Auditions

 
 
April 8 and 9
Callbacks ONLY - April 10
Doors Open at 7:00 PM
Auditions begin at 7:30 PM (first-come, first-served)

PERFORMANCE DATES:
June 29 and 30, July 5, 6, 7, 13, 14 at 8pm and July 1 and 8 at 2pm

Be prepared to fill out a conflict sheet at auditions (be as specific as possible about conflicts.) Please make sure you can fully commit to the rehearsal and performance schedules before auditioning. The rehearsal schedule will be based on these conflicts. Rehearsals are set to begin on or about April 15th. Tech Week will start on June 24th, NO ABSENCES WILL BE ALLOWED DURING TECH WEEK OR ANY PERFORMANCE!

PREPARATION & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
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Please be prepared with 16-32 bars of a song of your choice in the style of the show. Please do NOT sing a song from THE ADDAMS FAMILY. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring piano sheet music for our accompanist. If needed, you can also bring an audio file with NO background vocals on an iPod or phone. A speaker will be provided. NO A cappella auditions will be allowed. You may be asked to sing scales by our accompanist.

The director, Philip Hopf, is looking for both male and female auditioners ages 16 and above. 14 and above for Pugsley only. (see below for further details)

If you have any questions, please email vpproduction@cumberlandplayers.com.

You may be asked to sing and/or read at your first audition, as well as callbacks. So please be familiar with the music sides and audition sides when they are posted. Please only prepare the characters that are suitable for you, so pay attention to the character breakdowns.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS

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 35 – 50 years. Vocal range: Tenor

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 – 50 years. Vocal Range: Alto/Mezzo

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

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 (Casting Age 16 – 28 years) Vocal range: Soprano

Pugsley Addams: A precocious, at times obnoxious, 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 14 – 17 years. (Casting 14-18 years) Vocal range: Strong, high, boy-soprano.

Grandma: 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. Age 18-80 years. Vocal Range: Mezzo

Lurch: 25-50 – SEEKING ACTORS AT LEAST 6'1, THE TALLER THE BETTER. 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

Mal Beinecke: 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 35 – 50 years. Vocal range: High Baritone

Alice Beinecke: 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 – 50 years. Vocal range: Soprano

Lucas Beinecke: 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 18-21 (Casting Age 16 – 28 years). Vocal rage: Tenor

The Ancestors: Male and female ensemble singer/dancers who have a fun, energetic and a quirky sensibility. Cameo roles are available. Casting 8 to 10 Ancestors for assorted roles. Must have a strong dance background (or a quick learner) and be able to hold a tight harmony.