Kentwood Players

various roles

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Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for the musical FUN HOME with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Jeanine Tesori, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, on Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Call backs will be held on Monday, March 7 by appointment only. This is a non-equity, non-paid production directed by Kathy Dershimer with musical direction by Cheryl Gaul, and produced by Jenny Boone and Harold Dershimer for Kentwood Players with rights secured from Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.
Performance dates are May 13 through June 11, 2022 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm. Auditions and performances take place at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045, home of the Kentwood Players.
Winner of Best Musical from New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and also, Outer Cities Circle Award, as well as the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical, FUN HOME is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. 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.
COVID-19 Policy: Everyone ages 12 and over must show proof of vaccination for admittance and is required to properly wear a mask while inside the Westchester Playhouse (unless performing or auditioning). Please Note: This policy will be updated and changed as more information develops, with Kentwood Players monitoring all City, State and government procedures and directives.
Free street parking is available on 83rd Street and in the adjoining neighborhood, but not on Hindry Avenue, with left turns restricted on the corner of Hindry and Florence. So please read all traffic and parking signs carefully when you arrive to audition.
Character Breakdown
Kentwood Players is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Performers of all ethnicities, races, gender identities and ages are encouraged to audition.
Alison – age 40-45 (LGBTQIA+ Preferred)
Cartoonist, writer. Both self-aware and self-conscious, Reflective, appreciating both joy and sadness. Mezzo-soprano with strong low range. Belt. – Non dancer
Medium Alison – age 18 – 20 (LGBTQIA+ Preferred)
A college student, will also play a Susan Dey. Smart, awkward, confused – a romantic. Realizing and embracing that she is lesbian. Mezzo-soprano. Belt. – Dancing required
Small Alison – age 8-11
Intelligent, confident and bossy. Precocious. Alto. Light belt – Dancing required.
Bruce Bechdel – 40+ (LGBTQIA+ Preferred)
Alison’s father, Depressed and self-loathing, hurtful, closeted gay. Husband and father of 3 – likes the role, but not the rules. Baritone, – Dancing required.
Helen Bechdel – 40+
Alison’s mother. Depressed and self-deluded, unhappy, cold. Wife and mother of 3 – has compromised herself into marginalism. Mezzo-soprano. Strong mix – Dancing required.
Christian Bechdel – age 10-13
Alison’s brother. Smart, funny and independent. Singing and dancing required
John Bechdel – age 6-9
Alison’s brother. Energetic, imaginative and eager to please. Singing and dancing required.
Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby – 20s (LGBTQIA+ Preferred)
Customer/high school student/college student/imaginary TV character. One actor plays all 4 roles. Tenor – Dancing required
Joan – age 19-21 (LGBTQIA+ Preferred)
A college student/will also play a Susan Dey. Medium Alison’s girlfriend. Smart, confident. Alto. Comfortable with harmony lines – Dancing required.
Kentwood Players is a nonprofit theatre group dedicated to enriching, educating and entertaining our community through the transformative power of live theatre while creating an environment for inspiring human potential. As a 501C3 organization, donations to Kentwood Players are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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