The Ghent Playhouse proudly announces the Capital District Community Theatre premiere of the TONY Award-winning musical, FUN HOME – Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron, Directed by Michael McDermott and Michael C. Mensching, with Musical Direction by Joanne Mensching.
Audition Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, January 14 & 15, 2020 at 6:30
Location: St. James Catholic Church; 117 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, NY
Winner of five 2015 TONY Awards, including Best Musical, FUN HOME is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. This groundbreaking production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family who connect with her in surprising new ways. When he father dies unexpectedly, 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 childhood playing at the Bechdel Family’s 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.
“Heart-gripping and cathartic, FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up.: (The New York Times)
ALISON BECHDEL – Lead, 30-48 – Vocal Range: Alto, low E - Belt C5
Lesbian cartoonist; wry, pragmatic, super intelligent. She is struck artistically, and goes in search of the pieces of the story of her father’s demise in an effort to heal herself.
BRUCE BECHDEL – Lead, 35-60 – Vocal Range: B-G above middle C
Alison’s father. 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 also quick to anger. He is almost bi-polar in his approach to things throughout the show.
HELEN BECHDEL – Lead, 35-50 – Vocal Range: Mezzo - strong mixed E5
Alison’s mother; intelligent, composed, with a quiet coiled intensity; formerly a promising actress, she is now an English teacher frustrated and exhausted by her tumultuous, emotionally abusive marriage.
MEDIUM ALISON – Lead, 18-30 – Vocal Range: Alto – strong mix belt to C and effortless mix to E5
Alison as a freshman at Oberlin College – able to play 19 – discovering her sexuality; incredibly well-read, hyper-intelligent, socially awkward, and overjoyed by sex.
JOAN – Supporting, 18-30 – Vocal Range Alto – Must be able to handle harmonies very well but no solo singing.
A student at Oberlin College, 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 – Supporting, 18-30 – Vocal Range: High pop Tenor – B4
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.
SMALL ALISON – Lead, 9-12 – Vocal Range B-B
Alison as a child; precocious and opinionated, yet because of the era she’s growing up in, does not have the vocabulary to fully define herself.
CHRISTIAN BECHDEL – Supporting, 8-12 – Must be able to sing harmonies and move well.
Alison’s brother. He tries to be the leader, but is overshadowed by Alison’s strong
JOHN BECHDEL – Supporting – 7-12 – Must be able to sing harmonies and move well
Alison’s youngest brother. Like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination. ‘
If you are older or younger than the ages noted, but feel that you can portray any of the characters, please do not hesitate to audition.
PRESENT AT AUDITION WITH A MUSICAL THEATRE SONG (post-1960), such as works of the following composers: Finn, LaChiusa, Brown, Tesori and Sondheim. An accompanist will be provided. The audition process will also include reading from the script.
REHEARSALS will begin January 27, M, T, W, TH (6:30 – times may vary) at the Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road in Ghent. Tech Week begins March 22, with performances March 27 thru April 12, and a preview performance on March 26.
If you have any questions or need alternative audition arrangements, please contact the director at (518) 669-5414.