2m, 4f, 2boy(s), 1girl(s)
Performers of varying ethnicities, body types and ages are encouraged to attend.
ALISON BECHDEL – 43 years old, lesbian cartoonist; wry, pragmatic, super intelligent; Alison is stuck artistically, and goes in search of the pieces of the story of her father’s demise in an effort to heal herself. Range: Alto – low E to belt C#5.
MEDIUM ALISON – Alison Bechdel as a freshman at Oberlin College (able to play 19), discovering her sexuality; incredibly well-read, hyper-intelligent, socially awkward, and overjoyed by sex. Range: Alto – strong mix-belt to C and effortless mix to E5.
SMALL ALISON – To play 9-11 years old, Alison Bechdel as a child; precocious and opinionated, yet because of the era she’s growing up in, she doesn’t have the vocabulary to fully define herself. Range: B to B // May be double cast.
BRUCE BECHDEL – Alison’s father, high-school English teacher and funeral home director, spends his spare time on the historic restoration of his home; complex man with a hot temper as a result of years of repression; can be caring and attentive to his children but is also quick to anger; must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song; range B to G.
HELEN BECHDEL – Alison’s mother; intelligent, composed, with a quiet coiled intensity; formerly a promising actress, now an English teacher, she is frustrated and exhausted by her tumultuous, emotionally abusive marriage. Range: Mezzo – A flat to strong mixed E5
CHRISTIAN BECHDEL – Alison’s brother, he tries to be the leader but is overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality. Must be able to sing harmonies and move well. // May be double cast.
JOHN BECHDEL – Alison’s younger brother; like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination. Must be able to sing harmonies and move well. // May be double cast.
JOAN – A student at Oberlin; she exudes a confident, sexual energy, with a dry sense of humor; unlike Alison, Joan is very comfortable in her skin and openly identifies as a lesbian. Range: Alto – must handle harmonies very well but no solo singing.
ROY/MARK/PETE/BOBBY JEREMY – Roy, a young man Bruce hires to do yard work; Pete, a mourner who visits the funeral home; Mark, a high school junior; Bobby Jeremy, the lead singer of a band in Alison’s imagination. Good-looking singer with a strong clean 70s pop sound. Range: High pop tenor to a B4.
When: Saturday, May 4th at 2:00pm
(Registration begins at 1:30p, auditions will begin promptly at 2:00p)
Where: Limelight Theatre | 11 Old Mission Avenue | St. Augustine, FL 32084
Production Dates: July 26 – Aug. 25, 2019
ABOUT THE SHOW:
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
Music by Jeanine Tesori | Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Directed by Bradley Akers | Music Direction by Shelli Long
- 16 – 32 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show that shows vocal and acting ability.
- Headshot & Resume. (A simple cell phone photo will suffice in lieu of a professional headshot)
- All known conflicts from now until August 25, 2019.
NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR:
Thanks for your interest in being a part of Fun Home! Auditions are one of my favorite parts of the process. Please remember something – I want to cast you! So, show us what you have. Be yourself – be confident – relax – and enjoy yourself. Don’t let this audition be a scary thing because I want to see your most authentic self. Fun Home is an extremely important piece of theatre and our job is to honor this beautiful story. I am looking for folks that are serious about challenging themselves, challenging me, digging deep, and committing 150%.