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The Addams Family, Review by Michelle Sandoval

| Entertainment | October 12, 2017

America’s spookiest family is calling Santa Clarita home this October as the Canyon Theatre Guild presents “The Addams Family,” putting us all in the Halloween spirit. With a very talented cast and crew to bring the creepy characters to life, this show is great for everyone — young and old. And with the importance of “Family” embedded in the roots of the play, there is no better reason to gather up your kooky clan and make it over to the theatre for a night of undead fun!

“The Addams Family” is a musical comedy straight from Broadway with lyrics and music by Andrew Lippa and the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The show is based upon characters created by Charles Addams. Directed by Ingrid Boydston and assisted by Musette Caing, the two have accomplished something phenomenal. Shedding the constraints of a small hometown playhouse, they bring us a Broadway quality show with a cast full of rising stars. Everything is top-notch, from the choreography, courtesy of Annette Sintia Duran, to virtually flawless vocal performances under the direction of Virginia Stewart Britton. Together they present us with a magically macabre show that will make you fall in love with this crazy family all over again.

The story centers around Wednesday Addams, who is not a little girl anymore. In fact, she plans on getting married to a guy who comes from a “normal” family. The audience gets a firsthand look at the awkward dinner party where both the bride and groom will unite their families for the first time. The outcome is not what anyone would expect, and questions whether or not true love can conquer all.

I cannot say enough about the cast. Everyone on stage not only embodied the spirit of their creepy characters, but did so with a passion that filled every inch of the theatre. Skylar Cutchall shines as Wednesday, giving us a young woman filled with romantic angst, being thrown in the middle of two different worlds as she struggles to find her place in both. Her love, Lucas Beineke, is played by Colin Robert, who comes off as a sincere “nice guy,” who finds he might just have to dig a bit into his dark side to win the girl. The two have great chemistry on stage and you are rooting for their happy ending from the very beginning,

At the heart of the family are Gomez and Morticia Addams, a couple whose every word drips with passion for each other. Played by Brandon McCravy and Savannah Marie, the two give us a pair whose love can literally wake the dead. McCravy is great as a husband and father who is torn between the two women he loves. His performance is hilarious and anything but kooky. The star of the show has to be Marie, who gives us an outstanding Morticia at her deadly best. She commands the stage from the second she steps onto it to the moment she leaves. Everything about her performance, from her flawless vocals to her complete embodiment of the macabre mother, is pure magic. Marie accomplishes something Morticia is very well known for — she will leave you completely bewitched.

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Everyone in the cast is simply great, with stellar performances from Jennifer Teague as Alice Beineke, a mother who discovers she has a bit of wild side hidden inside; and Jane Arnett as Grandma Addams, who manages to push the envelope to the extreme. Young star Brandon Loprete is great as Pugsley, complete with a sinister scream that had the audience in stitches.

While you and your family are carving pumpkins in the weeks to come, also carve out some time to spend an evening with the Addams Family. You’ll laugh, you’ll grimace, you’ll look away in horror, but overall you will have an absolute blast. The show is playing until October 28, so grab your tickets and get ready for a spooky ride with a family that is bound to be crazier than yours.

“The Addams Family” is playing at the Canyon Theatre Guild on Main Street in Newhall. For information or tickets call 661-799-2702.

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