Hilarious musical comedy ‘The Addams Family’ opens Thursday

BAYTOWN, TX — They’re creepy, kooky and all together ooky — and they’re coming to the Lee College Performing Arts Center (PAC) this week as daughter Wednesday grows up and finds love in the hilarious new Broadway musical comedy, “The Addams Family.”

The Lee College production of “The Addams Family” will debut on the PAC main stage at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3. Additional performances will be held at 7:30 nightly Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, with a matinee set for 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 6.

Tickets for the show are $15 for the general public; $10 for college students, faculty and staff; and $5 for children aged 10 years old and younger. Purchase tickets online at www.lee.edu/pac, or by calling the Box Office at 281.425.6255.

“The Addams Family” musical follows the morbid and macabre characters made popular in the 1960s television series and nostalgically revived in two 1990s movies: parents Gomez and Morticia, children Wednesday and Pugsley, beloved Uncle Fester, fortune-telling Grandma and loyal butler Lurch. The curtain rises on their annual gathering in the family graveyard, where their dead ancestors emerge from the tombs each year to celebrate the enduring spirit and continuity of the Addams clan.

Wednesday, now 18, has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke — a young man from Ohio whose Middle American background is a stark contrast to the Addams’ dark and ghoulish roots, much to Gomez and Morticia’s consternation. Wednesday and Lucas want to get married but won’t make it down the aisle unless their families find common ground over a less-than-normal dinner at the Addams mansion.

“The Addams Family” at Lee College is under the direction of Visual and Performing Arts Division faculty Kim Martin, John Weinel and Ken Booker.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby Liberty, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 13 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Open auditions set Dec. 8 & 10 for ‘Addams Family’ musical

BAYTOWN, TX — The Lee College Division of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) will hold open auditions next week for its first play of the spring semester — “The Addams Family, A New Musical Comedy” — and members of the community are invited to try out for a role.

Auditions will begin at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8, and 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, inside the main hall of the Performing Arts Center on campus.

Acting, singing, and dancing roles are available for 10 principal characters and up to 12 chorus members. No specific preparations or special acting scenes will be required, but those who audition will be taught songs from the play and will read scenes from the script as needed with others trying out for a part. Volunteers are also welcome to sign up for technical support on sets, props, lights, sound and other areas.

“The Addams Family” is a new Broadway musical written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. It features characters originally created by cartoonist Charles Addams and made famous in the popular 1960s television comedy series starring John Astin and Carolyn Jones. The Addams characters were also nostalgically revived in two movies: “The Addams Family” in 1991 and “Addams Family Values” in 1993.

The musical tells the wildly hilarious story of daughter Wednesday, who has grown up and found love. Her prospective groom, Lucas, does not come from a family with quite the same macabre and ghoulish values as the Addams – much to the consternation of her doting parents, Gomez and Morticia. Other members of the morbid household include brother Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Grandma, and Lurch, the butler. They are watched over by a chorus of dead ancestors, who temporarily escape from their crypts to celebrate what it means to be an Addams.

The Lee College production of “The Addams Family” is under the direction of VPA faculty Kim Martin, John Weinel and Ken Booker. Performances are set for March 3-6, and rehearsals will begin in January. For more information about the upcoming auditions, contact Martin at hmartin@lee.edu.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby Liberty, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 13 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.