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They’re creepy and they’re kooky…

Guess what? I won! I entered a contest, on a whim, to win tickets to the Seniors (High School) London Performing Arts Academy (London, Ontario, Canada Not-for-Profit School of The Arts) interpretation of The Addams Family musical.

Funny jokes, snap snap, cotton candy, snap snap, audience laughter, snap snap, and musical notes surrounded us, offering the most elusive thing as society struggles…joy. For a couple of hours I was in the Addams mansion, laughing, tapping my feet, and snapping my fingers.

Some highlights: George Crosby as the dashing Gomez Addams brought smiles, laughter, and applause (cara mia).

Uncle Fester, played to distraction by Juan Ambrosio-Ungson stole every scene he was in.

Maddie Carrick brought her vision of the enigmatic Morticia Addams to life death with soaring vocals, dance, tight black dress, and humour.

Lauren Atkinson was a love-struck version of Wednesday Addams, whose impressive vocals pulled us in many directions.

Dylan Lale was comedically candid as Grandma Addams.

Leland Chafee was a treat as the tortured teen, Pugsley.

Mackenna Van Massenhoven was a sheer delight as the ever-changing Alice Beineke, wow, what a voice.

Also, kudos to Will Deman as Lucas Beineke, Xavier Kitching as Mal Beineke, Max Loblaw as Lurch and The Addams Ancestors were entertaining and diverting, in the best way possible.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but this ain’t your Mom’s high school musical; I was impressed by the talent, enthusiasm, and effort all the players brought to the stage. The singing was superb, the choreography swell, and the sets subtle (but effective).

London Performing Arts Academy The Addams Family

Only time and love can brew such a darkly delicious stew. They were, as promised, creepy and kooky, mysterious and ooky…Thank you all for the magical night.

London Performing Arts Academy

Yup, they’re out there, the indies (independents, not the big bucks), waiting. Indie authors (, artists and performing artists galore. Your community and other communities have so much to offer, locally. Art classes and exhibitions, bird watching, cooking/food, nature walks, theater, concerts, plays, gardening, trivia nights, history, craft shows, haunted walks, plants, pottery, paintings, poetry, films, fashion, festivals, fantasy…fun. I visited Museum London for an art show/tour (free).

Meryl McMaster (Canadian, b. 1988), Edge of a Moment, 2017, archival inkjet photograph on paper, Collection of Museum London; Purchase, John H. and Elizabeth Moore Acquisition Fund, 2017

Know what else is indie and free? The support group I founded to help those with chronic conditions, Chronic Not Hopeless (, yup, free Zoom activities for anyone, anywhere. Sadly, lots of stuff isn’t free, like chocolate, candy, ice cream, and tea, but with inflation, shopping the sales makes you patient.

So it’s good to step outside your comfort zone, literally and figuratively. For those with chronic conditions, anytime leaving home is can be a big adventure. You have to have a plan within a plan within a plan, so basically, planception. You need your gargoyles in a row, or at least know where your gargoyles are, in the relative scheme of things. So I had a plan and everything went as planned…no, better than planned.

Sometimes, creepy and kooky is a good thing. Does anyone remember The Addams Family motto? “Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc” or “We Gladly Feast on Those Who Would Subdue Us”. Maybe we should update it to, “Veritas numquam perit” or “Truth never perishes”…but the truth can be bought, sold, stolen, hidden, maimed, incapacitated, disfigured, kidnapped, horribly mangled, lost. We need to protect it before it does perish.



Very me

39 thoughts on “They’re creepy and they’re kooky…

    1. So much talent and enthusiasm! It’s great to see young people doing such great work. You called it, an absolute delight. 🙂 Hope the weekend ahead treats you kindly, Liz. 🙂

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      1. It’s true, I love movies but there’s something magical about a play where real people are all there together, on stage and off, connecting, making memories. 🙂

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  1. Sounds like a fabulous, professional production! And, it feels great to get out, doesn’t it? 🙂

    P.S. I used to live in London; it’s a lovely city. ♥


    1. It was awesome, truly, they did a fantastic job. 🙂
      It is, like everywhere has it’s ups and downs, but mostly ups. Yes, we are the “Forest City” and it shows. 😉
      Hope you have a wonder-filled weekend, Debbie. 🙂

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    1. I’d heard about it, but had no idea it was so good. And this production was excellent, great to see youngsters with some much talent and enthusiasm, amazing. Hope this weekend is a terrific one, Erika, all the best always. 🙂

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      1. Thanks for sharing this with us, Donna. Thank you, yes, the weekend has been well so far. I hope yours too. Much love to you, dear!


    1. It’s so good to be here. I wrote most of this weeks ago then a family member got sick, then I got sick, but it’s finally here and I’m almost finished another one. When it rains it pours, lol 😉 Hope you have an awesome weekend! 🙂


    1. Oh David, you’re always so lovely. How are you? I’m need to get on here more, luckily I should have some more time now. Always delightful to be here with you all. Massive you’re-the-best hugs xoxoxox


  2. Truly a joy to see the past and present versions of the Addams Family, Donna. I always enjoy your narratives, and appreciated your gentle nod to chronic conditions, too.


  3. It was great to see your name pop up, Donna. I hope you’re well. And congrats on the tickets. It looks like you had a great time. How fun. And you’re right “Truth never perishes.” It just may take some time to bubble up through all the lies. History doesn’t usually lie.


  4. Hi! So glad you won the tickets and could go to see the musical.
    We’ve got friends that live (or lived-I always confuse which) near London.
    I have missed seeing you and stopping by.
    We have had a rough go of it this year. The family first got RSV, a really bad case of it. Then the 2-year-old got COVID, and the rest followed. She was over it much faster than the rest of us, not so much.
    Anyway, I am happy for you. I’m going to read your other 2 blogs now.
    Lots of gentle hugs and many prayers.


    1. RSV is yucky, my son had a severe case of it as a baby. I hope everyone has recovered fully. And well,there aren’t enough bad words for COVID, again, I hope everyone is on the mend. 🙂
      Hope this week is being good to you so far. 🙂 xox

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      1. I’m so sorry your son had it, and as a baby, too. It is definitely YUCKY! We’re recovered from the RSV.
        We’re pretty much over COVID. However, a couple of us still have lingering tiredness and coughs. I agree about the word for COVID.
        Enjoy the rest of the week.


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