Film, TV and now stage ver­sion of Ad­dams Fam­ily

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Ev­ery­one who’s seen The Ad­dams Fam­ily movie or TV se­ries has a dis­tinc­tive mem­ory of the scary char­ac­ters and Ngaire Ngat­uere doesn’t want to dis­ap­point them.

Ngaire is di­rect­ing a new mu­si­cal com­edy adap­ta­tion of The Ad­dams Fam­ily and she’s done ex­ten­sive home­work to en­sure the char­ac­ters are faith­fully and hi­lar­i­ously rep­re­sented on stage.

The tour­ing show, which opens at the Feild­ing Civic Cen­tre on Novem­ber 26 with sea­sons at Pahiatua and Dan­nevirke, is pre­sented by Pahiatua Reper­tory So­ci­ety.

The Ad­dams Fam­ily is based on the char­ac­ters from the Charles Ad­dams car­toon strips and the small and big screen ver­sions are vividly re­mem­bered around. In this orig­i­nal story Wed­nes­day Ad­dams, the ul­ti­mate princess of dark­ness, falls in love with a sweet and very nor­mal young man. She con­fides in her fa­ther, Gomez, but begs him to keep the ro­mance se­cret from his wife, Mor­ti­cia.

How­ever ev­ery­thing changes when the Ad­dams fam­ily hosts a din­ner for Wed­nes­day’s boyfriend and his par­ents.

Ngaire’s chal­lenge has been to select a cast that can closely in­ter­pret the screen char­ac­ters and, in some cru­cial roles, re­sem­ble them.

‘‘Au­di­tions were held over two days and, by the sec­ond day, we had a strong cast,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s an en­sem­ble mu­si­cal with the fa­mous char­ac­ters such as Gomez, Mor­ti­cia, Un­cle Fester, Grandma Ad­dams, Pugs­ley, Wed­nes­day and Lurch all rep­re­sented.’’

Ngaire has put to­gether a tal­ented line-up of Tararua and Manawatu per­form­ers which in­clude Michael Moran (Gomez), Vanessa Coogan (Mor­ti­cia), Hay­ley Tin­ning (Wed­nes­day), Jack Tanker­s­ley (Pugs­ley), Danny Goodman (Un­cle Fester), Mark Kilsby (Grandma Ad­dams), Alan West (Lurch) with Adam Ar­buth­nott as Lu­cas, the boyfriend and his par­ents (Han­nah Mills and Nick Perry).

She prom­ises the au­di­ence will en­joy the ghoul­ish com­edy scripted by the TV se­ries writ­ers, the act­ing and danc­ing, the catchy songs, the quirk­i­ness of the char­ac­ters and a stel­lar en­sem­ble of 13 ‘‘dead’’ an­ces­tors who emerge from their graves on cer­tain nights to cel­e­brate what it means to be an Ad­dams. There’s also a tal­ented group of off­stage singers.

‘‘We have a closely knit group of char­ac­ters and I’ve asked each of them to re­search their roles so they can be to­tally con­vinc­ing to the au­di­ence,’’ she says.

‘‘Come and meet the Ad­dams fam­ily. It’s an ex­pe­ri­ence not to be missed.’’

Ngaire has been in­volved with the Pahiatua Reper­tory So­ci­ety for 30 years and, in­cluded In the 45 shows she’s di­rected are The Bev­erly Hill­bil­lies, ‘Allo ‘Allo and Are You Be­ing Served. She’s been a mas­ter or mis­tress of adap­ta­tion. Other shows she’s di­rected in­clude My Fair Lady, Ok­la­homa, An­nie and Joseph.

The Ad­dams Fam­ily is Pahiatua’s ma­jor mu­si­cal for 2015 and the so­ci­ety has de­cided to tour it to Feild­ing and Dan­nevirke also. The Feild­ing sea­son is from Novem­ber 26-28, Pahiatua’s from De­cem­ber 2-6 at the Re­gent The­atre in Pahiatua and Dan­nevirke’s from De­cem­ber 10-12 at the Foun­tain The­atre.

Mu­si­cal di­rec­tor is Shane Brown and chore­og­ra­pher Vanessa Coogan.

Tick­ets are $39 plus book­ing fee and can be pur­chased from any Tick­et­Di­rect out­let.

Photo: SUP­PLIED HAN­NAH MILLS

The cast of The Ad­dams Fam­ily, from left, Wed­nes­day (Hay­ley Tin­ning), Un­cle Fester (Danny Goodman), Mor­ti­cia (Vanessa Coogan), Lurch (Alan West), Gomez (Michael Moran), Grandma Ad­dams (Mark Kilsby) and Pugs­ley (Jack Tanker­s­ley).

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