The Addams Family Team: Director/Choreographer: Marcie Shapiro Music Director: Kevin Surace Vocal Director: Steve Shapiro Stage Manager: Sam Saunders Assistant Choreographer: Jen Tipton ASMs: Kim Beals and Nichole Krause Producers: Steve Shapiro, Ramesh Krishnan, and Rita Wubker-Cole
About the Show: America’s favorite family comes to devilishly delightful life in The Addams Family. Our annual Junior Production presents the macabre new musical comedy, created by the authors of Jersey Boys and The Wild Party. This creepy, cooky, and all-together spooky stage production features an original story and score. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a nice, respectable family. The Addams’ bonds are put to the test as they meet the boyfriend’s “normal” family. This show proves that a family who acts weird together, stays together. Come meet the family. We’ll leave the lights off for you.
A detailed description of all the zany characters in this hilarious production are provided at the bottom of this page.
Age Requirement: 8-18 (Must be 8 years old by January 3, 2018)
Audition Info: Open auditions will take place on Sunday, November 12 (between 6:30pm - 9:30pm) and Monday, November 13 (between 6:00pm - 10:00pm) at the Sunnyvale Theatre: 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087). You must secure an audition appointment in order to participate in this production. Walk-ins may be taken on a first come first served basis but are not guaranteed. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition appointment. Audition Preparation: Prepare 1 minute of a song to sing for your vocal audition. Please bring sheet music in your key as a piano accompanist will be provided. You are strongly encouraged to bring sheet music and sing to the piano accompaniment as this is the process of a professional musical theatre audition. However, if you are unable to acquire sheet music, you may bring a karaoke track on an MP3 player or CD and we will provide a sound system to play your music. If your song is on an MP3 player, it is important for you to know that there is not reliable wifi at the theater, and therefore, you must have the song downloaded to your MP3 player to successfully play it at auditions (streaming the music from the Internet will not work). In addition, you must have your song pulled up on your player with your phone case removed and lock screen turned off before entering the audition room.
You will not need to prepare a monologue for these auditions.
Complete the online registration process, print out and complete the Audition Form and Conflict Calendar and bring those two completed forms to your audition along with an attached headshot (i.e. a closeup photo of your smiling face). You may wish to attach a resume to your audition form as well, but that is optional. As you may know, no previous theater experience is necessary to be part of this program!
Callback Info: After your audition, if further information is needed to cast you in our production, you may be asked to attend callbacks. Those callbacks will take place on Tuesday (11/14) and Wednesday (11/15) evenings from 6:00-10:00pm at the Sunnyvale Theatre. Due to time constraints, we will only be calling back a portion of our auditionees for a limited number of specified roles. If you do not receive a callback, this means that the artistic team has all the information they need to cast you in the show and they look forward to seeing you at the first rehearsal! A cast list will be posted on our website on Tuesday (11/21) at 6pm.
Mandatory Parent/Cast Meeting: On Wednesday, 1/3/18 from 6:30pm-9:00pm, we will have a mandatory meeting with parents and cast members to provide you with detailed information about the rehearsal process and performances. Cast members will be released after the first part of the meeting to begin their first rehearsal with the artistic team. At that time, parents will continue their meeting with the production staff to cover additional paperwork, schedules, answer questions, etc.
Rehearsals: Rehearsals for The Addams Family will run from January 3, 2018 - February 17, 2018 at the Sunnyvale Theatre (550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087) as follows: • Sundays 6:00pm - 9:00pm • Mondays through Thursdays 6:30pm - 9:30pm
In addition, there will be two required Saturday rehearsals for our sing through with the orchestra at the Las Palmas Park Building (850 Russet Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94087): • Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, 9:00am - 1:00pm • Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, 9:00am - 1:00pm
After the show is cast, you will be sent a rehearsal schedule so that you know which evenings you are called (based on when your scenes are being rehearsed). On average, the number of evenings each cast member is called is typically 3 times a week, however, this varies depending on your role. This number will also increase the closer we get to tech week. You will have an opportunity to indicate any conflicts you have on the Conflict Calendar paperwork submitted at auditions. This information will be taken into consideration by our directorial staff during casting and we reserve the right to not cast anyone with more than 7 conflicts.
