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Addams Family musical receives rave reviews

Susan Hampshire

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A recent production of The Addams Family Musical at New Mills Art Theatre received excellent reviews and was enjoyed over four nights by High Peak audiences.

New Mills Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society assembled a talented cast of 22 for the ambitious show which was expertly directed by David Carlile and choreographed by Carolyn Dent. The set and costumes were imaginative and a nine-strong band provided the music. 

The Addams Family has been disturbing and amusing people for about 80 years and has proved to be remarkably durable. Beginning as a simple cartoon the Family has survived live and animated TV series, several film adaptations as well as video games. Inevitably a Broadway musical had to follow, in 2010, and High Peak audiences enjoyed a lively production at the New Mills Art Theatre.

The Addams Family is not your average American family. ‘Gothic’ hardly begins to describe them but at heart they are good people with a clear sense of right and wrong. Gomez (Ian Tyler) and Morticia, his wife (Emma Taylor) have been married for 25 years and remain passionate in their love for each other. They vowed never to keep secrets but when their daughter, Wednesday (Harlie Farmer), falls in love with an ‘ordinary’ boy, Lucas Beineke (Harry Bloor), Gomez proves reluctantly deceitful.

When the lovers families meet, all are tested and some pass the examination more easily than others before an emotional finale full of surprises.

Along the way the High Peak audience was treated to some authentic lunacy from Uncle Fester (Robbie Carnegie), some potion-powered conspiracy from Grandma (Beverley Eaves) and Pugsley (Connor Wyse) and some hard-earned craziness from Alice Beineke (Jane Eastwood) and husband Mal (Stewart Bowden).

This article contains excerpts from a review by Keith Savage and photos are courtesy of