Subiaco: students brings ghastly Addams Family to the stage

The cast of The Addams Family with Jayda D’Agostino (centre).
The cast of The Addams Family with Jayda D’Agostino (centre).

MERCEDES College Year 10 student Jayda D’Agostino had to learn to tango for her role as the creepy, kooky, mysterious and ooky Morticia Addams.

Students from Mazenod College, Helena College, Trinity College, Churchlands High School, Mindarie College and Mandurah Baptist College are behind the production The Addams Family, with a cast of 77 and another 35 in crew and band roles.

The musical comedy is about the Addams’ reaction to the relationship between Wednesday (Year 11 Stephanie Shaw), now 18 and Lucas Beineke (Harley Dasey), a sweet, smart boy from a respectable Ohio family.

Jayda said she spent some time in front of the TV to prepare for the role of the matriarch.

“I watched the movies and television show before rehearsals, but I mainly took inspiration from the show,” she said.

The Broadway jazz-trained dancer had to learn a new step for the seven-minute dance number.

“The final number is a tango between Morticia and Gomez (played by Christopher Alvaro), but I had never done ballroom dancing before,” she said.

The production is directed by Kathleen Cocks, with music direction by Harry Oliff, choreography by Emily Hunt and costume design by Jo Driscoll.

The production is at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco from July 27 to 29.

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