By Andi Hicks
contributing writer 

It's all about family

Tehachapi Community Theatre Spotlight


September 30, 2023


Guy Martin plays Gomez to Opal Martin's Morticia.

"The Addams Family, a New Musical" by Marshal Brickman and Rick Elise, is currently astonishing sell-out crowds at the BeeKay Theatre on Green Street. It's the singing, the sets, the actors, the costumes. No question about it, the play is not only a family affair, it's a community event. The Tehachapi Community Theatre Association's current production is living proof that TCTA lives up to its mission of providing excellence in entertainment by and for members of the Tehachapi community.

The word of mouth is that everyone who has seen the show loves it, has had a great time, found the show lots of fun and are so glad they came to see it. But, it's the experiences of cast members that take the show to greater heights.

Supporting cast member Alex Mackenzie says, "It's family first and family last, literally. Us ancestors have become the closest of friends on stage as well as off."

Blaine Hartsock gushes, "I am having a marvelous time with this show. The cast is so fun and helpful. I couldn't have asked for a better experience for my first foray into community theatre. I may be utterly exhausted, but I'm smiling every moment of it!"

Guy Martin, who plays Gomez, is extremely enthusiastic and said, "One of my favorite lines in the show is said by Grandma Addams, perfectly played by Chris Morales, who asks, 'Define normal' while holding a pet rat. That to me defines the meaning of the show (what is normal?) and possibly life. The Addams family may seem weird, odd, strange, but they are the happiest of any other family out there. To be in a cast of actors and friends, who totally get the joy of being family is what makes it such a perfect show. I mean, it's all of us. We are the Addams Family (Snap! Snap!)"

There have been three sold out shows so far and tickets are going fast.

Tickets are available on the website at Evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, and Oct. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. on Oct. 1 and 8.

If, for some reason, you can't get a ticket to "The Addams Family," don't miss seeing our next two productions: "T-Talent Tonight" in October and "A Coney Island Christmas" in December. Check the website for details and round out the year by supporting live theatre!


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