Grove City High School's spring musical presents a cast of characters that are "creepy" and "kooky" and a definite change of pace from those in other spring shows of recent years.
The school's production of "The Addams Family" will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 15-17, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, in the school auditorium, 4665 Hoover Road.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and $5 for senior citizens and children younger than age 5.
"It's a wonderful story about love and family, and about accepting yourself and your family for who they are, and being accepting of others for who they are," said Stefanie McConnell, a teacher of English and drama at the school.
In the musical, the Addamses' daughter, Wednesday, is a teen who falls in love with a boy she wants to bring home to meet her family.
"She's worried about the families not getting along," McConnell said. "Her boyfriend is 'normal,' and that's what makes it so funny."
When she saw a production of "The Addams Family" a few years ago as part of the Broadway in Columbus series, McConnell said, she knew it would be an ideal show for the school.
"One of the T-shirts you could buy read 'what is normal,' " she said. "That's the premise of the show -- what we think of as 'normal' isn't at all normal for another person or another family."
The show represents a change of pace from other recent spring musicals, McConnell said.
"We wanted to do something fun this time," she said. "We did 'Cinderella' last year, but the two years before that, we did 'Phantom of the Opera' and 'Les Miserables,' which are more serious and dramatic shows."
"The Addams Family" is less difficult of a production than the more serious shows "in terms of the music and technical elements in the staging," McConnell said.
"With a simpler show, the cast can do more things in their interpretation of the characters they are playing," she said.
Junior Kelsey Heacock portrays Morticia Addams, Wednesday's mother.
"She's interesting to play because she's very independent and knows what she wants," Heacock said. "She's a confident character, but she has a softer side.
"Her relationship with Gomez (her husband) is very romantic. They love each other so much, but it's presented in a fun, comedic way.
"It's just a fun show to do," she said.
Senior Cameron Bartrum portrays Pugsley, Wednesday's brother.
"I've watched other shows and wanted to see what it was like to be part of a show. It's been amazing. The cast is a true family," Bartrum said.