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Please read below and make audition slot here

Uptown Players announces auditions for the musical Fun Home, running April 10 – 26, 2020 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. The production is under the direction of Cheryl Denson, with music direction by Adam C. Wright.
The winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Fun Home is a musical masterpiece adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel's 2006 graphic memoir. 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.
The following roles are open to both equity and non-equity actors. There are three LOA/LORT principal equity contracts available for this production. 
ALISON BECHDEL, female, reads age 43, Mezzo-Soprano (E3-D5): Lesbian cartoonist; wry, pragmatic, super intelligent; she is at a standstill artistically and is re-examining her own life and her sometimes difficult relationship with her father, determined to piece together a truer version of her father’s life than the one she’s hung onto since he died.
BRUCE BECHDEL, male, plays ages 33 to 43, Baritone (B2-G4): Alison’s father, a closeted gay man. He is 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 as a result of years of repression; he can be caring and attentive to his children but is also quick to anger.
HELEN BECHDEL, female, plays ages 36 to 46, Mezzo-Soprano (G3-E5): Alison’s mother. Intelligent, composed, with a quiet coiled intensity; has spent her life trying to be a good mother and wife while turning a blind eye to her husband’s affairs with other men; eventually she becomes frustrated and exhausted by her tumultuous, emotionally abusive marriage.
MEDIUM ALISON, female, reads age 19, Mezzo-Soprano (G3-E5): Alison Bechdel as a freshman at Oberlin College, discovering her sexuality. Incredibly well-read and hyper-intelligent, her uncertainty about who she is makes her socially awkward at times.
JOAN, female, reads early 20s, Alto (G3-C5): A student at Oberlin. She exudes a confident, sexual energy, with a dry sense of humor. Unlike Alison, Joan is very comfortable in her skin and openly identifies as a lesbian.
ROY / PETE / MARK / BOBBY JEREMY, male, plays ages 16-28, Tenor (E3-A4): One actor who plays the following characters – Roy, a handsome young man Bruce hires to do yard work; Pete, a mourner who visits the funeral home; Mark, a high school junior; Bobby Jeremy, the good looking lead singer of a band in Alison’s imagination.
SMALL ALISON, female, reads age 9-12, Alto (A3-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; confident and intelligent.
CHRISTIAN BECHDEL, male, reads age 9-12, (Must be able to sing D5): Alison’s older brother; oldest of the three children; he tries to be the leader but is sometimes overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality.
JOHN BECHDEL, male, reads age 6-8, (Unchanged voice): Alison’s younger brother; like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination; looks up to his siblings.
Vocal auditions will be held by appointment on Saturday, December 7 from 10a-330pm at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard (@ Blackburn), Dallas TX 75219.  An accompanist will be provided. Please prepare 16-20 bar cuts of two contrasting Broadway selections in the style of the show. You must bring sheet music in the correct key. A headshot and resume are required at auditions. For an audition appointment, fill out the online request HERE.  For those that are unable to attend the auditions in person, video submissions may be sent to jeff@uptownplayers.org no later than December 6, 2019.
Callbacks will take place on Monday, December 9 from 630pm to 1030pm. Rehearsals will begin the week of March 16, 2020. The production runs April 10 - 26, 2020 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. For additional information, visit www.uptownplayers.org