The ultimate princess of darkness has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family … but everything will change on the fateful night the families meet for dinner. Will Wednesday Addams marry her true, “normal” love? Join Morticia and Gomez, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Lurch, Pugsley and the ancestors in “THE ADDAMS FAMILY,” a musical comedy based on characters created by Charles Addams.
Gomez Addams — Male, 50s. A man in his prime, of Spanish descent and a wild Iberian passion. Adores his wife, takes great pride in his children, and, in the larger sense, in his family. He’s very much about what it means to be an Addams. His desire for Morticia is undimmed after 20 years of marriage, and it takes very little to fire up his lust, although it appears they haven’t tango’d in quite some time. Must have great comedic timing. MUSIC: Strong character bari/tenor with extended G4 money note. Audition song: Trapped (m38-end)
Morticia Addams — Female, 40s-50s. The balance of power in the family; often seems like the only emotionally mature member of the clan. Aristocratic, the real head of the family and the critical and moving force behind it. Always sees the best in people; it somehow comse off as strength rather than naiveté. She enjoys being the center of all the sexual energy in the room. The most horrible thing in the world to her, truly unsettling, would be admitting that one day, inevitably, she’ll be (choke!) a grandmother. Must be a great dancer with comic timing. MUSIC: Morticia is a good old fashioned showbiz belter (Ab4 money note with some upper extension). Audition Song: Secrets (beginning-m60)
Uncle Fester Addams — Male, 40s–50s. The narrator of the piece, Fester is child-like, hugely enthusiastic and totally incorrigible. A vaudevillian, needs strong comedy. MUSIC: Supple tenor (to high A), and (deceptively) “simple” vocal approach — we need to understand every word. Audition song: “The Moon And Me” (m1-25)
Wednesday Addams — Female, 17-25. Wednesday 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. Experiences the youthful drama that comes with first love. Lucas can actually put a smile on her face. Romantic lead, a sexy, young version of Morticia. Needs DRY sense of humor. MUSIC: Contemporary mix to high F (F5), with consistent vocal quality throughout (no flipping into “head voice”). Confident singing but not straining or yelling, is the key to Wednesday’s audition song: “Pulled” (m58 “puppy dogs with droopy faces” to the end).
Pugsley Addams — Male, age 12. Geeky, adorable and FUNNY….a smaller version of Gomez. 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. MUSIC: unchanged male voice (boy alto). We want a natural, contemporary sound (more Billy Elliot than Oliver). A3-A4 with extension to Eb5 if possible. Audition song: “What If?” (m69-end; skip dialogue)
Colonel Mal Beineke — Male, 45-50. Military man, a man who must be obeyed, with little patience for his wife and son. Wants to be bigger than Trump, and he’ll lie, cheat and steal for acre of swamp. Musical theater baritone/tenor voice. Stuffy father of Lucas and exasperated husband to his rhyming wife, Alice. At one time was a follower of The Grateful Dead but has lost that side of himself. Always looking out for his family. MUSIC: Warm, rangy baritone voice (C2-E4 with low and high extensions). Audition Song: Crazier Than You (m81-102)
Lucas Beineke — Male, 17-25. A writer, he has conflicts with his father’s closed-minded ways. Fell in love with Wednesday at first sight. A classic co-dependent, Lucas feels good when everybody’s happy. Needs to be a great pop/rock singer. Experiences the youthful pain and drama of young love and struggles with the differences between his family and the Addams family. MUSIC: Energetic pop tenor. Audition song: “One Normal Night” m70-92 (Lucas’ whole solo)
Alice Beineke — Female, early 40s. She truly loves her husband and loves that he takes charge; removing any responsibility from her for making decisions. However, since he has become more distant, she has taken to drink. She has refocused her love to her only son, Lucas. A quirky woman who often speaks in rhyme. While at the Addams Family dinner party, she drinks a potion that causes her to let her hair down and speak her truth. MUSIC: In addition to great comic timing, she has a powerhouse 2-octave belt mix (Ab3-Ab5; money note is Eb5). This is one of the great Broadway vocal roles for a woman at the height of her vocal powers — showcased in the audition song: “Waiting” (beginning thru m28; skip dialogue)
Grandma Addams — Female, 50s-70s. Ancient. Good-natured, easily led. Very active for her age, she’s like the ladies you see at the fair, of indeterminate age, but you don’t get in their way or they’ll run you over. Audition song: When You’re An Addams (m126-133) or alternate audition song.*
Lurch — Male, ageless. A man of very, very few words, often spoken at half speed. Most of what he utters is long, plaintive groans, some tinged with irony or exasperation. Lurch sees everything, knows everything that goes on under the roof of The Addams Family manse. MUSIC: Bass! While the actor is encouraged to come up with his own take, the vocal music for Lurch is heavily influenced by that true low “YOU RANG?” bass sound from the classic B&W TV show. Audition song: Move Toward The Darkness (m16-32) or alternate audition song.*
Ancestors — Male and female ensemble singer/dancers who are smart performers. Actors who love to sing and have a fun, quirky sensibility. All ensemble members will create their own original character who is part of the Addams family past. MUSIC: All vocal ranges needed for 6 part harmony. Solo vocal features include Conquistador, Saloon Girl, Caveman, Soldier, possible others. Audition song: pick any of the songs listed for any of the characters or alternate audition song.*
* Alternate audition songs: We want the auditions to be accessible to veterans and newcomers alike. For the roles of Lurch, Grandma, and the Ancestors, if you don’t feel comfortable learning the primary Audition Song, you can bring something of your choosing if it adheres to the following guidelines: