This article is written by Christa, a contributor for Utah Valley Moms.
Before a few weeks ago, when Kim asked me if I’d like to review a play on behalf of UVM, I’d never heard of The Empress Theatre in Magna. It’s a bit of a drive for those of us in Utah County. However, if that doesn’t bother you, you’ll be charmed by the character of the building and by the obvious love of the theater displayed by the crew and cast.
I viewed The Addams Family, a musical fresh off its recent national tour. The Empress is the first playhouse in Utah to perform this play.
Being familiar with The Addams Family films, I imagined they would take the plot of one of the movies and put it to song. Luckily, I was wrong. The show revolves around a love story between Wednesday Addams and an Ohio-raised, extremely normal Lucas Beineke. Lucas and Wednesday arrange a dinner for their families, who could not be more different, and hilarity ensues.
The Addams Family is a very witty musical that supplies good laughs. The only thing that would have made it more funny would have been to arrange more scenes with Grandma Addams, played by Rossy Thrall. She was hilarious and stole the show for me.
Be warned that there is a little language and innuendo. This one if probably better suited for a date night without the kids The tickets are also reasonably priced at $10. If you love community theater and are interested in checking out a new musical, this is one I’d recommend.
Christa had the opportunity to view this play sponsored by the Empress Theatre. All opinions are her own.