A new take on the Addams Family by CSOPA

The Addams Family by Chilliwack School of Performing Arts has a new and original story to tell and it's every father's worst nightmare.

Caylen Braun plays Gomez (centre) in the Addams Family

Caylen Braun plays Gomez (centre) in the Addams Family

They’re still creepy and they’re still kooky.

Chilliwack School of Performing Arts presents The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy at the Cultural Centre opening Jan. 16.

The Addams Family show features a new and original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare.

Young Wednesday Addams — always depicted as the ultimate princess of darkness — has fallen in love with a sweet young man from a normal and respectable family. Wednesday tells her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams is faced with doing something he’s never done before — keeping a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.

Everything will change for the whole Addams family on the fateful night they host a dinner for the new “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Gomez Addams will be played by CSOPA veteran Caylen Braun, wife Morticia by Hannah deNevers, daughter Wednesday by Kessia Warren (understudied by Kirsten MacDonald), son Pugsley by Adrienne Reitsma, and Grandma by Raven Regino & newcomer Katie Schram.

Lurch will be played by Mark Wiens, and Uncle Fester by Mitchell Courtemanche. First-time CSOPA student Blake Pyne will portray Wednesday’s love interest, Lucas, while Jonathan Woyke and Meghan Mindel will play his parents, Mal and Alice Beineke.

This Addams Family musical opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway in April 2010, where it grossed more than $62 million before closing on New Years Eve 2011, after 757 performances. It starred Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as Gomez and Morticia Addams, and was based on the original cartoons created by Charles Addams.

The chorus of Addams Ancestors will be played by Maxwell Glover, Josh Robinson, Conrad Loeppky, Cooper Loeppky, Yiorgos Sahamis, Ian Lees, Amber Wilber, Hailey Hanson, Melynda Barson, Brooke Carter, Shareena Malhi, Rachael Olivares, Olivia Moniz, Hailey Bate, Omaya Hammoud and Kirsten MacDonald.

Andrew Smith is the director, Lisa Zimmer the vocal director, Trischa Buhler the orchestra director, and Shelley Wojcik is the choreographer.

Set design is by Carolyn Rapanos, costumes by Heather Westergard, makeup by Nicole Friesen, lights by Jamea Lister and Stage Management by Lisa Braun.

The Addams Family A New Musical Comedy at the Cultural Centre opening Jan. 16. The previews on Jan. 14 & Jan. 15, and the show opens on Friday January 16 and runs until Sunday, January 25, with 7:30 p.m. evening performances on Jan. 16, 17, 22, 23, 24. 2 p.m. matinée performances on Jan. 17, 18, 24, 25. Adults $20, Students & Seniors $15. $9.75 all seats on Jan. 14, 15 (evening), 17 (matinée) Ticket at the Cultural Centre box office, or call 604-391-SHOW (7469).