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Musical production opens tonight at The Barn Theatre in Willmar

“The Addams Family” played by Heidi Ahmann as Grandma, from left, Aubrey Ross as Wednesday, Monica Servi as Morticia, J.P. Cola as Lurch, Lyle Mangen as Gomez, Ben Watson as Pugsley and Brent Roelofs as Uncle Fester. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

WILLMAR — The Barn Theatre presents “The Addams Family,” a new musical comedy at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday and Feb. 18-20 with 2:30 p.m. shows Sundays, Feb. 14 and 21.

“The Addams Family” is based on the characters created by Charles Addams, a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.

It features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare.

Wednesday Addams, played by Aubrey Ross, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family — a man her parents have never met.

And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother.

Now, Gomez Addams, played by Lyle Mangen, must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia, played by Monica Servi.

Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

The other members of the Addams family are Pugsley played by Ben Watson and Fester played by Brent Roelofs and Brandon Bodien.

Heidi Ahmann plays Grandma and JP Cola plays Lurch, the butler.

The Beineke family is played by Alex Burdorf as Lucas and his parents played by Randi Larson and Tim Ostby.

Playing the Addams ancestors are Gretchen Otness, Kameron Kemerling, Gio Hansen, Maryssa Rende, Whitney Fugleberg, Thomas Rosengren, Daniel Rende, Brent Peterson and Dean Madsen.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for ages 18 and younger and are available at the box office, 321 Fourth St. S.W. in downtown Willmar, or by calling 320-235-9500.

Sharon Bomstad

Sharon Bomstad is the features editor at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minn., and is the editor of the newspaper's Live it! Magazine. She has been an employee of the West Central Tribune for more than 35 years.

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