THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Audition Notice

The Strand Theatre announces auditions for its summer musical, The Addams Family. The Addams Family, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, 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 he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

The Addams Family will run July 29 and 30 at 7pm and July 31 at 2pm. Shelby Garrett will direct the show, Justin Jones will serve as music director, Anna Harsh will choreograph, and Meta Lasch will serve as technical director. Auditions are Monday, May 30, and Tuesday, May 31, at 6:00pm at the theatre. Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song from either a musical or an upbeat pop song. An accompanist will be provided. Auditions will also consist of cold reads from the script as well and a dance combo, so wear comfortable shoes you can move in. If necessary, callbacks will take place on Wednesday, June 1, at 6:00pm. Audition ages are high school students through adults. Auditionees are encouraged to listen to the original cast recording for inspiration.

Rehearsals will begin the week of June 13, and run Monday-Thursday evenings for approximately two to three hours per rehearsal. A complete schedule will be created following auditions and distributed at the first rehearsal. Please visit www.strandtheatrewv.com for character descriptions and complete audition details. Contact Shelby Garrett at segarrett11@gmail.com with questions.

Character Descriptions

 

GOMEZ ADDAMS

Male, tenor/baritone vocals

Smart, comedic actor

A suave, yet comical man who takes great pride in his family and revels in all it means to be an Addams. He struggles keeping his daughter’s secret from his wife, whom he adores more than death. Husband to Morticia.

 

UNCLE FESTER

Male (or Female) tenor/baritone vocals

Vaudeville-style Comedian, That one awkward family member who serves as the musical’s narrator. He’s larger than life, an energetic, joyous, child-like presence. Uncle Fester is incorrigible and, except for the good nature of the family and the ignorance of the police, would ordinarily be under lock and key.

 

LUCAS BEINEKE

Male

Tenor Vocals

Attractive male. Fell in love with Wednesday Addams and plans to marry her. Experiences the youthful pain and drama of young love and struggles with the differences between his family and the Addams family. Lucas is a ‘normal guy’ who's a little dorky. Wednesday absolutely intrigues him.

 

MAL BEINEKE

Male, high baritone/tenor vocals

Stuffy father of Lucas and exasperated husband to his rhyming Stepford wife, Alice. At one time was a follower of a grungy, dark band, but has lost that side of himself and has become a stereotypical businessman. Always looking out for his family’s future and how they might look to his colleagues and the rest of the world.

 

LURCH

Male, Groans

Most Likely a Zombie Butler

The Addams butler who knows all, but says less. He speaks in moans and groans.

 

PUGSLEY ADDAMS

Male (or Female), Alto vocals

Troublesome Younger Brother

A funny and sometimes annoying young boy who loves being tortured by his sister. He wants to ensure he won’t lose his sister to her new boyfriend so he takes matters into his own hands. Strong, high vocals.

 

MORTICIA ADDAMS

Female, Alto/mezzo vocals

Strong Matriarch

Attractive, strong-willed woman – the strength of the family. An easy comedic actress with a dry wit. Feels her husband is hiding something from her and will use any tactic to lure the secret out. She is the real head of the family and fears her daughter and her aren’t as close as they used to be.

 

WEDNESDAY ADDAMS

Female, Pop Soprano/Mezzo vocals

Adventurous daughter Wednesday is a girl who has the same dry wit and sensibility of her mother. Finds love with a “normal” boy (Lucas) and wants to introduce his family to hers. She experiences the lovesick drama that comes with first love and when two very different families meet. She longs for the approval of her parents but isn't afraid to show her rebellious side.

 

ALICE BEINEKE

Female, Soprano vocals

Charming housewife comedic actress

Mother of Lucas, devoted to her family so she puts aside her own desires. Alice is a quirky female who often speaks in rhymes and falls prey to the latest fads or quick fixes to her family or personal life. While at the Addams family dinner party, she drinks a potion that causes her to let her hair down and speak the truth rather than always appearing as “perfect”,

 

GRANDMA

Female, Character vocals

Comedic actress

She’s one feisty old woman. Fun and quirky, but don’t mess with her. Grandma often schemes with Pugsley and offers advice when needed. She’s more of an oddball than a typical, comforting grandmother figure.

 

ADDAMS ANCESTORS

Male & Female, all vocal ranges

Ancestors of the Addams family now live on ‘the other side’, but are summoned once a year to come celebrate with the family. They help tell the story, offer advice and interact with the characters throughout the play.

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