Villagers Theatre announces open auditions for its February Musical
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the Original Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel
Sunday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 22 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Callbacks Thursday, October 24 by invitation only
February 7 – 23, 2020
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM
Sundays at 2 PM
Auditions and performances will be held at
475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873
Casting 6 adults (4 women, 2 men) and 3 children (1 girl, 2 boys) for Fun Home, the Tony Award winning musical that is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. All roles are open.
Directed by Richard Butler, with Musical Direction by Kyle Buchanan
Please prepare 16-32 bars of a contemporary musical theatre song in the style of show. Please do not sing a song from the show. Come prepared with sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided (please no recorded tracks).
You can sign up using the link at the bottom of this notice. Please come to your audition prepared to list known conflicts between November 1, 2019 and February 23, 2020. If available, please bring a headshot or recent photo.
Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. 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.
ALISON BECHDEL, female, reads age 43, Mezzo-Soprano (E3-D5): Lesbian cartoonist; wry, pragmatic, super intelligent; she is at a standstill artistically and is re-examining her own life and her sometimes difficult relationship with her father, determined to piece together a truer version of her father’s life than the one she’s hung onto since he died.
BRUCE BECHDEL, male, plays ages 33 to 43, Baritone (B2-G4): Alison’s father, a closeted gay man. He is 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.
HELEN BECHDEL, female, plays ages 36 to 46, Mezzo-Soprano (G3-E5): Alison’s mother. Intelligent, composed, with a quiet coiled intensity; has spent her life trying to be a good mother and wife while turning a blind eye to her husband’s affairs with other men; eventually she becomes frustrated and exhausted by her tumultuous, emotionally abusive marriage.
MEDIUM ALISON, female, reads age 19, Mezzo-Soprano (G3-E5): Alison Bechdel as a freshman at Oberlin College, discovering her sexuality. Incredibly well-read and hyper-intelligent, her uncertainty about who she is makes her socially awkward at times.
JOAN, female, reads early 20s, Alto (G3-C5): 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.
ROY / PETE / MARK / BOBBY JEREMY, male, plays ages 16-28, Tenor (E3-A4): One actor who plays the following characters – Roy, a handsome young man Bruce hires to do yard work; Pete, a mourner who visits the funeral home; Mark, a high school junior; Bobby Jeremy, the good looking lead singer of a band in Alison’s imagination.
SMALL ALISON, female, reads age 9-10, Alto (A3-E5): 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.
CHRISTIAN BECHDEL, male, reads age 10-12, (Must be able to sing D5): Alison’s older brother; oldest of the three children; he tries to be the leader but is sometimes overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality.
JOHN BECHDEL, male, reads age 6-8, (Unchanged voice): Alison’s younger brother; like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination; looks up to his siblings.
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