Florida School of the Arts presents ‘The Addams Family’

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The play begins when Wednesday Addams reveals that she is in love, and “ordinary” guests have been invited to dinner. Although both families have been instructed to “act normal,” chaos inevitably erupts.

“The Addams Family” will take patrons on a magical journey of fun and disarray as the characters reach down into the darkest secrets of their hearts and bring life to the stage in a family-friendly environment, says actor Jeno Tate.

Tate describes his character, Mal Beineke, as a husband and father set on protecting his family from themselves and the foolishness of others.

“The Addams and Beineke families attempt to share one normal night together for the sake of their children, who have hopelessly fallen in love with each other,” says Tate.

While most people are already familiar with the play’s unique characters, one of the challenges the students have faced is figuring out how to take that defined image and find a creative freedom within, says FloArts acting instructor and director Kevin Kelly.

“I really, really, really want the actors to have fun,” Kelly says.

The set will provide a rich background for the ridiculousness that is the Addams Family legend.

“From torture instruments to two-headed turtles, there should be some odd and oddly familiar things to delight the crowd,” FloArts scenic design instructor Robert O’Leary says.

O’Leary explained how the original idea for “The Addams Family” was born out of Charles Addams’ cartoons illustrated for The New Yorker magazine. It went from a cartoon, to a TV show, books, comic books, pinball machines, an animated series, movies and on to become a Broadway musical.

“Depending on one’s age, everyone bears a bit of nostalgia for one, or many, of these versions,” O’Leary said. “The set will have a layered look that nods to a bit of each of these layers that have become the overall conception of this quirky, but somehow quite normal, American family.”

The costumes will do the same.

“The costume designs also center around the iconic characters and images from the original illustrations, television series and movie adaptations,” FloArts costume design instructor Emily Strickland says.