AUBURN — The Halloween holiday season gets a rib-tickling extension into November when the macabre and unconventional world of “The Addams Family” opens Nov. 6 on the Community Little Theatre stage.

Under the direction of Kay Warren, the musical version offers a hilarious and tune-filled look at the familiar characters of TV, movies and magazine cartoons.

Chris L’Hommedieu and Jennifer Groover play Gomez and Morticia, the creepy couple whose mansion houses an extraordinary extended family.

There’s Uncle Fester, Grandma, young Pugsley, Lurch the butler and Cousin Itt, whose personality is displayed with some special inventiveness.

Lindsay Cagney plays Wednesday, the Addams daughter and the ultimate “princess of darkness.” She is displaying some alarming signs of normalcy, so Gomez and Morticia are flummoxed when she sets up a dinner party to introduce her boyfriend and his parents.

“It’s all about relationships and how people matter in different ways,” Warren said. “It shows us how all kinds of people perceive themselves.

Choreographer Vincent S. Ratsavong is serving up some inventive dance numbers, Warren said. There’s lots of laughs in this show and the score has a pop feel.

Warren said April Purinton gives “a gem of a performance” as Grandma Addams. Purinton, in her first role with CLT, is well-known for her stage appearances in the Brunswick area.

Cody Watson plays Uncle Fester. He has appeared in previous CLT performances, but this is his first lead role.

Ethan Rombalski portrays Pugsley, Glenn Atkins portrays Lurch and Andy Dolci appears as Cousin Itt.

The members of the “normal” Beineke family are Cam Ramich as Lucas, Wednesday’s husband-to-be. His parents, Alice and Mal, are played by Britney Anderson and Dan Kane. Alice and Mal are working through some relationship issues of their own.

There’s a crowd of Addams ancestors, too. They are Hillary Perry, a newcomer to CLT (French Aristocrat), Scotty Venable (Conquistador), Rebekah Leonard (Bride), Lisa Bell (Eskimo), Jamie Watson (Saloon Girl), Mackenzie Richard (Ballarina), Heather Marichal (Valkyrie), Dan Burgess (Caveman), Lynn O’Donnell (Flapper), Briley Bell (Courtesan), and Sophie Messina (Flight Attendant).

Derrick Lacasse is producer and music director for “The Addams Family.” Director Kay Warren also produced CLT’s 2012 production of “The Wiz.”

“The Addams Family” premiered on Broadway in 2010 with the lead roles played by Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth. Fans of the 1964-66 TV show will remember John Astin as Gomez, Carolyn Jones as Morticia, Jackie Coogan as Uncle Fester and Ted Cassidy as Lurch.

The musical’s book is by Broadway veterans Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. They wrote the book for the recent Broadway musical “Jersey Boys.”

The show’s music and lyrics are by Andrew Lippa. In 1999, Lippa contributed three new songs to the Broadway version of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” including “My New Philosophy” for Kristin Chenoweth.

It was 1938 when Charles Addams drew his first cartoon in the Addams Family style for New Yorker Magazine. His life was as strange as the characters he drew. In 1933, he was employed by True Detective Magazine, where he retouched photographs to remove blood on victims’ bodies.

Addams was married three times, and it was said two of his wives closely resembled Morticia. One of them took out a $100,000 insurance policy on his life. He divorced her soon after a lawyer pointed out the plot line of “Double Indemnity,” a movie about a murderous wife.

Addams lived in a mansion much like the spooky houses he drew for the cartoons, and he called it “The Swamp.” One of his marriages took place in a pet cemetery.

CLT’s performances of “The Addams Family” are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7 and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12-14, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, Nov. 8 and 15.

For tickets, call the CLT box office at 783-0958 or go online to www.laclt.com.

Great Falls Performing Arts Center is at 30 Academy St., Auburn.


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