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Musical madness: Nick Brannam on bringing The Addams Family to life

The Company of The Addams Family in rehearsal, with Nick Brannam (Director/Choreographer) and Trevor Defferd (Musical Director)
As we look forward to our spook-tacular production of The Addams Family – Musical Comedy, we asked director Nick Brannam a few questions…

Why did The Addams Family appeal to you as a director?

It wasn’t a show I’d considered, but when sent the script by a youth society I discovered it was a great story and also felt it would challenge me as a director. Since then I have been waiting for an adult society to do the show and to ask me to direct. The stars aligned with The Sainsbury Singers.

Why do you think it will appeal to audiences?

The show has all the classic characters for you to enjoy although they may have all grown up slightly! It’s a feel-good story exploring opposites attract and all the family politics in a hilarious fashion. The fact we are performing around Halloween is the cherry on the cake – what better way to get into the spirit of the holiday than to pay a visit to the Addams Family mansion!

Are you enjoying working with The Sainsbury Singers?

I am thrilled to finally be working with The Sainsbury Singers, I have seen many different productions of theirs, been impressed at the standard produced, and have seen lots of potential in their members so have always relished the opportunity to work alongside them.

Have you enjoyed the rehearsal process so far?

I have loved the rehearsal process so far, I tend to set very quickly and then go back and refine, and have been in awe at how quickly they have picked up the show.

It would not be possible to get this show ready without the Musical Director, Trevor Defferd, and the support of Denise Schult (Assistant Choreographer) and Sara El-Hanfy (Assistant Director) who work tirelessly – often taking different people away to help rehearse, develop and encourage the cast’s performances.

If you could direct any musical what would it be and why?

Oooo what a question! I have been very lucky to have directed many shows already on a variety of scales, from a large-scale production of The Wizard of Oz to a budget-friendly production of Sister Act. I have been fortunate enough to direct a couple of shows more than once, Legally Blonde and Little Shop of Horrors, and enjoyed refining my work having learnt what worked and where adjustments were needed.

I have many on my ‘to do’ list. Top of the list has been Evita for a very long time and I am finally getting the chance to do this in Basingstoke in March 2024.

Photo credit: Emma Ramskill

Join us this October half-term for a hilarious musical comedy that weaves a tale of love, friendship and family — with a unique twist! 🖤💛