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THE ADDAMS FAMILY VIVO D'ARTE & AYLESBURY WATERSIDE THEATRE STAGE EXPERIENCE 2019 INFORMATION PAGE

WELCOME

Thank you for your interest in the Vivo D’Arte and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Stage Experience Summer 2019, THE ADDAMS FAMILY. This information page contains everything you need to know about the Stage Experience 2019.

We are looking for a cast of committed, passionate and talented young people to join us this summer in our production of The Addams Family. Participants must be aged at least 8, and no older than 25 years old on Monday 5th August 2019 (other ages considered at our discretion).

If you are under 18 years of age please make sure that you share this information with your parents or guardians.

APPLY FOR AN AUDITION

Once you have read through this Information Page please click on the button below to apply for an audition:

Please note the online Audition Application Form should be completed by 22nd February 2019. For safety reasons the number of spaces for auditioning and taking part in Stage Experience are limited. This is to make sure that all participants are supervised properly and get the very best out of their time with us; therefore we may not be able to accept everyone that applies or auditions.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • 22nd February 2019 – APPLICATION DEADLINE
  • 3rd & 10th March 2019 – AUDITIONS
  • 30th April 2019 – FEE DEPOSIT DUE
  • 31st May 2019 – BALANCE OF FEES DUE
  • 5th August to 18th August -The Addams Family Stage Experience (please see separate schedule). This includes the middle Saturday and second Sunday. We will share the finalised rehearsal schedule to the chosen cast before Stage Experience begins. YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR THE ENTIRE TWO WEEK DURATION!
  • 15th August 2018 - 18th August 2018 - PERFORMANCES: four performances including a matinée on Saturday 17th. We are asking cast to keep Sunday 18th August free.

AGE RANGE

Stage Experience Performers

Age 8 to 25 years at time of first rehearsal date - these ages are at our discretion and we may consider participants older or younger. Please email:

Stage Experience Technical

Stage Experience Technical participants can choose to be involved in a wide range of back stage activity including: lighting / sound / hair & makeup / costume / set & stage). You must be aged 16 and going into year 12 in September 2019 or older up to 25 years at time of the first rehearsal date.

FEES

Fees for Stage Experience are £155 per participant.

(Where a family has more than one member in Stage Experience, each additional sibling will be charged at £125 per participant.)

The Stage Experience fee does not include meals or transportation.

A £90 deposit is payable for each participant by 30th April 2019 to secure your place. The balance of the fees must be paid by 31st May 2019.

Payment details will be sent if you are offered a place.

ABOUT THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice

Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

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 parent

Take a look at the trailer from the National Tour!

THE ADDAMS FAMILY - STAGE EXPERIENCE

The Addams Family Stage Experience provides an opportunity for young people to come together with a professional team to create high quality theatre. Performing on the main stage at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre in a full-scale production with live orchestra, professional lighting and sound, set, costumes, hair and makeup will make it an experience not to be missed. It’s not just about being on stage - the memories and new friendships made and not to mention the skills learnt and the confidence built will make Stage Experience something special to everyone involved. We expect hard work, and commitment from everyone in the cast and team to ensure that the final production is exceptional.

TESTIMONIALS

Our two previous Stage Experiences at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Whistle Down the Wind and Oliver! were highly acclaimed and received 5 star reviews. But what matters to us most is what our participants and parents say:

“This experience has been amazing for my daughter. She was treated with respect, given so much positive advice. She felt so much part of the team. The finished performance was worthy of the West End and I felt so proud of not just my daughter and her friends but of every single one of those young people on the stage.”

Parent

“It is an amazing experience to be part of, the quality of the shows are of a professional standard. Absolutely love Vivo D’Arte.”

Participant

“The best two weeks of my life”

Participant

“Just that as a parent I’m so incredibly grateful for the time and energy you’ve invested in both my children. The show was great, the production amazing, but the experience for my kids was priceless. Thank you!”

Parent

“Life changing for the young people lucky enough to be involved.”

Parent

“I loved working with Vivo because they do such good productions. They don’t bully you and are kind.”

