COL­LEGE SHOW A MONSTER EF­FORT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE - Josh Zimmerman

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.

Picture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d456565

Mem­bers of The Ad­dams Fam­ily.

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