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6 Theatre Musical of a funny family

MAKING its South Wales premiere next week will be Centrestage Cymru’s presentation of the musical comedy The Addams Family. Based upon the original cartoon

characters created by Charles Addams, The Addams Family have spawned numerous films and television adaptations and now the well-loved characters are brought to life in a magical, fun stage musical. In the words of the composer An-

drew Lippa “each of the characters have a different style of music. The pastiche ranges from Spanish fla- menco to blues/jazz to vaudeville and even a bit of sondeim thrown into the pot’’. Andy Howells recently got the op-

ANDYHOWELLSmeets the cast of Centrestage Cymru’s musical The AddamsFamily which comes to The

Dolman Theatre nextweek

portunity to put questions to the spooky but cookie cast.

Who are you playing in The Addams Family? Jordan Archer: Uncle Fester Hannah Roper: Wednesday

Addams Zoe Southcott: Grandma Addams Michelle Meano: Morticia Addams Charlie Turner: Pugsley Addams Matt Bryant: Gomez Addams

What are you looking forward to most about the role? Jordan Archer: Being bald and

working with the whole cast. Hannah Roper: Playing changes in

Wednesday’s personality. Zoe Southcott: Grandma Addams

is off her head… I adore her. It’s like jumping in a time machine and visit- ing myself in 80 years time. Michelle Meano: Being the Boss

of the house (even though Gomez thinks he is). Charlie Turner: I’m looking forward

to being grumpy and sullen without being told off. I also can’t wait for my solo song, and to see how my torture scene is going to work. Matt Bryant: Only having the one costume.

The Addams Family was a popular TV series, which TV series would you like to be in and why? Hannah Roper: Either Doctor Who

or Sherlock because they are amaz- ing. And bow ties are cool. Zoe Southcott: Friends – coffee

every single day. Michelle Meano: Why The Addams Family of course, who wouldn’t want to be Morticia. Charlie Turner: I’d like to be one of

the Dragons Den – I’d love to be rich enough to be able to say “I’m Out”.

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SPOOKY: The Centrestage Cymru cast in The Addams Family

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Beneits of being Elsa

ANDYHOWELLS chats to Disney on Ice’s Frozen star Elsa aka skater Sophia Adams

“IT’S actually like a whole different chapter in my life, I never saw myself doing this, it’s been a very interesting year,” says former competi- tive skater Sophia Adams as she tellsmeabout her magical role as Frozen’s Elsa which comes to Cardiff Motorpoint Arena next week as part of the UK leg of Disney On Ice’s Magical Ice Festival. “When you’re competing it’s

just you out there,” says the 21-year-old skater who hails from Anaheim, California, “whereas now I’m somebody else and giving these kids something that they love, it’s really rewarding, there’s al- ways lots of Elsa’s in the audi- ence and it’s nice to do it for them.” The show is a new twist on fairytale fun featuring four magical tales including Beau- ty and the Beast, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and Frozen. Each segment took two weeks to rehearse before going on tour and Sophia has been en- joying the challenge of her new role in the show. “Frozen is by far my favourite,” she says. “It features a really good ensemble number with all the

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princesses and the princes. It has a lot of interesting effects, not just the skating, there’s all the technical effects that go into it which are very crea- tive.”

FROZEN: Sophia (left) takes part in Disney’s new ice show I wonder if the show will

Sophia tells me that the ice spectacular will have appeal to older Disney fans too, “Beauty and the Beast is something I grew up with, so for someone my age who went through that phase in childhood, we get to revisit it again.”

have appeal to both girls and boys, Sophia thinks so as she reveals that the princess skaters aren’t necessarily the most popular characters from Frozen. “Sven the reindeer and Olaf (Frozen’s Snowman star) get more applause,” she laughs,” he’s definitely the fa- vourite of thewhole ice show.” Sophia will continue in

her role as Elsa until the end of May. Then she will be ex-

changing Elsa’s Frozen world for her own Californian home, “I’m going to go home and lie on a beach for a couple of weeks,” she laughs, “We’ve had amazing weather (on the UK Tour) which was very un- expected but I’m now ready for hot weather.” The show is appearing at

the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff from Wednesday to May 3. Tickets available from the box office on 029 20 22 44 88.

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