By RENEE UNSWORTH
Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch are just some of the characters who will grace the Limelight Theatre stage this month. The Addams Family, a musical, will open the 2014-15 season at Limelight Theatre – with 8 live shows on the calendar now through August 2015.
“We have a full season of musicals, farces, comedies and dramas,” said Beth Lambert, Limelight Theatre’s Executive Director.
“And Limelight actors are community volunteers who share their talents with our audiences. In the Addams Family, our youngest actor is just 10 years old.”
The other 7 shows this season include Clybourne Park, A Christmas Story: The Musical, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Boys Next Door, No Sex Please We’re British, Hello Dolly and Beyond Therapy.
The Addams Family is a musical comedy with music and lyrics byÂ Andrew LippaÂ and book byÂ Marshall BrickmanÂ andÂ Rick Elice.
The musical is based onÂ The Addams FamilyÂ characters created byÂ Charles AddamsÂ in his cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre.
Musical numbers include songs such as “When You’re An Addams,” “Where Did We Go Wrong,” “Full Disclosure,” “Crazier Than You: and “Live Before We Die.”
The cast includes Dave Alan Thomas as Gomez; Lisa Black as Morticia; Kayla Alvarez as Wednesday; Evan Gray as Pugsley; Deborah Hurm as Grandmama; Thomas Muniz as Uncle Fester; James Desmond as Lurch; Brian Johnson as Mal; Andrea McCook as Alice; Butler Robertson as Lucas; and the ensemble includes Will Gallagher, Brian H. Matthews, Ryne Renz, E. Rock Rasmussen, Kyle Thompson, Maria Helfrich, Madi Mack,Â Morgan Williams, and Alison Zador.
The Addams Family is directed by Gary Cadwallader, an actor, director and the Education Director at Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP). Other shows he has directed at Limelight Theatre are Other Desert Cities, Spamalot, Boeing Boeing, The House of Blue Leaves, The Good Doctor, The Smell of the Kill and many more.
“The Addams Family has had an indelible impact on American culture,” Cadwallader said.
“From the original Charles Addams cartoons in The New Yorker magazine, to the 1960s television series, to the 1990s films, and the recent Broadway musical, the Addams’s are a witty representation of embracing our ‘dark’ side. Their wit and lightness take the fear out of the sinister, and redefine normal!”
The Addams Family runs from Sept. 19 through Oct. 19. Tickets are $25 per person. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.
An opening night dinner party will be held on Sept. 18 at Raintree Restaurant, with a themed menu and a performance of The Addams Family to follow. Tickets are $60 and include dinner, dessert and the show.
For dinner reservations, call the box office at 904-825-1164. To purchase tickets online, go toÂ limelight-theatre.org