Yes it’s been a while, but the blog is back, baby! So, let’s look back on our biggest performance to date: The Addams Family Musical.
Performed back in June, Jome Club of Performing Arts pulled out all stops and produced this amazing musical. Walking into the Wembley Theatre, the audience were struck by their spooky surroundings. There were fantastically creepy painted backdrops of barren trees, tombstones covered in spiderwebs and pun-filled epitaphs (my personal fave was “Game Over.”) As the music blared, we heard the familiar Addams tune, complete with clicking fingers and the curtains opened to reveal a smoke-filled stage. Out of the mist, emerged a rather familiar line-up. Grandma (Lisa), Wednesday (Sarah), Morticia (Rachel), Gomez (Andrew), Puggsley (Laura), Uncle Fester (Jenny) and Lurch (Kieran) all stepped forward and sang about what is is to be an Addams.
From there it was a hilarious look at life, death and the undecided as the family took us on a journey of love, life and everything in between.
Little Wednesday Addams had grown up and fallen in love with Lucas (Chris). When she decided to invite the whole family to dinner, Mal (Caleb) and Alice (Vicky) got more than they bargained for!
Sarah was amazing as Wednesday and had us all in stitches as she sang about being torn between her love life and her family, while torturing Puggsley. She belted out a plea to her family to have just “One Normal Night” and proved that she was crazier than Lucas in a brilliant duet.
Rachel killed it as Morticia. She not only looked the part (those legs, tho) but she maintained a sarcastic charm throughout. Her biggest moment in “Death Is Just Around the Corner” was the perfect cabaret piece.
Lisa was hilarious as the kooky cougar, Grandma. She was definitely a crowd favourite and had all the cast in stitches from the beginning. Laura looked uncannily like a strange fat kid and was able to scream the house off.
Jenny nailed it as Uncle Fester. From trying to be normal by playing football, to acting as a mirthful narrator, she did it in style. Her costuming was so good, most people didn’t recognise her! When she sang her love song to the moon, everyone loved it.
Vicky played Alice Bieneke and absolutely slayed it. Her hilarious delivery of self-written poetry was on point but it was her musical breakdown after drinking a potion that really cemented her performance as amazing.
Caleb was the conservative Mal, and he played it up very well. From being mildly entertained by Gomez to finally losing it and giving over to his love for his wife and a squid, Caleb was great.
Chris was so good as the love-struck Lucas. He swaggered about the stage and busted out the best duet with Sarah.
Andrew had the most challenging role of Gomez Addams – a man caight between his love for his wife and his love for his daughter. He introduced the audience to the family with style and kept up the humour with his hilarious facial expressions. I’m sure there was not a dry eye in the house as he sang “Happy/Sad” about giving up his daughter to another man.
Of course, the show wouldn’t have been as visually impressive if it wasn’t for Kieran as Lurch providing a brilliant foil to Gomez and the Ancestors – Dayna, Emma and Shu. They represented the dead Addams ancestors and made the show look really slick. Emma did a fantastic job on costumes and Deanna and Lisa really upped their game with props.
All in all, it was a show to be proud of.