They're creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky. They're the Addams Family, and they've been brought back to life by the South Coast Choral and Arts Society in The Addams Family: A New Musical.
Director Jonathan Ogilvie has dusted off the cobwebs and breathed new life into the beloved story that has been passed down over the decades from paper, to television, to the silver screen. Based on the 2010 Broadway production penned by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice and songwriter Andrew Lippa, The Addams Family: A New Musical pays homage to Charles Addams' original cartoonish creation yet adds a contemporary twist.
It's 2019, and the Addams kids are growing up. Pugsley is heading into his terrifying tween years, and Wednesday is now an eighteen-year-old young woman who has fallen in love. Who is the object of her gobsmacking affection? Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable and very un-Addams Ohio family, Mal and Alice Beineke. Wednesday has invited the Beineke's over for dinner to meet the rest of her dysfunctional family, and what ensues is a fateful night where secrets are revealed, relationships are tested, and all must face the dreaded inevitable: change.
A septet of seven artistically gifted actors of all ages have come together to create the eccentric yet loveable Addams Family. Greg Eden delivers a charming performance as Gomez, executing a near-authentic Spanish accent and donning dinner suits and coat-tails with finesse. Vicious vixen Morticia is played by the gifted Georgia Martin, who captures her spooky sophistication with a fiery flare. Megan Davidson steals the show with her impeccable portrayal of Wednesday, who is torn between romance and murder whilst struggling to come to terms with this terrifying phenomenon called "love". Little terror Pugsley is portrayed by young up-and-comer Mitchell Kelsey, who delivers a devilish performance whilst in character yet belts angelic notes in his musical numbers. The charismatic Jon McKay captures the hearts of audiences as Uncle Fester, who makes up for the disappearance of everyone's handy hero "Thing" with his quirky yet charming performance. Witchy wise woman Grandma is portrayed by Julie Kelly, whilst Bill Reddin brings everyone's favourite doorman Lurch to life.
Playing Wednesday's beloved Lucas, Flynn Turley shines as a young star on the rise in his first role with SCCAS. Maternal mother Alice is portrayed by Emma Lynn, who explores the character's multifaceted personality with ease and versatility. Jon Grear brings his "dad moves" to the stage in his role as father Mal, and together the trio come together to capture the innocence and naivety of the Beineke family.
Accompanying the Addams Family on their mayhem-filled mishaps are the ghosts of their past known simply as "The Ancestors", comprising of fifteen freakishly talented individuals. Costume Designer Millie Doherty has crafted a wardrobe of dark, gothic outfits for the Addams, which is contrasted by a light and bright palette for the Beineke's. Painted head-to-toe in grey and donning costumes from every decade throughout history, the charismatic silent characters are somehow louder than ever with their impeccable choreography coordinated by Jack Doherty and impressive musical backing vocals supported by Musical Directors Emma Muhlack and Vocal Coach Ali Dunbar.
An incredibly talented ensemble cast is supported by an equally-impressive musical orchestra coordinated by Musical Director Tim Wormald, who has curated an atmospheric jazz and Latin score that reverberates life into the age-old story.
The South Coast Choral and Arts Society is bringing The Addams Family: A New Musical to Victor Harbor Town Hall from Friday 4 – Saturday 18 May. Tickets range from $16 - $15, so be sure to snap up your tickets now before the church bell tolls: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=468067&