Spooky Goings On With Centrestage Cymru As The Addams Family Come To Newport

Making its South Wales Premiere this week is Centrestage Cymru’s presentation of the musical comedy The Addams Family. A great show for the family the weird and wonderful Addams Family loved come to devilish, delightful life.

Based upon the original cartoon characters created by Charles Addams, The Addams Family have spawned numerous films and television adaptations and now the well loved characters are brought to life in a magical, fun stage musical.

In the words of the composer Andrew Lippa ” Each of the characters have a different style of music. The pastiche ranges from Spanish Flamenco to Blues/Jazz to Vaudeville and even a bit of Sondeim thrown into the pot”.

Andy Howells recently got the opportunity to put questions to a few of the spooky but cookie cast members.

Who are you playing in The Addams Family?
Jordan Archer: Uncle Fester
Hannah Roper: Wednesday Addams
Zoe Southcott: Grandma Addams
Michelle Meano: Morticia Addams
Charlie Turner: Pugsley Addams
Matt Bryant: Gomez Addams

What are you looking forward to most about the role?
Jordan Archer: Being bald and working with the whole cast.
Hannah Roper: Playing the snap changes in Wednesday’s personality. Going from Normal-ish one minute to utterly psychotic the next.
Zoe Southcott: Grandma Addams is absolutely off her head … I adore her. It’s like jumping in a time machine and visiting myself in 80 years time.
Michelle Meano: Being the Boss of the house (even though Gomez thinks he is!) Oh and of course Morticia’s costume.
Charlie Turner: I’m looking forward to being grumpy and sullen without being told off! I also can’t wait for my solo song, and to see how my torture scene is going to work!
Matt Bryant: Only having one costume!

The Addams Family was a popular TV series, which TV series would you like to be in and why?
Jordan Archer: Will & Grace because its one of the only shows that make me belly laugh.
Hannah Roper: Either Doctor Who or Sherlock because they are amazing! And bow ties are cool!
Zoe Southcott: Friends – Coffee every single day! I love coffee and WINE!
Michelle Meano: Why The Addams Family of course, who wouldn’t want to be Morticia!
Charlie Turner: I’d like to be one of the Dragons Den – I’d love to be rich enough to be able to say “I’m Out”!
Matt Bryant: I’d like to be in Top Gear as ‘The star in the reasonably priced car’ because The Stig is my Dad.

  • Catch The Addams Family at The Dolman Theatre, Newport until May 2nd, 2015 For more information about this performance, for more information about this performance or to book your tickets, you can visit the website at dolmantheatre.co.uk.
  • A version of this feature by Andy Howells appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on April 25, 2015
  • For further information on Centrestage Cymru visit their official website.

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