Creepy, kooky Addams Family musical comes to Scranton as part of Gothic Weekend
The charming, dark and eccentric characters of The Addams Family, created by American cartoonist Charles Addams in the 1930s, have withstood the test of time and successfully made the transition from print to television and film and, now, they’re on stage.
Broadway Theatre League of Scranton will present The Addams Family musical, Feb. 15 to 17, at the Scranton Cultural Center. Fans of the delightfully odd family members who are oblivious to how bizarre their antics are to others can expect to see Gomez (Douglas Sills), Morticia (Sara Gettelfinger), Uncle Fester (Blake Hammond), Grandmama (Pippa Pearthree), Wednesday (Cortney Wolfson), Pugsley (Patrick D. Kennedy) and, of course, Lurch (Tom Corbeil) in this macabre musical comedy, with a twist.
According to a press release issued by the production, the show “features an original story and it’s 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 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.”
Just imagine the culture shock a “normal” man (a muggle to use a J.K. Rowling term) would experience with a family such as this. The father is a spry, acrobatic and eccentric multi-billionaire; the mother is a gorgeous vamp-like creature; the uncle has a knack for conducting electricity (when Fester puts a light bulb in his mouth, it illuminates); and the delightfully cynical Grandmama spends her days whipping up spells and special potions.
Be sure to reunite with the family when they make a stop in the Electric City. They promise to leave the light off for you.
The Addams Family is presented by Broadway Theatre League of Scranton, Feb. 15-17, as part of Gothic Weekend in association with the Everhart Museum. Show times are 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1 and 6 p.m. on Sunday. The show will be held at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Tickets are $37-57. For tickets and more information, visit www.broadwayscranton.com or www.scrantonculturalcenter.org.
‘Vhat is a Vampire?’
Find out at Virst Vriday
When most people think of vampires, images of cloaked, fanged figures lurking in the shadows immediately pop into their heads. Vampires avoid direct sunlight, which means they only come out at night. Blood — the blood of others, that is — is the key to their immortality. They have no reflection, thus, when they look in a mirror, they see nothing. And some legends tell tales of vampires with the ability to shapeshift into animals such as bats, rats, ravens and wolves. Right?
Perhaps. But vampire culture involves so much more, and it continues to put an indelible mark on the arts. From literature to television, movies and live theater, vampires are everywhere.
If you’re intrigued by this macabre world, then you’ll want to stop by the Scranton Cultural Center (SCC) at the Masonic Temple on Friday night for Virst Vriday Vhat is a Vampire? A collaboration between The Everhart Museum, the SCC, Lackawanna County Library System, and the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit is inspired by the upcoming exhibit at the Everhart Museum, Blood is the Life: Vampires in Art and Nature.
Virst Vriday will include a showing of winning vampire-inspired short-videos from a contest the SCC recently held for members of the community, as well as visual interpretations of historical literature and art work depicting Dracula. The fun concludes with a screening of a 1922 classic silent horror film.
“The film embodies everything that is vampire,” said Amy Dickerson, educational outreach manager at the SCC. We won’t divulge the name of the film lest we incite rage from scary creatures past, but we can tell you that it will indeed strike terror into your heart. In addition, organizers hope to bring the eerie sounds of the pipe organ to Shopland Hall to fully create the somber ambiance a vampire-themed event deserves. “It’s going to excite all your senses — the visual, the film and (possibly) the musical aspect of it,” Dickerson said. “Shopland Hall really can be transformed into an eerie place as much as it can be a beautiful place. We can do it all.”
Virst Vriday will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on February 1. For more information, visit www.scrantonculturalcenter.org.