a musical comic drama
music by Jeanine Tesori book and lyrics by Lisa Kron
based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Performance Run Commitment: March 1 – April 1, 2018
Monday, October 2, 6:30pm for youth, adults after
Tuesday, October 3, 6:30pm for youth, adults after
as needed: callbacks Saturday, October 7, 10am
Manoa Valley Theatre
Bree Kale’a Peters
Guest Musical Director
Katherine L. Jones
About the show
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic artist 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. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
WINNER – Best Musical – 2015 Tony Awards
WINNER – Best Musical – New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Off-Broadway Alliance Award
FINALIST – The Pulitzer Prize for Drama
The show is performed by a cast of nine including three youth roles under the age of ten. All roles are available. Auditions will consist of performing a prepared song, and possible readings from the script. For music, please prepare a 1 minute cut of a Contemporary Broadway uptempo or ballad musical theatre piece that shows range and character. Singing from the show is welcomed. The musical director will be the audition accompanist. Please bring sheet music in your key for your audition song (no transpositions). No tapes, a capella or boom boxes, please.
Those auditioning for Small Alison, Christian Bechdel and John Bechdel will be auditioned at 6:30pm. The other roles will be auditioned after. The actress cast as Adult Alison will be required to cut their hair quite short.
The roles in the show are:
Alison: 43 years old, a cartoonist
Medium Alison: 19 years old, a college freshman
Small Alison: around 9 years old
Bruce Bechdel: Alison’s father
Helen Bechdel: Alison’s mother
Christian Bechdel: Alison’s brother, around 10 years old
John Bechdel: Alison’s brother, around 6 years old
Roy: a young man Bruce hires to do yard work
Mark: a high school junior
Joan: a college student
Pete: a mourner
Bobby Jeremy and The Susan Deys: imaginary television characters
Note: The roles of Roy, Mark, Pete, and Bobby Jeremy are performed by the same actor. The Susan Deys are played by the actors playing Medium Alison and Joan.
Rehearsals: January 8, 2018 – February 28, 2018
Performance run commitment: March 1 – April 1, 2018 (max: 24 performances), Wednesdays at 7:30pm, Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm.
Performances will be held at Manoa Valley Theatre. Rehearsals will be held at Iolani School, 563 Kamoku Street. The rehearsal schedule will be Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays as necessary. Cast members will uniformly receive an honorarium to help defray the out-of-pocket expenses associated with volunteerism and participation in this production. This honorarium is not an offer of employment.
About The Directors
Bree Kale’a Peters (Guest Director) has been in theatre both locally and on the mainland for over forty years. In that time, she has served as producer, director, actress, and stage manager for hundreds of productions. She has directed numerous productions for MVT including It Shoulda Been You, Peter and the Starcatcher, I Hate Hamlet, Song of Singapore (2002), Frost/Nixon and Avenue Q. In addition to guest directing, Bree has previously been on the MVT professional staff as Production Manager, Associate Producer, and Artistic Director. She also has served on the artistic staff of Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Bree currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Kailua Onstage Arts (KOA) on Oahu, and also serves on the Board of Directors for Waimea Community Theatre, where she also directs.
Jenny Shiroma (Guest Musical Director) studied piano with Julie Jordan at Juilliard. She holds a degree in music education from the University of Hawaii. She has been the pianist as well as musical director for many productions in Hawaii as well as NYC including Renewal and Sex on Trial, which were both performed in the Times Square Arts Center. She is currently Musical Director of MVT’s The Full Monty.
Katherine L. Jones (Guest Choreographer) received her dance training at the Rosalie Woodson Dance Academy, where she was also an instructor. In national competitions, her tap, jazz and musical theatre-style choreography has won first and second places in the United States Performing Arts Competition and the Spotlight Dance Competition and is a seven-time Po’okela award recipient. Since 1996, Katherine has performed in and been a guest choreographer for countless community theatre musicals and performances in Hawaii at ACT, MVT, PACK, HPU, UHM, BYU, Iolani School, Saint Andrews Priory School, Sacred Hearts Academy and Saint Louis School. She has choreographed often for MVT, most recently for Rock of Ages.
Scripts are available for perusal on premises at the Manoa Valley Theatre business office, 2833 East Manoa Road, between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm, Mondays through Fridays. For more information please call MVT at 988-6131.
For more information, please contact MVT at 988-6131 or email@example.com.
Other Upcoming Auditions
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October 9, 2017
guest director: Rob Duval
March 5, 2018
guest director: Miles Phillips
The Princess and the Iso Peanut
May 7 & 8, 2018
guest director: Michael Ng