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Auditions for “Addams Family, the Musical” set for July 21-22

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Wheaton Drama proudly announces auditions for “Addams Family, the Musical” on Sunday July 21 and Monday July 22.  Callbacks will be scheduled for Tuesday July 23 if needed. The show is directed by Dan Hitzemann, Musical director is Amy Brockman and Choreographer is Kate McIlvain. The show will run Friday-Sunday, September 13 – October 6, with TWO shows on Saturdays (2p and 7:30p). There are no Thursday performances.

Auditions on Sunday July 21 will begin at 2PM.  Auditions on Monday July 22 will begin at 7PM.

We ask you that you sign up for auditions at  WDIAddams@gmail.com.  You can request which day you would prefer, but we will assign the times on a first come, first serve basis.  Each day will have three one-hour blocks to which you will be assigned. These blocks will rotate between singing, dancing and some cold readings.

Please complete the audition form found here and return to WDIAddams@gmail.com with your preferred audition date.  Something will get back to you with a confirmation of your time and any further information.

Audition Requirements

Please prepare 32 bars of a song, not from this musical but in the style of the show.  You must provide your own sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. You will also be asked to learn a simple dance combination, so please dress to move.  Cold readings will be provided, and you will have an opportunity to read for any desired role as well as at the director’s discretion. All roles are available. 

This is a non-Equity production; there is no pay.

DANCE WORKSHOP

A dance workshop will be provided for those who would like to shake off the rust or just get a sense of the steps that will be used for the audition.  This is NOT MANDATORY but provided for those who want to learn a step or two.

This will be held Sunday July 14th at 2PM at WDI.  Please come in comfortable clothing and shoes.  

Show Description

This is the Addams family, based on the Addams cartoons with nods to the 60’s TV show and the 90’s movies. The Addams children have grown, and Wednesday has fallen in love with a very normal boy.  Chaos ensures as the Addams roll out the red carpet for the boy’s family and secrets, potions and love help to win the day.

We are presenting this in a 30’s style “spotlight” show, with plenty of surprises and involvement for our ancestor chorus.

Character Breakdown

Please note, age ranges are ages of the characters, not necessarily the actors portraying them with the exception of Wednesday who must be 18 or older.

Gomez Addams –  Aged 35-55

Husband to Morticia, if indeed they are married at all… a crafty schemer, but also a jolly man in his own way… though sometimes misguided… sentimental and often puckish – optimistic, he is in full enthusiasm for his dreadful plots… is sometimes seen in a rather formal dressing gown… the only one who smokes.

Morticia Addams – Aged 30-55

The real head of the family… low-voiced, incisive and subtle, smiles are rare… ruined beauty… contemptuous and original and with fierce family loyalty… even in disposition, muted, witty, sometimes deadly… given to low-keyed rhapsodies about her garden of deadly nightshade, henbane and dwarf’s hair…” 


Wednesday Addams – Aged 19-25

Child of woe is wan and delicate…sensitive and on the quiet side, she loves the picnics and outings to the underground caverns…loves the color black…a solemn child, prim in dress and, on the whole, pretty lost…secretive and imaginative, poetic, seems underprivileged and given to occasional tantrums…has six toes on one foot…” 

Pugsley Addams – Aged 13-17

An energetic monster of a boy… blond red hair, popped blue eyes and a dedicated troublemaker, in other words the kid next door… genius in his own way, he makes toy guillotines, full-size racks, threatens to poison his sister, can turn himself into a Mr. Hyde with an ordinary chemical set… his voice is hoarse… is sometimes allowed an occasional cigar” 

Uncle Fester  – Aged ?

Uncle Fester is incorrigible and, except for the good nature of the family and the ignorance of the police, would ordinarily be under lock and key… the eyes are pig-like and deeply embedded… he likes to fish, but usually employs dynamite… he keeps falcons on the roof which he uses for hunting… his one costume, summer and winter, is a black great coat with an enormous collar… he is fat with pudgy little hands and feet.” 

Lurch – Aged ?

