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Over 150 youngsters performing in Aylesbury production

Over 150 youngsters performing in Aylesbury production

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 1:27pm 14th August 2019. (Updated at 1:39pm 15th August 2019)

Over 150 youngsters will be taking to an Aylesbury stage in a huge production today.

This year's Stage Experience at the Waterside Theatre follows two years of 5-star rated productions, and is set to be the biggest yet.

There will be 153 participants aged 8 - 25-years-old performing The Addams Family from this evening until Sunday (18th Aug).

The majority of the youngsters are from Buckinghamshire with others from Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

The cast

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Casey Bird and James Penniston, playing Morticia and Gomez

Playing Gomez Addams is 25 year old James Penniston, born in Buckinghamshire and a recent graduate of a Masters in Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music.

Gomez is an attractive man of Spanish descent, who adores his wife, takes great pride in his children, and is immensely proud to be an Addams; caught between his daughter and his wife he feels completely trapped and unable to make either happy, which is his greatest joy.

Matriarch of the Addams, Morticia will be played by Casey Bird from Hertfordshire.  

Casey has appeared as Maureen in Vivo D'Arte's professional production of RENT at Frogmore Paper Mill and played the role of Nancy in Vivo D'Arte's very first Stage Experience Oliver!

Casey will play the real head of the family and the critical and moving force behind it; she feels her husband is hiding something from her and will use any tactic to lure the secret out!

A favourite character in the Addams, Uncles Fester serves as the musical's narrator and is hugely enthusiastic and totally incorrigible. Alfie Glasser, 21 from Tring is playing the vaudevillian.

Alfie has sung as a backing singer for Jason Robert Brown at the Royal Festival Hall and was in the original London cast of 13 the Musical.

The quirky role of Grandma is being brought to life by 16 year old Poppy Jackson from Aylesbury.

Poppy is a student at the Vivo D'Arte School of Theatre Arts which opened in January and provided her with her first principal role as the Cat in the Hat in Seussical this March.

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The full cast during rehearsals last week

Gothic daughter Wednesday Addams just wants her family to be 'normal' for one night to meet the parents of the biy she's fallen in love with.

Molly Durston, 18 from Buck mand currently studying a BTEC course at the Jackie Palmer Academy, is taking on the role of this eldest sibling with her brotherly counterpart being double cast for the production.

Felix Forsyth and Flynn Timberlake both aged 13 and from Aylesbury will share the role of the charming and funny Pugsley Addams.

A man of very few words Lurch is being played by Kristian Nobbs aged 25 from Buckinghamshire, and completing the line-up as Wednesday's love interest Lucas Beineke, is Harry Wyatt who recently performed with Risborough Youth Theatre and Lucy Scott from Tring playing his mother and devoted housewife who drinks a potion at the Addams' Family dinner party….causing her to speak the truth! 

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The kids only had just over a week to rehearse for the show
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