The Addams Family in Portland

The Keller Auditorium has a fun show this weekend.  This past Wednesday I joined my family on opening night of The Addams Family Musical.  My 4 year old son loved it and so did my 13 year old.  I enjoyed it, too, and the Uncle Fester sketch  below is from my favorite number, “The Moon and Me.”  It captures the dark strangeness of the Addams’ vibe while offering up a unique spectacle that would make Jim Henson proud.  That’s all I’ll give away.

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When the daylight ends and the moon ascends,
I would rather be just the moon and me.
When I feel her pull, then my heart is full.
And the night is softly, sweetly calling:
“Fester, look and see.”

La la la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la
It’s a dream that’s coming true
when the moon says “I love you”.

Though I’m told it’s wrong
when I sing my song
she accepts, she attends
she believes, she befriends.

La la la la la la
(ohh la la la)
La la la la la
(ooh la la la)
La la la la la
(ooh la la la)
It’s a dream that’s coming true
when the moon says “I love you”.

How it can feel when love is real.

-Lyrics to The Moon And Me by Kevin Chamberlin

 

War Horse, Gestural Impressions

War Horse is playing this weekend in Portland.  Go here to find out more about the show.  I give it “Thumbs Up!” and you can read my impressions below.

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Portland Opera Presents…

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni.  This version has been updated by the stage director and self-proclaimed “bad boy of opera,” Christopher Alden.  I was invited to the rehearsal the other night (lucky!) and contributed the following drawings.  There are two more productions of Don Giovanni in Portland this weekend, November 8th and 10th.

“Why you take everything so serious, Aaron?”  Good question, Joker.  Funnier drawings by Portland cartoonists can be found here.