Alexander Road High School stages Addams Family


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Cliffie Kleb, as Gomez Addams, with the Addams ancestors in The Addams Family which will run in Port Elizabeth's Savoy Theatre from May 2 to 13.
Cliffie Kleb, as Gomez Addams, with the Addams ancestors in The Addams Family which will run in Port Elizabeth’s Savoy Theatre from May 2 to 13.

Bob Eveleigh writes:
Alexander Road High School will present another Port Elizabeth theatre premiere when The Addams Family opens at the Savoy Theatre on May 2.The school won the Clover Showtime Awards for High School Show of the Year and Play of the year with Shrek: The Musical and The Crucible in January 2016 and 2017. The Addams Family will run from Tuesday, May 2, to Saturday, May 13,.at 7.30pm, with two matinees on Saturdays May 6 and 13.

Teacher and director Greg Everard, who won similar Show of the Year Clover Awards in adult PE theatre with Oliver!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Beauty and the Beast and Honk! The Musical, will be assisted by his regular Alex team of Nici Coleman, as Musical Director, choreographer Chireen Ferreira, whose 30-year theatrical career encompasses local, national and international musical theatre, and Dario Broccardo and Debbie Everard as vocal coaches.

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The cast of Alex learners and staff are now in the final stages of rehearsal for the Broadway musical.

The leading roles of Morticia and Gomez Addams are played by staff members Minkie-Ann Grundill and Cliffie Kleb, who have won Clover Best Acting Awards in musical theatre, while their daughter, Wednesday Addams, is portrayed by pupil Rachael Saunders and Uncle Fester by another learner, Luzuko Mavela.

They are supported by a talented line-up of youngsters as Addams family members, “normal” individuals who associate with them and a chorus of Addams ancestors across the years.

The Addams Family is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice based on The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his lengthy series of single-panel gag cartoons, depicting a ghoulish American family with an attraction for everything macabre.

Numerous film and television series adaptations have been made but the musical, which is the first stage show, is based on the cartoons.

It opened on Broadway in April 2010, running until December 2011, whereafter it began an extended national tour. Its UK premiere took place last week in Edinburgh at the start of a national tour of Great Britain this year.

There is also plenty of dance, performed to a really catchy musical score, plus amazing make-up designed by national expert Guilma Stander, who previously worked with Alexander Road High on Shrek: The Musical, props by Old Alexan Sjoerd Leistra (who builds the dinosaurs at Bay World) plus basic black and other more colourful costumes and sets, also specially created for the production.

Tickets are available from Computicket at R80 and enquiries may be directed to or to the school office at 041-365 1270.


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