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2015 season opens with The Addams Family musical PDF Print E-mail

They're creepy and their kooky, mysterious and spooky...The Addams Family is coming to the Pavilion Theatre in at the Beenleigh Showgrounds from February 13, bringing all their wacky weirdness with them.

Phoenix Ensemble kicks off its 2015 season with The Addams Family musical, a fun production that's been delighting Broadway audiences since 2010.

altFor Director Morgan Garrity, it's a chance to work creatively with characters she's loved for years.

"The Addams Family has always been a favourite of mine - the TV show, the movies and the musical - so when I found out it was available, I had to jump on board."

She says the musical owes more to the 90s movies than the original TV series, particularly regarding origins and characterisations. "For example, in the original TV show, Fester was Morticia's uncle, but in the movies and the stage show he's Gomez's brother. Also, the Wednesday and Pugsley relationship is the same in the stage show as the movies, rather than the series."

Morgan says her aim has been to make the show as nostalgic as possible for the audience, keeping the original era and tone, rather than trying to update it.

"There are lots of references to all of the Addams Family incarnations, as well as brand new music and songs that - while definitely contemporary - has still got that Addams feel."

She has been particularly impressed with her 21-strong cast (which includes two young actors to play Pugsley).

"This is my third production as director and I've never experienced a cast getting along so well, and that's certainly reflected in the energy and sense of fun we're creating."

The Addams Family opens on Friday, 13 February and runs over five weekends.

The Addams Family
Pavilion Theatre, Beenleigh Showgrounds, James Street, Beenleigh
February 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 and 6, 7, 13, 14 March 2015
$26 adult, $24 concession



Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 19:23
Jesus Christ Superstar - with a twist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Weston   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 18:59

Classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar has always sparked debate over its interpretation of the gospels, and the latest Phoenix Ensemble production is set to cause an even greater stir when it opens at Beenleigh’s Pavilion Theatre on 24 October.

Traditionally, the musical is loosely based on the gospels’ account of the last week of Jesus’ life, highlighting political and personal struggles that are not in accepted biblical narratives.

jesus christ superstar for webDirector Morgan Garrity, who last year brought us Phoenix Ensemble’s production of Reefer Madness, is going one step further by delivering an original version based on the Gospel of Barnabas – itself a controversial and much-debated text.

‘This gospel is largely untold in general, and only recently available to the wider public,’ Morgan says.

‘Is it controversial? Yes, definitely, but I’m hoping people will appreciate the fresh take on the old classic.’

The classic 1970 rock opera features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, and much-loved songs including the title track, ‘Everything’s Alright’ and ‘I Don’t Know How To Love Him’.

For Morgan, the enduring appeal of Jesus Christ Superstar is its great music and its potential for broader interpretation such as her production.

She said her 17-strong cast was fully committed to the production’s non-traditional approach.

‘I haven’t seen this level of joy in a cast for a long time. The cohesion among the group is outstanding which of course makes for an amazing on-stage presence.

‘Audiences can expect a very edgy, high energy show with some major twists.’

Venue:   Pavilion Theatre, Beenleigh Showgrounds, James Street, Beenleigh

7.30pm: 24, 25, 31 October, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22.

Tickets: $26 adult; $24 concession


Jesus - Adam Bartlett
Judas - Frog Johnson
Mary - Ashley Jarman
Pilate - Michael Skelton
Ciaphis - Doug Rumble
Annas - Carly Quinn
Peta (Peter) - Tyjana Wormleaton
Simon - Lachlan Dalby
Herod - Eva Bartlett
John - Darcy Morris
Jane (James) - Kate Davis
Drew (Andrew) - Ranni McQuade
Phillipa (Phillip) - Aliyah Booth
Thomas - Simon Ah-Him
Mattea (Matthew) - Sabrina Mariott
Jane (James the less) - Nicola Crawford
Barnabas - Pete Keavy

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 19:16
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