Cult is cult, and it should not be weakened: the ensemble of the Winterstein Theater Annaberg-Buchholz stuck to the well-known model for the premiere of their musical version of “The Addams Family” on Saturday and were right: seats were sold out, people of all ages traveled from the …
Cult is cult, and it should not be weakened: the ensemble of the Winterstein Theater Annaberg-Buchholz stuck to the well-known model for the premiere of their musical version of “The Addams Family” on Saturday and were right: seats were full, people of all ages came from all over for the show. The roots of the material lie in the bizarre American cartoonist Charles Addams, who satirized a typical middle-class American family with his drawings in “The New Yorker” magazine in the late thirties by putting them together. from horror movie characters. It was such a success that in 1964 two seasons of a sitcom television series were produced. The morbid humor of this “Addams Family” was initially less well received by the general public – however, the frequent rehearsal gradually increased a considerable fan base, so that in the 90s not only was a remake. fact, but also two films and finally, composed of Andrew Lippa, a scary and beautiful musical which premiered in Chicago in 2009. Since then it has appeared on numerous theater programs around the world.
The backdrop of the natural theater on the Greifensteine provides a suitable ambience for this performance. As master of his trade, Robert Schrag has created a scenography that the Addams could not have wished for more morbid in their dilapidated villa. Their favorite playground, the cemetery, where they live out their fantasies at night, they have a family tree of witches and vampires. Tamara Korber’s staging allows the mostly young actors of the ensemble to follow their course, because they have shown a sensitive link with the work, which has been transmitted to the audience from stage to stage.
On Wednesday, the daughter of heads of household Morticia (Nadja Schimonsky) and Gomez Addams (Nick Körber), confesses a heart secret to her father: the 18-year-old Night Princess, played by Katharina Apitz, fell in love with Lucas Knieke , a young man from a normal and respectable family, and wants to marry her. Under no circumstances should Father Gomez reveal this secret to his mother. Now it will be difficult for him as he has never had any secrets from his Morticia. But Wednesday, on the threshold of growth, suddenly sees birds, butterflies and deep feelings as beautiful – though these are looked down upon in their dark home world. His little brother Pugsley, played by Corvin Kriesel, therefore worried that his sister might lose interest in doing nasty things to him – but he has taken a liking to electric shocks and hot cooking hobs. The mother of Gomez, a master of alchemy, and Uncle Fester, who with his bald head and black cloak looks like a prince of darkness, act as mediators.
But the Beinke invite themselves to an inaugural visit to the Addams – and Wednesday wishes a “normal evening” for that. Morticia immediately realizes that something just isn’t right here, as the “normal” doesn’t exist with the Addams. The normal family itself turns out to be stuffy and cranky, and Wednesday appears in a yellow-yellow dress that especially her mother, the Queen of Darkness, almost passes out. And so on in discreetly macabre scenes that savor the potential for misunderstandings between the two worlds until the true happy ending. Between all the iconic burlesques, there was always enough room for human values such as love, loyalty and honesty, which were especially appealing by the constant change of perspective in this piece.
The strong choreography of Sonja Elstermann and the musical direction of Markus Teichler were a guarantee of the success of the musical. Each artist gave their all, whether it was solo vocals, duets, dances or speech scenes. The applause from the audience became more and more intense and was accompanied by cries of admiration towards the end. The lead actors’ wanderings through the audience’s ranks were a shrewd idea of the director – as was the artful use of the extremely hairy “cousin Itt” or the “frozen hand,” which simply belong to the Addams. family. Above all, Nick Körber shone with his musical experience and his acting skills. The night when the light shows had a special effect simply belonged to this musical, which compensated the audience for the long periods of abstinence. The latter thanked them with heavy applause.
Other performances of “The Addams Family” can be replayed at Greifenstein on August 7, 13, 21 and 28.