College of DuPage Summer Repertory Theater Presents ‘The Addams Family – A New Musical’ July 5 to 15 at the MAC
By Jennifer Duda
College of DuPage College Theater celebrates a creepy, kooky, tight-knit family in a production of Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s “The Addams Family – A New Musical” Thursday, July 5, to Sunday, July 15.
Performances are 7 p.m. in the McAninch Art Center’s Playhouse Theatre on the Glen
Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. Additionally, there is a matinee performance at
2 p.m. Sunday, July 15. There is no performance Friday, July 13.
Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with a sweet, smart boy from a respectable family. When her unique family meets his for the first time, a hilarious night ensues, where secrets are disclosed and relationships are tested.
For Director and Theater Department Chair Connie Canaday Howard, the script is a balance between the original comic, the television series and the movie adaptations, but with a softer version of the beloved Addams daughter.
“Wednesday is so much nicer in this piece,” Canaday Howard marvels. “She’s still dark, but there’s this softness to her. At the same time, you have this very odd, dark family, but at the root of it all is a great deal of love. One of the lyrics is ‘Family first and family last,’ which is really at the heart of the story.”
“The Addams Family – A New Musical” marks the College’s third consecutive summer musical. Previous productions include “Grease” and “Pippin.” Committee members selecting the shows knew they wanted a musical.
“This is a big, big show with the involvement of a lot of people,” she said. “It’s deceptive, really, in how simple it looks, but it has many moving parts. The storyline, also has complexities as it’s looking not only at the differences between these two families, but also at the similarities.”
Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. View a complete cast list.
Support is made possible by a generous gift from the College of DuPage Foundation’s Dr. Donald and Helen (Gum) Westlake Fund for Student Productions.
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