Brief review of GMS’ THE ADDAMS FAMILY by Karen Ractliffe


I’d like to urge you all to get along to see Gosford Musical Society’s production of The Addams Family, which is showing at Laycock Street Theatre at the moment. I saw it last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The show is based on the cartoon characters originally created by Charles Addams and subsequently adapted for television and two hit movies. In this new musical version, the deliciously dark and deadly Wednesday Addams has grown up, and is shocked to find herself in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family! Fearing her mother’s disapproval, she confides in her father and begs him to keep her secret. Now Gomez Addams’ loyalty is torn between his beloved daughter and his adored wife, Morticia. Throw into the mix jealous younger brother, Pugsley, and a scheming Uncle Fester, and all comes to a head at a dinner party Wednesday’s boyfriend and his parents will never forget! The musical was a resounding hit on Broadway in 2010, winning several awards and nominated for many others including a Tony for best original score.* The fun and zany show has allowed GMS to give imagination full reign in every aspect of the production, from the magnificently macabre sets to spectacularly spectral costumes. Karen Snook’s choreography is an entertaining and wryly humorous mix of dancing styles, and the footwork of the two leads is sublime. Talented director Daryl Kirkness was a great fan of the television series and acknowledges the influence of the popular show in his interpretation of the characters. The performances of his cast are delightful, especially Ben Poole who played Fester Addams the day I attended, threatening to steal the show. The Addams Family closes next weekend – the last performance is on Saturday March 19 – so you’ll need to act fast to get your tickets. You can book online at the Laycock website from or call 43 233 233.

* Show background info courtesy of wikipedia. Image courtesy of GMS publicity


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