Dos Pueblos Theatre Company will present The Addams Family on April 7, 8, 21, 22 at 7:00 pm and April 8 and 22 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students, children, and seniors (65+). Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.dptheatrecompany.org (A small service fee is applicable for all online orders) or at the Box Office Monday-Friday 3:00pm-5:00pm. For more information, call (805) 968-2541, ext. 4670.
The Addams Family Musical (at Dos Pueblos High School) is the perfect tonic for a nation divided by political, ideological and moral issues. People from both parties have difficulties understanding the opposing party’s point of view. It’s as if the “other side” were from Mars, or in the case of this play, “the Swing State of Ohio.” Like Kaufman and Hart’s You Can’t Take It With You, this play revolves around the clashing of two very different worlds with radically different worldviews: The Addams’ and the Beineke’s. Although at first they couldn’t be more different, both families come together when they find common ground. Of course, like many musicals, “love conquers all,” but in this case the Addams Family’s dead ancestors literally can’t return to their graves until they help the two young lovers get together.
In addition to the humor that comes from the clash of two worlds (a classic Addams Family device), one of the many things that make this play so funny (and topical) are all the modern day references (including one about Charlie Sheen). According to Director Clark Sayre, “there are lots of winks and nods to the audience in this one.” In fact characters regularly break the fourth wall to comment to the audience. But perhaps the Addams Family’s greatest gift to us all is their ability to defy and embrace the darkness of death – our most primal fears approached with lightness, wit and sarcasm. In fact one song “Death Is Just Around The Corner” deals with this impending gloom through a rousing show stopping Broadway chorus number.
As foil to the morbid and wacky Addams Family, the Beineke’s seem pretty normal except for mom’s (Nicole Trujillo’s) inexplicable habit of speaking in rhyme. Casting these roles also breaks stereotypes with Lucas Beineke (Nolan Montgomery) being much taller than his father Mal Beineke (Cooper Jasiorkowski.) Much of the same production team from Broadway World Award Winners Mary Poppins and Legally Blonde return for this production: Director Clark Sayre, Musical Director John Douglas, Choreographer Gioia Marchese, Set Designer Scott Aranow and Lighting Designer Leigh Allen. Joining the team are Technical Director/Producer Noel Greer, and Vocal Director Courtney Anderson.