June 25 – July 31, 2016
During the Independence Day weekend we will only have ONE performance, on Friday, July 1st.
The Addams Family features an original story which is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family, a man her parents have never met. Wednesday confides only in her father, Gomez, and he must do something he’s never done before ~ keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia! However, everything will change on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa; based on characters created by Charles Addams.
Speaking of the casting, you won’t be able to resist the off-beat charm of Gomez Addams, played by Aric Martin for all the Latin lover laughs you could ever imagine. Amy Coles is his perfect partner as Morticia, flashing her sexiness and hot temper with just a look every chance she gets. The two lead the entire cast of excellent performers both musically and in creatively staged choreography that will grab your attention and never let go.
Supporting cast members of note include Annie Claire Hudson as the boundary-challenging Wednesday, Nicholas Vizzi as her emotionally-challenged brother Pugsley who commands the stage while singing “Pulled” with his sister and “What If” as a solo, and Scott Senior as Lucas who is out to prove he is “Crazier Than You,” securing a life-long place in Wednesday’s heart.
Matthew Artson is the perfect Lurch, towering over the rest of the cast and getting his message across without uttering a word. Paul C. Luoma is almost unrecognizable as bald Uncle Fester who commands the stage by interacting with audience while narrating the action at several points. His comical moves are sure to please this kids, while his wonderful love song “The Moon and Me,” sung on top of a ladder moved around the stage by female ensemble members twirling parasols, will appeal to the romantic soul in all of us. Playing against type, Carly Linehan transforms herself physically into elderly Grandma Addams, although neither Gomez nor Morticia remember just whose family she really belongs to after visiting for a few days and staying for years. Linehan is utterly enchanting as the quirky old lady who maintains a morbid apothecary cart, soon to bring outrageousness to the planned dinner party due to Pugsley “borrowing” a potion guaranteed to bring out “the darkness” in anyone who drinks it.
That scene brings out the best comedic and sexy singing skills of lovely Alicia Reynolds as Lucas’ mother Alice Beineke who speaks in rhymes and dresses in bright yellow, as opposed to the rest of the cast in shades of black, white and gray thanks to the macabre costumes from Theatre Company, Inc. Poor Alice has no idea what is really going on with the Addams family until she mistakenly drinks Grandma’s potion and embraces her dark side. Handsome Spencer Johnson as her unsuspecting husband Mal has no idea what has happened to his wife until their heart-to-heart talk leads him into remembering the way he wooed her as a young man wearing a Grateful Dead tee shirt and headband while playing the guitar. I wish that image would have been played out at some point during the show as no doubt Johnson would rock it!
The entire gray-faced and dressed as dead ancestors ensemble is a vital part of this show, from their surreal additions to each scene as statues in the Addams home, dead ancestors rising in the graveyard, stagehands constantly assisting in the changing of sets and set pieces, to incredible dancers in creatively staged choreography for each musical number in which they appear. Kudos to each and every one of you for making this musical such a lively and entertaining piece of theatre history.