The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County announces upcoming auditions for Camden Community Theatre’s production of The Addams Family, a new musical. Auditions will be held Sunday and Monday, Aug. 20 and 21 at 6 p.m. in the Wood Auditorium. The Addams Family will be directed by FAC Educational and Theater Director Jami Steele. Jaston Hawes will serve as the musical director for the production.
Director Jami Steele asks of folks who plan to audition to, “please look back to the original television show, and not Broadway actors for these characters. We want to see the original Addams Family characters onstage.” Roles are available for ages 16 and up, with the exception of the role for Pugsley, who should be age 10-12.
Interested people need to be able to sing a sample song of at least 16 bars. You may bring back up music on a device or CD. Your range will be checked by the musical director. Please come dressed for movement and ready to dance. Available roles include:
• Gomez Addams: Actor to play 50s. A man in his prime, of Spanish descent and a wild Iberian passion. He adores 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. Must have great comedic timing, strong tenor voice and the moves for the tango.
• Morticia Addams: Actor to play 40-50s. Holds the balance of power in the family; often seems like the only emotionally mature member of the clan. Beautiful and aristocratic, the real head of the family, always sees the best in people. Must be a great dancer who is funny and sings well, alto/mezzo soprano.
• Uncle Fester: Actor to play 40-50s. The narrator of the piece, Fester is child-like, hugely enthusiastic and totally incorrigible. A vaudevillian, needs strong comedy and tenor voice.
• Wednesday Addams: Actor to play age 17. Romantic lead, a younger version of Morticia. Needs a great pop/rock style singing voice and a witty, dry sense of humor.
• Grandmama: Actor to play 102! We’ll take younger though. Ancient. Good-natured, easily led. Very active for her age. Character singer with strong humor.
• Pugsley Addams: Actor to play age 10-12. Plump, adorable and funny ... a smaller version of Gomez. His singing voice needs to be big and unchanged.
• Lurch: Actor, 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. Must have a true low bass voice.
• Colonel Mal Beinecke: Actor to play 45-50. Military man, a man who must be obeyed, with little patience for his wife and son. High bari-tenor voice.
• Alice Beinecke: Actor to play early 40s. She truly loves her husband and loves that he takes charge; so she makes no decisions. Since he has become more distant, she has refocused her love to her only son, Lucas. Must be very funny and sing well -- soprano/belter.
• Lucas Beinecke: Actor to play 19. A writer, he has conflicts with his father’s closed-minded ways. Fell in love with Wednesday at first sight. Lucas feels good when everybody’s happy. Needs to be a great pop/rock singer.
• Addams Family Ancestors: Male and female ensemble singers/dancers from all ages of time who are fun, energetic and quirky. Solo and small group parts available.
The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. 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 weren’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. For specific questions regarding the auditions, please call Jami Steele at 425-7676, ext. 310.
Produced with special permission by TRW, NY, NY. Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Based on characters created by Charles Addams. Originally produced on Broadway by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/Mary LuRoffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Company/Clarence, LLC, Adam Zotovich/Tribe.
For more information about the FAC call (803) 425-7676, extension 300, or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org. The FAC’s box office, 810 Lyttleton St., in Camden. is open Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The FAC is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the city of Camden, Kershaw County, Duke Energy and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.