Creepy, kooky and spooky

The­atre Cam­brian to stage The Ad­dams Fam­ily start­ing Nov. 15

The Sudbury Star - - ENTERTAINMENT - LAURA STRADIOTTO sud.ed­i­to­rial@sun­media.ca

They’re creepy and their kooky, mys­te­ri­ous and spooky. The Ad­dams Fam­ily takes the stage at The­atre Cam­brian Nov. 15 to 24 and judg­ing by ad­vance ticket sales, peo­ple are ex­cited to come see ‘em.

The mu­si­cal based on the ghoul­ish fam­ily cre­ated by Charles Ad­dams tells the story of Wed­nes­day Add ams (played by Brooke Pal­ladino), who is all grown up and in love with a boy from a re­spectable fam­ily. She con­fides in her fa­ther Gomez (played by Jeff MacNeil) and begs him not to tell her mother Mor­ti­cia (played by Star­lotte Dre­sen). Gomez must keep the se­cret from Mor­ti­cia, but that changes when the boyfriend’s fam­ily is in­vited over for din­ner.

All the same kooky char­ac­ters from the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion se­ries are in the play in­clud­ing the fam­ily of four, but au­di­ence mem­bers can count on Un­cle Fes­ter, Cousin It and even Thing for a spe­cial ap­pear­ance.

Ad­vance ticket sales are go­ing well, with 45 per cent sold by mid this week, said Shawn Bai­ley, the show’s di­rec­tor and the the­atre com­pany’s busi­ness devel­op­ment and of­fice man­ager.

“With our new di­rec­tion, we want to be able to fo­cus on get­ting the largest re­sponse; not just ca­ter­ing to the­atre peo­ple. We took a look at which shows were avail­able and we saw Ad­dams Fam­ily. I was very mo­ti­vated by that be­cause I know how much I love the Ad­dams Fam­ily. We felt Sud­bury would sup­port it, es­pe­cially be­cause it has never been done here be­fore. We are try­ing to se­lect ti­tles that are more rel­e­vant to the com­mu­nity at large. We don’t just want to sell the­atre tick­ets to the­atre peo­ple, we want to sell to ev­ery­one.”

With an eye on fam­i­lies, the the­atre com­pany has found a niche. “We are a com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion and there are a lot of com­mu­nity mem­bers in­volved,” said Bai­ley. “We want to be able to give youth an op­por­tu­nity, as well as adults.”

The sup­port has come from fam­i­lies on and off the stage, with fam­i­lies at­tend­ing and per­form­ing in pro­duc­tions to­gether. “It’s a whole fam­ily af­fair,” laughed Bai­ley.

There are a good num­ber of new cast mem­bers, he said, along with vet­eran per­form­ers. By vet­eran, Bai­ley means youth who have grown up on The­atre Cam­brian’s stage, en­rolled in its pro­gram­ming and now take on lead­ing roles. Si­mon Landry, 14 for ex­am­ple, has been in al­most ev­ery pro­duc­tion over the past year and this time round plays Wed­nes­day’s love in­ter­est.

“The amount of growth he’s shown is great,” said Bai­ley. “He’s also a writer in our No Snows For Christ­mas show. He’s writ­ten two orig­i­nal songs, cre­ated mash ups and writ­ten har­monies.”

While Bai­ley ad­mits it’s no se­cret the the­atre com­pany has gone through fi­nan­cial hard­ships this past year, there ap­pears to be a “re­nais­sance right now, a re­birth” in terms of sup­port for the com­pany and long-term vi­sion. There is a con­di­tional of­fer on the com­pany’s space, a for­mer church on Eyre Street. The sale of the build­ing would help The­atre Cam­brian make a crit­i­cal step for­ward, said Bai­ley.

“It’s been a bit of tran­si­tion, but we are in pretty good shape now. We’re not still out of the dark, but we are mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant progress.”

The com­pany has re­cruited new mem­bers, but is also see for­mer mem­bers re­turn. “I think it’s be­cause we are do­ing the right things,” said Bai­ley. “We are fo­cus­ing on fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity, we’re fo­cused on pick­ing the right shows, not just the shows peo­ple want to see, but what we can pull off within

our means and do re­ally well.

“By try­ing to min­i­mize our ex­pen­di­tures and max­i­mize our po­ten­tial for rev­enue, it’s cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for us to be­come more sus­tain­able. It’s cre­at­ing new part­ner­ships within the com­mu­nity and mak­ing ev­ery­one who comes through our doors — mem­ber, vol­un­teer or pa­tron — feel spe­cial and make them feel part of the fam­ily.”

KELLY RO­BITAILLE/FOR THE SUD­BURY STAR

The ghoul­ish Ad­dams Fam­ily take the stage for The­atre Cam­brian’s next pro­duc­tion. Pic­tured are Jeff Mc­Neil (Gomez Ad­dams), Star­lotte Dre­sen (Mor­ti­cia Ad­dams), Brooke Pal­ladino (Wed­nes­day Ad­dams) and Ri­ley Schafer (Pugs­ley Ad­dams).

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