Earth to help solve the dilemma.

“I know that when I think of the Addams Family, I think of a lot of dark, sad and weird things, and the show does have a lot of those dark, weird elements, but it’s also really upbeat and really happy most of the show and the songs are really catchy,” said actor Dorsey Sprouls.

“Normally, when you think Addams Family, you don’t think musical, but in this case they mesh the two,” said actress Carly Bellock. “The writer and everyone involved who wrote it and directed is amazing. It’s such a fun show. It’s unusual, it’s kooky and altogether spooky.”

The Addams Family premieres Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Forest Roberts Theatre and runs through Sunday. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students.