RICHMOND Operatic Society is to take to the stage for the first time in nearly two years after Covid-19 triggered the longest-ever hiatus in the group’s century-long history.

The society is set for a dramatic return to form at The Georgian Theatre with The Addams Family Musical, from Wednesday, November 17 through to Saturday, November 20.

Director Gary Winn said that while lockdown had been “especially difficult” for the society, he was very happy when rehearsals were able to take place again in person.

Gary said: “Although lockdown was a tough time for everyone, it was especially harsh for the society.

“Our members really value the sense of community and togetherness that comes with taking part, and that was sorely missed throughout the pandemic.”

While social distancing restrictions were enforced and following the cancellation of a previously-planned performance, the society took to Zoom to act out rehearsals virtually, take part in singing competitions and “keep the musical spark alive”, Gary added.

Lockdown also provided an opportunity for the society to refurbish its headquarters in Bargate, which saw the main hall sanded down and repainted — as well as the installation of new flooring to match the uniquely small size of the stage at Richmond’s historic Georgian Theatre.

Now the society is carrying out the final preparations for its first post-lockdown performance with The Addams Family Musical.

Gary added: “I first became aware of the show when my wife and I saw the show on Broadway starring Brooke Shields as Morticia. I really enjoyed this unique show with all its macabre humour, creepy scenery and lively dancing.

The production explores the story of a now teenage Wednesday Addams falling head-over-heels for a “sweet, respectable boy”, whose “normal” customs are predictably in stark contrast to that of the macabre Addams’.

The family decides to host a typical “Addams-style" dinner for the boyfriend and his family, attended by all the usual suspects including Gomez, his wife Mortica, Uncle Fester, Grandma and Pugsley as well as many of their ancestors from decades past.

Tickets can be booked either by calling the Georgian Theatre: 01748 825 252 or by visiting the website:

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