The Addams Family Musical

The Addams Family

The Addams Family

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Come and delight in the kooky and spooky performance at the Betty Long Unruh Theatre with the Addams family! This musical will showcase some of your favorite characters that you have come to know and love if you have seen the classic 1991 film, The Addams Family, Addams Family Values (1993), or the short lived tv series from 1964-1966. This musical includes comedy, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.

 

A short synopsis: “The Addams family, led by Morticia and her ever-devoted husband Gomez, is in turmoil. Their daughter Wednesday, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet and smart young man from a respectable family—a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family of endearing misfits. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.”   

For this particular event, ticket pricing is thirteen dollars for adults, six dollars for children who are ten years or younger, and there is a group discount of eleven dollars if there are ten people or more in the group.

 

UACT itself has put on many famous plays throughout the years that it has existed (their 39th season as an organization and their 30th season at the Betty Long Unruh Theatre). For example, Shrek The Musical was done in August of last year, along with Kitchen Witches and It’s A Wonderful Life.

 

Coming up, the theater is putting on The Little Mermaid, Charlotte’s Web, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare… Abridged.

 

More information can be found on the UACT website.

 

Review

I went to see this play on Saturday, February 10, 2018, and let me tell you something; it was fantastic! The two and a half hour play with a fifteen minute intermission was not nearly long enough, as I was laughing hysterically the whole time. I delighted in the quirky characters, and got an unexpected surprise myself: I was moved emotionally. Intrigue at the beginning, sadness at the end, and a whole lot of happiness throughout the entirety of the performance. The actors fit so well into their respective roles, the resemblance was uncanny.

As an on again, off again actress myself, I felt that community-like sense while watching the performance, as well as interviewing some of the cast members. This play has inspired me to get on stage again and find that same community in my own circle of actors.

Out of a five star rating, I would give this play a 4.75.

Please definitelty go see it. I would go every day until February 25, but alas… I do not have enough money for that!

 

The Interviews

All of the actors that I interviewed prior to watching the play on Saturday were very friendly, even as a young journalist (also 16 years-old), I was—surprisingly for myself—not intimidated by anyone. They seemed to get along very well, and they all described one another as a family, a community. Wonderful people. They laughed along with one another backstage. I interviewed four cast members, playing the roles of Morticia (played by melissa Reed) , Uncle Fester (played by David “Bo” Bove), and two of the Addams Family ancestors (Matt Ferguson and Aria Mathison).

The tally came down to a majority vote of the grandmother, played by Marnie Allbritten, having the best costume of the show—and I agree!

Someone who was most like their character goes to Doug Weaver. Reed said, “He’s sort of a lumberjack… but he doesn’t look dead.”

On the opposite end, someone who was least like their character was Melissa Reed herself, as she said that as Morticia is a very dark person who hates Disney land, she on the other hand adores the magical place. She also said that the last night of performance will be the most nerve-wracking one for her, because she will try hard not to break character even though she will be sad because the play will be over.

David Bove is somewhat new to Oregon, and when he moved here a couple years ago he watched UACT produce Shrek The Musical From then on, he knew he wanted to be in a play of UACT’s and find a role that he was best suited for, which is what he found in his role in It’s a Wonderful Life and as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family Musical. What he found most difficult in rehearsals was some of the lines for songs that he had to memorize, because they are highly illogical—and I can attest to this—such as, “Was Napoleon right for Josephine? Was nausea right for Dramamine? Were the 80’s right for the drum machine. Who’s to say?”

All in all, the play was amazing, hilarious, and most of all… full of Addams Family Values. 

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