DJR School Of Performing Arts
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The Addams Family

DJR School Of Performing Arts, Devonport Playhouse, 18th – 19th October

As Halloween approaches, the members of DJR School Of Performing Arts have been getting into the spooky spirit with ‘The Addams Family – A New Musical’. These young ghosts took to the stage to give us a fright and a laugh in this fun new show.

The actors playing The Addams family had clearly been working hard on their characterisation. Emily Savage as Morticia Addams brought the character to life (or should I say death!) with her gothic interpretation of this classic Halloween character. In fact, the whole family had clearly been watching the 1991 film to help channel their inner Addams.

Young Pugsley Addams (William Savage) absolutely stole the show with his comedic timing. He wasn’t alone in gaining laughs from the audience. Jason Williams as Uncle Fester found the balance between being creepy and charming which was perfect for his sweet love song.

At times there were a few issues with sound levels, which meant the audience missed some of the lines but overall the comedy and story came across.

The ensemble played the parts of the ancestors, summoned to help the Addams family solve a problem with Wednesday (Vicky Bigos). The recurring number, When You’re An Addams’ which is sung by the entire cast, featured great dance moves including the classic finger clicking.

Unlike most musicals, the cast are required to look serious or sad throughout most of the show, in fitting with the gothic theme. The cast channelled this seriousness into creating slick dance routines that perfectly fitted the mood.

The curtain closed to cheers of support from family and friends of the DJR School Of Performing Arts cast. This family musical is sure to get you in the spirit of Halloween and if you are feeling particularly spooky, the audience is invited to wear fancy dress to the performances.

 

One Comment

  • David Bailey

    Thanks Amy for the fabulous review. Shame about the mic issues. It was fine in all rehearsals. It was a faulty headset in the end.

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