The Addams Family

The Addams Family: in their world, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams.  But, like any family, they face their challenges.  We meet them as ‘once a year they gather beneath the Family Tree to honour the great cycle of life and death’; when every member of the clan, living and dead, come together to celebrate.

This coincides with Wednesday, daughter and ultimate princess of darkness, turning 18. She has fallen in love with Lucas who is a sweet, clever young man from the respectable Beineke family. Her younger brother Pugsley misses the torturous attention of his sister; Morticia struggles to accept that her grown up daughter is changing; and Gomez just wishes everything could stay the same. Uncle Fester attempts to guide the family, reminding them that their ancestors will not be able to return to their graves until love prevails. The much more traditional Beineke family are invited to come to dinner and in one fateful, hilarious night the Addams Family’s world is turned upside down, as secrets are disclosed and relationships in both families are tested.

Our vision

This is a fabulous, whacky musical comedy with a witty script, glorious, larger than life characters and a wide variety of music and exciting musical numbers including pop, jazz, latin, vaudeville and some almost operatic choruses. The show opens with the Addams Family revealing that Wednesday has come of age. She emerges from a coffin, has her braids cut off and agrees to the family traditions which include finding a mate chosen for his honesty and passion.

Within a dark, gothic setting, we will see spectacular dance numbers in a variety of styles, enjoy the surprising warmth and humour of the varied characters and watch family relationships unravel and rebuild as love prevails.

There will be a fixed ‘Addams Family Mansion’ set and minimal furniture/torture apparatus, moved by cast in choreographed transitions.  A gauze to take us outside the mansion, painted floor to create texture, some physical theatre, magic tricks, pyrotechnics and dry ice.

The Ancestors, already involved in numerous musical numbers, will also be used as storytellers, driving the story, present in every scene and watching and guiding the family as well as facilitating the scene changes.

Production Team

Director/Choreographer – Sian Bowles-Bevan

This will be my second show as director/choreographer for BROS, my first being Sister Act at The Minack in 2019. I am delighted and excited to have been asked to take on the same role for The Addams Family. I have many years of experience directing and choreographing large company shows in a variety of theatres, many of which have been fortunate enough to be recognised by NODA for being ‘innovative and creative’; winning Flame Awards, Best Musical and Best Use of Chorus.

I had a lot of fun (and I think the company did too) rehearsing Sister Act and I always strive to ensure that the whole company work hard, but also enjoy the rehearsal process as much as show week – after all, we spend longer rehearsing than we do on stage! I like to discover and utilise the talent, experience and abilities of any cast, while also encouraging everyone to try something different and develop their performance skills.  We are going to have a lot of fun with this show; show casing very different singing, acting and dance/movement styles.

Musical director – Chiara Beebe

Chiara first joined the BROS family for their production of Sister Act in 2019 and is delighted to be Musical Director of The Addams Family. Primarily a classically trained cellist and singer, Chiara studied music at Manchester University where she was awarded the Proctor-Gregg Prize for excellence. An avid performer herself, her recent credits (across pit & stage) include The Last 5 Years, West Side Story, RENT, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and (almost – blame Coronavirus!) It Shoulda Been You. Chiara also has five years professional experience at artist management and booking agencies, liaising with renowned venues and music festivals around the world.

Feeling very fortunate to have spent the majority of 2020-21 in a mostly Covid-free Guernsey (Channel Islands), Chiara is now guest vocal coach at Guernsey’s Avril Earl Dance & Theatre Arts Centre and is completing a certificate in vocal coaching with The Voice College.

The Addams Family score has such a variety of styles from jazz and latin-infused numbers right the way through to some fairly operatic choruses and even pop ballads. There is something for everyone in this show! Chiara sees her role as helping to bring out the best from everybody in the room, making sure everyone feels well prepared and supported through the process and ensuring the standard of music making (particularly for this amazing stage) is exceptional.


The Addams Family Launch Night is 15th June at St Michaels Church (not church hall). Sign ups have now closed, but please email addamsfamily@brostc.org if you would like a copy of the video from launch night.
Workshop Sign Ups

As restrictions are in place when the workshops take place, these will also be planned carefully to ensure everybody gets the most out of their time in the room and is safe and compliant with guidelines.

Workshops are a place to chat to the director and musical director as well as learn the music, discuss the dialogue and learn the movement or choreography (as applicable) in person if you wish. If you can’t make it, or you aren’t able to sign up before all slots are full (30 person cap per workshop) all materials are available online in the Dropbox.

The form to sign up for a workshop is here: https://qd3948tx7p8.typeform.com/to/aCtl08jy
Audition Sign Ups
Time to take the plunge! There isn’t much more to say other than we can’t wait to see you audition! Please complete the following form to sign up and we will be in touch nearer the time regarding your audition slot.

Cast & Creative

Creative Team

Role Name
Director/Choreographer Sian Bowles-Bevan
Musical Director Chiara Beebe

Characters & Parts

Gomez Addams

35-55, 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.

Attributes: Strong vocals, strong movement/dancer, great comedy timing, fencing skills a plus (can be taught).

