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Family musicals on stage across Middle Georgia

Wednesday (Kinsey DeGroat), Morticia (Georgia Olson), Gomez (Brian Olson), Pugsly (Carter Henley) and Fester (Jeffrey Lintz) in “The Addams Family” at Macon Little Theatre.
Wednesday (Kinsey DeGroat), Morticia (Georgia Olson), Gomez (Brian Olson), Pugsly (Carter Henley) and Fester (Jeffrey Lintz) in “The Addams Family” at Macon Little Theatre. bcabell@macon.com

It’s déjà vu all over again and that’s a good thing for fans of “The Addams Family,” which returns now to Middle Georgia after a successful run by the Perry Players last summer. This time around, the musical comedy is presented by Macon Little Theatre.

Like the 1960s television series and feature films of the same name, the theatrical version is based on the weird and wonderful characters created for The New Yorker magazine by cartoonist Charles Addams.

This original tale, created by Broadway veterans Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (also the team behind “Jersey Boys”), 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.)

See one of the last three performances of “The Addams Family” this weekend. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 478-477-3342 for ticket information.

Meanwhile, the Perry Players currently are presenting “Mary Poppins,” a musical based on a fusion of elements from the similarly titled children’s books by P.L. Travers and 1964 Disney film.

The musical tells the story of Mary Poppins, who is responsible for the care of out-of-control children, Jane and Michael. This new nanny takes her young charges on magical adventures that have a profound effect on them, as well as on grown-ups who also learn from the memorable experiences.

Although the story is not a direct adaptation of the original Disney film — there are no dancing penguins in the “Jolly Holiday” sequence and no tea party on the ceiling at Uncle Albert’s — it still delights audiences. The original Broadway production, which received nominations for nine Olivier Awards and seven Tony Awards, ran for more than six years before the musical moved on to be performed on numerous national tours and international productions.

See “Mary Poppins” at the Perry Players Community Theatre through the end of July. Call 478-987-5354 for exact dates and times. And while you’re on the phone with them, inquire about auditioning for a part in “Deathtrap,” the longest running comedy thriller on Broadway.

Contact Melanie Byas at melanie@retrowarehouse.com.

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