By: Judy Shields
Upland, California (The Hollywood Times) 10/29/16 – “It’s one funny and entertaining show that the whole family will enjoy. The cast has just outdone themselves, so please come on out and see this entertaining play” Kristopher Kyer, Director of the play told The Hollywood Times last night.
The Hollywood Times has been covering many plays at this “diamond in the rough” playhouse for about two years and every play has been entertaining, but last night’s performance was spot on with laughter, dancing and singing.
There are only two more performances left, one tonight at 7:29 and tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. So change your plans, come in costume as one of your favorite Addams Family member and enjoy the play in spirit. Be prepared to laugh and sing along to all the great sons. You will not be disappointed.
The cast include
Joe Garcia as Gomez
Mary Zastro as Morticia
Katie Lee as Wednesday
Frank Rodriguez as Fester
Nathan Coleman as Pugsley
Tad Alan Murroughs as Lucas Beineke
Jeff Meiter as Mal Beineke
Robin Steege as Alice Beineke
Leslie Thompson as Grandma
Steve Teague as Lurch
The Ancestors were played by: Elise Burt, Joey Caraway, Giancarlo DeFabiis, Layla Elefante, Audrey Gall, Sam Garcia, Gavin Haberle, Greg Hardash, Aaron Johns, Scarlett Kinison (age 4), Rosalia Marenco, Stephanie Silliman, Sheri Shepherd, Gracie Unger, Rachel Woodruff.
If you have seen this play at another play, please don’t let it stop you for seeing it at the Grove in Upland!
The frightfully delightful world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch come to life in this all new story, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams. This morbid family is put to the test when outsiders come to dinner, throwing them into a night that will change their lives forever.
The Addams Family features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother.
Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
In a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Addams created several thousand cartoons, sketches and drawings, many of which were published in The New Yorker. But it was his creation of The Addams Family characters that brought him his greatest acclaim. His unique drawings combined the twisted, macabre and just plain weird with charm, wit and enchantment. They have entertained millions worldwide and served as the inspiration for multiple television series, motion pictures and, now, a new stage musical.
The Addams Family
Book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Producer, Sherry Kiniston
Director, Kristopher Kyer
Music Director, Deb Garcia
Choreographers, Michael Skrzek and Stephanie Urko
Costumes by Jeannette Capuano and Tamminen Devine
The Grove Theatre is located on the corner of Ninth Street and Third Avenue
276 East 9th Street
Upland CA 91786
Check out their website for all the upcoming events, including Elf the musical