Auditions Announced for FUN HOME at Beavercreek Community Theatre

bctMon & Tue, Aug. 20-21 at 7pm

Beavercreek Community Theatre
3868 Dayton Xenia Rd, Beavercreek, Ohio 45432

Directed by Matt Owens
Music directed by Chuck Larkowski

Productions dates are Oct. 26-Nov. 4.

Prepare one minute of a Broadway-style song that demonstrates your vocal abilities and range. An accompanist and CD player will be provided. Please bring to auditions a complete list of schedule conflicts from August 27 through November 4. For more information, please contact Matt Owens (owens_112@hotmail.com).

This is an Edge of the Creek production, so anyone under 18 auditioning will need parental consent.

The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Fun Home is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. When her father dies unexpectedly, lesbian graphic novelist Alison dives into her past to tell the story of a one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family 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.

Character Breakdown:

  • Alison Bechdel (Female, 30s to 50): 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 (Alto, Low E to light belt C sharp, Belter)
  • Medium Alison (Female, Late Teens to 20s): 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 (Alto, Strong mix-belt to C and effortless mix to E)
  • Small Alison (Female, 9-14): 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 (Natural sound, B to B)
  • Bruce Bechdel (Male, 30s to 50): 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 (Tenor, B to G)
  • Helen Bechdel (Female, 30s to 50): 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 (Mezzo, A flat to strong mixed E)
  • Christian Bechdel (Male, 10-15): Alison’s 10-year-old brother; oldest of the three children; strives to be the leader, but is sometimes overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality (Natural sound with good sense of harmony and pitch)
  • John Bechdel (Male, 6-12): Alison’s 6 year-old younger brother; like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination; looks up to his siblings (Natural sound with good sense of harmony and pitch)
  • Joan (Female, Late Teens to 20s): 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. (Alto)
  • Roy/Pete/Mark/Bobby Jeremy (Male, 20s): Flexible character actor to play Roy, a young man Bruce hires to do yard work, Pete, a mourner visiting the funeral home, Mark, a high school junior, and Bobby Jeremy, the lead singer of a band in Alison’s imagination (High Tenor, to a B; strong clean 70s pop sound)

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