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News: Young Cast Wanted For Customs House Show
SUMMER SCHOOL RETURNS WITH A ‘MONSTER’ HIT
Young Cast Wanted For Customs House Show
Customs House is looking for creepy and kooky young actors to join its Summer School
production of The Addams Family.
if they’re mysterious and spooky too, all the better!
Addams Family started as a cartoon series in The New Yorker, penned by American
cartoonist Charles Addams, which ran from 1938 until his death in 1988.
macabre household has since been depicted on TV, in both live action and
animated form, in film and most recently, on Broadway and the West End in a new
is this musical version that will be adapted by The Customs House Summer School
this year and applications to take part are now open.
Addams Family characters are Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children,
Wednesday and Pugsley, close family members Uncle Fester and Grandmama, their
butler Lurch, the disembodied hand Thing and Gomez’s Cousin Itt.
Director Gareth Hunter
Gareth Hunter said: “The
Addams Family is a great show full of catchy tunes and comedy moments. People
may not know the show, but they know the characters and the quality and talent
that the Summer School has become known for. We are looking forward to seeing
lots of familiar faces and hopefully new ones at the auditions.”
Gomez was played by John Astin in
the 1960s live action TV series, Raul Julia in The Addams Family and The Addams
Family Values films in the early 1990s and Tim Curry in the TV film The Addams
Family Reunion in 1998.
Morticia - the real head of the
eccentric family - has been portrayed by Carolyn Jones in the original TV
series, Anjelica Huston in The Addams Family and The Addams Family Values and
Daryl Hannah in The Addams Family Reunion.
Last year’s Summer School cast for Legally Blonde
The Addams Family Musical opened on
Broadway in 2010, starring Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia,
which was followed by a North America tour in 2011 and a UK tour in 2017. Featuring an original story, it sees
Gomez do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his wife when
his daughter confides in him that she has fallen for a ‘normal’ boy. So what
happens when they invite his family over for dinner?
Gareth will be joined once again by an
award-winning team of Andrew Clarence as musical director and Hazel Pude, who
will be in charge of choreography.
The Customs House Summer School is
open to children aged eight to 21 and runs from Monday, July 23, to Sunday,
August 12. The production will conclude with five performances over three days.
The project will be held at The
Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, working between the hours of 10am and
5pm, with some weekends and additional rehearsals for principal roles. There is
a participation fee, but some funded places are available.
To take part, download an
application form from The Customs House website www.customshouse.co.uk and return it with two
passport-sized photographs no later than Monday, April 16.
All applicants will be invited to
attend an audition on Sunday, April 22, from 10am to 5pm.