Audition for Fun Home
Book by Lisa Kron. Music by Jeanine Tesori.
Please note that this show contains adult themes including sexuality and suicide, language
REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will begin in early June. Your participation is a serious commitment and rehearsal attendance is very important. However, rehearsal schedules have some flexibility depending on cast conflicts, holidays, vacations and work schedules. We understand that you are volunteering your time and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule. Please make sure to list all known conflicts on your audition form. If cast in the show, please notify the stage manager of any new conflicts that come up. Actors will not be called to every rehearsal. You will only be called to rehearsal when you are needed.
PERFORMANCES: July 26 – August 12. Thursday – Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 3:00. 12 performances.
AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held on April 7th from 10am – 2pm. You will be assigned a 15 minute audition slot when you sign up. You may choose a preferred time, but they will be given on a first come, first serve basis.
If you are out of town, away at college or can otherwise not attend auditions on this date please let us know and we can arrange a Skype or video audition, or an alternate date and time.
If you would like to rent a copy of the script please contact Nicole Reiter-Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUDITION LOCATION: Eagles Hall, 210 N Corry, Fort Bragg, CA
PRODUCTION STAFF: DIRECTOR/VOCAL DIRECTOR | Jenni Windsor
MUSIC DIRECTOR | Jack Leung
STAGE MANAGER | Andrew Atkinson
PRODUCER | Nicole Reiter Atkinson
THE STORY: When her father dies unexpectedly, lesbian 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, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. A refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grownup eyes.
CASTING: Males and Females, age 8-50+; all ethnicities. Character breakdown is below the audition form.
ALISON A lesbian cartoonist, 43 years old; narrator; 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; must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song. Female, 35-50 (Vocal Range: low E to light belt C sharp, Alto, Belter)
MEDIUM ALISON A freshman at Oberlin College, discovering her sexuality; an incredibly well-read, hyper-intelligent teenager; her uncertainty about who she is makes her socially awkward at times; must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song. Female, 18-22 (Vocal Range: strong mix-belt to C and effortless mix to E, Alto)
SMALL ALISON A young girl, 9 years old - Alison Bechdel as a child; precocious and opinionated; on the cusp of finding herself and forming her own views on how a girl her age should behave and dress; confident and intelligent; strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song, natural sound, B to B. Female, 8-14
BRUCE BECHDEL Alison’s father, high-school English teacher, 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. Male, 40-52 (Vocal Range: B to G, Tenor)
HELEN Alison’s mother; frustrated, exhausted by her tumultuous marriage; has spent her life trying to be a good mother and wife while turning a blind eye to the irreverent activities of her husband; must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song. Female, 35-50 (Vocal Range: A flat to strong mixed E, Mezzo)
CHRISTIAN BECHDEL Alison’s brother; oldest of the three children; strives to be the leader, but is sometimes overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality; seeking a singer (pre-pubescent) with a natural sound, good sense of harmony and pitch. Male, 10-15.
JOHN BECHDEL Alison’s younger brother; 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. Male, 8-12
JOAN A student at Oberlin; 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. Female, 18-22 (Vocal Range: Alto)
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; singer with a strong clean 70s pop sound. Male, 20-30 (Vocal Range: to a B, high Tenor)