By Pleasure Island, via Wikimedia Commons
Publicity photo of Jackie Coogan (Uncle Fester) and Ted Cassidy (Lurch) from a personal appearance booking at Pleasure Island, a Massachusetts amusement park.
ALTON — Alton Little Theater will stage “The Addams Family” Oct. 28 through Nov. 6 at the ALT Showplace, with nine performances at 7:30 p.m. and two Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Director Kevin Frakes has dreamed of restaging and bringing new life to the story of the iconic kooky family first embraced by the TV show of the ‘60s. “The Addams Family” features an original story that is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family — a young man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
Frakes invites all who love to laugh — and don’t mind a sprinkling of macabre — to meet the family: Paul Peterson (Gomez), Alie Morgan (Morticia), Kate Costello (Wednesday), Lorian Warford (Pugsley), Brant McCance (Fester), Christen Ringhausen (Grandma), Nick Trapp (Lurch), Shawn Chevalier (Alice), Lief Anderson (Mal), David Bishop (Lucas) and Ben Ettling (Cousin Itt). A zombie ensemble of dancers and singers will add to the fun: Hannah Coughtry-Trapp, Mary Grace Brueggemann, Samantha Stinson, Linda Patton, Cody Johnson, Steve Harders, Kurtis Leible and Sawyer Burton.
The Broadway musical opened in 2010 and has toured the country, being repeatedly chosen as an audience favorite. Frakes has worked with his production team, Sue Parton Stanard, Kristina Bemis, Jay Harvey and Lee Cox, to ensure that merriment will abound.
For information, visit altonlittletheater.org or call (618) 462-3205.