2019-2020 “FUN HOME” AUDITIONS -Making HER Stories

When: Sunday, September 29th from 5-8pm :: Monday September 30th from 7-10pm
Where:  2843 Washington Blvd. | Clevleand Hts., OH 44118
Director: Joanna May Cullinan :: Music Director: Rachel Woods

Callbacks will be Monday, October 7th at 7pm.

  • Memorize/Prepare TWO 32-bar cuts in the style of the show (contemporary musical theatre).

  • If under 16, only ONE 32-bar cut is necessary.

  • Bring Sheet Music in correct key (accompanist provided). No recorded music please.

  • Bring current photo and resume

Check your calendar for any and all scheduling conflicts outside of Mon-Fri 9am-5pm from March 13-April 24 and any performance conflicts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from April 24-May 17

Callbacks will be held October 7th. Please indicate if you are NOT available for callbacks.

All actors cast, Equity and non-Equity, will be compensated. Non Equity Stipends are communicated with casting offer.

  • Most productions rehearse 4-5 weeks prior to opening date. 

  • Most rehearsals are weekday evenings and weekend days with 2 days off a week (including Equity Monday). Only one day off is required.

  • Rehearsal Schedules can vary per show.

  • Performances: Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays @2pm unless otherwise notified PRIOR to signing a contract.

  • PLEASE Email or call with ANY Questions. P: 216-438-0544 E: auditions@ensemble-theatre.org 

  • Ensemble Theatre works on a Tier One Equity contract.

    Please come at least 5 minutes prior to fill out an audition form and to provide headshot and resume!

FUN HOME Description

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. 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 Score (Jeanine Tesori & Lisa Kron) - 2015 Tony® Awards!
-WINNER! Best Book of a Musical (Lisa Kron) - 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! Pulitzer Prize for Drama


BRUCE: Late 30s – 50s
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; Strong vocalist.

HELEN: Late 30s – 50s
Alison’s mother; smart, talented pianist and actor, exhausted by the weight of tip toeing around her husband’s temper and erratic behavior, she maintains the façade Bruce works so hard to preserve – until she doesn’t. A loving mother clinging to the illusion for fear of everything fracturing. Strong vocalist.

ALISON 30s – 40s
Narrator; a cartoonist, funny, wry, searching for understanding. Grown woman in search of the truth, comfortable in her skin, but trying to connect the fragments of her father’s life and choices in connection with her own. Strong vocalist.

MEDIUM ALISON: Late Teens – early 20s
A freshman in College, awkward – just beginning to define herself outside of the context of who others want her to be. She is discovering her voice, her style, her sexuality and her truth. Bright, nerdy, but unfiltered and brimming with possibility. Strong vocalist.

Alison Bechdel as a child; a tomboy, smart, confident, precocious, opinionated, full of energy and has a special connection with her dad. Strong vocalist.

JOAN: Late Teens – early 20s
A college student, cool, edgy, smart, confident, an activist in the exuberant early 20’s change the world kind of way. An out and proud lesbian, she helps Medium Alison on her path of self-discovery. Strong vocalist.

Roy, a handsome, buff young man Bruce hires to do yard work and part time babysitter for the children, shares some level of attraction with Bruce; Mark, an all American high school junior that Bruce tries to pick up; Pete, a client for the funeral home; Bobby Jeremy, singer in small Alison’s imaginary band. Strong vocalist.

Alison’s older brother, close knit family, funny, full of energy. Strong vocalist.

JOHN 6 - 10
Alison’s younger brother, close knit family, funny, full of energy. Strong vocalist.