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CROW presents “The Addams Family Musical” in four shows April 21-23 at Florence Events Center

The frightfully delightful world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch Addams will come to life April 21 through 23 at the Florence Events Center, as Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshops (CROW) presents “The Addams Family Musical.”

This mainstage spectacle is based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams, which later became a hit television show — with an incredibly catchy score — and two movies.

Starring in “The Addams Family” are Alex Saindon as Morticia; Jake Molano as Gomez;  Ceasar Castillo as Lurch; Jacob Ternyik as Uncle Fester;  Kristin Owens as Wednesday; Hannah Rasmussen as Grandma; and Owen Harklerode and Andre Felkins as Pugsley.

The Beinekes, a “normal” family, are played by William Owens and Alizabeth Norton as Mal and Alice and Cameron Utz as their son Lucas.

Is this enough to give you chills? The CROW entourage of youth from elementary through high school play a chorus of Addams family ancestors and extras.

In the musical, 18-year-old Wednesday Addams is getting married to a boy named Lucas, and she asks Gomez to keep it secret from her mother, Morticia.  As you can imagine, this is not an easy task for Gomez. 

The Addams family bond is put to the test when the Beinekes, come to dinner.  Their mere presence throws the whole evening into a tumultuous spin, eventually changing everyone’s lives forever.

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. The musical is equally enchanting, with a wonderful book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and score by Andrew Lippa. 

Nonprofit youth theater organization CROW is excited to take on this project, especially considering there is no “Jr.” in the title. 

“Simply put, this means that ‘The Addams Family’ musical is the big show, not one that is specially crafted for kids,” says CROW Artistic Director Melanie Heard.  “Of course, CROW obtained special permission to remove a few inappropriate jokes, but other than that, Florence audiences will see the regular version of the show.  And trust us, you’re going to love it!” 

“The Addams Family” features over 50 young stars ranging in age from four to early 20’s.

CROW prides itself on providing the highest caliber production values, including costumes, sets and special effects one might find in much larger metro areas.  The show features wonderful songs, funny and sweet scenes between characters, and extravagant dances, including the infamous “Tango de Amor” between Gomez and Morticia Addams. 

CROW always has surprises planned, and this show is no exception.

And, as always, funds raised from ticket sales directly benefit local youth — providing scholarships to summer camps, purchasing royalties and materials for shows, classes, camps and events, and helping to finalize the renovations on the CROW Center for the Performing Arts. 

“The Addams Family Musical” is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages. There will be four public performances, April 21 at 7 p.m., April 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and April 23 at 2 p.m.. 

Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for youth 12 and under. 

For tickets, visit eventcenter.org or call the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., at 541-997-1994. 

For more information on the show and the CROW program, visit www.crowkids.com.