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Creepy, Kooky, Mysterious & Spooky
Produced and Directed by Matt Byrne Media, The Addams Family Musical adapted from the television show by Charles Addams will run at The Arts Theatre July 2-12 and at The Shedley Theatre July 17-26. This spectacular stage production features Gordon Combes as Musical Director, Sue Pole as Choreographer with Design by Anthony Del Santo. The Opening night saw a packed theatre of very excited guests.
Gomez (Michael Coumi)
With Micheal Coumi as Gomez Addams and Emma Bargery as Morticia the show began. Hosted by Uncle Fester (Jamie Hornsby) it told the story of when Wednesday grew up and fell in love with a boy named Lucas. She demands her family spend one normal night entertaining Lucas's parents, but this becomes complicated when a bunch of Addams ancestors are released from their grave and cant return.
The research carried out by the characters was remarkable down to the way they walked, talked and looked. Bargery's portrayal on Morticia's walk was perfection and the way Coumi spoke was as if I was looking at the original Gomez Addams. Gordon Combes did a spectacular job on the music, along with the remarkable lighting effects by Ian Barge and Mike Phillips that accompanied the performance perfectly.
Wednesday ( Sophie Lee Hamilton)
The story featured around Wednesday (Sophie Lee Hamilton) who did a remarkable job in her first lead role. She began her career in theatre at age 7 in her High Schools Production of 'The Sound of Music' and from there she moved up to bigger roles including playing Sandy in 'Grease'. She joined Matt Byrne Media in 2010 featuring in a number of shows including 'All Shook Up', 'Avenue Q', and 'Hairspray'. Hamilton highlighted Wednesdays character with her powerful voice, singing in songs 'Pulled', 'One Normal Night' and 'Crazier Than You'.
Pugsley's character (Dylan Richardson) had the voice of an angel and at such a young age of 14. He has a big musical career ahead of him. His song 'What if' was a show stopping performance.
Uncle Fester (Jamie Hornsby)
Lucas Beineke (Jonathon Shilling) who played opposite Hamilton has been called a rising talent in the Australian theatre scene and its easy to see why. His voice complimented hers perfectly and their on scene chemistry was very entertaining.
Alice Beineke (Fiona Aitken) who played Lucas's mother was a lovely touch with her amusing rhyming songs. All of the Addams ancestors did a great job singing and dancing in unison, however one really stood out Drop Dead Gorgeous Addams (Alexandra Cornish) she had the best facials seen throughout the production. Her dance moves were perfect down to straight legs, pointed toes and you could see on stage she has a genuine love for theatre.
The song and dance trio of the song 'But Love' featuring Gomez (Coumi), Festor (Hornsby) and Mal Beineke (James Mccluskey- Garcia) who played Lucas's father was a great all male performance that really highlighted their voices.
The show featured all the beloved characters from the TV show including Cousin Itt, Lurch and Thing. It was a great mix of music and comedy with catching music that makes guests want to sing along. Stand out songs included 'When you're an Addams', 'One Normal Night' and Two Things'.
It is a show not to be missed. Tickets are selling fast. Don't miss your chance to see the Addams Family Live On Stage this July.
The Female Addams Ancestors
The show will play July 2-12 The Arts Theatre and 17-26 at The Shedley Theatre.
Cost: Adults $35, Concession $30
Group Discounts $32/$27 for Groups of 10 or more.
$25 Budget Nights at The Arts Theatre, Tuesday July 9, and at The Shedley Theatre on Thursday, July 17.