Creepy, kooky and spooky
Theatre Cambrian to stage The Addams Family starting Nov. 15
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.”
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).