Congratulations All Round for The Addams Family!

Congratulations to the cast, crew, orchestra and production team of The Addams Family.

Almost 4000 patrons saw this production and the Society has been receiving some terrific feedback about the show.  Here is just some of what people are saying:

“Congratulations on a most enjoyable show. Not having seen The Addams Family previously made it all the more fun. The performances of Mike Brooke, Tash Turner and John Parry particularly stood out for me, as did the terrific work on costumes. Well done.”  Belinda J King

“A fantastic production!! Such a strong cast and beautifully supported by orchestra and crew! Congratulations Sid and the entire team .” Denise Sam

“Look it is simply a great show with solid performances great song and comedy and sets that blew my mind, absolutely smooth transitions, who could ask for more. Well done to everyone! Do yourself a favor people and go and see this show.” Douglas Doherty

“Big congrats on a fabulous show! I saw the show yesterday afternoon and loved it. So much work and now so many wonderful memories to treasure.” Danny Gibson

“Went to see the addams family production at devonport entertainment centre tonight. It was awesome…definately worth going to see…if you havent got tickets already do yourself a favour and get some!!!” Hannah Astell

“The Addams Family is the BEST musical I’ve ever seen!! Loved every bit of today. The show, the cast, the props, the singing were all outstanding! Best ever!” Mandy Moo

“Incredible show everyone! I watched closing night’s show (that’s always my favourite one) and I was so blown away by the professionalism you all brought to the stage. I know you’ve heard it all season, but you should be so proud of yourselves! I’m just sad I wasn’t able to be a part of it this time! Well done! Magnificent!!” Melanie Crabtree

Thank you to all our amazing volunteers, the staff at the DECC and our fantastic sponsors.

Photo by Jake Jacobson

The Addams Family: A Review

by a Theatre Fan


Sid Sidebottom and the Devonport Choral Society have once again delivered firsts for Devonport; the first performance of The Addams Family on the NW Coast and a first class production of this gothic musical comedy. Sid is known for his innovative choices of musical theatre and high production values and while this show may not be top of everyone’s list of favourite musicals it is undoubtedly as good as or better than anything the DCS has presented to date.

Many members of the capacity Opening Night audience came suitably dressed in gothic makeup and attire, expecting to see their pop culture heroes in “real life” and they wouldn’t have left disappointed. The Addams Family of cartoon, celluloid and TV fame were stunningly brought to life in living black and white (plus many shades of grey and some muted colours) by the family members, the Ancestors and the Beinekes.

Old love, new love, secrets, family and what it means to be “normal” are all explored in this wacky, humorous and spooky musical comedy.

The “glue” of the family and this production is Gomez, wonderfully portrayed by relative newcomer Mike Brooke. What a find he is for the DCS! From a supporting role in All Shook Up, to the lead in The Addams Family in only his second show, Mike is impressive in both his vocal and character work. He is wonderfully complemented by Carolyn Harris as his wife Morticia, who looks fabulous in her slinky black dress.

Their children, Wednesday (Bronwyn Darvell) and Pugsley (Gus Viney) both do justice to their roles. The torture scene in Act 1 was a comedy highlight. The family is completed by Uncle Fester (John Parry) who made the most of his fabulous comic role, and Grandma Addams (Julie-Anne Jolly) who looked amazing and also made the most of her comic opportunities.

The faithful butler Lurch (Les Van Oosten) gave a “ towering” performance and nearly stole the show when he finally found voice!

The Addams Family Ancestors looked fabulous in their take on fifty shades of grey. Their ensemble work was tight and terrific.

The muted colours were provided by the Beinekes – Wednesday’s love interest, Lucas (Alastair Yeates) – what an interesting pair they make — and his parents Alice (Tash Turner) and Mal (Tim Squire). Supposedly the “normal” family in this show (but as Morticia says “normal is an illusion”) the Beinekes prove her correct. Tash’s performance at the dinner party, when under the influence of the “dark-truth” potion was outstanding.

