Upcoming Auditions

PLAYHOUSE MERCED IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OPEN AUDITIONS FOR:

AUDITIONS ARE NOVEMBER 23rd 11-3PM

PLEASE CALL OUR BOX OFFICE AT: 209-725-8587 between 12-6 Tuesday through Saturday to schedule a (up to) 10 Minute Audition Slot. 

 

***Please be aware that the subject matter in Fun Home may not be suitable for all those auditioning. Please familiarize yourself with the content of Fun Home BEFORE auditioning. While we will make every effort to make sure content is handled respectfully, younger cast members will be in a show with more mature themes. ****

 

WHO: You! Your kids, your friends, come audition!

WHEN:October 26th from 11:00 am - 3:00 PM

WHERE: Playhouse Merced

WHAT: Please prepare the following:

1. 16-32 bars (measures) of memorized music, along with the piano accompanist music cut (We recommend Sheet Music Plus or Music Notes.Com if you are looking for an audition piece)

2. A clear list of conflicts during the rehearsal process. Generally rehearsals are from 6:30-9:30 M-F and some Saturdays 11-5. You must be available for all performances of the run. You will only be called to rehearsals that you are directly involved in until we get closer to tech week. You will likely not be called to every rehearsal date listed below As much as possible we will honor conflicts, but after you are cast you may not add more except in case of emergency. Please list all your conflicts. 

TENTATIVE REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

October 26th AUDITIONS

January 20th- 23rd

January 27- 31

February 3-7

February 10-13, 15( Sat)

Feb 17- 20 

Feb 24-27, 29 ( Sat)

March 2nd-6th 

March 9-13

March 16- 21

TECH WEEK

March 23-26

 

SHOWS 

March 27, 28, 29

April 3, 4, 5, 

April 10, 11, 12


 

ABOUT THE SHOW: 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. As Fun Home progresses, Alison is drawn deeper and deeper into her memories, finally entering into them, desperate (but unable) to reverse her father’s self-destruction. An unforgettable and groundbreaking musical, Fun Home explores the haunting pull of memory and the power it has to alternately destroy or shape, our identity.

 

 

Character Breakdown:

•    Alison Bechdel (Narrator/Lead) - Female looking 30s/40s - Mezzo-Soprano

Actual Age in story, 43

The narrator of this story and now a self-aware adult, she is able to reflect insightfully on her own life and her relationship with her father before his tragic death. Must be a strong singer who is hungry to learn, grown, and to be a part of a strong story with an important message. Reminds me of Rachel Maddow.

 

•    Bruce Bechdel (Dad) - Middle Aged Looking Male - Baritone

Actual Age in story 35, 45, and 63 (ages throughout the show)

Alison's father, a high-school English teach and the town 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 is almost bi polar in his approach throughout the show. He can be caring and attentive to his children but is also quick to anger. Vocal ranges up to a G above middle C.

 

•    Helen Bechdel (Mom) - Middle Aged Looking Female - Mezzo-Soprano

Actual age in story 33, 43, and 61 (ages throughout the show)

Alison's mother. Frustrated and exhausted by her tumultuous marriage. She has spent her life trying to be a good mother and wife while turning a blind eye to the activities of her husband that the entire town is starting to murmur about. A strong motherly character that becomes more and more weighted.

 

•    Small Alison (Young Alison) - Female 7-13 - Alto

Actual Age in story, 9

Alison as a child, a strong willed and opinionated personality. On the cusp of finding herself and forming her own views on how a girl her age should behave and dress. Seeking a girl who is confident and intelligent, strong voice with the ability to move from speech to song. Looking for someone hungry to learn, grow, and to be a part of a strong story. (must have guardian approval)

 

•    Medium Alison (College Alison) - Female Age 18-25 - Mezzo

Actual Age in story, 19

Alison as a freshman in college, discovering her sexuality. For 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. Looking for someone hungry to learn, grow, and to be a part of a strong story.

 

•    Christian Bechdel (Older Brother) - Male 9-14 - Young boy, Must be able to hold parts.

