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A kooky and spooky ‘Addams Household Musical’ from Good Shepherd Gamers


Good Shepherd Gamers’ manufacturing of The Addams Household Musical is an excellent mix of kooky, spooky, and altogether ooky. The Addams Household Musical relies on the unique cartoons by Charles Addams with nods to the tv present of the Nineteen Sixties and movies of the Nineties. With its music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and e book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, it is without doubt one of the hottest musicals to provide because of the numerous roles for quite a lot of ages and vocal ranges. Though the musical is family-friendly, most of the references and quick-witted remarks will elicit extra chuckles from older viewers members.

Cecilia Laird as Pugsley and Christine Maxted as Morticia in ‘The Addams Household Musical.’ Photograph by Linda Bilotti.

The musical takes place over one “regular” night time as Wednesday (Maggie Lees) and her love curiosity Lucas (Danny DeVara) need their dad and mom to satisfy earlier than they get married. Chaos ensues as two seemingly reverse households discover they’ve extra in frequent than they thought. Greg LaNave as Gomez is a doting father and devoted husband — sadly, these two roles are at odds as one of many central conflicts of the present. LaNave as Gomez was energetic and foolish, with puns and one-liners on the verge of changing into full-blown dad jokes. My favourite was, “What I lack in depth I make up for in shallowness.”

Daniel DeVara as Lucas Beineke and Maggie Lees as Wednesday in ‘The Addams Household Musical.’ Photograph by Linda Bilotti.

Christine Maxted as Morticia was an ideal foil, gliding throughout the stage in a signature tight black costume and seductive tone. The place Gomez is empathetic and works to make his household completely satisfied, Morticia is uncompromising, with a cussed expectation of whole obedience. Her wealthy vocals are particularly showcased in “Secrets and techniques” and “Dying Is Simply Across the Nook.” Gomez and Morticia later reconcile and dance a dramatic tango, choreographed by Carol Jean Clark, that could be a nice nod to the 1993 movie Addams Household Values.

Maggie Lees as Wednesday is a vibrant and unbiased younger lady who’s confused as she goes by means of the unusual adjustments brought on by love. Lees showcases her highly effective voice in “Pulled in a New Path” and “Crazier Than You” reverse the charming Daniel DeVara enjoying Lucas Beineke. DeVara’s vocal efficiency and nice character appearing make it clear why Wednesday has fallen for him — he’s doting and caring like Gomez, with a spark for the darkish.

The Beineke Household is a seemingly typical regular midwestern household — full with conventional patriarchal roles and repressed wishes.  Dad and mom Mal and Alice Beineke,  performed by James Maxted and Margaret McGarry respectively, are polar opposites to Gomez and Morticia.  James Maxted and Margaret McGarry are each robust vocalists, and McGarry is ready to actually let her hair down (actually) throughout “Full Disclosure” as she tells a darkish story — too darkish even for Gomez!

Standout performances embody Cecilia Laird as Pugsley. Her robust vocals and mischievous facial expressions have been on full show throughout the comedic ballad “What If.” The intelligent and sadistic lyrics are made even funnier when heard by means of Laird’s stunning vocal tone. Chris Dockins as Fester nailed the chaotic good character, with fantastic comedic and musical moments all through the present, particularly in “The Moon and Me.” He was joined by a choir of Moon Kids donning paper parasols to behave because the night time sky — it was a easy and transferring visible for the star-crossed lovers.

The ancestor ensemble has loads of character whereas nonetheless appearing as a single core of supporting apparitions. Their costumes are distinctive however share an analogous coloration palette so they’re straightforward to differentiate the lifeless from the residing — and undecided.

Chris Dockins as Fester with ancestor ensemble in ‘The Addams Household Musical.’ Photograph by Linda Bilotti.

The Addams Household Musical has a deceptively difficult rating with a variety of musical kinds and thoroughly timed comedic moments. The stellar musicians dealt with these challenges below the succesful fingers of Music Director Colin Taylor. It’s additionally value noting that the stability of a reside orchestra and actors carrying mics may be difficult for a lot of theaters — Good Shepherd Gamers created a manufacturing the place each contributor could possibly be seen and/or heard. Kudos to Tech Administrators Bob Corridor and Chris Grey, in addition to Will Gotten, John Przybylski, Paula Palmore, and the remainder of the technical group.

Director Nancy Lavalle, Producer Steve McBride, and Stage Supervisor Ben Marple have led their forged and crew to “transfer towards the darkness and love” — and audiences are positive to like it, too.

Operating Time: Two hours half-hour, together with intermission.

The Addams Household Musical performs by means of October 30, 2022, offered by Good Shepherd Gamers acting at Church of the Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Highway, Burke, VA. Buy tickets ($10 for kids, $20 for adults) on-line.

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