Adult Auditions for FUN HOME

Ballyhoo Theatre

About the project and the company

Ballyhoo Theatre Mainstage will be presenting FUN HOME March 3-19, 2023.

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About the Show: The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Fun Home is a musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. The story concerns Bechdel’s discovery of her own sexuality, her relationship with her gay father, and her attempts to unlock the mysteries surrounding his life. It is told in a series of non-linear vignettes connected by narration provided by the adult Alison character. Note: Parents are encouraged to research the content of this musical prior to auditions.

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Rehearsal space is still being arranged, but will be in the North Seattle/Edmonds areas. Performances are at The Black Box at Edmonds College. Rehearsals run Jan 30-March 2, 2023 (evenings and occasional Saturdays, totaling 4-5 days a week). Shows are March 3-19, 2023.

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Ballyhoo strives to create a casting process that is welcoming and serves those auditioning as well as the creative team in the full exploration of the material.  All body types, races, ethnicities, and abilities are desired for any available role.  Ballyhoo recognizes that most characters are written as binary (using he/him or she/her pronouns) and we invite GNC, genderqueer, transgender, and nonbinary actors to submit for all roles with which they identify. If you have access needs, please let us know. If there is anything that will help to make you comfortable in our audition room, please ask.

Location of Audition

Edmonds

Audition requirements

Adults: Please prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show that displays your vocal range and a contemporary monologue under 2 minutes (comedy or drama). Actors may also be asked to read from the script. You may choose to do your initial audition via video if you like, or you can sign up for an in-person slot. Video audition deadline is November 6. In person auditions are November 6 and 7, with in-person callbacks November 13 and/or 14. Please submit a resume, headshot, and audition form via email (paperless is good!). You may email ballyhoo.theatre@gmail.com or visit ballyhoo.theatre.org for audition forms. *** Children: Please prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show that displays your vocal range. If you have a monologue (under 2 minutes) please bring that, and if not, tell us a joke or short (under 1 minute) story. You may choose to do your initial audition via video if you like, or you can sign up for an in-person slot. Video audition deadline is November 6. In person auditions are November 6 and 7, with in-person callbacks November 13 and/or 14. Please submit a resume (if they have one) and photo (doesn’t have to be a professional headshot), as well as your filled out audition form via email. You may email ballyhoo.theatre@gmail.com or visit ballyhoo.theatre.org for audition forms. Note: Parents are encouraged to research the content of this musical prior to auditions.

Character breakdown / Project needs
Alison
(actor to play early 40s): Narrator of the story, very self-aware and able to insightfully comment on her own journey and the complex relationship with her father and his tragic death. Vocal: Alto – low E to light belt C#
Bruce
(actor to play 40s to early 50s): Alison’s father, a high school English teacher who is also a funeral home director. A complex man with a temper, partially due to his repressed homosexuality. Loving and attentive (at times) to his children but also shows flairs of anger. Vocal: Tenor – B to G
Helen
(actor to play 40s to early 50s): Alison’s mother has spent her life trying to be a good mother and wife, but is frustrated with her marriage and her husband’s relationships with other men. Vocal: Mezzo – Ab to mixed E
Medium Alison
(actor to play age 19, actor should be 18+): Freshman at Oberlin College and discovering her sexuality. Intelligent, well-read and socially awkward. *Must be comfortable with portraying a same-sex relationship with same-sex kissing. Vocal: Alto – strong mix-belt to C and mix to E
Joan
(actor to play early 20s, actor should be 18+): Alison’s first girlfriend whom she meets at Oberlin. Joan is a poet, feminist, and activist. Unlike Alison, Joan is very comfortable in her own skin. *Must be comfortable with portraying a same-sex relationship with same-sex kissing. Vocal: Alto, strong with harmonies
Roy/Mark/Bobby
(actor to play Ages 17–26, actor should be 18+): Plays numerous roles from Roy, a young guy who is hired to do yard work, Mark, a junior in high school, Bobby Jeremy, the lead singer in a rock band. May appear shirtless in one scene (this is negotiable). Vocal: Tenor to a B
Small Alison
(actor to play age 9): Precocious and opinionated, figuring out why she doesn’t feel she fits in on how girls are expected to behave and dress. Vocal: B to B
Christian Bechdel
(actor to play age 10/11): Alison’s older brother, but overshadowed by her strong personality. Must be confident singer who can hold harmonies and have a treble voice.
John Bechdel
(actor to play age 6/7): Alison’s younger brother, John is full of energy and looks up to his siblings. Must be confident singer who can hold harmonies.
Additional information
Preferred method of submission

Email

Audition/Interview dates

November 6-14

Pay type

Stipend

Audition location

Edmonds WA

Pay type

Stipend $150.00-$250.00. (We hope to increase the stipend amount with pending grants.) Stipend $150.00-$250.00. (We hope to increase the stipend amount with pending grants.)

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

November 6-14

Submission instructions

Email for an audition appointment

Union Requirements

Non-Union

Website specific to project

https://ballyhootheatre.org/

Equity Contract

Non-Union