Participant

“I hope I can do it again every year until I’m 25, I loved every single minute of it and part of it. I wish next summer would come round again fast, because I’ll miss it so much."

Participant

“This was my son's second year with Vivo, it was amazing to see the difference a year makes on and off stage! Vivo really do care about each and every child/young adult and the shows are definitely of West End standard!"

Parent

“It’s the first time my daughter has been involved with Vivo - and she absolutely loved it. From my perspective the communication was good, information was forthcoming and the organisation was very good. Right from the off it was apparent that Vivo cared, appreciated the children and wanted them to enjoy themselves whilst performing. My daughter is hooked!”

Parent

I can’t explain what an incredible transformation I saw in my daughter, someone who would freeze in front of someone and could barely open her mouth to sing a line, to a confident happy performer who enjoyed her moments in front of that huge audience of hundreds of people!"

Parent

“The end result was a show that wouldn’t have been out of place on the west end. All the performers gave it their absolute best. My daughter had a fabulous two weeks renewing friendships, making new friends and having a brilliant stage experience."

Parent

"It is truly a magical thing that happens over these two weeks which will leave its mark on our hearts forever. Thank you to all involved in making dreams come true.”

Parent

“Quality of talent the young ones are exposed to is outstanding. Loving family nurturing culture of the Vivo company.”

Parent

“The show was amazing, the whole environment is encouraging and nurturing.”

Parent

“Everyone is so kind and truly care for each other. The quality of the shows are outstanding and the staff are the kindest people.”

Participant

CHILD SAFEGUARDING

Vivo D’Arte provide DBS checked staff and chaperones.

Full details about Vivo D’Arte’s Child Safeguarding Policy and Child Protection Procedures can be found here:

REHEARSALS

All rehearsals will take place at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.

During the first week, rehearsals will begin at 10am - please see separate schedule for details. Please note we endeavour to keep to the schedule but there may be changes nearer the time. We will give you as much notice as possible about any changes. We ensure rehearsal times keep within the guidelines set out by the Child performance and activities licensing legislation in England.

During the second week nearer the performance dates, the rehearsal days will be longer and may finish as late as 10pm. For the longer days there will be an additional break for dinner so we ask parents to ensure their children are prepared for the time commitment and bring suitable provisions.

COSTUMES

Vivo D’Arte will provide the majority of your costumes. Participants may be asked to provide other basic elements of costume, like footwear, tights, socks etc that can be found easily at home, or from a charity shop.

KEEPING IN TOUCH

We know that providing good communication will ensure that the rehearsals and the show run smoothly so please check all the forms are filled out correctly. We will keep you informed of any changes to schedules and we are easily contactable should you have any questions.

AUDITIONS

3rd and 10th March 2018

Stage participants:

All auditions take place at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. You will be notified of your audition date and time slot. Please be prepared to be available for both audition dates.

Parents may wait in the foyer during the auditions but are not permitted to watch the auditions themselves.

Once everyone is signed in we will introduce the participants to the Production Team and explain how the auditions will be run. Please bring plenty to eat and drink. There may be some waiting around so we suggest you bring a book or quiet things to do to keep yourself occupied. Vivo D’Arte and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre will not take any responsibility for personal belongings that may get lost

Audition clothing and footwear: So you can move around freely and safely we ask participants to wear sensible clothing and footwear (jazz shoes, black plimsoles, soft soled shoes). Please tie back long hair and avoid wearing jewelry.

Songs and dialogue to learn for the auditions will be issued nearer to the audition dates.

Technical participants:

All interviews will take place at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. You will be notified of your interview date and time slot. Please be prepared to be available for both audition dates. The Technical Team will take all participants interested in backstage work and discuss the areas that they could be involved in. Spaces are limited for Technical participants to ensure your safety and enjoyment. There are positions available in the following areas: Wardrobe, Props, Set, Lighting, Sound, Stage Management and Set painting. Technical participants will need to wear appropriate clothing - all black clothes during performance, sensible shoes and protective clothing and including for some roles steel toe-capped boots - the technical team can recommend reasonably priced footwear for you to buy.

PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS

Gomez Addams

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; must have great comedic timing, move well, and strong vocals. (Tenor)

Morticia Addams

Beautiful, leggy, the real head of the family and the critical and moving force behind it; easy comedic actress with a sexy, dry wit; feels her husband is hiding something from her and will use any tactic to lure the secret out; a strong dancer (Alto/Mezzo Soprano).

Uncle Fester

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

Grandma

Strong character vocals: Fun and quirky, but don’t mess with Grandma; comedic actress .

Wednesday Addams

Strong pop voice with belt: 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.

Pugsley Addams

Strong high vocals, unbroken voice: 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.

Lurch

Seeking actors the taller the better; 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; must have true low bass vocals.

Mal Beineke

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

Alice Beineke

Mother of 19-year-old Lucas, seemingly mousy housewife who’s 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.(soprano/high belt).

Lucas Beinecke

Attractive 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. (Pop tenor)

DECISIONS

You will be notified of the result of your audition or technical interview within a week after the final auditions. The full cast list will be made public once all the emails have gone out and the roles have been accepted. Please note that the decision of the production team is final.

SPREAD THE NEWS

We can’t wait to meet everyone at the auditions. Please be sure to spread the word about this amazing theatrical opportunity and let all your friends know about the auditions.

ABOUT VIVO D’ARTE

VIVO D’ARTE Ltd is a theatre arts training organisation and production company. Through musical theatre, opera and classical singing we offer a range of different stage experiences. Vivo D’Arte takes great pride in the high quality of our productions. Many of our casts from previous shows are now studying at, or are graduates of some of the leading performing arts and music institutions in the UK including Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Guildford School of Acting, LAMDA, Italia Conti, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and many more. We also have cast who have gone on to perform professionally in West End theatres, with touring companies, at other professional theatres.

Vivo D’Arte works in traditional theatre settings as well as finding new and innovative spaces to perform in. Our production company focuses on creating performance opportunities for graduates and students as well as older performers who may be professional or semi professional. Our popular Vivo Youth Theatre company provides opportunities for performers to have high quality stage experiences. In Summer 2017 we ran our first collaborative Stage Experience with Aylesbury Waterside Theatre with our highly acclaimed production of Oliver! followed by the equally successful Whistle Down the Wind in 2018. In 2017 and 2018 our production company presented five star reviewed productions of Parade and Rent with professional casts at the Frogmore Paper Mill near Hemel Hempstead. These productions have attracted interest from around the world including Broadway.com and Playbill.com as well as renowned casting directors and leading agents attending our shows. Earlier this year we opened the Vivo D'Arte School of Theatre Arts in partnership with Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.

We have a wealth of experience to draw upon to help mentor, support and nurture our participants. We want what is best for them, yet have the highest expectations of our cast. We open their eyes to what they thought was impossible. There’s never a dull moment. We aim to make everything we do as purposeful, exciting and interesting as possible. We create a secure, family environment where everyone feels safe and confident to be themselves. All Vivo D’Arte activities are run by a team of excellent practitioners and professionals. Our committed, innovative and creative team work hard to produce the highest standards in all we do. Vivo D’Arte are thrilled to be working with Aylesbury Waterside Theatre again to create Stage Experience - The Addams Family this Summer 2019.

PREVIOUS VIVO D'ARTE STAGE EXPERIENCES AT AYLESBURY WATERSIDE THEATRE

Whistle Down the Wind - 2018

Promo video

Rehearsal video - see what it's like preparing for a show with Vivo D'Arte

Oliver! - 2017

DON'T FORGET TO APPLY FOR YOUR AUDITION!

DEADLINE 22nd FEBRUARY 2019

If you have any questions please email:

Vivo D'Arte in partnership with Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Stage Experience 2019: The Addams Family Stage Experience, funded by Aylesbury Vale District Council.

“THE ADDAMS FAMILY” is presented through special arrangement with and all authorised performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 122-124 Regent Street, 3rd floor, London W1B 5SA. www.theatricalrights.co.uk

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