Take the lead: The Addams Family

The Addams Family's Morticia and Gomez
The Addams Family will be staged at Townsville's Quayside Terminal on 6-8 June 2019. IMAGE: Supplied

A musical adaptation of The Addams Family will be staged in Townsville for the first time this week at Quayside Terminal. The combined school musical involves students and staff from St Patrick’s College, St Margaret Mary’s College and Ignatius Park College. St Pats’ Year 11 student Sarah Bradley will step into the dark shoes of Morticia Addams.

“I’m really grateful I’ve been given this opportunity – back in Cloncurry where I’m from there’s not a lot of theatre at all,” Sarah said. “When I moved to Townsville a few years ago it opened up a whole new world and made me realise that it’s definitely something I’d love to look at pursuing further.

“This is actually my first musical! In primary school I did Pirates of the Curry Bean, which I don’t think really counts at all, and have done bits and pieces in class, but nothing compares to the scale of this production and I’m loving it.

“At the beginning I was slightly intimidated but just so excited to get in and give it my best and I’m so thrilled with how it’s looking already.

“This musical centres around Wednesday Addams, who is all grown up now and in love. There’s a lot of different relationship aspects shown: the fresh young love of Wednesday and her partner Lucas; then Gomez and Morticia who are completely separate from those two, and we get to see the conflict emerging from their relationship as a result of Wednesday and Lucas; and once more you have Lucas’ parents who are almost polar opposites of Morticia and Gomez, they’re quite reserved in their relationship withholding a lot of things from each other – it’s really great to see how they all grow throughout the show and the ending is very sweet.”

For those who have seen the movie, Sarah said its musical counterpart would not disappoint.

“The music in this show is outstanding, written by Andrew Lippa – it’s everything you could want when you think of The Addams Family. The instrumentation alone is so representative of the characters! I love the way Morticia’s music is composed because a lot of it makes you feel slightly uneasy, as does her character. It’s very smart in the way it reflects the story.”

Catch The Addams Family at Quayside Terminal from 6-8 June, with tickets on sale at trybooking.com


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