Eisenhower auditorium had a new twist on a love story on Valentine’s night.
“The Addams Family” musical came and performed to a full house Thursday evening.
The show’s cast was made up of the Addams family, the Beineke family, and the Addams family ancestors.
The show was performed to live music from a pit band composed of keyboards, trumpet, drums and reeds.
The show began with the Addams Family theme song, which the audience snapped along with.
The cast began their first scene in the family graveyard.
“Ah, the intoxicating smell of the graveyard,” Gomez, the father, said. Uncle Fester came and danced on the graves, summoning the ancestors who appeared throughout the entire show, acting as a chorus.
Morticia, the mother, explained to the audience what all Addams desire.
“[We hope for] darkness and grief and unspeakable sorrow,” she said.
This comment led into the first, sung musical number, “When you’re an Addams,” a song that explained a bit about the family and their traditions.
The main plot of the show revolved around Wednesday, the daughter, who has grown up.
“Wednesday’s growing up. She’ll be Thursday before you know it,” Gomez said, drawing laughter from the crowd.
Wednesday falls in love with a boy named Lucas, whose family is different from that of the Addams.
The Addams family invites Lucas and his family the Beinekes over for dinner, but despite their attempts at normality, chaos ensues.
Act one ends with the cast playing a game called “Full Disclosure,” a game that causes everyone to reveal secrets creating more havoc.
The musical continues with each of the couples’ relationships, Motcia and Gomez’s, Wednesday and Lucas’, and the Beinekes’ on the ropes.
The second act is filled with the pairs trying to resolve their arguments and ends in resolution.
Everyone has found love, including Uncle Fester, who realizes his admiration of the moon and eventually flies off to space.
The performance ended with the Addams family theme song being played again, and the wedding of Wednesday and Lucas.
The cast was met with a standing ovation at the conclusion of the performance.
Many people said they came to see this performance because they loved musical theater in general.
Samantha Dematteo said she and her friends started to come to many of the Penn State theatrical events when one of her classes required it.
“[We now] continue the tradition,” Dematteo (sophomore-secondary chemistry education) said.
Olivia Kohler also said that it has become something she and her friends always do.
“We just like to go and see shows together,” Kohler (senior-elementary education) said. “It’s our thing,” she added.
“Who can resist the Addams Family,” added Makenzie Rupert (sophomore-rehab and human services).