Featured image – Director Carly Fisher. Pic by Ben Apfelbaum.

For its main production for 2017 New South Wales Theatrical Society (NUTS), now a proud 33 years old, is presenting THE ADDAMS FAMILY THE MUSICAL, a stage adaptation of the much loved television series which itself was a derivative of the original comic series.

I  had a chat with Carly Fisher who is very excited to be directing this production, her second production for NUTS after  directing their Arts Revue in 2015.

Carly describes herself as a theatre fanatic/tragic. She has been involved with theatre and performance from a very tender/young age – she started going to the Brent Street Studio when she was seven years old. Interestingly, she is the only one in her family who has chosen a career in the performing arts.

A Jewish gal (Moriah class of 2011) in her early twenties, she travels twice a year to New York, mainly to catch the latest shows on Broadway. She dabbles in Arts Journalism and has been a theatre reviewer for Aussie Theatre.

Carly completed a Bachelor of Arts at NSW majoring in Theatre Studies and is now undertaking a Masters in Public Relations. Currently she is doing a secondment with Ian Phipps Publicity (IP Publicity), a a prominent Sydney arts publicist. She has  enjoyed her time with Ian and his team though sadly soon this time will soon be coming to an end.

On to the show…Fisher describes the show as an upbeat musical which satirised conservative American values with its ‘message’ being to encourage a more  tolerant society.

The show was cast after an extensive audition process in April. Two Emmanuel graduates play leading roles, Lisa Gluckman is Morticia and Aidan Kane plays Gomez whilst Australian Institute Of Music (AIM) graduate Dave Collins  is Uncle Fester. Lali Gill plays Wednesday.

The production will feature the biggest dance numbers ever to be performed in a NUTS show. There will be a 12 piece orchestra. Carly describes the score as uplifting and diverse. There is even a tango piece thrown in for good measure.

The show has been well supported, especially in the crew ‘department’ and with making props, by the student community- not only in the theatre strands but across other faculties. Some  students use time in the theatre as a necessary break from the stress of their courses!

ADDAMS FAMILY THE MUSICAL will be performed on campus in the Science building which has a seating capacity of eight hundred. More than a little daunting…Expect the theatre foyer to have some Addams Family ‘touches’.

This very family friendly show – as the Addams Family say : ‘family first and family last’ will open on August 17 and will run until August 19. You would have to be nuts not to see it!

Sydney Arts Guide has 8 double  passes to give away to opening night. Be one of the first to . Winners will be advised by email.