Film, TV and now stage version of Addams Family
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.
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).