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Ballymoney cast members from the Addams Family. INBM43-15S

Ballymoney cast members from the Addams Family. INBM43-15S

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There will be a few familiar Ballymoney faces on stage this Hallowe’en in a fantastic new musical - The Addams Family.

Staged by Portrush Music Society, the show will run in Coleraine’s Riverside Theatre from October 23 - 31.

And a few of the cast members have been clocking up the miles by driving from Ballymoney and surrounding area to attend rehearsals.

Musical Director for the show is Ballymoney man Andrew Robinson.

No stranger to the musical theatre circuit, Andrew is in demand throughout the whole of Northern Ireland for his musical talent and expertise and, after a long association with Portrush Music Society, the award-winning group is delighted to have him on board as Musical Director.

Not content with one Ballymoney man in charge of the music, there is another ‘Toon’ man playing the central role of Gomez Addams, head of the spooky, kooky clan. Andy Shaw takes on the pivotal role of Gomez - a demanding role during which Andy rarely leaves the stage. His comic timing will keep the audience in stitches!

Keeping it in the family is the Fisher family from Ballymoney - Sean, Claire and Erin - who are playing Addams ancestors with Claire taking charge of the incredible props used in the show.

Also taking part in the Addams Family Musical as ancestors are Stevie Black, Nicole Williams and Niamh Devlin.

This new musical takes the much-loved characters from the old black and white TV series - Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Lurch and uncle Fester - and brings them up to date.

Wednesday has grown up and fallen in love with a ‘normal’ boy named Lucas Beineke from Ohio.

When the two families meet for dinner, a chain of events is set in motion which may threaten the fabric of the formerly unbreakable Addams family ties. The Beineke family is played by Alan Morton as the father Mal, Elaine Macauley as the mother Alice and Gareth Greenfield as Lucas.

Taking on the part of Morticia is Una Culkin with Ashling Molloy playing Wednesday, James McDowell playing Pugsley, Harry Coates as Uncle Fester and Ballymoney NRC lecturer Donal Macauley as Lurch. Rosemary O’Connor plays grannyt Addams with a host of Addams ancestors also on stage.

Booking is now open for the show. Box office 028 70 123 123 or onlinewww.riversidetheatre.org.uk