Kentwood Players
announces auditions for
Fun Home

Auditions for Fun Home
on Saturday, March 14
and Sunday, March 15, 2020
at the Westchester Playhouse.

Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for the musical Fun Home, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron, Music by Jeanine Tesori, Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, on Saturday, March 14 from 1:00 to 4:00pm and Sunday, March 15 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Callbacks will be held on Monday, March 16 by appointment only. This is a non-equity, non-paid production directed by Kathryn Dershimer, musical direction by Cheryl Gaul, and produced by Jenny Boone and Harold Dershimer for Kentwood Players with rights secured from Samuel French. Performance dates are May 15 through June 20, 2020 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Auditions and performances take place at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.

About Fun Home

Fun Home, winner of Best Musical from New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and also, Outer Cities Circle Award, as well as the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical, 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.

If you want to Audition

Those auditioning should read the play before auditioning to become familiar with the characters. Please allow time to sign-in and complete paperwork during scheduled audition times. Please bring a current headshot and resume as well as your calendar. A rehearsal schedule will be posted at auditions and you will be asked to note any conflicts. Actors are asked to bring music in the style of the show, not from the show. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the production team at FunHome@kentwoodplayers.org.

Character Breakdown

Alison
40-45, cartoonist, writer. Both self-aware and self-conscious, Reflective, appreciating both joy and sadness.
Mezzo-soprano with strong low range. Belt - Non dancer
Medium Alison
18 - 20, a college student, will also play a Susan Dey. Smart, awkward, confused - a romantic. Realizing and embracing that she is lesbian.
Mezzo-soprano. Belt - Dancing required
Small Alison
8-11 years old. Intelligent, confident and bossy. Precocious.
Alto. Light belt - Dancing required.
Bruce Bechdel
40+, Alison's father, Depressed and self-loathing, hurtful, closeted gay. Husband and father of 3 - likes the role, but not the rules.
Baritone, - Dancing required.
Helen Bechdel
40+, Alison's mother. Depressed and self-deluded, unhappy, cold. Wife and mother of 3 - has compromised herself into marginalism.
Mezzo-soprano. Strong mix - Dancing required.
Christian Bechdel
10-13 years old - Alison's brother. Smart, funny and independent.
Singing and dancing required
John Bechdel
6-9 years old - Alison's brother. Energenic, imaginative and eager to please.
Singing and dancing required.
Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby
20s - customer/high school student/college student/imaginary TV char. One actor plays all 4 roles.
Tenor - Dancing required
Joan
19-21, a college student/will also play a Susan Dey. Medium Alison's girlfriend. Smart, confident.
Alto. Comfortable with harmony lines - Dancing required.

To meet the Fun Home production team and learn more about Kentwood Players, the public is invited to attend our general membership meetings, which are free and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Westchester Playhouse located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.

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