The Addams Family: talented local performer takes on role of Morticia

The Addams Family: talented local performer takes on role of Morticia

When her stage daughter Wednesday falls for a sweet young man from a respected family, it is up to Morticia’s husband Gomez to keep the secret from his beloved wife.

Things are destined to change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s boyfriend and his parents.

“Morticia is, like the rest of the Addams family, the original goth!” Denton said.

“She rules the roost in the Addams household and can spark fear in anyone with just a look, but she adores her children and husband and always speaks the truth.

“It is difficult acting older than my age and I’m also a bit of a crazy goofball, so being serious and morbid is quite out of character for me.

“But I do like being queen bee because I never got to be that in high school.”

The singer-songwriter and film actor, who lives in South Guildford, Denton studied at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and performs regularly around Perth in a duo, family trio and glam-rock band as well as the Variety Youth Choir.

“My interest in The Addams Family came after I was tagged in a post on Facebook by a family friend and then I kept seeing it pop up on my wall, so I took it as a bit of a sign,” she said.

“I haven’t really been in a musical since high school but I wanted to get back on stage and do what I love.

“I saw The Addams Family as the perfect chance and I just happened by luck to score a lead role.”

Director Ryan S. McNally said he loved that the musical adaptation of The Addams Family had taken elements from a range of sources.

“It’s a show full of references from the movies, TV series and even back to the single-panel cartoons from the 1920s,” he said.

“The musical holds its own by being original, set 10 years after the movies, with Wednesday now 21 and in love with a so-called normal boy – but how do you define normal?

“It also isn’t afraid to poke fun at itself with the writers clearly taking time to research the subject matter before developing the show.

“With its original story, the musical allows itself to remain true to the subject matter while also creating its own identity.”

The Addams Family presented by Dark Psychic Productions will play on December 8, 9 and 10.

Raffle and program sales, along with funds raised from other activities, will go to Cystic Fibrosis WA. Haze and flashing light effects are part of the production at Phoenix Theatre, Carrington Street, Hamilton Hill.

To book, visit www.darkpsychicproductions.com or call 0422 394 749.