In the kooky, upside-down world of the The Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams.

Despite those upside down traits, the tale of this quirky family has enjoyed amazing success, first as a TV show beginning in 1964, as a Hollywood feature film starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd in 1991 and later as a Broadway smash musical in 2010.

The next stop for The Addams Family is Mill Valley’s Throckmorton Theatre, whose Throckmorton Youth Performers’ production of the musical kicks off Oct. 26 and runs through Nov. 4. The play shows that the family still has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by any other family, including the reality that the Addams kids are growing up.

Directed by Lily Jackson with musical direction from Carl Pantle and choreography from Zoe Swenson-Graham, Throckmorton officials describe the storyline as  “every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart “normal” (eek!) boy from a respectable family. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents’”

“This Broadway smash-hit tells an uplifting story about how to accept and delight in the uniqueness of others and stay true to yourself,” Jackson says.

The 411: The Throckmorton Theatre‘s production of The Addams Family runs form Oct. 26 through Nov. 4. MORE INFO & TIX.

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