The cast of Hale Centre Theatre’s new production of “The Addams Family.” | Hale Centre Theatre

“THE ADDAMS FAMILY,” through Nov. 6, Hale Centre Theatre, 9900 S. Monroe St., Sandy (801-984-9000 or

What do you get when the Addams family tries to be normal for a single night, in order to impress the family of Wednesday’s secret fiancé’? “Delicious anarchy,” as Uncle Fester calls it.

Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Grandmama, Lurch and, of course, Thing — or “The Addams Family” — first appeared as cartoons in The New Yorker in 1938 before the hit TV show, movies and multiple adaptations made them one of the most iconic families in pop culture. But it wasn’t until 2010 that “The Addams Family” was brought to the stage via a Broadway musical. That musical has now made its way to Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy.

It’s a silly show with an even sillier plot: As an 18-year-old Wednesday Addams prepares her family to meet her “normal” boyfriend’s “normal” family, she reveals to her father, Gomez, that she’s actually engaged, but no one can know until after the two families meet. Meanwhile, Uncle Fester has enlisted the help of a singing and dancing ghost army of the Addams’ ancestors to help Wednesday. Add in Fester taking the moon — yes, the moon — out for a romantic canoe ride, a mishap with a powerful potion and a disembodied hand creeping across the stage, and you’ve got a show that can only be described as weird.

Hale Centre Theatre’s production is directed and choreographed by Dave Tinney. Under his direction, the show takes the weirdness and runs wild with it. From the costumes to the dance numbers and the constant stream of jokes, the show strikes a perfect blend of morbidity and …read more

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