the addams family

From left to right, Kena Clark as Grandma, Lauren Pueschell as Wednesday Addams, Brian Zecher as Gomez Addams, Earl Kroll as Lurch, Rebecca Johnson as Morticia Addams, Kevin Kohn as Uncle Fester and Ayden Anderson as Pugsley Addams.

“They’re creepy, and they’re kooky, mysteriously spooky. They’re all together ooky ...”

You know the rest.

“The Addams Family” is continuing its run on the Country Theater Workshop stage in Cissna Park with four more shows starting Thursday evening.

When Wednesday Addams develops a crush on a boy from a “normal” family, she becomes torn between her family where the happiness and joy equal sadness and a more normal existence.

This is the second show at CTW that Gina Greene has directed. Prior to “The Addams Family” she directed “Church Basement Ladies 2.”

“‘The Addams Family’ is not as well known as some of the other musicals CTW has produced the past few years,” Greene said. “While people are familiar with the TV show, the music and story for this show are less well known. The show features several performers that are veterans to the CTW stage. The cast and crew have been working hard at bringing this story to life.”

Watseka native Lauren Pueschell, just 18 years old, is taking the role of Wednesday Addams, but that’s where any similarities stop.

“Wednesday and I could not be more different,” Pueschell said. “She’s incredibly dark and angsty, whereas I tend to be much more positive and lively.”

One thing Wednesday and Lauren have in common is that they’re both teenagers.

“We’re just trying to break out of the childish stage in life, and sometimes our families make that difficult, but we still love them no matter how much grief they may cause us,” Pueschell said.

For Pueschell, channeling the character of Wednesday Addams is no small feat.

“The majority of the time, I stand backstage with a blank face for a few minutes before I go on,” she said.

Making sure Wednesday’s dark personality shows through in Pueschell’s lack of expression is one of the hardest parts about her Wednesday’s characteristics.

“Once I’m onstage, keeping the straight face is difficult due to the hilarity that goes on,” Pueschell said.

This change in character has proved to be a challenge for Pueschell. This past year at CTW, she portrayed the role of Mary Poppins in the self-titled production.

This fall, Pueschell plans on attending New York Film Academy at their campus in Los Angeles to major in filmmaking.

“Even the patrons that aren’t fans of ‘The Addams Family’ will be surprised to find out how much they connect and laugh with the Addams Family,” Greene said. “There are universal themes of family, belonging, love, acceptance and humor.”

“The Addams Family” continues its run on the CTW stage at 7:30 p.m. June Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Doors open 45 minutes prior to each performance. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 815-457-2784. All tickets cost $12.

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