” This towering mute has been shambling around the house forever… He is not a very good butler but a faithful one… One eye is opaque, the scanty hair is damply clinging to his narrow flat head… generally the family regards him as something of a joke.” 

Grandmama – Aged ?

This disrespectful old hag is the mother of Gomez… she willingly helps with the dishes, cheats at solitaire and is roughly dishonest… the complexion is dark, the hair is white and frizzy and uncombed… she has a light beard and a large mole… foolishly good-natured… fumbling, weak character… is easily fooled.” 

Mel Bienkie – Aged 35-65

A midwestern conservative businessman.  Has done well for himself, but has spent too much time at the office to understand his wife or his son.  Would rather be anywhere else.

Alice Bienkie – Aged 35-65 

Mid-western housewife and Mom.  She has been waiting for something to come along to shake up her humdrum existence.  

Lukas Bienkie – Aged 19-25

College student who desperately doesn’t want to be his Dad.  Very in love with Wednesday as she represents all the adventure he is missing and is unsure of in his life.

Addams Ancestors – Chorus

15 Chorus members

Some of the chorus will be youth from 12-18 and the rest will be adults 18+.  Numbers may vary.

The Chorus will be made up of various characters from throughout Addams history.  The actors will also be used as scenery, puppeteers and extra dancers for various scenes.  We are looking for creative singers, dancers and actors who are willing to create these various characters (cavemen, soldiers, flappers, nurses, farmers, lords and ladies, etc…) and also play a variety of roles on the stage from statue to lamp.

2019/2020 Audition Schedule

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Wheaton Drama is proud to announce its audition schedule for the 2019/2020 Season. Save the date information is listed below for each of the shows, and more information about time, place and requirements for each show are forthcoming on our website and social media. Mark your calendars now – and join us in making the 2019/2020 Season at Wheaton Drama remarkable!

  • The Addams Family Auditions – July 21, July 22; Callbacks – July 23; Optional Dance Workshop –  Sunday July 14. Auditions will be scheduled in group rotations.
  • Moonlight and Magnolias Auditions – Sep 15, Sep 16; Callbacks – Sep 17. Auditions will be in scheduled time slots.
  • Merry Mad Mid-Mod Auditions – Aug 4. Auditions will be in scheduled time slots.
  • Little Women The Broadway Musical Auditions –  Nov 3, Nov 4; Callbacks – Nov 5.
  • Hauptmann Auditions – Jan 19, Jan 20; Callbacks – Jan 22. Auditions will be in scheduled time slots.
  • Peter and the Starcatcher Auditions – March 22, March 23; Callbacks March 24. Auditions will be in scheduled time slots.

Director Application: 2019-2020 Season

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Wheaton Drama is now accepting applications from members who are interested in directing for the 2019-2020 Season.

If you are interested in directing one of these shows, please submit an application to Artistic Committee Chair Christine Pfenninger at: christine.pfenninger@icloud.com by FEBRUARY 15, 2019. A separate application must be filed for each show you are submitting to direct.

The Artistic Committee will interview all prospective Directors on Tuesday Feb. 26 or Wednesday Feb. 27 from 7-10pm in WDI’s Green Room (basement). If necessary, additional interviews may be held on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 7-10pm. The Artistic Committee Chair will contact prospective directors to schedule an appointment.

If selected to direct, part of your commitment to Wheaton Drama will be participation in a post-show survey/interview  with a Board liaison. Additional information and job descriptions will be forwarded once your appointment is set.

Announcement of the season’s shows and directors will be published in the April 2019 TYRO.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS 2/15/2019

2019-2020 Season Shows

  • The Addams Family (Sept 13-Oct 5, 2019 – 15 shows) (musical)
  • Moonlight & Magnolias (Nov 15-Dec 8, 2019 – 14 shows) (comedic play)
  • Little Women: The Musical (Jan 17-Feb 9, 2020 – 15 shows) (musical)
  • Hauptmann (Mar 20- Apr 5, 2020 – 11 shows) (dramatic play)
  • Peter & The Starcatcher (May 22-Jun 14, 2020 – 15 performances) (play with music)


Please note there is no pay or stipend for this position.

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