Final curtain a bitter-sweet moment for Addams Family cast

TORTURE TIME: Wednesday Addams (Izzy Jurss) tortures her brother Pugsley Addams (Lana Errey) during a scene from The Addams Family musical.
TORTURE TIME: Wednesday Addams (Izzy Jurss) tortures her brother Pugsley Addams (Lana Errey) during a scene from The Addams Family musical. Matthew Newton

FOR the majority of the cast of The Addams Family Musical, Saturday night's closing performance was a bitter-sweet moment.

As Samuel Luck, who played Lucas Beineke put it, it was both a "sigh of relief and and a sense of disappointment”.

The Chinchilla State High School grade 12 student - like others on stage beside him - had never performed in a musical before.

"During the rehearsals it was super fun - we all just kind of messed around a bit and got to have a great time,” he said.

"It was pretty laid back for a while but as it kinda drew to performance time things got a bit more hectic - in the last week almost every day was a rehearsal.

"As for performing, it was a rush of adrenaline, being in front of an audience... it was such a good experience, but I'm a bit sad it's over.”

Around 1,000 people turned out to see it over the three performances, with Friday night's opening night a sell-out.

Isabelle Jurss, who played the character of Wednesday Addams, alongside fellow leads Mikael Figueroa, Heidi Lithgow, Lewis Turner, Lana Errey, Stephanie Valler, Anna Dallmann, Isaac Forrest and Carmelo Keating, said everyone was nervous before the start of the first performance.

"I mean, before the first show you don't know what to expect or how everyone is going to go,” she said.

For Ms Jurss, her favourite scene was the "Pulled” scene with her on-stage brother Pugsley (pictured above).

"That was really fun because you wouldn't really get that in many schoo musicals - a bit of torture - but it was sprinkled in there nicely,” she said.

"I liked how (the school) took a little step out of the regular pool of musicals - there was a bit of dark humour that had us giggling during rehearsals and the audience too during performances.”

Director Brian Shoesmith heaped praise upon the staff and students, saying everyone involved had "done the community proud”.

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