COLLEGE SHOW A MONSTER EFFORT
CULT television favourites The Addams Family take up residence at the Rixon Theatre for the 2016 edition of Penrhos College’s annual musical spectacular.
When Wednesday Addams proclaims her love for Lucas Beineke, a young man from a “normal” family, it disrupts the weird balance in the Addams household.
The two families meet but are their differences too great to overcome?
As relationships sour and weirdness prevails, The Addams Family - A New Musical brings to life the quirky collections of Addams Family characters and their ancestors.
Director David Ballantyne said he wanted to do the musical after witnessing another school production last year.
“I actually first saw this musical in New York about six years ago and then I saw it again in Sydney a couple of years later,” he said.
“I wasn’t overly impressed by the professional productions but then I went to a school performance last year, which was fantastic.
“Most musicals are best done professionally but I think in this case the characters are so quirky that kids manage them far more easily than adults do.”
Ballantyne said the musical was distinct from the popular 1960s television series but that the characters were the same.
“Wednesday has a boyfriend that she would like to marry and so the Addams family invite his family over,” he said.
“Things unravel from there and that is basically what the musical is about.
“At its core the show has a good message about acceptance and celebrating people’s differences and individuality.”
The musical is suitable for children and packed full of song and dance numbers.
“There is a bit of drama and a handful of sad moments but mostly it’s very joyous and kind of wacky because the characters are so quirky,” Ballantyne said.
Performances will be in the Rixon Theatre on Thursday July 28, Friday July 29 and Saturday July 30, at 7.30pm. Tickets are available through Penrhos College’s website.
Members of The Addams Family.