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The Addams Family probes fears

The Play:The Addams Family, a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams, presented by London Youth Theatre Education, directed and choreographed by Ruth Noonan with musical direction by Kristina Baron-Woods.

The Show: The ghoulish American family of cartoon, television and silver screen fame — parents Morticia and Gomez, daughter Wednesday, son Pugsley, Granny, Lurch — gather at the graveyard for the annual celebration of what it means to be an Addams, living, dead or undecided. However, Uncle Fester stops the ancestors’ return to their graves so they can help with a family problem — Wednesday has a normal boyfriend. So they host a dinner to meet the boys’ family. What could go wrong?

The Quote: “This show is about acceptance and embracing our insecurities, no matter how scary they may be. The Addams Family tell us to ‘move toward the darkness’ and to ask ourselves, ‘What is normal?’ Maybe there is no such definition? Maybe, we’re all ‘normal’ in our own unique way?

— Ruth Noonan, director

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IF YOU GO

What: The Addams Family, presented by London Youth Theatre Education.

When: Wednesday to Saturday, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Where: The Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St.

Tickets: Adults $ 15, youth $ 10, available at the box office, by calling 519-432-1029, or online at www.palacetheatre.ca.

jbelanger@postmedia.com

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