Addams Family debut

Cast applauded for a successful rendition of the musical

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Addams Family debut

Fester performs a solo while surrounded by ensemble

Fester performs a solo while surrounded by ensemble

Stuart Rodgers

Fester performs a solo while surrounded by ensemble

Stuart Rodgers

Stuart Rodgers

Fester performs a solo while surrounded by ensemble

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One normal night… Who wouldn’t want that? “The Addams Family,” a clan-like group of ghoulish individuals want to be far from it.

Wednesday Addams, played by Cammi Avery and Izzy Vratimos on Friday and Sunday, began the show by confessing her love for a boy named Lucas in front of her extended family.

She shared the big news with her father, Gomez Addams played by James Owen and Riley Oh, begging him not to bring it up to her mother, Morticia Addams, played by Emily Colitte and Jordyn Pritsker, in fear of her objection.

Gomez Addams’ growing guilt for keeping this information from his wife created the majority of the central conflict. After all, what normal family keeps secrets?

But beneath this recurring motif of secrets and their consequences lay a message about unconditional love.

Overall, each of the elements of the show complemented each other well. The musical demonstrated a balanced mix of compelling singing and dialogue accompanied by dramatic music.

The orchestra provided an emotional foundation to the show, blending the creepy vibe of the set with the uplifting messages of the plot. The set design perfectly captured the dark, morose style of the family, nicely juxtaposing the sweet and sentimental messages around which the play revolved around.

The ensemble ancestors’ performances were classy and elegant, clad in white, worn, old-fashioned outfits that contributed a timeless addition. They served as a stark contrast to the mood of the Addams family.

Despite Gomez’s repeated attempts to tip toe the line between betraying his wife and divulging the secrets of his daughter, Morticia ultimately found out the truth when Wednesday invited Lucas’s family for dinner.

The two vastly different families played a game where each person drinks truth serum and the truth about the engagement is revealed.

Meanwhile, Pugsley Addams, played by Rebecca Smith and Lucy McDowell, stole a potion that would make Wednesday fall out of love, fearing he would never see his sister after she gets married.

Instead, the potion found its way into Lucas’ mother’s, Alice Beineke, played by Abby Merrill and Kylie Boyd, who fell out of love with her husband, then fell back in love at the end of the performance after they discussed the problems with their marriage.

The musical’s resounding message, no secrets and family first, was relatable. Fortunately, all of the conflicts were resolved by the curtain call and the audience was left with a satisfying sense of closure.

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