book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Director: Shannon Horn Musical
Director: Anne Warf
Choreographer: Megan Pue
Audition Dates: Sunday, July 30, 2017 (6:30 pm) and Monday, July 31, 2017 (6:30 pm)
Location: The Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen Street
Performance dates: October 20, 21, 27, 28, 2017 and November 2, 3, 4, 2017 @ 8 pm and October 22, 29, 2017 and November 5, 2017 @ 3 pm
Rehearsal: Rehearsals will early to mid-September
Synopsis: This weird and wonderful family comes to life in this magnificently macabre new musical comedy from the authors of ‘The Jersey Boys’. The show features an original story that is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet and smart young man from a respectable family; a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now Gomez Addams must do something that he’s never done before, keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. On the fateful night that the family host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents everything will change.
The show has some wonderfully wacky roles, great music and dancing, and lots of opportunity for chorus involvement with cameo roles. All characters will need to display a strong jazz, character-driven style of dance. All parts are to LOOK the playing age, but not necessarily BE the playing age.
GOMEZ ADDAMS: Charismatic and of obviously Spanish descent, he takes great pride in his family and revels in all it means to be an “Addams.” A self-made man, he is besotted by his wife, Morticia, whom he adores. He is immaculately dressed, with great style, and ‘savoir faire’. The actor needs good comic timing and tango dancing is required. Playing age 40 – 50 years. Vocal range: Tenor – B flat to G sharp
MORTICIA ADDAMS: Alluring, statuesque, oozes sensuality with a good sense of comic timing. Powerful yet enigmatic, she is the real head of the family. Low-voiced, incisive and subtle, smiles are rare. An elegant mover/dancer. Tango dancing required. Playing age 35 – 45 years. Vocal Range: Alto/Mezzo – G sharp to B flat
UNCLE FESTER: The androgynous Uncle who serves as the musical’s narrator. He is larger than life, an energetic, joyous, child-like presence. A vaudeville style comedian . Playing age 30– 50 years. Vocal range: Tenor – C sharp to C sharp
WEDNESDAY ADDAMS: Wednesday is severe, with a deadpan wit and loves all things macabre. She has a morbid interest in inflicting harm on her brother. She is also the typically rebellious 18-year old daughter. She is determined to choose her own boyfriend yet, ironically, seeks the approval of her family when she falls in love with the “normal” Lucas. She must be able to show the teenage contradiction of sullen moodiness and the joy of first love. She needs to be a good dancer. Playing age 18– 21 years. Vocal range: Soprano – A sharp to E sharp
GRANDMAMMA: She is a feisty 102-year-old woman. Fun and quirky, but don’t mess with Grandma. Comedic actress with strong character vocals. This disrespectful old hag is the mother of Gomez. Her hair is white, frizzy and uncombed… she has a light beard and a large mole. She is foolishly good-natured and is easily fooled. Playing age 80-102 years. Vocal Range: Mezzo – G sharp to F sharp
PUGSLEY ADDAMS: A precocious, at times obnoxious, young boy who loves being tortured by his sister. He is energetic and a dedicated troublemaker. He too puts family first and wants to ensure that he won’t lose his sister to her new boyfriend. Playing age 12 – 14 years. Vocal range: Strong, high, boy-soprano. A sharp to F sharp
LURCH: The Addams Family Butler is a very tall, powerful, looming presence in the household. He is dedicated to the family and knows everything that is going on. He communicates in moans and groans without becoming a cartoon version of himself. His movements are slow and studied. Good character actor. Playing age 25 – 45 years. Vocal range: Bass – E flat to E sharp
MAL BEINEKE: Stuffy father of Lucas. Over the years he has become exasperated with his wife Alice, who speaks in rhymes. At one time he was a follower of The Grateful Dead but has now lost that youthful, fun loving side of himself. He is always looking out for his family. Playing age 40 – 50 years. Vocal range: High Baritone – C sharp to A sharp
ALICE BEINEKE: Mother of Lucas and typical bored, middle class housewife. She should be able to show the contrast between her arrival at the house and after she drinks the potion, ‘Acrimonium’, causing her to let go of her inhibitions and reveal her true feelings. Good comedic actress. Playing age 35 – 45 years. Vocal range: Soprano – A flat to G sharp
LUCAS BEINEKE: Preppy, smart young boyfriend of Wednesday who although wants to be wild/rebel finds it difficult to escape his conventional upbringing. He falls in love at first sight with Wednesday and plans to marry her. He experiences the youthful pain and drama of young love and struggles with the differences between his ‘normal’ family and the wonderfully weird Addams family. Contemporary pop tenor vocals. Playing age 18 – 25 years. Vocal rage: Tenor – C sharp to C sharp
THE ANCESTORS: Male and female ensemble singer/dancers who have a fun, energetic and a quirky sensibility. Cameo roles are available.
- Bring an 8×10 headshot & resumé to the audition.
- Have 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song prepared to sing. Make sure your sheet music is marked (accompanist will be provided).
- Be prepared to dance. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes (sneakers or jazz shoes).
- The listed character ages are suggested. Actors older or younger may be considered, depending on their physical appearance.