A mysterious and spooky time, America's strangest family takes Diebold stage

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 at 8:34 PM

The stage at Diebold has been a little creepy, a little kooky lately.

The audience in the performing arts center got to channel their inner “Addams” this past weekend at Edinboro University with “The Addams Family, A New Musical Comedy,” directed by senior Joey Asti.

Even if one is unfamiliar with the spooky family, the quality and kookiness of the show is worth seeking out. This is especially true when it deals with keeping secrets, family values and loving one’s family, no matter how annoying they can be. 

As Wednesday Addams is now older in this production and in love with a college student named Lucas, tension grows, softens and then grows again, a concept which people of all ages can relate to. 

To attend this performance is to see and feel a whole new sense of creepy, funny and heartfelt.

Torie Witherow, who played Gomez Addams, said that the biggest challenge for her was taking on the role as the spouse of a new cast member (Delaney Gatenby), as it was almost like a married couple not knowing each other. However, after rehearsals, this was certainly not noticeable. 

Occasionally, the cast was on the verge of being literally too close for comfort as they frequently approached the audience head-on, though this made each act and the musical itself much more interesting.

At times, it was as if the choreography asked viewers to join; something almost impossible to resist, and it made the entire audience and cast feel like family put-together.

With perfectly-timed humor both in song and dialogue, the performance was narrated by Uncle Fester, portrayed by Morgan Gore. Gore explained that he can relate to his character in several areas, including wanting others to be happy, and loving and accepting people (or in this case “things”) for who and what they are. His character is in love with the moon, something Gore himself wasn’t expecting.

The crowd could certainly feel the energy, and to say that it’s worth one’s time and money would be an understatement.

Without a doubt, “The Addams Family, A New Musical Comedy” is a classic within a classic, especially for Asti as this is his first time directing; a long-standing dream of his.

“I just couldn’t be more proud,” added Mary Ann Asti, his mother.

For those who haven’t had a chance to see the show, they will have more opportunities: shows continue April 4-6, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and on Sunday, April 7, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Diebold. Coming from Witherow herself, audience members are “in for a treat.”

Asti’s next directorial effort, “Into the Moon,” will take place on Friday, April 26 in the Multipurpose Room of the Frank G. Pogue Student Center with further details pending.

Amber Chisholm | edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

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