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Byas: Neat, sweet, petite?

They’re creepy and they’re kooky,

Mysterious and spooky,

They’re altogether ooky,

The Addams Family.

Their house is a museum.

When people come to see ‘em

They really are a screa-um.

The Addams Family.

Neat, sweet, petite! Thus goes the bridge of the theme song from “The Addams Family,” the 1960s television series based on the weird and wonderful characters created for The New Yorker magazine by cartoonist Charles Addams. The show was the first non-print adaptation of those single-panel gag illustrations, and it was only the beginning.

Stories of these characters have been told through a wide variety of projects. That assortment includes two television productions and a sequel, several films, a few animated series, a variety show, some parodies, many games, quite a few books, and a musical comedy, on which this column is focused.

Created by Broadway veterans Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice -- also the team behind “The Jersey Boys” -- “The Addams Family Musical” was the first stage show based on the cartoon characters, rather than the television and film characters. It tells the story of a grown up Wednesday Addams, who is in a relationship with a “normal” boy.

(Fans of the television series will remember that she was just 10 years old -- the youngest member of a wealthy, eccentric and ghoulish clan who delighted in the macabre, all the while being either unaware or uninterested that other people found them frightening and bizarre.)

The musical began on the theatrical stage in 2008, eventually opening on Broadway in 2010. Shortly before it closed on Broadway, after a run of almost two years, the show began a national tour and it continues to this day to be performed by independent productions around the world.

One such production is being presented in Middle Georgia by a group of thespians at the Perry Players Community Theatre in historic downtown Perry. The show is reported as being a hugely successful production, filling the house for every performance since its July 16 opening.

“The Addams Family Musical” runs at the theater for only two more performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Get your tickets now -- they claim that “every seat in the house is great!”

Next up for the Perry Players Community Theatre: “The Diary of Anne Frank,” a new adaptation that opens in September. Call 478-987-5354 for details.

Contact Melanie Byas at melanie@retrowarehouse.com.

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