Tech Week: Tech week will run from February 18 - 22 at the Sunnyvale Theatre (550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087) from 5:00pm - 10:30pm on Sunday (2/18), and from 6:00pm - 10:30pm Monday - Thursday (2/19 - 2/22). No conflicts will be allowed during this week. Conveniently, this week often coincides with the local public school districts' February break. This makes attendance of the longer tech week rehearsals easier for most of our participants. However, it is important to note that participants will not be able to travel out of town during this week (e.g. attend a family vacation in Lake Tahoe) as they will be required to attend the evening tech rehearsals.
Performances: The scheduled performances will be at the Sunnyvale Theatre (550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087) as follows: • 2/23/18 at 7:30pm (CAST A) • 2/24/18 at 1:00pm (CAST A) • 2/24/18 at 6:00pm (CAST B) • 2/25/18 at 2:00pm (CAST B) • 3/2/18 at 7:30pm (CAST B) • 3/3/18 at 1:00pm (CAST B) • 3/3/18 at 6:00pm (CAST A) • 3/4/18 at 2:00pm (CAST A) • 3/9/18 at 7:30pm (CAST A) • 3/10/18 at 1:00pm (CAST A) • 3/10/18 at 6:00pm (CAST B) • 3/11/18 at 2:00pm (CAST B)
No conflicts are allowed for performances. Your call times will be 1.5 hours prior to the start of the show. NOTE: This production will likely be double cast. If the production is single cast, or your particular role is single cast, your participation will be required in all performances. If the production is double cast, your participation will be required in half of the performances (i.e. the performances assigned to your cast).
Program Expenses: The expenses for this program are as follows: • $250 for 1st child, $225 for each sibling. • $30 script deposit - This deposit will be returned upon receipt of an undamaged script at the end of the run. All script markings should be made with pencil and erased before returning to SCP. No ink or highlighting is permitted in the script. • As a participant in this program, you will also need to purchase/provide personal items such as makeup, undergarments and shoes. • Optional expenses include a show t-shirt/sweatshirt (to show your Addams Family spirit) as well as a production photo CD.
Parent Volunteering: A production of this scope relies on the willingness of parents and friends to volunteer their special skills. We expect each family to volunteer at least 20 hours for the first child and 10 hours for each additional child during the course of the show. If you are unable to volunteer due to time constraints, you can instead choose to pay $250 for the 20 hours and $125 for each additional 10 hours. In addition to the volunteer requirement stated above, parent assistance will also be required at the following times: • Load-In: Sunday, 2/18/18, 9:00am (Mandatory parent attendance) • Strike: Sunday, 3/11/18, following final performance (Mandatory parent attendance)
Character Descriptions: Gomez Addams, Tenor (Bb2 – G4): A 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.
Morticia Addams, Alto/Mezzo Sop. (G3 – Bb5): The real head of the family and the critical and moving force behind it; comedic actress with a sassy, 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; playful and child-like, hugely enthusiastic and totally unshakeable; a vaudevillian, needs strong comedy and tenor vocals.
Wednesday Addams, Pop voice with belt (A3 – E5): Gothic teen with a 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, Tenor (A2-F4): A charming, funny, “tween”-aged 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.
Grandma, Character vocals (G4 – F5): A feisty 102-year-old woman; fun and quirky, but don’t mess with Grandma; comedic actress with strong character vocals.
Lurch, Bass (Eb2-E4): Ideally tall; a man of very few words, often spoken at half speed; most of what he utters is long, plaintive groans, some tinged with irony or exasperation. A great character part!
Lucas Beineke, Pop Tenor (C3-C5): Young man who has fallen 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.
Mal Beineke, bari-tenor (C3-A4): Father of 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 Beineke, soprano/high belt (Ab3- G#5): Mother of Lucas, seemingly mousy (but secretly the opposite!); 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.
Ancestors, All Voice Types and Ages: A spooky and altogether kooky collection of characters from a whole bunch of different historical time periods and backgrounds; an integral and crucially important part of the entire show, singing and dancing up a storm, and having a silly good time! This group of wacky characters will be featured throughout the show. Each ancestor will have their own distinct character and name!
Pet Monsters, All Voice Types and Ages: As if the ancestors weren’t zany enough, this show will also feature a number of hilarious monsters populating the Addams estate! These characters will also have no shortage of singing and dancing opportunities and moments to shine!