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After attending the full run through of Galway University Musical Society (GUMS) upcoming 16th production, The Addams Family, last Sunday, let me assure you that we are in for a wacky yet wonderful treat!

The cast will take the stage in all the Addams’ gory glory in Galway city’s Black Box Theatre from February 9 – 13 at 8pm with a matinée on Saturday February 13 at 2pm.

All cast and crew are made up of over 50 NUI Galway students and believe me, they have quite the production in store for us.

The cast breathe new death (get it?) into the familiar characters of the well-known ghoulish love story between the family’s daughter Wednesday Addams and Lucas the object of her new-found affections.

PR officer Aisling Bonner explained how the society decided on performing The Addams Family last May and told me of her excitement now that the show is ready to hit the stage.

“We decided on The Addams Family back in May, and after 9 months of indulging in the soundtrack I'm still not sick of it. That's a good sign and even after seeing the same scenes week after week I'm still laughing,” she said.

“It's so exciting to think of the audience hearing the jokes and songs for the first time.”

The GUMS gang have worked incredibly hard, rehearsing for several months under the steerage of director Julie Breen and her team and it certainly seems to have paid off if the run-through was anything to go by.

The positive buzz at the run through confirmed for me that this show is not to be missed - there was obvious teamwork between cast and crew and indeed one could say they’ve become a family themselves, something that I believe will translate well onto the boards of the Black Box.

The show promises to have you in stitches with its morbid yet hysterical humour - and leave you awestruck by the incredible talent the GUMS cast have.

You can be sure you will be leaving the theatre humming the many numbers the show has in store, the fabulous music provided by a carefully selected orchestra will have you wishing you knew the steps to the Ancestors’ choreography!

Choreographer Rory McNamara is behind the steps of the cast for the second year running alongside Lorna O’Connor. He told me how grateful he and Lorna were to have the full confidence of the cast and crew for the past few months.

“It’s humbling to know that so many people, cast and crew alike entrusted Lorna and I with the challenge. And they showed that week in and week out by coming to rehearsals and proving that they trusted us to do the job justice,” he said.

“That's something I'm always so grateful for in GUMS.” Tickets are on sale now at the Socs Box in NUI Galway, Town Hall Theatre and online at www.tht.ie. Prices range from €15, €12 for students and €10 each for groups of four or more.