The Addams Family
We will be presenting the brilliant musical version of The Addams Family in May/June this year. Come along to one (or both) of our workshops to find out more about what will be a hugely fun show, directed by Richard Gregg (Sweeney Todd, Legally Blonde).
In the weird, upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. Nonetheless, this quirky family still has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by any other family, and the spookiest nightmare faced by every family creates the focus of the musical: the Addams kids are growing up. The Addamses have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years and Gomez and Morticia, the patriarch and matriarch of the clan, would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is now a young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family —the most un-Addams sounding person one could be! And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.
Gomez Addams – Head of the family, husband of Morticia and father of Wednesday and Pugsley, must have great comedic timing, move well, and strong vocals.
Morticia Addams – The real head of the family and the critical and moving force behind it; easy comedic actress with a sexy, dry wit.
Uncle Fester - Serves as the musical’s narrator; rotund and child-like, hugely enthusiastic and totally incorrigible; a vaudevillian, needs strong comedy and vocals.
Grandma - Feisty 102 years old woman, fun and quirky, comedic actress with strong character vocals.
Wednesday Addams - 18 years old who is Gothic in a sexy way, witty 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 – 12 years old, a charming, funny boy who loves being tortured by his big 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
Lurch – The butler, a tall 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, low bass vocals.
Mal Beineke - Stuffy father of 19-year-old Lucas and exasperated husband to his rhyming wife, Alice.
Alice Beineke - Mother of Lucas, seemingly mousy housewife who, while at the Addams’ family dinner party, drinks a potion that causes her to let her hair down and speak her truth; very strong comedic singer/actress.
Lucas Beneike – 19 years old who has fallen in love with Wednesday Addams and plans to marry her.
The Ancesters – Caveman, Conquistador, Soldier, Pilgrim, Gambler, Cowboy, Saloon Girl, Bride, Flapper, Flight Attendant, Indian, Nurse etc