With all the violence and social unrest of the 1960s, the American public seemed to crave escape in several television sitcoms — through fantasy as well as bizarre takes on history. One of them was ABC’s popular creation The Addams Family (1964-1966) comprising a nuclear family of monsters and eccentrics.
The Addams Family is not your typical family: it takes delight in most of the things of which normal people would be terrified. Gomez Addams is an extremely wealthy man, and is able to indulge his wife Morticia's every desire, whether it's cultivation of poisonous plants, or a candlelit dinner in a graveyard? People visiting the Addams Family just don't seem to appreciate the 7-foot-tall butler named Lurch? Or the helping hand (which is just a disembodied hand named Thing)?
Coming on March 16th ,17th , and 18th The John Glenn Theater Company will perform “The Addams Family” under the direction of Rich Snyder! The show will be the result of student actors, set builders, stage managers, and costume designers! The many talented students at John Glenn High School are celebrated for their legacy of stage productions at the auditorium on John Glenn Dr. It will be interesting to see the kids perform characters like Morticia Addams, Wednesday Addams, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, and Pugsley! It will be a show that Gomez Addams won’t want you to miss?
This great piece is by Qaiden Redmond. - Photo By John Glenn Theater Company
Here is some Trivia you may not have known? Only for Addams Family fans:
As Gomez would often place his lit cigars into his pocket, the prop department had lined the pockets of John Astin's jackets with asbestos.
The train-crash sequence, in which the model trains collide and explode, was shot once, and that footage was used every time Gomez wrecked model trains.
The interior of the Addams house was inspired by the real-life Manhattan apartment ofCharles Addams, which contained suits of armor, an antique crossbow collection, and other oddities.
Gomez and Morticia Addams were the first married couple on American TV implied to have a sex life.
Lurch got fan mail from teenage girls who insisted that he was cuter than The Beatles.
Jackie Coogan was originally rejected as Uncle Fester. He went home, shaved his head, and did his own Fester makeup and costume. This won him the part.
Thing was usually a right hand. Ted Cassidy (Lurch) occasionally used his left hand just to see if anybody would notice. Thing also had an arm, which was seen when it reached outside for something while in its box.
Filmways didn't want to pay singers to record the theme song, so composer Vic Mizzytriple overdubbed his own voice to simulate a trio.
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