The Addams Orchestra under the direction of David Turner was excellent, although on rare occasions the balance between the instruments and voices was missing and lyrics were lost. A musical and choreographic (Elizabeth Viney) highlight was the Tango De Amor – it left both the dancers and audience breathless!

The sets, both in terms of construction (Barry Hardy) and design/painting (Jenny Slater and Belinda Gunson) were outstanding. The gothic gates, complete with gargoyles, were magnificent, as were the staircases in the Addams Family mansion. The sets were brilliantly functional as well as visually stunning. Scene changes were slick and the lighting design, by Nick Glen, and function showed the performances and sets off to their best advantage.

Who would have thought that black and white and fifty shades of grey (plus a little colour) could looks so wonderful? As good as the Family outfits were, the Ancestor costumes were outstanding. The attention to detail and myriad shades of grey made the ensemble “stand out” – Wendy McCrae take a bow! The costumes were complemented by fabulous hair and makeup, on both the living and the dead!

Special mention needs to be made of the special effects – the Addams Family mansion projection, the woman in the moon and Uncle Fester’s flight to the moon added to the slick professional presentation of this production.

The creative team of Sid, Shayne Lowe, David Turner and Elizabeth Viney and the production team headed by Maree Brodzinski and John Lee-Archer have created and presented a slick, entertaining and ultimately heat-warming show. One that will long be remembered by the audiences who saw it.

All Shook Up at the Tasmanian Theatre Awards

Today, the Theatre Council of Tasmania announced the nominees for the 2016 Tasmanian Theatre Awards. Congratulations to the cast and crew of our 2015 production of All Shook Up for the following nominations:

Best Production – All Shook Up – Devonport Choral Society
Best Performance in a Leading Role – Female – Laura Gillard for All Shook Up – Devonport Choral Society
Best Performance in a Supporting Role – Male – Mike Brooke for All Shook Up – Devonport Choral Society
Best Direction – Sid Sidebottom for All Shook Up – Devonport Choral Society
Best Musical Direction – Bronwyn Darvell for All Shook Up – Devonport Choral Society
Best Choreography – Phoebe Wootton for All Shook Up – Devonport Choral Society
Best Technical – Jeff Hockley, Lighting Design for All Shook Up – Devonport Choral Society
Best Design – Jennifer Slater, Set Design for All Shook Up – Devonport Choral Society

For more information on the awards, go to:


Right On Cue Choir Ready for the New Year

The Devonport Choral Society choir, Right On Cue will be kicking off the year in style with it’s first rehearsal being a social sing, before diving in to this years all new repertoire.

New members are very welcome to attend.  For more information about the first rehearsal on Thursday 4 February, please contact us at

Right On Cue


The Addams Family Auditions

Thank you to all of the talented people who auditioned for The Addams Family over the past weekend.  The panel was very impressed with the auditionees.

Thank you also to the very hard working Production Team.  It was a marathon effort by the creative team.

The cast list will be released when all cast members have confirmed their roles.  Watch this space.

An information session for those wishing to audition for Devonport Choral Society’s 2016 production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY will be held at Forth Primary School Performing Arts Centre, Wilmot Road on Sunday 25 October.  The session will start at 2pm.

The information session will be a great opportunity to meet the Production Team, find out more about the show and get some tips on what the Team will be looking for at auditions.

The production will be directed by Sid Sidebottom with musical direction by David Turner, vocal direction by Shayne Lowe, and choreography by Elizabeth Viney.

Anyone thinking of auditioning or wishing to find out more should attend.  Nominated cast to be 15 years and older.

No bookings for auditions will be taken prior to the information session and additional information is not available until then.  Auditions will be held 13 – 15 November at the same venue. Auditions are by appointment only.

Rehearsals will commence in mid-January.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY will be performed at the Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre 13 – 28 May, 2016.