Following their recent triumphs with new musicals, Peterborough Operatic and Dramatic Society present the regional premiere of a Broadway hit show which hasn’t even reached the West End yet.
The much loved TV and cinema favourite, The Addams Family, follows a much trodden route and becomes a musical extravaganza at The Key Theatre from Tuesday (March 24).
It’s a hard act to follow, even for a society which has haunted the major theatrical venues in Peterborough for 115 years, won every major award for best in amateur theatre… and a far bloodcurdling cry from the traditional fare of ‘The Sound of Music’ or ‘My Fair Lady.’
The show follows the well-known characters of Morticia, Gomez and Uncle Fester as they struggle to understand that the ultimate princess of darkness, Wednesday Addams, has fallen in love with a boy called Lucas.
The cast is busy putting the final pieces into place under the eagle eye of Rob Bristow, directing his third production for the society.
Everyone else in the company plays an ancestor of the Addams Family and require spectral make-up. The cast recently attended a make-up workshop at East Community Centre to learn how to perfect their ghostly appearances, under the guidance of professional stage make-up consultant, Alex Harriss.
The pleasantly hirsute Alex Broadfield who plays Uncle Fester in the show is faced with the daunting prospect of playing a man with no hair. He opted to shave his head for charity and raised over £300. Alex (34) from Thorney was apprehensive about the trial run as he is due to attend his grandmother’s 100th birthday celebrations very soon. “I’m hoping a little will have grown back so that I don’t give her too much of a fright on her special day,” he said.
And it’s also a very special PODS’ debut for an 11year old from Whittlesey as young Alfie Russell takes on the explosive role of Pugsley Addams complete with pyrotechnics and exploding cigars.
As Rob Bristow says: “The society had one of its biggest successes last year with Witches of Eastwick, we are looking forward to the major amateur premiere of Hairspray’ at the Cresset next year and this year’s The Addams Family is selling tickets at an horrific pace. It really is a great time for new members to join us.”
The Addams Family is on at the Key Theatre from March 24 to 28 with tickets priced at £15. Contact the Key Box Office on 207239 for details.