Auditions for musical comedy “The Addams Family”
Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) announces auditions for the musical comedy “The Addams Family,” with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, to be preformed in October.
The show received a Tony nomination for Best Original Score, and calls for 20 actors of any ethnicity to play characters ranging in age from 12 to 102. Characters can be any ethnicity so actors of all ethnicities are invited to audition. Actors don’t need to be the ages listed but must be able to convincingly portray them. While the preference is for actors age 18 and older, roles such as that of Pugsley may be an exception.
SYNOPSIS: Based on the bizarre and beloved characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre. Numerous film and television adaptations of Addams’ cartoons exist, but the musical, which is the first stage show based on the characters, draws from the cartoons rather than the television and film characters. The original story finds the famously creepy and kooky Addams Family put to the test when outsiders come to dinner. Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family, a family you would find right at home at PTA meetings and local sports clubs. When she tells her father, Gomez, about her love and impending nuptials, she asks him to keep it from her mother, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
Performances are at BAT in Burien from Oct. 2 through Nov. 1, 2015 on the weekends. Rehearsals begin in mid-August.
The stage director is Mok Moser and the music director is Daryl Spadaccini.
$100 stipend provided.
Auditions are Monday, June 15 and Wednesday, June 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks to take place shortly after auditions at time(s) TBD.
Please prepare a one-minute contemporary comedic monologue and two short (24-32 bars each) contrasting songs (serious/comedy, ballad/patter), one of which should highlight your vocal range. Bring written music in your key for accompanist, as well as resume and headshot. Accompanist provided, and a cappella is discouraged. Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script, working with music from the show, and possible dance callbacks.
Gomez Addams: Male, age 50-59, all ethnicities – a man in his prime, of Spanish descent with a wild Iberian passion. Takes great pride in being an Addams and revels in all that means. Struggles with having to keep his daughterâ€™s secret from his wife, whom he adores more than death. Requires great comedic timing and baritone to high G.
Morticia Addams: Female, age 40-59, all ethnicities – attractive, in shape, holds the balance of power in the family; often seems like the only emotionally mature member of the clan. Calls for a sexy, dry wit. Feels her husband is hiding something from her and will use any tactic to lure the secret out. Must be a strong dancer/mover with with lower mature womanly sound and some high treble.
Uncle Fester: Male, age 40-59, all ethnicities – narrator of the piece, has a hugely energetic, joyous childlike presence – totally incorrigible. A vaudevillian-style comedian with tenor vocals, spoken parts and a couple of high notes.
Wednesday Adams: Female, 18, all ethnicities. Strikingly similar to Morticia but is experiencing a bit of a personality crisis. Experiences the youthful drama that comes with first love–Lucas can actually put a smile on her face. Low belt with high E possible.
Grandmama: Female, age 102, all ethnicities – feisty, fun, adorably dangerous. Surprisingly resourceful and sprightly. Mezzo in treble clef.
Pugsley Addams: Male, age 12, but can be played by older actor, all ethnicities – charming, funny, husky 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. Lower child’s range or woman’s mid-range.
Lurch: Male, age 35 and up, all ethnicities – the Addams’ butler who knows all. Very tall, ageless, a man of very few words, often spoken at half speed. Most of what he utters is in long, expressive groans, some tinged with irony or exasperation. His movement is always very slow. Character actor with bass, carry a low G?
Colonel Mal Beinecke: Male, age 45-50, all ethnicities – father to Lucas. A stuffy military man, a man who must be obeyed, exasperated with his rhyming wife. At one time was a follower of The Grateful Dead but lost that side of himself. Always looking out for his family. Midrange baritenor.
Alice Beinecke: Female, age 40-45, all ethnicities – mother to Lucas. Quirky, devoted to her family, so she puts aside her own desires. At the Addams Family dinner party, drinks a potion that causes her to let her hair down and speak her mind. Legit voice up to G#.
Lucas Beinecke: Male, 19, all ethnicities – fell in love with Wendy and plans to marry her. A writer, classic codependent, feels good when everybody’s happy. Experiences the pain and drama of young love and struggles with the differences between his family and the Addamses. Broadway show voice, nice upper range.
The Ancestors: Male and female ensemble singer/dancers of all ethnicities who are smart performers and have a fun, quirky sensibility. Knowledge of tango and flamenco dancing a plus.
The Addams Family is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10018, 866-378-9758, http://www.theatricalrights.com.