It was a dark and stormy night. The sun had long given up trying to break through the thick clouds that hung over Denton, leaving the townsfolk to fight through the downpour on their own. How appropriate, I thought to myself. I was braving the storm only to enter into totally different type of darkness, full of torture, ghosts, romance, and music. I was on my way to see The Addams Family.

The Addams Family MTD by Vicki Kirkley (15) Photo by Vicki Kirkley

I was soaked by the time I reached the Campus Theatre. I dashed in through the green room door, my husband, Jon, and two friends, Angelica and Erika, close behind me. The ambiance was already settled into my mind. I had no idea how much more appropriately themed the night would get.

The theatre slowly filled with others who had decided to audaciously defy the tempest outside. People I had known for years greeted me like we were at a family holiday. People I had only known for months did the same. I had expected to see the darkness and gloom highlighted when I saw this show. I hadn’t expected the sense of family to be so driven home by others watching the show with us.

The lobby of the theatre was fantastically decorated. Portraits that aged before your eyes into a wasted skeleton peered out at passersby, specters emerged from the wall, and a bat hung in a birdcage draped with black cloth.

The Addams Family MTD by Vicki Kirkley (26) Photo by Vicki Kirkley

Then the curtain parted and I no longer saw those I know and love. Instead, I saw the Addams Family silhouetted against a backdrop of dilapidated graves and skeletal trees. The music swept the audience away into the funereal gloom of a family that loves each other deeply, and the gradual understanding of outsiders to their “fancy New York lifestyle.”

Who better to embrace and tell the story of the Addams than a group of actors who all have passions for something a little odd and out of the ordinary, but who are some of the most welcoming, loving, and devoted friends you will ever meet?

The Addams Family MTD by Kristy Vivian (44) Photo by Kristy Vivian

The Addams Family is a completely sold out show from Music Theatre of Denton at the Campus Theatre located at 214 W. Hickory St. If you are interested in getting on a waiting list, please visit the box office an hour before the show begins. If any tickets are returned, they will begin reselling the tickets on a first come, first serve basis.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Addams Family, to those I have known for so long, and to those I haven’t met before, on the opening of such a dismally spectacular production.

(Featured image from Kristy Vivian)