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Morticia (Keleen Snowgren), Lurch (Dan Olsen) and Wednesday (Jennifer Fogarty) perform their musical. (Via The Addams Family on Tour (

'The Addams Family' to visit OU

It’s difficult enough introducing a significant other to family, but for one family, it’s downright gruesome.

The Ohio University Performing Arts series will present the musical The Addams Family, Tuesday in the Templeton Blackburn Alumni-Memorial Auditorium.

So far, 1,200 tickets have been sold for the show. The production was added to the season’s lineup because of its distinctive nature, said Andrew Holzaepfel, associate director of the Campus Involvement Center.

“The show was brought to OU because it ranked high on our survey of potential touring Broadway productions,” he said.

The show, which premiered on Broadway in 2010, is a comedy that follows Charles Addams’ “kooky and crazy” characters from the TV series.

In the production, Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with “a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family.” The show follows her struggles to keep her family’s quirks a secret when her boyfriend and his family come to the Addams family’s mansion for dinner.

Despite the plot’s feel of a love story, Wednesday stills stays true to her strong family roots and dark, macabre nature, said Jennifer Fogarty, who plays Wednesday in the production.

“I love Wednesday because she’s such a great role model,” she said. “She’s a really strong woman who doesn’t mind what people think of her. She’s tough because of her family, but she’s also very sweet.”

The role was a fun challenge for Fogarty, who spent a bulk of time researching the character when she was cast.

“I had seen the movies and when I got the role, I wanted to see what she was really like and what she was like as a child, so I watched a lot of the reruns,” she said.

In the show, the Addams clan — Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch — is an extremely tight-knit bunch, which Fogarty said made the cast grow close offstage.

“We really are like a family and we really do care about each other,” she said. “I was blessed with an amazing group of people to work with and we’re really close, which I think helps us reflect that onstage.” 

It’s a play anyone can enjoy, Fogarty said.

“The show truly has something for everyone,” she said. “I hope everyone in the audience has a great time and we keep them laughing the whole way through.”

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