Sunday, December 28, 2014

Theatre

Frighteningly Funny

Smith directs CSOPA actors in The Addams Family Jan 14-25

Released by Andrew Smith, CSOPA

 

he creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky Addams Family takes to the stage in an all-new story, based on the bizarre and beloved characters created by Charles Addams.

 

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it's 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. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother.

 

Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.

 

Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents.


The Addams Family opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway in April 2010, where it grossed over $62 million before closing on New Years Eve 2011, after 757 performances.

 

It starred Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as Gomez and Morticia Addams, and was based on the original cartoons created by Charles Addams. In a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Addams created several thousand cartoons, sketches and drawings, many of which were published in The New Yorker.

 

But it was his creation of characters that came to be known as The Addams Family that brought Addams his greatest acclaim. With a unique style that combined the twisted, macabre and just plain weird with charm, wit and enchantment, Addams’ drawings have entertained millions worldwide and served as the inspiration for multiple television series and motion pictures.

 

Gomez Addams will be played by CSOPA veteran Caylen Braun, wife Morticia by Hannah deNevers, daughter Wednesday by Kessia Warren (understudied by Kirsten MacDonald), son Pugsley by Adrienne Reitsma, and Grandma by Raven Regino & newcomer Katie Schram. Lurch to be played by Mark Wiens, and Uncle Fester by Mitchell Courtemanche.

 

First-time CSOPA student Blake Pyne will portray Wednesday’s love interest, Lucas, while Jonathan Woyke and Meghan Mindel will play his parents, Mal and Alice Beineke.

 

The chorus of Addams Ancestors will be played by Maxwell Glover, Josh Robinson, Conrad Loeppky, Cooper Loeppky, Yiorgos Sahamis, Ian Lees, Amber Wilber, Hailey Hanson, Melynda Barson, Brooke Carter, Shareena Malhi, Rachael Olivares, Olivia Moniz, Hailey Bate, Omaya Hammoud and Kirsten MacDonald.


Andrew Smith is the director, Lisa Zimmer the vocal director, Trischa Buhler the orchestra director, and Shelley Wojcik is the choreographer. Set by Carolyn Rapanos, costumes by Heather Westergard, makeup by Nicole Friesen, lights by Jamea Lister and Stage Management by Lisa Braun.


The Addams Family previews on January 14 & 15, 2015, opens on Friday January 16 and runs until Sunday, January 25. 7:30pm with evening performances on January 16, 17, 22, 23, 24.

 

2:00 p.m. Matinée performances on January 17, 18, 24, 25.

 

Adults $20, Students & Seniors $15.

All seats $9.75 on January 14, 15 (evening), 17 (matinée).

 

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Cultural Centre box office at 604-391-SHOW (7469).

 

For more information, visit Chilliwack School of Performing Arts.

 

 

 

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