Lanarkshire student nurse set to play spooky role with theater performance

A student nurse from Croftfoot is set to quit her day job with a role in a Lanarkshire theater production of the Addams Family.

Melissa Hemmingsley, 20, is also a performer and dancer with Eros Musical Society, who are due to return for their first post-covid show at the East Kilbride Village Theater next week.

They’ll be adapting the stage version of the much-loved spooky, goofy family, which is familiar to many through numerous movies, cartoons, and a 1960s TV show.

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Melissa is a dance captain with the theater group, which means she will be responsible for making sure everyone is properly placed for every routine in the show.

She said Lanarkshire Live: I’ve always loved musical theatre, and it’s something I thought about doing as a career before becoming a nurse.

“But I still love performing and it’s something to do for fun. I’ve been with Eros for several years now and the band is so lovely. Everyone is so supportive and I’m looking forward to the Addams Family .

“I knew the musical and I saw the animated film, so it should be fun to do it on stage.

And Melissa, who stays at Croftfoot, admitted it changes her studies a bit.

She added: “It’s completely different! That’s also what makes it so exciting. As a dance captain, I won’t be in charge of routines and that’s something I really enjoy doing. I’m in the business for this one, so I’ll have a few roles on the show as well.”

The rest of Eros are excited to return to the stage, after having put their shows on hold due to COVID-19.

Lesley Wilson is vice-president of the club and plays one of the main roles, the mother of the Addams Family, Morticia.

She told us: “We missed it so much. It’s really evident how excited all the cast and backing vocals are during rehearsals.

“We feel a real buzz in the room, and there is clearly a real benefit for everyone’s mental health.

“It’s been over two years since we performed on stage with Sister Act, which was very well received, and it’s great to get back to what we love to do.”

The show will run at EK Village Theater from Tuesday, March 8 through Saturday, March 12.

Tickets can be reserved here or at night.

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