Virginia Stage Company strives for an inclusive creative work environment and actively embraces a diversity of people, ideas, talents, and experiences. We highly encourage people of color, individuals with disabilities, and other historically underrepresented groups to audition.
Auditions for Fun Home
Saturday, August 11, 2018 10AM - 4PM
at the Wells Theatre
The Virginia Stage Company is seeking actors to fill the ensemble of the Tony-Award Winning musical by Lisa Kron and Alison Bechdel, Fun Home, directed by Jessica Holt.
First rehearsal: Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Designer Run: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Tech Begins: Friday, January 18, 2019
First preview: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Opening night: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Closing: Sunday, February 10, 2019
About the Project:
Fun Home - Alison Bechdel’s iconic graphic novel comes to life in this Tony Award-winning masterpiece musical. Follow her journey of self-discovery as Alison recounts the mysteries of her childhood with her father in the family funeral home. Coming to understand her past leads her on a path of self-discovery and her own journey as an LGBTQ writer, artist, and woman. Join Virginia Stage for this groundbreaking musical enjoyed by play and musical lovers alike that brings forward aspects of our society that do not often take center stage.
Bruce Bechdel - Mid 40’s, Male Identifying. Caucasian. He’s the local high school English teacher and runs the local funeral home, but his real obsession is the historical restoration of his home. A deeply repressed gay man married to a woman, he is charismatic and complex. He can swivel quickly from being warm and charming to forbidding and tyrannical. Always a perfectionist. Although he is quick to anger, he is also a genuinely caring father. Must be able to move effortlessly from speech to song. Baritone.
Alison Bechdel - Mid 40’s, Female Identifying. Caucasian and/or Mixed Race. Our narrator, we see the world through her perceptive, unsentimental, clear eyes. Now a lesbian cartoonist, she seeks to put her past in perspective and understand the events that led to her father’s suicide. Intelligent, self-aware, analytic, with a wonderful sense of irony. Must be able to move effortlessly from speech to song. Mezzo-soprano.
Helen Bechdel - Mid 40’s, Female Identifying. Caucasian and/or Mixed Race. Alison’s mother and married to Bruce, she has spent her life trying to be the perfect mother and wife and has had to turn a blind eye to her husband’s indiscretions. Emotionally exhausted but trying to hold it all together. Must be able to move effortlessly from speech to song. Mezzo-Soprano.
Medium Alison - Early 20’s, Female Identifying. Caucasian and/or Mixed Race. A freshman at Oberlin College, she is discovering her sexuality and comes out as a lesbian. Intelligent, incredibly well-read, studious, earnest, serious and adorably socially-awkward. Must be able to move effortlessly from speech to song. Mezzo-Soprano
Joan - Mid 20’s, Female Identifying. Any Ethnicity. Student at Oberlin. Confident and self-aware, she’s proudly out and has magnetic sexual energy. Comfortable in her own skin with a great sense of ironic humor. Alto.
Roy/Pete/Mark/Bobby/Jeremy - 20-30, Male Identifying. Any Ethnicity. The young man Bruce hired to help with yard work; Pete, a bereaved man; Mark, an uncertain high school junior; Bobby Jeremy, the charming lead singer of a Partridge Family-style 70s band. Tenor.
Please come prepared to perform one audition side and song listed for your desired role. You may only read for ONE role, but can be considered for more. Click here to download sides and click here to download music. Please send headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 10 to schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I audition for a Virginia Stage Company production?
Virginia Stage Company employs both Equity (LOA referencing LORT) and Non Equity Performers. All positions are paid. Non Equity pay ranges depending on the role.
Q. How often are auditions held?
Auditions are held throughout our season, typically beginning in August. The best way to know when auditions happen is to sign up for email notifications, see above. (You will only receive emails about upcoming auditions.)
Q: What do I prepare for the audition?
For individual show auditions, please prepare the side that is appropriate for your character. We will provide a reader to interact with you when presenting your audition. While you are not required to have the lines memorized, we recommend that you at least be highly familiar with them. Make sure to check individual audition listings for recommended sides and show-specific requirements.
Q: What if I can’t make it to the audition?
If you absolutely cannot make it to the audition, video submissions will be accepted. E-Mail email@example.com for more information.
Q: Can I send you my headshot/resume?
Yes please! E-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title of the show you are interested in as the subject line – or mail it to the theatre: Virginia Stage Company, PO Box 3770, Norfolk, VA 23514.
Q: What if I do not have a headshot/resume?
We will be taking a photo of you with your audition number at the auditions, but we’d always appreciate a good quality & recent shot of you in lieu of a professional headshot. If you do not have a resume, there will be a space on our audition form for you to fill out any theatre experience you may have.
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