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An Audition for "Fun Home"-Chicago, IL - Casting ID # 1599985
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location Chicago, IL Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 08-16-19
Audition Date 02-03-20 Submission deadline 02-01-20
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Fun Home traces the coming-of-age of lesbian cartoonist 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 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 challenges in discovering, and ultimately embracing, her identity. As she is drawn deeper and deeper into her memories, Alison finally enters 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 32 bars of a song that showcases your vocal and storytelling skills, together with a copy of the music. It can be any song from your repertoire. Auditionees will also be asked to sing and read from the script. An accompanist will be provided.

Role # 1 Alison Bechdel
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 27 to 33
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 Helen Bechdel
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 27 to 33
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 Bruce Bechdel
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Alison’s Father. Closeted gay man, high-school English teacher, funeral home director, charming, charismatic with flashes of rage, complex man whose passion is historic home restoration – creating a surface image of perfection


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 40 to 49
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 Medium Alison
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Alison Bechdel as a freshman at Oberlin College, discovering her sexuality; incredibly well-read, hyper-intelligent, socially awkward, and overjoyed by sex.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 19 to 23
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 Joan
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A student at Oberlin; she exudes a confident, sexual energy, with a dry sense of humor; Edgy; unlike Alison, Joan is very comfortable in her skin and openly identifies as a lesbian. Range: Alto – must handle harmonies very well but no solo singing.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 20 to 23
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 Small Alison
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Alison Bechdel as a child; a tomboy, smart, confident, precocious, opinionated, full of energy and has a special connection with her dad. Must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 8 to 12
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 Christian
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Alison’s older brother, full of energy. Alison’s brother, he tries to be the leader but is overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality. Seeking a singer (pre-pubescent) with a natural sound, good sense of harmony and pitch and able to move well.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 10 to 13
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 8 John
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Alison’s younger brother; like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination. Seeking a singer (pre-pubescent) with a natural sound, good sense of harmony and pitch and able to move well.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 7 to 10
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 The Boys
Seeking 4 talent(s) for this role

/(ROY/ PETE/ MARK/ BOBBY JEREMY) - The actor plays multiple roles: 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 with a strong clean 70s pop sound. Looking for a versatile actor who can vocally and physically express a range of personalities.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 30
Ethnicity: Any -