Shalom College’s Addams Family Musical is to die for
THEY’RE creepy and their kooky, mysterious and spooky – and Shalom College is about to bring the ghoulish adventures of the Addams Family to life.
The Addams Family Musical is based on the characters first seen in the 1964 television series, with all the familiar characters, their eccentric personalities and hilarious lifestyle situations.
Vocal coach Robyn Edgar said the decision to adapt the smash-hit musical was an easy one.
“We often go through a process looking at different musicals that would be suitable for the school,” she said.
“In particular we focus on being able to involve students of music, dance and drama.”
The Addams Family Musical fit the bill perfectly.
Edgar said the rights to the musical were released to amateur groups in the past few years, so amateur theatres across the world were taking advantage of it.
The story sees Wednesday, the ultimate princess of darkness, falling in love and keen to marry a sweet, smart young man from a normal, respectable family.
She confides in her father Gomez, who tries to keep this a secret from his formidable wife Morticia, something he has never done before.
While the musical has been a success across the world, it’s been a while since the Addams Family occupied pop culture as it once did.
The popular Addams Family films last graced the big screen in the early ’90s starring the late Raul Julia as Gomez, Angelica Houston as Morticia and Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester.
However, Edgar said many of the students were familiar with the gothic family.
“The Addams Family Musical has only been around for 10 years, so a lot of the students are interested in musical theatre and interested in what’s happening on Broadway,” she said.
Students from Shalom College have been rehearsing the sold-out show since term one ,with a cast of 38 to be accompanied by an orchestra of 20 musicians and 20 crew.
“We auditioned and cast it at the end of last year,” she said.
“Would you believe it – the lead cast came back and they knew from memory nearly all the script and songs.
“They have been a brilliant cast to work with.”
Students playing lead characters include Kurt Munckton as Gomez, Isabella Beutel as Morticia, Nelia McNicol as Wednesday; Matthew Capuzzo as Pugsley, Jack French as Fester, Grace Peterson as Grandma and Louis Myers-Macdonnell as Lurch.
Other lead roles include Sebastian Matebau as Lucas, Wednesday’s fiance, Jack Jowsey and Isabelle Matebau as Lucas’ parents.
Edgar said this sold-out production would be the biggest the college had undertaken to date.