‘The Ad­dams Fam­ily’ mu­si­cal comes to ALA

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Elaine Hansen

It has taken more than two years to ob­tain the much-sought-af­ter li­cense to pro­duce “The Ad­dams Fam­ily” on the high school stage. It has fi­nally been done and it is com­ing to Amer­i­can Lead­er­ship Academy Oct. 21 through 29 un­der the di­rec­tion of Elaine Hansen and Larry Black­burn. Tick­ets are $8 for adults and $6 for chil­dren. They can be pur­chased by calling 801-794-2226 ext. 4. Amer­i­can Lead­er­ship Academy is lo­cated at 898 W. 1100 South in Span­ish Fork.

“The Ad­dams Fam­ily” is an adap­ta­tion of the quirky char­ac­ters from the comic strip by Charles Ad­dams and later the tele­vi­sion se­ries from the ‘60s. Now An­drew Lippa (com­poser and lyri­cist of “You’re a Good Man Char­lie Brown”) has out­done him­self with very dance­able and tra­di­tional Broad­way-style mu­sic and lyrics for the funny and love­able fam­ily of Gomez Ad­dams.

It’s the per­fect Hal­loween treat for all. They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mys­te­ri­ous and spooky!

As the cur­tain rises, the Ad­dams fam­ily is cel­e­brat­ing a rit­ual for their dead an­ces­tors who emerge from their graves. Un­cle Fes­ter en­lists their help to deal with Wed­nes­day Ad­dams who is now a grown up wo­man in love. What’s more, the boyfriend and his par­ents are com­ing to din­ner to meet the fam­ily. Two dif­fer­ent worlds are about to col­lide!

The ALA ver­sion of the mu­si­cal fea­tures more than 90 stu­dents as cast and techies.

Re­cently nom­i­nated in Los An­ge­les for the World Chore­og­ra­phy Awards, our chore­og­ra­pher Ja­son Ce­laya has cre­ated amaz­ing dances through­out the show. Cos­tumes have once again been pro­duced by Sherry McKel­lar and vol­un­teer seam­stresses. As­sis­tance di­rec­tion has been pro­vided by Kelly Carter, a par­ent with a long per­sonal his­tory in mu­si­cal theater.

Larry Black­burn has worked tire­lessly, as have Elaine Hansen and as­sis­tant direc­tor Kelly Carter, to a make sure the stag­ing, props, mu­sic and sound and light­ing will be to the high­est standard.

High­lights to watch for in­clude: Lurch (el­e­vated), Moon Dancers and the clever work of Rick Joseph­son with Cousin It and Thing and Fluffy the Al­li­ga­tor who lives in the moat. If you are ad­verse to ceme­ter­ies, pet rats, chess, and games of Full Dis­clo­sure, then this is not a mu­si­cal to see. But if you like cross­bows, mon­sters un­der the bed, po­tions made in the at­tic and yel­low and black cloth­ing, you will love this show and “die” laugh­ing.

Amer­i­can Lead­er­ship Academy in Span­ish Fork will present the mu­si­cal “The Ad­dams Fam­ily” Oct. 21 through 29.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.