Addams Family, The Musical opened at Amity this week and so far, audiences are loving it – at least from comments posted on Facebook and what I observed last night.
Just about everyone was talking about the most lovable character, “Uncle Fester” played by Sophomore Martin Gnidula.
“I can’t believe he’s just a sophomore,” one man said.
“That means he’ll be around for two more years,” someone responded.
“I think this is his first play,” said another as she flipped through the program book.
Lilli Querker, “Pugsley” also got some attention, not only for her voice and performance, but one young girl turned to her mom and said, “I KNEW he was a girl!”
Out in the lobby, a man said, “I can’t imagine what they look like without their stage makeup.”
I wanted to say, go to Orange Live, they did a feature with side by side photos of the lead actors. But I didn’t.
During the show, there were audible gasps when Emily Kilian, “Wednesday” sang. “Wow, she’s so good!”
Ben Kemp, “Lurch” got a lot of laughs with his low growls, moans – whatever you want to call them. He must have practiced endlessly, because, if you watched Orange Live’s meet the Addams Family video, you’ll notice that his speaking voice is not terribly low.
Harrison Paek “Gomez” and Ali Ashworth “Morticia” received equal raves for their performances. Paek being compared to Raul Julia and Ashworth to Angelica Houston.
And Maren Westgard’s “Grammama” was so weird and much more popular with this audience than the television character ever was with all of us baby boomers back in the day.
The conversations were all over the place as we exited the theater.
“So, the boyfriend was the director’s son?”
“Ya, he was the little kid in Tarzan, too, remember?”
Even the lighting left people in awe. “Did the students do the lighting too?”
“Some older guy does it every year and the kids work with him I think.”
“Well, it was amazing. They did a great job.”
“They always do. It’s like Broadway.”
Orange Live will have MORE on this play and audience reaction next week.