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22 May 2022

Offaly musical society's morbid and macabre 'The Addams Family' production wows audiences

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The stars of Tullamore Musical Society's 'The Addams Family'

MORBID and macabre goings-on in New York's Central Park frame the storyline to the 2022 offering from Tullamore Musical Society “The Addams Family”.

Making a welcome return after a two-year enforced absence due to Covid, the cast of “The Addams Family” pulled out all the stops in a brilliant opening night performance on Monday last.

“The Addams Family” is a mammoth show to stage but the cast and behind the scenes team at TMS ensured everything ran very smoothly on the opening night.

The long hours of preparation and commitment from all the TMS team paid off huge dividends with Monday night's sell-out audience being wowed by a very professionally staged production.

Director Pat McElwain, choreographer Deirdre Browne and musical director Enda O'Connor are to be congratulated on a stupendous production.

The plot centres on the somewhat sinister Addams family, descendants of a Spanish family who settled hundreds of years ago on a site in what is now New York's famous Central Park.

Appropriately the opening scene is set in a graveyard where the family – Gomez, Morticia, Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch – have gathered for their yearly ritual celebrating life, connecting with their past and ensuring their future.

The family are joined by their dead ancestors and the cast all joining together in two toe tapping airs – the Addams theme and “When You're An Addams”.

Soon the audience are made aware of the central part of the storyline – young Wednesday, daughter of Gomez and Morticia and sister of Puglsey has found love.

But the love of her life, Lucas Beineke is from a completely different background to the Addams, hailing from Ohio.

The audience is left wondering will love triumph when two very different worlds collide.

Attendees were treated to some hilarious antics when Lucas' parents, Mal and Alice attend a family dinner where all participants take part in the traditional “Full Disclosure” game.

Not a game for the faint-hearted chaos enfolds when Wednesday announces she is to marry Lucas. Meanwhile the audience are treated to the revelation of some family secrets and we discover that the two families have much more in common that appears at first.

A major storm is still raging at the commencement of the second act as the plot reaches its high point with everything changed for the two families.

Despite the sinister goings-on “The Addams Family” is essentially a comedy and had the audience, in particular the young members, in fits of laughter for much of proceedings on Monday night.

The musical numbers, including “Wednesday's Growing Up”, “One Normal Night”, “Secrets”, “Just Around the Corner”, “Tango de Amor” and the stirring finale “Move Towards the Darkness”, were received enthusiastically by the capacity audience in the GAA Centre.

As we have come to expect in the Musical Society's 67 years the stage set and costumes were of an extremely high standard and tribute must be paid to all the behind the scenes team for their professionalism.

Colin Hughes as Gomez and Aoife Fitzsimons, who played Morticia, both produced very inspiring performances as did John Conroy as Uncle Fester, Valene Greer as Wednesday, Rory Byrne as Pugsley, Nikkie Burke as Grandma, Chris Corroon as Lurch, Paul Spencer as Mal Beineke, Jay Origan as Alice Beineke and Stephen Keegan as Lucas.

The ensemble cast was also highly professional while the orchestra rounded off a highly enjoyable production.

“The Addams Family” will be performed each night at 8pm until next Saturday, May 7 in Tullamore GAA Centre.

Cast: Colin Hughes – Gomez Addams; Aoife Fitsimons – Morticia Addams; John Conroy – Uncle Fester; Valene Greer – Wednesday Addams; Rory Byrne – Pugsley Addams; Nikki Burke – Grandma; Chris Corroon – Lurch; Paul Spencer – Mal Beineke; Jay Origan – Alice Beineke; Stephen Keegan – Lucas Beineke.

Ensemble: Lily Coffey, Ethan Cox, Amanda Cunningham, Grainne Donoghue, Eimear Doolin, Barry Dunne, Blaithnaid Fitzsimons, Sinead Handy, Allie Harding, Gillian Harrington, Ruth Kelly, Meghan Lynam, Sarah Jane Managan, Yvonne Murray, Kaitlin O'Brien, Anna Slevin, Anna Whelan and Kathleen Whelan.

Orchestra: Violin – Eimear Heaney, Reed 1 – Barbara Dowling, Reed 2 – Matt O'Gara, Trumpet – Paul Kiernan, Trombone – Brendan Kennedy, Keyboard 1 – Dave McGauran, Keyboard 2 – Ciaran Gilligan, Bass – Jimmy O'Donnell and Percussion – Derek Doyle.

Director: Pat McElwain

Choreographer: Deirdre Browne

Musical Director: Enda O'Connor

Set Design and Construction; Wayne Handy, All Set Scenery

Stage Manager; Wayne Handy

Stage Crew: Damien Cornally, Michael Kidney, Jimmy Kidney, Calvin Handy, Tom Maher and David Lloyd

Lighting: Roken Lighting, Ronan Kenny

Sound: Jody Trehy

Props Co-ordinator: Nathalie Watts, Chris Corroon

Costume Design and Co-ordinators: Blaithnaid Fitzsimons and Graham Finnerty

Seamtress: Dymphna White, Sheila Crowe, Chris Corroon, Ultan Keena Robinson, Ruth Kelly and Graham Finnerty

Make-up Design: Ali Murphy

Make-up Artists: Abbie Fagan, Stacy Ann Buckley, Kaitlin O'Brien, Lily Coffey, Yvonne O'Toole and Patricia Fleming

Hair Design and Wigs: Ali Murphy and Ultan Keena Robinson

Photography: Mairead Brennan

Appreciations: Brian Gunning and Frank Nicholson

Rehearsal Co-ordinator: Carla Carey

Programme Editor; Mairead Brennan

Poster and programme print and design; Brosna Press

Front of House Manager; Ken Keena Robinson, Ultain Keena Robinson and Brid Larkin

Front of House team: Ken Keena Robinson, Ultan Keena Robinson, Brid Larkin, Mairead Brennan, Brian Gunning, Carla Carey, Fiona Goulding, Frankie O'Reilly, Georgie O'Toole, Mary Brennan, Natalee Kelly, Brian Hughes, Donal O'Connor, Frank Egan, Amanda Keenan, Katherine McBride, Ciannait Goulding, Jason Owens, Jessie Woods, Frank Nicholson, Liam Scally, Angela Donnelly, Dubhan Goulding, Frank Brennan, Michelin Murphy, Tina Stones, Darren O'Reilly and Mary Dwyer.

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