Salt Lake Acting Company Announces Auditions
For the Young Male Roles in
FUN HOME by Jeanine Tesori & Lisa Kron,
based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
DIRECTOR: Jason Bowcutt
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: David Evanoff
CHOREOGRAPHER: Penelope Caywood
WHEN: Saturday, January 6, 2018. By appointment, beginning at 1:00 pm.
WHAT: Kids: Prepare first two verses and choruses from “Come to the Fun Home” from the show. Sheet music and an accompanist will be provided.
WHERE: Salt Lake Acting Company
168 W 500 N
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
AUDITION: Must have an appointment and headshot/resume.
Call 801.363.7522 for an audition time and musical sides.
Please read the script before auditioning – it will be made available when you call for an appointment.
SLAC is an equal opportunity employer.
SCHEDULE: Rehearsals begin February 26, 2018.
Runs April 4 – May 13, 2018 with shows Wednesdays through Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. and Sundays @ 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Additional Tuesday night and Saturday matinee performances the fourth and fifth week of the run.
CHILD ROLES AVAILABLE:
CHRISTIAN BECHDEL – Alison’s brother, around 10 years old
JOHN BECHDEL – Alison’s brother, around 6 years old
PLOT SUMMARY: The Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home traces the coming-of-age of lesbian author 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 of it, particularly 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 experience of discovering, and ultimately embracing, her identity. Fun Home is an unforgettable and groundbreaking musical.
CONTENT INFORMATION: The musical does deal with mature themes including sexuality and suicide. It is strongly suggested that parents become familiar with the show. Below are quotes from parents who know the show, in response to whether they thought the show was ok for their kids:
- “There's no nudity, no drug use and only a handful of curses. But there are some other decidedly adult themes in the show. With my own teen daughter, when she was on that age borderline, before booking tickets we always weighed the artistic merit of the show against the profanity. And most of the time, as I think in this case, the artistic merit won out. Glad we did, both at the Public and on Broadway. This one's historic, not to be missed.”
- “There are indeed multiple complex mature themes, but I don't think there was anything inappropriate regardless of age. …. If you're really concerned of the material, you should listen to the songs most of which is available on their website. If you want to go the extra mile, read Alison Bechdel's graphic novel. The musical is a somewhat a toned down version of the book (some might disagree here), but the story and themes remain the same. Also, "Come to the Fun Home" alone is not representative of the show. I recommend you watch the highlights reel from Playbill to get a good sense of what to expect.”
REHEARSAL PROCESS: The children in the cast will only be in the rehearsal room for the scenes that they are in. When not rehearsing their scenes, there will be a space for them to work on their lines/songs, or do homework until they are needed. SLAC is a safe space and the creative team is mindful of the kids’ interaction with the material. If parents have any questions or concerns, they are welcome to speak to the director, or anyone at SLAC. Parents are also welcome to be in rehearsal if their child would like.
ABOUT SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY
Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC)’s mission is to engage and enrich community through brave contemporary theatre. Founded in 1970, SLAC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 professional theatre dedicated to producing, commissioning, and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists. SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Edgerton Foundation, among others. SLAC operates under a SPT Actors Equity Association contract and is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group (a national organization for non-profit professional regional theatres), and the National New Play Network (a national alliance of non-profit professional theatres that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays).