BALDIVIS resident Charlotte Williams is taking on the creepy and the kooky this month as part of a new musical based on The Addams Family.
Presented by Dark Psychic Productions at Phoenix Theatre, it features an original story of Wednesday, the ultimate princess of darkness and all grown up, falls in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family.
She confides in her father Gomez and begs him not to tell her mother, which means Gomez must do something he has never done before: keep a secret from his beloved Morticia.
Things are destined to change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s boyfriend and his parents.
Williams plays Lily Addams, a young 1920s flapper similar to Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly from Chicago.
“She’s confident and self-aware and doesn’t really care what other people think of her,” she said.
“Lily likes to smoke, drink and push the boundaries of society and loves to dance all night.
“Of course, she’s also an Addams so she enjoys the darker, twisted sides of life and death and – before she died – lived each day as if it might be her last.
“One of the main challenges with the role is portraying Lily as fun and mischievous but creepy and haunting at the same time.”
Performing for the past two years, Williams first appeared in a gala fundraising night at Phoenix Theatre in 2014 and has since performed with Dark Psychic Productions in Zombie Prom and at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre in Wicked.
“I have only ever watched a few episodes of The Addams Family TV show and, although I do love the family, it was actually the songs that drew me to this production,” she said.
“The songs are catchy and different and I love the fact that we get to sing six-part harmonies.”
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, television 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?”
Raffle and program sales, along with funds raised from other activities will go to Cystic Fibrosis WA.
WHAT: The Addams Family
WHEN: plays at 8pm November 24, 25, 26, December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 with a 2pm matinee December 4.
WHERE: Phoenix Theatre, 435 Carrington Street, Hamilton Hill
TICKETS: $25 adults, $20 concessions and children, plus transaction fees
VISIT: Book at www.darkpsychicproductions.com or on 0422 394 749.
Picture: Bethsaida Ellayne