Award-winning musical theatre company’s post-lockdown return brings comedy with the ‘spooky, kooky and altogether ooky’ Addams family
Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company (SCMTC) returns to the Lichfield Garrick Theatre on 5-9 July with The Addams Family musical.
This fantastic show brings the somewhat alternative family – first made famous by American newspaper cartoons by Charles Addams – to life onstage.
People may know The Addams Family best from the hit 1960s TV show or later film adaptations, and the musical is set to captivate audiences in much the same way, being jam-packed with humour and great songs.
The show, which takes to the stage from 5-9 July, marks Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company’s return after almost three years away. When COVID-19 hit, the company was in rehearsal for The Pirates of Penzance, but, as it did for so many, lockdown forced a change.
Director, Chris Stanley, said: “It’s been a bit of a scary time putting a production together after that big gap. We didn’t know how many people might drift away, both as a company and among our audiences, while at the same time, there was a lot of competition for cast members as many other musical societies have been getting back to doing what they love, post-lockdown. We needn’t have worried though, as we have an absolutely fabulously talented bunch of people playing the principal roles and throughout the full ensemble.”
The Addams Family musical follows an 18-year-old Wednesday as she finds love with a boy called Lucas. Unfortunately, his family couldn’t be less Addams-like, prompting various hilarious reactions from both sides. To make matters worse, Wednesday invites Lucas and his parents to dinner with multiple disastrous and comical consequences – mostly thanks to her little brother, Pugsley, who is intent on disrupting his sister’s blossoming relationship.
Chris added: “Naturally, the whole ‘meet the family’ thing doesn’t run awfully smoothly for the two young lovebirds. The ghostly ancestors of the family can’t return to their rest until it’s all sorted out, Pugsley’s upset, and only Lurch doesn’t have a lot to say on the matter. The Addams Family musical is all a totally daft bit of escapism with fantastic characters, cracking tunes, awesome dancing, and comes complete with instruments of torture. What’s not to love?”
It’s certain that however audiences know The Addams Family, and their Hallowe’en ways, this show will be far more treat than trick.
Tickets are available from Lichfield Garrick box office on 01543 412121 or online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com.