Review: Macabre comedy meets spring romance
Normally when Wednesday Addams is heading for the altar, it's to perform some unspeakable torture on her willing brother Pugsley. This time, however, she's in love with a boy.
"The Addams Family," a new musical performed this weekend by a cast of Red Wing High School students, offers a hilarious take on the typical meet-the-parents marriage plot.
When the seemingly normal Beineke family gets pulled through the ringer of Gomez and Morticia Addams' sexy macabre world, they barely make it out alive. So their children, Lucas Beineke (Hunter Whitmore) and Wednesday (Jessica Scheerer), have to confront their different worlds and decide if being in love is still enough to bind them for all eternity.
Supported by the soaring vocals of the Addams Family ancestors chorus and the rousing backbone of the high school pit band, the RWHS spring musical makes an entertaining case for the marital values of passion and honesty that make "from death do us part" really worthwhile.
Fun numbers like "Trapped" voiced by Gomez (Mathias Grove) and "Let's Not Talk About Anything Else But Love" voiced by Uncle Fester (Mikayla Sanford) punctuate the plotline.
The lead cast is full of strong vocalists who dazzle in the show's large variety of solo numbers. Favorites include "Waiting" voiced by Alice Beineke (Cayanne Korder), "What If" voiced by Pugsley (Josie Brickey) and "Pulled" voiced by Wednesday.
Graham Wheeler-Nelson is pitch-perfect as Lurch, who brings silent physical comedy to the stage as the Addams' attentive zombie butler. Grandma (Makenna Doig) is silly and self-aware. Morticia (Hannah Coyle) is flowing and stately, a perfect contrast to Alice Beineke, who is unnervingly bubbly. Gomez is entertaining as both swordsman and statesman, he works up a sweat to keep everything civil, and Grove's portrayal of him is a perfect contrast to Marshall Laidlaw as Mal Beineke, who is dry and the very definition of buttoned-up.
With "The Addams Family," director Sean Dowse and his cast of RWHS students offer something unique, refreshing and laugh-out-loud funny. Find it on stage at the Sheldon Theatre this weekend, May 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 13 at 3 p.m. $13 for youth and $20 for adults.