The Addams Family

Date 14th November 2017
Society Cupar Youth Musical Theatre
Venue The Corn Exchange, Cupar
Type of Production Musical
Director Jude Vandecasteelle
Musical Director Emily Middleton
Choreographer Rachel McNicol


Author: Mike Pendlowski

Unceremoniously ripped from the TV series of the same name, The Addams Family must bring back fond memories for those who were lucky enough to view the black and white, small screen version in the late sixties, early seventies. Those same people, I am sure, had equal difficulty in restraining a double finger snap in the opening bars of the title tune!

Tonight, CYMT successfully brought the small screen version to the stage! Beginning with the chorus, enthusiasm was evident from start to finish – “Full Disclosure” giving one of the best opportunities for singing and movement from the twenty-four or so, Addams Ancestors.

Principals were all of an excellent standard – and kept in character for the vast majority of the show! Kitty Carr and Ross Dickson formed a suitably morbid, yet functional, Morticia and Gomez Addams. Lucy Campbell (Wednesday Addams) and Emma Duncan (Pugsley Addams) provided equally appropriate characterisations throughout. It is sad to see that this will be several of the principals’ last show with CYMT. However, the Youth Theatre’s loss will, hopefully, be some adult company’s gain!

Not to take away from the obvious personal work input by members of the Company, but mention must be made of the production team. Jude Vandecasteele as Director, has guided the young adults in Addams, along just the right lines to make a great success of this musical.  New choreographer Rachel McNicol has also worked wonders in bringing dance and movement to the Company, while, last but not least, congratulations go to MD Emily Middleton for encouraging some first class singing from the young voices.

Well done CYMT!