The Addams Family

Date 4th April 2015
Society Aberdeen Youth Music Theatre
Venue Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen
Type of Production Musical
Director Shirley McGill
Musical Director Kenny Hossick
Choreographer Mhorag Anderson

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Author: Douglas J Clark

This visit to Aberdeen YMT held two firsts for me – my first time in the Tivoli Theatre which is being restored to it’s former glory and my first viewing of The Addams Family – and neither disappointed. The show was packed with all the wonderful characters those of us of a certain age remember from the 1960s TV series, delightfully humorous dialogue and songs and perfectly executed dancing from the principals and all 35 of their dead ancestors! Hamish Somers as Gomez Addams, the head of the family, and Jenna Innes as his beautiful wife Morticia were outstanding. Their comic timing whether in dialogue or song or movement was spot on. But they also could equally well deliver a more poignant atmosphere as was shown by Hamish in Gomez’s solo “Happy Sad” which had all the parents in the audience nodding in agreement. Aiden Corrigan as Uncle Fester, ensuring love would prevail, was excellent as was Megan McKenzie as Wednesday the daughter in love with a “normal” boy. The “normals” - Jake Shepherd as Wednesday’s fiancé Lucas Beineke, Gregor Robertson as his father Mal and Carly McPherson as his repressed mother Alice – also gave excellent performances – particularly Alice when she threw off her repression in the finale of Act 1. Strong performances were also given by Ewan Shand as son Pugsley Addams, Jasmine Yule as Grandma Addams and Sam Pirie as butler Lurch. As has become expected from this talented group of young people the company singing and dancing were excellent particularly in the rousing finale to Act 1 “Full Disclosure”. The set designed and constructed by Susan Ball for this production along with excellent costumes and make up added greatly to producing the creepy atmosphere called for. The 8-piece orchestra and the dexterous MD Kenny Hossick handled the often complex music faultlessly. Congratulations to all involved for another outstanding production.