Auditions & Employment
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Auditions - Summer 2023 Musical
The Addams Family
July 28 - 30 and August 4 - 6, 2023
Approx. June 1 through July 27, 2023
AUDITIONS FOR THE ADDAMS FAMILY
March 25 and 26, 2023
In The Addams Family, a musical, comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, 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.
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Directed by Matt Canon
Music and Orchestra Direction by Isabella Isherwood
Choreography by Sarah Makkawy Canon
Audition Dates: March 25 and 26, 2023, by appointment, with callbacks on March 28 and 30, by invitation.
Walk-ins (updated, 3/13): If all audition appointments are filled, we will also accept walk-in auditions on March 25 - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm, and on March 26 - 11:00 am - 2:30pm. Walk-ins will wait until a break in appointments hourly.
Video auditions (updated, 2/24): We will also accept video submissions through 5pm on March 25. However, we strongly encourage submissions by March 10. If received by that date and you cannot make in-person call backs, we may request a video callback to be submitted by 5pm on March 27.
Location: West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Road, Highland Park, IL 60035
Stipend: $150 for adults. $50 for ages 17 and under.
Time Commitment: Read through will be held in late May or early June and rehearsals will be held at West Ridge Center in Highland Park between June 1 and July 19 before moving to the performance space in Highland Park on July 20. Performances are at the Northwood Theater in Highland Park on Fridays and Saturdays July 28 and 29 and August 4 and 5, at 7:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays July 29 and 30 and August 5 and 6 at 2pm.
COVID-19 Policy: All cast and staff must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and boosted, as recommended by the CDC guidelines, for auditions, rehearsals, and performances. Proof of vaccination and booster status (as applicable) must be provided at auditions before being seen. This information will be verified at auditions against a physical vaccination card, photocopy of vaccination card, digital record of vaccination, or a printed record from your vaccine provider. Performers must remain masked at all times until their audition.
Safety at Rehearsals and Performances: Uptown Music Theater intends to have mask-free performances of this production. Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, Uptown and the production staff will follow the latest local and CDC guidelines for rehearsals and performances and will partner with cast and staff to ensure the safety and comfort of all involved.
Material to Prepare: 32 bars of a song in the style of the show that shows your voice at its best. Music must be in the key you plan to sing. Please provide music in a book or double-sided in a 3-ring binder. Be prepared to dance. You will stay about an hour after your audition time to dance as a group. Bring a headshot and resume.
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Uptown Music Theater is committed to diversity, positivity, and inclusion. We encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to audition. Auditions may be recorded. Walk-in auditions will be accepted.
All roles are available
For Pugsley, age 11 and up
Gomez Addams, Tenor (Bb2 – G4): An attractive man of Spanish descent, who adores his wife, takes great pride in his children, and is immensely proud to be an Addams; caught between his daughter and his wife he feels completely trapped and unable to make either happy, which is his greatest joy; must have great comedic timing, move well, and strong vocals. Fencing skills a plus.
Morticia Addams, Alto/Mezzo Sop. (G3 – Bb5): Beautiful, the real head of the family and the critical and moving force behind it; easy comedic actress with a sexy, dry wit; feels her husband is hiding something from her and will use any tactic to lure the secret out; a strong dancer.
Uncle Fester, Tenor (C3 – C5): Serves as the musical’s narrator; rotund and child-like, hugely enthusiastic and totally incorrigible; a vaudevillian, needs strong comedy and tenor vocals.
Wednesday Addams, Strong pop voice with belt (A3 – E5): 18 year-old. Gothic in an alluring way, witty with a terrifically dry sense of humor; just wants her family to be “normal” for one night to meet the parents of the boy she’s fallen in love with; strong pop belt vocals.
Pugsley Addams, Strong high vocals (unchanged voice): A 12 year-old 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; strong, high vocals. Voice not yet changed.
Grandma, Strong character vocals (G4 – F5): Feisty 102 year-old. Fun and quirky, but don’t mess with Grandma; comedic actress with strong character vocals.
Lurch, Bass (Eb2-E4): Very tall; 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; must have true low bass vocals.
Mal Beinecke, bari-tenor (C3-A4): Stuffy father of 19-year-old Lucas and exasperated husband to his rhyming wife, Alice; thinks the Addams family is beyond strange and does not want to spend time having dinner with them, much less be related.
Alice Beinecke, soprano/high belt (Ab3- G#5): Mother of 19-year-old Lucas, seemingly mousy housewife who’s devoted to her family so she puts aside her own desires; while at the Addams’ family dinner party, she drinks a potion that causes her to let her hair down and speak her truth; very strong comedic singer/actress.
Lucas Beinecke, Pop Tenor (C3-C5): 19 year-old, sweet and smart, 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.
The Addams Ancestors, SATB: Strong contemporary singers/dancers who sing and have a fun, quirky sensibility. Knowledge of tango and flamenco dancing a plus. Must be able to hold tight harmonies and portray recognizable historical archetypes.