“Wednesday’s at that age when a girl has only one thing on her mind?”
As dark as this famous Morticia Addams‘ quote is, the humour of this unusual, eccentric family unit has been a comedic hit since their debut in the 1930’s.
If you were to mention The Addams family to anyone today, your immediate memory is of the tall, striking beauty of the talented actress Angelica Huston, in her role as the loving yet unconventional matriarch, Morticia.
But this peculiar family crept onto the the pages of the New Yorker newspaper as a cartoon sketch in 1938, through the artistic talents of cartoonist Charles Addams. His dark humour was an immediate hit, and everyone adored the creepy characters, simply because of their strange, unapologetic; yet comical attitudes.
Even though Charles created only about 24 sketches for this newspaper; the popularity of these characters soared and in 1964, The Addams Family television series was created, which finally gave names to the people in question. This remarkable family now included the romantic Gomez Addams and his wife Morticia, their gullable son Pugsley, their slightly psychotic daughter Wednesday, misunderstood uncle Fester, dangerously experimental Grandmama, monotone butler Lurch and their pet disembodied hand, named Thing.
But as mentioned before, I believe everyone remembers this family from the widely loved movies The Addams Family (1991) and The Addams Family Values (1993), which made household names out of Angelica Huston, who was the perfect actress to play Morticia, and of course the most memorable cast member, Wednesday, who was portrayed by the wonderful Christina Ricci.
From its debut on newspaper, to its adaptions for TV and film, these hilarious characters have continued to delight us time and time again.
So what more could we ask for? Why not a Musical?
So to all our delight; including my own, the musical adaption, which debuted on Broadway in 2010, and once again in the West End in 2016, is being revived by the Dundalk Musical Society and is set to fly onto the An Tain Theatre stage from Wednesday 10th October – Sunday 14th October 2018.
And no better time to bring this show to life than the month of October; the season of ghosts, witches and everything that goes bump in the night.
With a brand new storyline never seen on TV or film, the musical adaption is a fresh, new take on a lifelong classic. Quoting Dundalk Musical Society:
Dundalk Musical Society bring America’s darkest family to life in this original musical about love, family, honesty and growing up. The Addams Family features an original story, and it is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family, called Lucas Beineke; a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.
From my own experience with shows produced by this talented crew, The Addams Family will surely deliver outstanding reviews and positive reactions, as the Dundalk Musical society never fail on giving us a show to remember.
Playing the role of Morticia will be the delightful actress Carol McCourt, whose acting skills, perfect vocal range and confident stage presence, will make it a night to remember.
I last saw Carol on stage strutting her stuff in a pair of thigh high purple boots, with a quick change into a Nun’s habit, as Delores VanCartier in Sister Act The Musical, back in 2015. Now she’s ditching the vestments for the all black wardrobe of the Addams family matriarch. Not a sequin in sight.
Plus, one of our most popular DMS alumni, Paudie Breen is playing her romantic counterpart and smooth talking husband, Gomez Addams. Paudie never fails in delivering the laughs and we are all looking forward to seeing him embrace this classic character.
Hannah Mullen, of course has a huge role to take on, as Wednesday Addams, who is the premise of the story itself, which I am sure she will live up to all expectations. With big musical numbers such as the song “Pulled,” we will be excited to see Hannah raise the roof off the An Tain Theatre.
Not only is the rest of the cast something to look forward to, but this theatrical society always pull out all the stops in creating a wonderful set for a show. Get ready to see the An Tain stage like you have never seen it before.
Plus…the musical numbers; written by Andrew Lippa for this production, are not only catchy, but through them you get to see each member of the Addams family from a whole new perspective.
This show is set to be a delight for the entire family, and for all generations.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased in person at the An Tain Theatre, Crowe Street, Dundalk.
You can also purchase your tickets online, by clicking HERE.
Ticket Prices for the Wednesday 10th debut are €12, and from Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th are priced at €16.
What better way to spend your weekend than enjoying this entertaining and memorable show. It is the perfect way to delight in the buildup of the Halloween Season.
So come on down to see The Addams Family. Don’t worry…they don’t bite…much.
Enjoy folks!!! xoxo