Fun Home

Books and Lyrics by Lisa Kron

Music by Jeanine Tesori

Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel

Director: Francesco Carlo Archina

Music Director: Emily Rose Rivera

Choreographer: Mani McCalmon

Producers: Debbie Paniccia & Sonya Sidhu-Izzo

Stage Managers: Sara Fredericks & Nick Contois

Audition Dates:

§  Wednesday, November 29 & Thursday November 30

§  Sign-in begins at 6:30 pm. Auditions begin at 7:00 pm

§  Callbacks will be by invitation only on: Saturday December 2 beginning at 12:30pm.

§  Both nights are open call auditions for children AND adults. Roles are available for ages 10 and older.

§  Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present at auditions.


SLOC Musical Theater, Education Building

418 Liberty St., Schenectady, NY 12305

Free parking is available in the city owned lot across the street.

Please enter through the left front door facing Liberty Street.

Performance Dates:

March 15-17 and March 21-24, 2024

(Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm)

SLOC Mainstage, 427 Franklin Street, Schenectady, NY 12305

What to Prepare:

§  Please prepare 16 to 32 bars of music from a Broadway show in a similar style.  Singing from the show is welcome, but not required.

§  An accompanist will be provided so please have sheet music in the correct key.

§  Some actors may be asked to read from the script.

§  Students auditioning for the roles of Young Alison, John, & Christian Bechdel please be prepared to do a movement at auditions. Please come with dance attire/shoes to change into.


§  Rehearsals will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, from: 7:00 pm-10:00 pm, and on Sunday afternoons 2:00 pm-5:00 pm. Please note this subject to change based on cast/crew availability.

§  Rehearsals will begin on Monday December 4 (Read thru)

§  Please note we will be taking a holiday break from 12/22/23 through 01/02/24, with rehearsals resuming on 01/03/24.

§  There will be a photo shoot day TBD based on cast/crew availability.

§  Attendance is mandatory for:

·         Theater Clean-Up Day (Saturday March 9)

·         Tech Week (Sunday March 10th-Thursday March 14th) as well as all performances.

·         STRIKE on Sunday March 24 immediately following the final performance.

About the Show:

Inspired by a true story, the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home follows the coming-of-age story 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 aka the “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 discovery, and ultimately embraces her identity. Fun Home is an unforgettable and groundbreaking musical, exploring the haunting pull of memory and the power it can alternately destroy or shape our identity.

Character Breakdown:

Note that the age ranges below are for the character, not the actor. The production staff will consider actors that are older or younger if they can convincingly read as the suggested age.

Alison: Female identifying, early to mid-40’s, mezzo soprano, range: E3-D5

Alison Bechdel, a lesbian cartoonist. Now a self-aware adult, she can reflect insightfully on her own life and her relationship with her father before his tragic death. Must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song.

Bruce: Male identifying, mid to late 40’s, baritone, range: A2-G4

Alison’s father. A high-school English teacher and funeral home director, who spends his spare time on the historic restoration of his home. A complex man with a hot temper because of years of suppressing who he truly is. He can be caring and attentive to his children but is also quick to anger. Must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song. 

Helen: Female identifying, mid to late 40’s, mezzo soprano, range: A2-G4

Alison’s mother. Frustrated and exhausted by her tumultuous marriage, she has spent her life trying to be a good mother and wife while knowingly turning a blind eye to the irreverent activities of her husband. Must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song. 

Small Alison: Female identifying, 8 to 10 years old, alto, range: E3-E5

Alison Bechdel as a child. Precocious and opinionated. On the cusp of finding herself and forming her own views on how a girl her age should behave and dress. Seeking an actress who is confident and intelligent. Must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song.

Medium Alison: Female identifying, 18 to 21 years old, mezzo soprano, range: G3-E5

Alison Bechdel as a freshman in college, appears to be between 18-21. Newly discovering her sexuality, an incredibly well-read, hyper-intelligent teenager, her uncertainty about who she is makes her socially awkward at times. Must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song.

Christian: Male identifying, 10 to 14 years old, tenor, range: C#4-E5

Small Alison’s older brother. The oldest of the three Bechdel children, he strives to be the leader, but is sometimes overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality. Seeking a singer with a natural sound, good sense of humor, harmony, and pitch.

John: Male identifying, 6 to 8 years old, treble/boy soprano, range: C#4-D5

Small Alison’s younger brother. The youngest of the three Bechdel children, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination. Looks up to his siblings. Seeking a strong singer with a natural sound, good sense of harmony and pitch.

Joan: Female identifying, 20 to 25 years old, alto, range G3-G4

A student at Oberlin College. She exudes a confident, strong, sexual energy, with a dry sense of humor. Unlike Alison, Joan is very comfortable in her own skin and openly identifies as an out and proud lesbian.

Ensemble: Male identifying, 16 to 30, tenor, range: G3-A4 (opt D#5)

The actor will double as Roy (A young man that Bruce hires to do yard work), Pete (A mourner who visits the funeral home), Mark (A high school junior), and Bobby Jeremy (The lead singer of a band in Alison’s imagination.) A strong actor who can transition into multiple roles throughout the show. Seeking a strong singer with a clean pop sound.

SLOC Musical Theater pledges to continue to advocate for and is aiming to build a diverse cast reflective of the Schenectady community. Strongly seeking actors of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and gender identities, including BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists for all roles.

Commitment to COVID Safety. The health and safety of our artists, staff, and audience members are our priority. Please review our updated COVID Health and Safety Guidelines.

If you have any questions, please contact the Director or Producers at:

Director: Francesco Archina,

Producer: Debbie Paniccia,

Producer: Sonya Sidhu-Izzo,

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