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"Fun Home" - Open Call - Merced, CA

Audition Details

Casting ID #
1602613
Submission Type
Open Call
Location
Merced, CA - 95340
Union
Non-union
Rate/Pay
$0.00
Release Date
10-1-2019
Audition Date
10-26-2019
Expiration Date
10-25-2019
Casting Category
Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)
Reno, NV | San Francisco, CA

Audition Description

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.


Please prepare the following:

1. 16-32 bars (measures) of memorized music, along with the piano accompanist music cut (We recommend Sheet Music Plus or Music Notes.Com if you are looking for an audition piece)
2. A clear list of conflicts during the rehearsal process. Generally rehearsals are from 6:30-9:30 M-F and some Saturdays 11-5. You must be available for all performances of the run. You will only be called to rehearsals that you are directly involved in until we get closer to tech week. You will likely not be called to every rehearsal date listed below As much as possible we will honor conflicts, but after you are cast you may not add more except in case of emergency. Please list all your conflicts.

  • Role #1 - Alison Bechdel

    (Narrator/Lead) - Mezzo-Soprano. The narrator of this story and 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 is hungry to learn, grown, and to be a part of a strong story with an important message. Reminds me of Rachel Maddow.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 30 - 49
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #2 - Bruce Bechdel

    (Dad) - Baritone. Alison's father, a high-school English teach and the town 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 is almost bi polar in his approach throughout the show. He can be caring and attentive to his children but is also quick to anger. Vocal ranges up to a G above middle C.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 34 - 45
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #3 - Helen Bechdel

    (Mom) - Mezzo-Soprano. Alison's mother. 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 activities of her husband that the entire town is starting to murmur about. A strong motherly character that becomes more and more weighted.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 33 - 43
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #4 - Small Alison

    (Young Alison) - Alto. Alison as a child, a strong willed and opinionated personality. On the cusp of finding herself and forming her own views on how a girl her age should behave and dress. Seeking a girl who is confident and intelligent, strong voice with the ability to move from speech to song. Looking for someone hungry to learn, grow, and to be a part of a strong story. (must have guardian approval).
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 7 - 13
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #5 - Medium Alison

    (College Alison) - Mezzo. Alison as a freshman in college, discovering her sexuality. For 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. Looking for someone hungry to learn, grow, and to be a part of a strong story.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 25
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #6 - Christian Bechdel

    (Older Brother) - Young boy. Alison's older brother, is the oldest of the three children and strives to be the leader, but is oftentimes overshadowed by Alison's strong personality. Need a natural sound with a good sense of harmony and pitch. Looking for someone hungry to learn, grow, and to be a part of a strong story. (must have guardian approval).
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 9 - 14
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #7 - John Bechdel

    (Younger Brother) - Treble/Boy Soprano. Alison's younger brother, is full of energy with a quirky imagination. He looks up to his siblings and has a heart full of love. Need a pubescent sound with a good sense of harmony and pitch. (must have guardian approval).
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 6 - 11
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #8 - Joan/Postal Woman

    (Alison's Girlfriend) - Alto. A college student with Medium Alison, she is very confident in her sexuality and has a dry sense of humor. Unlike Alison, Joan is very comfortable in her own skin, has been out as a Lesbian for many years and must be comfortable with harmony singing, alto lines.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 25
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #9 - Roy & Mark

    Tenor. Roy is a young man that Bruce hires to do yard worker and Mark is a young high school junior.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 25
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Role #10 - Pete & Bobby Jeremy

    Baritone Strong vocal role. Pete is a mourner who visits the funeral home and Bobby Jeremy is a lead singer of a band in Alison's imagination. Seeking a strong singer for a 70's style pop sound. Hits a B above middle C.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 25, 2019

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