The show must go on

Staying in character is a snap for Alex

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 04/08/2014
Alex Gourdie
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STICKING TO IT: Alex Gourdie, front, dislocated his knee less than two weeks before The Addams Family was due to open.

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Alex Gourdie has put new meaning to the theatrical saying "break a leg". But in true thespian spirit, the show will go on.

After three months of rehearsals and less than two weeks before opening night, Alex, the lead in Roncalli's upcoming production of The Addams Family, dislocated his knee.

In rehearsal on Thursday night, the 16-year-old, who plays Gomez Addams, was doing a "dramatic gesture" towards his on-stage wife, with a lunge forward on one knee.

Although he is not sure how exactly it happened, he said he knew what he had done as soon as he felt his knee pop. It was the most pain he had ever felt.

"Ironically, the line I was saying at the time was ‘creature of constant surprises; you have legs'."

He has to wear a knee brace for up to six weeks, including while on stage.

"I'm a little worried about what we're going to do in the show."

He is, however, able to walk "for a bit" and adding a cane would fit the Gomez character well.

"In a way, I'm quite happy. There were some moves in the tango that were quite hard to get."

Apart from being injured, Alex said playing Gomez was the most fun role he had ever had.

Producer Robyn Brien said the production team were still in shock after the accident. "He was really getting into character - we thought he was kidding."

The Roncalli production is the South Island premiere of the musical, which is based on the original Addams Family cartoons and TV shows. Brien said it was an opportunity to bring something new to audiences.

The cast of 23, including Alex, will take to the stage next week.

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- The Timaru Herald

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