The Westerville North High School thespians are bringing the mysterious and spooky Addams Family to town this week.
Show times at the school, 950 County Line Road, are 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 28; 9:30 p.m. Oct. 27; and 2 p.m. Oct. 29.
Director Kimberly Mollohan said "The Addams Family" was one of her absolute favorite television shows when she was a child.
"I loved tuning in to see what escapades the creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and all together ooky, eccentric family were involved in each and every week," she said. "And it seemed that no matter what adversity they encountered, they resolved it as a loving family."
As the high school cast takes on the roles of the immediate Addams family members and their ancestors, Mollohan said, students have found that "it's family first and family last and family by and by."
"Throughout the rehearsal period, they too, have become a truly loving theater family," she said. "We're hoping that audiences will feel a part of 'the family' as well and enjoy our slightly spooky and hilarious musical just in time for Halloween."
"The Addams Family" features an original story, which is every father's nightmare.
Wednesday Addams, the ultimate daughter of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family -- a boy her parents have never met.
Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother that she is engaged.
Everything changes for the family on the night they host a dinner for Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend and his parents.
Senior Jodi Shelton, who plays Morticia Addams, said it has been a big change for her because her character is serious.
"I think audiences will love her because she's so different," Shelton said.
"She doesn't show emotions on her face."
Shelton said audiences will enjoy the show's dance numbers, because "They're great."
Senior Olivia Robinson, an Addams Family 'dancestor' (dancer), said the show is a perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit.
"I love Halloween," she said. "I'm super-excited to do the show. I dance with the ensemble a lot. There's some tapping."
Sophomore Patti Doud, another Addams dancestor, said she knew the story had been based on a television series, but she didn't know it completely.
"I think it's really cool to see the impact made over the course of the show," said sophomore Mackenzie Madden, also a dancestor. "It's cool to work together and make a show that's really good."
Mollohan said Westerville North is fortunate to have the caliber of talent in guest artist Damon Mollenkopf, a North social studies teacher and professional vocalist.
"I remember the old Addams Family (show)," he said. "I read the script. There are parts that are laugh-out-loud funny. I'm here for my voice. It's fantastic being around the kids."
Mollenkopf said he was already bald, so that was convenient for his role as Uncle Fester.
Freshman Nathan Gillenwater said it's awesome playing the role of Lurch.
"I get to do grunt sounds," he said. "I think audiences will think it's family friendly. It's a good laugh and heart-warming."
Other main cast members and their roles are Nick Martz as Gomez Addams; Kareena Welsh, Wednesday Addams; Casey Campbell, Pugsley Addams; Mackenzie Scheren, Grandmama; Mikayla Pugh, Cousin Itt; Weston Meade, Mal Beineke; Kyla Stone, Alice Beineke; and Harry Passerrello, Lucas Beineke.
Tickets cost $10 per person and are available at the door.