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July 9-11, 15-18: 'The Addams Family' Musical

Musical comedy will be performed in Ted Paul Theatre.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release, 6-22-2015

Mankato, Minn. -- The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will close its 49th annual Highland Summer Theatre season with the “ooky” musical comedy “The Addams Family.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. July 9-11 & 15-18, in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. It is sponsored by the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, Farrish Johnson Law Office and Lyle Wichmann.

Wednesday Addams is all grown up and has fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family—a man her parents have never met. Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before, keep a secret from his wife, Morticia, and is put to the test when Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents come over for dinner.

Paul J. Hustoles directs “The Addams Family,” with scenic design by John David Paul, musical direction by Nick Wayne and choreography by Emily Scinto, a junior BFA musical theatre candidate from Lakeville who also choreographed “Xanadu.” Matthew Stairs, a senior BFA musical theatre transfer student from Casper College in Wyoming, plays Gomez Addams, while Emily Jansen, a 2013 BFA musical theatre candidate from St. Peter, plays Morticia. Leigh Jacobson, a senior BFA musical theatre candidate from Champlin plays Wednesday, with Jake McInerney, a 2014 BFA musical theatre graduate, as her boyfriend, Lucas Beinke.

The Broadway production closed on Dec. 31, 2011, after 722 performances. It won a Drama Desk Award for outstanding set design but received no other major awards. It has a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and is based on characters created by Charles Addams.

Tickets for “The Addams Family” are $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They are on sale online at and through the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661.

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