Morticia Addams

35-55, Alto-mezzo (G3 – Bb5)

Beautiful, leggy, passionate; the real head of the family and the moving force behind it. Feels her husband is hiding something from her and will use any tactic to lure the secret out.

Attributes: Strong vocals, easy comic timing, strong dancer, sexy, dry wit.

Uncle Fester

Any age, Tenor (C3 – C5),

Serves as the musical’s narrator; rotund and child-like, hugely enthusiastic and totally incorrigible; a vaudevillian.

Attributes: Strong comedy timing, strong tenor vocals, movement.

Wednesday Addams

18 -25 (to play 18), Strong pop voice with belt (A3 – E5)

Gothic in a sexy way; witty with a terrifically dry sense of humour; just wants her family to be “normal” for one night to meet the parents of the boy she’s fallen in love with.

Attributes: Strong vocals, movement

Pugsley Addams

Playing age 15, High Tenor

A 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.

Auditionees for the role of Pugsley will need to be completing year 11, i.e. be 16+ years of age. We welcome auditionees who may not find that the pitch of the audition song sits in their range as this can be adjusted. For any questions regarding this, please write to the MD at chiara.beebe@brostc.org.

Attributes: Strong high vocals, (pitch of songs adapted for adult voice).

Grandma

Any age

To play a feisty 102 yr old. Fun and quirky, but don’t mess with Grandma

Attributes: Strong character vocals, comedy actress

Lurch

Any age over 18, Bass (Eb2-E4)

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.

Attributes: Must be at least 6’1 – the taller the better. True low bass vocals, comedy timing.

Mal Beineke

40-55, Baritone (C3-A4)

Stuffy father of 19-year-old Lucas and exasperated husband to his wife, Alice. Thinks the Addams’ are beyond strange and does not want to spend time having dinner with them, much less be related.

Attributes: Movement

Alice Beineke

40-55, Soprano & high belt

Mother of 19-year-old Lucas, seemingly mousy housewife who’s devoted to her family and irritates her husband by putting her thoughts into rhyme.  While at the Addams’ family dinner party, she drinks a potion that causes her to let her hair down and speak her truth.

Attributes: Strong comedic actress, strong singer able to carry classical / operatic style.

Lucas Beineke

18-25 to play 19, Tenor (C3-C5)

Attractive, in shape young man; 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.

Attributes: Pop voice, movement.

The Ancestors

18 and older, SATB

A mixture of ages and gender; quirky and funny characters who come back from the dead to celebrate the Addams Family Tree, portraying historical archetypes. They can’t return to their graves until love prevails. Their focus is to guide the family towards the right choices.

Attributes: Strong contemporary singers, hold tight harmonies, strong dancers.

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Show Date: 16th - 22nd January 2022

Venue: Richmond Theatre

Audition Information

The Addams Family Launch Night is 15th June at St Michaels Church (not church hall). Sign ups have now closed, but please email addamsfamily@brostc.org if you would like a copy of the video from launch night.
Workshop Sign Ups

As restrictions are in place when the workshops take place, these will also be planned carefully to ensure everybody gets the most out of their time in the room and is safe and compliant with guidelines.

Workshops are a place to chat to the director and musical director as well as learn the music, discuss the dialogue and learn the movement or choreography (as applicable) in person if you wish. If you can’t make it, or you aren’t able to sign up before all slots are full (30 person cap per workshop) all materials are available online in the Dropbox.

The form to sign up for a workshop is here: https://qd3948tx7p8.typeform.com/to/aCtl08jy
Audition Sign Ups
Time to take the plunge! There isn’t much more to say other than we can’t wait to see you audition! Please complete the following form to sign up and we will be in touch nearer the time regarding your audition slot.
Audition Information
Auditions for The Addams Family will be held on Thursday 24th June and Sunday 27th June 2021. Audition materials are now available HERE!
Auditions will comprise dialogue, singing and movement as applicable for the roles and you can find details of requirements in the folder linked above.  
Dance Audition
Ancestors, Morticia and Gomez will be required to do a dance audition. We welcome all levels of dance and the routine will be very accessible. We want you to ‘have a go’, push yourselves out of your comfort zone and make it your own; we do not expect everyone to be able to execute the dance perfectly. For the Ancestors we are looking for 16 individual, quirky and character lead performances. We hope to have a mixture of excellent dancers and enthusiastic/musical/rhymical dancers.  We encourage you to put your own spin on the steps and make them your own.
Other roles will be required to do a movement audition.
Routines will be taught at the workshops – if you are unable to attend the workshops to learn the movement audition, please email addamsfamily@brostc.org.uk and we will make a video version available to you.
Inclusivity
BROS TC have an open audition and casting policy, and unless a particular characteristic is stated within the character descriptions, we welcome auditions from everyone and actively encourage auditions from people currently underrepresented within amateur dramatics.

Key Dates

Event Name Date Time Location
Presentation Evening June 15, 2021 8pm St Michael's Church (not church hall)
Workshop June 17, 2021 8pm-10pm St Michael's Hall
Workshop June 20, 2021 11am-2pm
Workshop June 22, 2021 8pm-10pm St Michael's Hall
Workshop and early auditions June 24, 2021 St Michael's Hall
Auditions June 27, 2021
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