After the magic of our Big Summer Production Aladdin (pictured), there’s something creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky and altogether ooky going on at The Garage.
The performing arts venue in Norwich is launching its Saturday Performance Academy on 28 September and there’s still time for children and young people to join in the fun as they work towards a performance of The Addams Family.
The musical follows the supernatural shenanigans of Gomez and Morticia Addams as they struggle to connect with their children Wednesday and Pugsley surrounded by their ghostly ancestors, crazy Grandma and odd Uncle Fester.
It’s recently been turned into an animated film starring the likes of Fast and the Furious’ Charlize Theron, Star Wars’ Oscar Isaac, Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard and Bette Midler, which is out this October.
The Garage’s professional creative team said staging The Addams Family will be a “scream”.
“I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to develop the new Performance Academy,” said Asa Cannell, who has worked with the National Theatre, The RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe since graduating from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama as an actor.
“It would have been easy to choose a musical that was saccharine and simplistic like Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella or Snow White but we felt the young people of Norfolk would engage with a musical that was a little more complex and cheeky. The Addams Family is going to be a lot of hard work but incredibly fun.”
Asa is also a sought after theatre practitioner and director, having received acclaim for his productions of Alice Birch’s [Blank], Anders Lustgarten’s Extremism, Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock, Laura Wade’s Breathing Corpses and Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Spring Awakening.
“I’ve worked with The Garage for many years in many guises and I’m really excited to be able to finally join their creative team fully. I can’t wait to get started.”
Every Saturday the four-five, five-eight and eight-18 year olds will work on acting, dance and singing, honing their triple threat training. In the third term, they will use their new skills to stage the show. There will also be extra chances to perform throughout the year.
Older members can take part in master workshops on stage combat, technical theatre, costume, stage make-up and set design throughout the year too.
Carrie Mansfield, The Garage’s creative director, said: “We’re excited to be the first venue locally to put on a version of this great theatre show. If we find someone who’s got a real talent and passion for the arts we’re set-up here to take them on that journey from five year old to adulthood and also links to lots of partners across the county.
“But it’s also about having fun, building confidence and those life skills youngsters can apply to whatever they go on to do. You never know where that spark of creativity is going to come from that makes somebody come alive.”
The Performance Academy launches on Saturday, 28 September. Call 01603 283382 to book or ask for more details.
Aladdin image by Lucy Taylor Photography.