In addition to working with the kids, one of the other fun things I get to do as director of the show is figure out what the look and feel is going to be for our particular production.
I spend a lot of time diving down internet rabbit holes looking at shows by other theatre companies, interior design blogs, pinterest boards, etc. For The Addams Family, my notebook is filled with photos and sketches ranging from the splendor of Victorian Queen Anne's to grungy gothic cathedrals.
Inspiration recently came from images of Westminster Cemetery posted to Main Line Memories, a Facebook group dedicated to historical sites in Lower Merion. This may become the basis for the facade of the Addams' mansion.
Not literally -- just the structural basis. The building itself is overgrown and rundown. The Addams family is odd. Yes. Creepy and spooky. Yes. But they're from old money, with a mansion in the middle of Central Park (according to the script). Even in the original TV show their house was described as "a museum." I don't think there are cobwebs and crumbling stone walls. Instead, in my mind, there's art and old books and brocade and tapestries and heavy wooden furniture. Everything is genteel and refined, with a darkly elegant color palette.
I think the Addams and their home exude an air of what I'm calling posh goth. That's the vibe our show will be striving for.