Stage set for former Friends’ student

Dromore Student Gareth Greenfield on the road to Portstewart.
Dromore Student Gareth Greenfield on the road to Portstewart.

A Dromore student is preparing to take to the stage with an award-winning musical theatre group this Hallowe’en.

Gareth Greenfield, a former pupil of Friends School, Lisburn, has been cast as Lucas Beineke in Portrush Music Society’s production of The Addams Family Musical

Son of Myles and Sonya Greenfield from Dromore, 19-year-old Gareth is currently in his second year of Media Studies and Production in Ulster University, Coleraine.

“A thirst for knowledge for the media business” was what brought him to the north coast to study, he said.

Gareth also volunteers as an Assistant Lighting Technician with the Riverside Theatre, which is on the University Campus, and where ‘The Addams Family Musical’ will be staged from October 23–31.

Among the shows Gareth worked on was Portrush Music Society’s previous production, Evita, and when he heard about auditions for The Addams Family, he went along “for the craic”.

He said: “Rehearsing for The Addams Family has been an experience.

“I haven’t performed in a show for almost two years and I’m buzzing to do it again with really fantastic performers.

“Seriously, when I first went to a music rehearsal with them, everyone was so into this show and they are amazing singers.

“As corny as it sounds, I think the other principals were born to perform this role.

The banter is always bouncing and is still fun during rehearsals and on our Facebook chats.

“It’s amazing that there are adults in this world who are equally as insane as myself about theatre. My character, Lucas Beineke, is basically a man-boy; he wants to grow up and marry his delightful Wednesday Addams but at the same time he isn’t ready and has a lot to learn about himself and the world. Do not miss the opportunity to see our show. We promise a ghoulishly grand night.”

The Addams Family Musical runs at the Riverside Theatre in Coleraine from October 23-31. Box office is open.

Call 028 70 123 123 or online www.riversidetheatre.org.uk