Auditions

Fun Home

Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron

Music by Jeanine Tesori

Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel

Directed by Eric Butler

Music Directed by Lenny McGuire 

Choreography by Denise Day

Stage Managed by Alexis Prosser

Set Design by Ed Savage

Light and Sound Design by Vic Kruczynski

Costume Design by Aimee Kewley

Produced by Lisa Mielnicki and Robin Shropshire 

Audition Dates:

Interested in auditioning for FUN HOME? Please contact Eric at butler.e.a@gmail.com. 

Audition Location:

WCLOC Theatre Company

21 Grandview Ave.

Worcester, MA

Production Dates:

April 24 – May 3

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • 16-32 bars in the style of the show; accompanist will be available at auditions, please come prepared with sheet music.

  • Select readings from the show. Please see Audition Packet

QUESTIONS?: Email Director Eric Butler at butler.e.a@gmail.com

SYNOPSIS

The Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home traces the coming-of-age of lesbian author Alison Bechdel, from her youth, to her years at Oberlin College, and finally to the present, where Alison, now grown, is struggling to write her own graphic autobiography. As Alison reflects on her past, she struggles to make sense of it, particularly her relationship with her father, Bruce, a closeted gay man and the owner of the family business -- the Bechdel Funeral Home (“fun” home, as it’s known to young Alison and her brothers, John and Christian). As she watches her father’s self-loathing consume him, Alison recognizes her own experience of discovering, and ultimately embracing, her identity. As Fun Home progresses, Alison is drawn deeper and deeper into her memories, finally entering into them, desperate (but unable) to reverse her father’s self-destruction. An unforgettable and groundbreaking musical, Fun Home explores the haunting pull of memory and the power it has to alternately destroy or shape, our identity.

CHARACTERS 

 

ALISON – Alison Bechdel in her early 40s. The narrator of this story. Now a self-aware adult, she is able to reflect insightfully on her own life and her relationship with her father before his tragic death. Range = low E to light belt C sharp.

 

MEDIUM ALISON – (Early to mid-20s to play 19) - Alison Bechdel as a freshman at Oberlin college, discovering her sexuality. For an incredibly well-read, hyper-intelligent young woman, her uncertainty about who she is makes her socially awkward at times. Strong mix-belt to C and effortless mix to E.

 

SMALL ALISON Alison Bechdel as a child, around 8-9 years old when we meet her. Precocious and opinionated. On the cusp of finding herself and forming her own views on how a girl her age should behave and dress. Seeking an actress who is confident and intelligent. Must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song, natural sound, B to B.

BRUCE BECHDEL – Alison’s father, 40s. A high-school English teacher and funeral home director, who spends his spare time on the historic restoration of his home. A complex man with a hot temper as a result of years of repression. He can be caring and attentive to his children but is also quick to anger. Range = B to G.

 

HELEN BECHDEL – Alison’s mother, 40s. Frustrated and exhausted by her tumultuous marriage. She has spent her life trying to be a good mother and wife while turning a blind eye to the irreverent activities of her husband. Range = A flat to strong mixed E.

 

CHRISTIAN BECHDEL – Alison’s older brother, around 10 years old when we meet him. As the oldest of the three children he strives to be the leader, but is sometimes overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality. Seeking a singer with a natural sound, good sense of harmony and pitch.

 

JOHN BECHDEL – Alison’s younger brother, around 6-8 years old when we meet him. Like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination. Looks up to his siblings. Seeking a singer with a natural sound, good sense of harmony and pitch.

 

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. Must be comfortable with harmony singing, alto lines.

 

ROY / PETE/ MARK / 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. Seeking a singer with a strong clean 70s pop sound - to a B.

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