Auditions: Fun Home

Audition Dates:

Auditions (by appointment): Sunday, November 4th and Tuesday, November 6th.
Callbacks (if necessary): Thursday, November 8th at 7:00pm.

To Schedule an Audition:

To schedule an audition (or for any questions), please send headshot and resume (if available) to Casting@haddonfieldplayers.com.

Audition Information:

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show. An accompanist and cd/mp3 player will be provided. Show script and other information can be found here

Rehearsals:

Rehearsals will primarily be held on Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday evenings, beginning Sunday, November 11

Performances:

Performances are January 31st – February 16, 2019.

Show Synopsis:

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 awareness of her own sexuality and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. The five-time Tony Award-winning Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about candidly examining who you have become and understanding who your parents have always been.

Character Descriptions (with "stage ages"):

  • ALISON BECHDEL: Lesbian cartoonist; wry, pragmatic, super intelligent; Alison is stuck artistically, and goes in search of the pieces of the story of her father’s demise in an effort to heal herself. Age: 35-45 years. Vocal: Alto – low E to light belt C#

  • BRUCE BECHDEL: Alison’s father, a closeted gay man. A high-school English teacher, small-town funeral home director, and historic home restoration fanatic, he is charming on the surface, with deep layers of shame and anger right underneath. Age: 35-50 years. Vocal: Tenor – B to G

  • HELEN BECHDEL: Alison’s mother. Intelligent, composed, with a quiet coiled intensity. Formerly a promising actress, now an English teacher, she is frustrated and exhausted by her tumultuous, emotionally abusive marriage. Age: 35-45 years. Range: Mezzo – Ab to strong mixed E

  • MEDIUM ALISON: Alison Bechdel as a freshman at Oberlin College, discovering her sexuality. Incredibly well-read, hyper-intelligent, socially awkward, and overjoyed by sex. Age: 18-20 years. Vocal: Alto – strong mix-belt to C and effortless mix to E

  • 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. Age: 18-22 years. Vocal: Alto – must handle harmonies

  • ROY/PETE/MARK/BOBBY JEREMY (played by one actor): 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. Good-looking singer with a strong clean 70's pop sound. Age: 16-30 years. Vocal: High tenor to a B

  • SMALL ALISON: Precocious and opinionated, yet because of the era she’s growing up in, she doesn’t have the vocabulary to fully define herself. Age: 9-11 years. Vocal: B to B

  • CHRISTIAN BECHDEL: Alison’s brother, he tries to be the leader but is overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality. Must be able to sing harmonies and move well. Age: 9-11 years

  • JOHN BECHDEL: Alison’s younger brother. Like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination. Must be able to sing harmonies and move well. Age: 7-9 years

*This is a non-paid, non-Equity production.