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Review: Macabre comedy meets spring romance

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Pugsley Addams (Josie Brickey) lives his best life with help from sister Wednesday (Jessica Scheerer). Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 7
A girl and her crossbow, Wednesday Addams (Jessica Scheerer) finds that her archery skills play a big role in her developing relationship with Lucas Beineke (Hunter Whitmore). Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 7
The Addams family members welcome their ancestors back to earth for one last dance in Red Wing High School's 2018 musical production of "The Addams Family." Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 7
The Addams Family ancestors stand ready to help Wednesday and Lucas fulfill their marital destiny. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 7
Gomez and Morticia Addams (Mathias Grove and Hannah Coyle) perform their trademark tango in "The Addams Family" musical. Behind them are children Wednesday (Jessica Scheerer) and Pugsley Josie Brickey). Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 7
Alice Beineke's (Cayanne Korder) introversion is nothing a little magic potion can't fix. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 7

Normally when Wednesday Addams is heading for the altar, it's to perform some unspeakable torture on her willing brother Pugsley. This time, however, she's in love with a boy.

"The Addams Family," a new musical performed this weekend by a cast of Red Wing High School students, offers a hilarious take on the typical meet-the-parents marriage plot.

When the seemingly normal Beineke family gets pulled through the ringer of Gomez and Morticia Addams' sexy macabre world, they barely make it out alive. So their children, Lucas Beineke (Hunter Whitmore) and Wednesday (Jessica Scheerer), have to confront their different worlds and decide if being in love is still enough to bind them for all eternity.

Supported by the soaring vocals of the Addams Family ancestors chorus and the rousing backbone of the high school pit band, the RWHS spring musical makes an entertaining case for the marital values of passion and honesty that make "from death do us part" really worthwhile.

Fun numbers like "Trapped" voiced by Gomez (Mathias Grove) and "Let's Not Talk About Anything Else But Love" voiced by Uncle Fester (Mikayla Sanford) punctuate the plotline.

The lead cast is full of strong vocalists who dazzle in the show's large variety of solo numbers. Favorites include "Waiting" voiced by Alice Beineke (Cayanne Korder), "What If" voiced by Pugsley (Josie Brickey) and "Pulled" voiced by Wednesday.

Graham Wheeler-Nelson is pitch-perfect as Lurch, who brings silent physical comedy to the stage as the Addams' attentive zombie butler. Grandma (Makenna Doig) is silly and self-aware. Morticia (Hannah Coyle) is flowing and stately, a perfect contrast to Alice Beineke, who is unnervingly bubbly. Gomez is entertaining as both swordsman and statesman, he works up a sweat to keep everything civil, and Grove's portrayal of him is a perfect contrast to Marshall Laidlaw as Mal Beineke, who is dry and the very definition of buttoned-up.

With "The Addams Family," director Sean Dowse and his cast of RWHS students offer something unique, refreshing and laugh-out-loud funny. Find it on stage at the Sheldon Theatre this weekend, May 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 13 at 3 p.m. $13 for youth and $20 for adults.

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