Broadoak stages Broadway smash hit musical comedy

Everyone’s favourite creepy and kooky family hit the stage in a frighteningly funny and fresh production of The Addams Family starring the talented students of Broadoak Academy.

Performed over two nights to packed houses, with additional matinee performances for pupils from Broadoak’s feeder primary schools, this magnificently macabre musical comedy was supported by a cast and crew of more than 30 students from Years 7-10.

Students worked extremely hard to produce this eccentric and unconventional family show, giving up hours of their own time and rehearsing since November.

Filled with wildly funny moments, the play focuses on a bizarre, macabre, aristocratic family who dance on the graves or their ancestors in order to raise them from the dead, intertwined with the love story of Wednesday Addams and a normal boy called Lucas.

 The ultimate princess of darkness, Wednesday – played by Eden Lee-Booker of Year 8 – has grown up and fallen in love with sweet, smart Lucas Beineke, played by Cooper Hodder of Year 8. She confides in her father Gomez and begs him not to tell her mother.

Gomez Addams (played by Oscar Smith of Year 9) must now do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife Morticia, played by Scarlett Davidson of Year 10. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

Naomi Aves, Head of Performing Arts at Broadoak, said: “We totally have the best job! Getting to work with these amazing young people every week is such a privilege, especially as we see them develop as performers from their nervous auditions, hard-working rehearsals, through to the final performance.

“The cast and crew of Addams Family are made up of students in Years 7-10 and whilst some of them may not have met before embarking on this journey, they have become more than just a team, they have become a family. Yes, that’s right…The Addams Family!”

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