Finding fun in the upside-down world of The Addams Family


Almost 100 Peninsula Grammar students from Years 5 to 8 have come together after school and more recently on weekends to learn lines and choreography for the much anticipated Middle Years’ production, The Addams Family.

All The Addams Family characters you know and love are back in a brand new story which introduces the very normal Bieneke family and the very kooky Addams Family ancestors. Wednesday Addams, the eldest Addams child and lover of all things dark and creepy, has grown up and fallen for Lucas Bieneke, a sweet, smart young man from a normal respectable family.

Head of Theatrical Productions at Peninsula Grammar, Melinda Slade, is leading the show and has taken the students on a journey which has seen them engage with the story line and embrace the often challenging choreography.

“These quirky characters are being brought to life by these talented students,” an excited Melinda said. “It is such a funny show for both children and parents that will have all family members nodding and understanding as they see their household troubles explored on stage. There are so many delightful moments that will have you chuckling.

“The idea of two young adults from two extremely different families falling in love and discovering that their values aren’t that different is both beautiful and hilarious and one that the students appreciate.”

This lesson is but one of the many learning opportunities offered by Peninsula Grammar’s performing arts program as explained by Principal, Stuart Johnston.

“The value of being part of a team, something bigger than yourself to create something wonderful for others to enjoy can’t be underestimated,” he said. “We see so many students who experience the challenge, excitement and creativity of the Middle Years production take on other challenges in their life after being part of the program. It really is inspiring.”

Potentially this is the reason why so many students choose to take up performing arts at Peninsula Grammar. Year 8 student Remi Stock is one of these students and is playing the lead role of Wednesday Addams.

“The songs are so enjoyable and the comedy is hilarious with fantastic sarcasm,” said Remi. “We are all working hard as a team; I am so lucky to be part of this amazing production and can’t wait for our performance nights.”

As with every Peninsula Grammar production, The Addams Family will be a very professional show with incredibly detailed sets, costume and make-up designs. And while many of the characters are dead ancestors, the performance will by no means be dull, with lively dance moves that will have the students and audience grooving through the graveyard.

To see Peninsula Grammar’s The Addams Family performed at George Jenkins Theatre on Wednesday, October 25, to Friday, October 27, please contact 9788 777 or visit

A: 20 Wooralla Drive, Mount Eliza
T: 9788 7777