Actual Age in story, 10

Alison's older brother, is the oldest of the three children and strives to be the leader, but is oftentimes overshadowed by Alison's strong personality. Need a natural sound with a good sense of harmony and pitch. Looking for someone hungry to learn, grow, and to be a part of a strong story. (must have guardian approval)

 

•    John Bechdel (Younger Brother) - Male 6-11 looking for the younger side - Treble/Boy Soprano

Actual Age in story, 6

Alison's younger brother, is full of energy with a quirky imagination. He looks up to his siblings and has a heart full of love. Need a pubescent sound with a good sense of harmony and pitch. (must have guardian approval)

 

•    Joan/Postal Woman (Alison's Girlfriend) - Female Age 18-25 - Alto

Actual Age in story, 21

A college student with Medium Alison, she is very confident in her sexuality and has a dry sense of humor. Unlike Alison, Joan is very comfortable in her own skin, has been out as a Lesbian for many years and must be comfortable with harmony singing, alto lines.

 

•    Roy & Mark - Young Male 18-25 - Tenor

Roy is a young man that Bruce hires to do yard worker and Mark is a young high school junior.

 

•    Pete & Bobby Jeremy - Male no age requirements, preferably older than 25 - Baritone Strong vocal role.

Pete is a mourner who visits the funeral home and Bobby Jeremy is a lead singer of a band in Alison's imagination. Seeking a strong singer for a 70's style pop sound. Hits a B above middle C.


 

*In reference to the characters and casting of the show- most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the descriptions. But however limiting the descriptions may be,  our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite the gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ ethnicity when specific to characters but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns or if there is any accommodation we can provide.

AUDITIONS ARE SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3rd from 5-8PM

PLEASE CALL OUR BOX OFFICE AT: 209-725-8587 between 12-6 Tuesday through Saturday to schedule a (up to) 10 Minute Audition Slot. 

 

WHO: You! Your kids, your friends, come audition!

WHEN:October 19th from 11:00 am - 3:00 PM

WHERE: Playhouse Merced

WHAT: Please prepare the following:


A Christmas Carol CAST and CREW
Director- Marc Medefind



The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials for fruitcake (extra-fancy), and the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring. A handful of actors bring dozens of characters to the stage, as the familiar story unfolds: Three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge on a thrilling journey to teach him the true meaning of Christmas. A charming take on a family favorite that will leave no one saying "Bah Humbug!"

SHOW INFO: A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play will be presented in four shows at Playhouse Merced Dec. 19-22, 2019 (Thursday-Sunday.) The show’s run time is 70 minutes. We will begin rehearsals in mid-November and will spend more time rehearsing as production dates approach (two nights each week until Dec. 1, then three nights a week, until tech week when actors and crew attend each night.) Memorization of lines will not be required since we are running this as an authentic 1940s radio show. Acting, however, will be much in demand!!!


NOTE ON CASTING
Looking for 5-6 Actors to portray an array of classic Charles Dickens characters.
English Accents will be used for the show-

A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play Auditions


 

Auditions: There are parts for 4-6 actors, (both female and male parts.) Since this is a radio play, actors must be able to play up to nine different parts, from young to old, sometimes in the same scene. All actors (except the stage manager) must be able to both sing and create multiple “voice characters” with English accents (A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play will be presented in the classic style, English accents included.) All who audition will read different parts from the play and will be asked to sing one verse from a favorite Christmas carol.

 

Parts are as follows:

 

Stage Manager—individual who – what else? – manages the stage

 

Ernest Dubisher —the actor playing Scrooge and the Announcer

 

Farley Nesmith—the actor playing the Narrator, Fred, Bob Cratchit, Gentleman 2, Belle’s Husband, Businessman 2, the Young Husband, and Peter Cratchit

 

Belinda Chase—the actor playing the Ghost of Christmas Past, Belle, Mrs. Cratchit, the Youngest Cratchit, the Charwoman, and the Maid

 

Stuart Symington— the actor playing the Ghost of Jacob Marley, the Ghost of Christmas Present, Gentleman 1, Fezziwig, Businessman 1, Old Joe, Tiny Tim, and the Boy


Xena Crenshaw—the actor playing Mrs. Cratchit, Fan, Belle, Martha Cratchit, Fred’s wife, Mrs. Dilber, and the Young Wife



REHEARSALS: NOTE- You will not be called to EVERY rehearsal, e will do my best to only call you when needed. However Tech week is non negotiable. You do need to be there for the entire time.

 

 

LOCATION TBD
December 2nd- 8th Off Site
Monday Dec 2nd 6:30-9:30
Tuesday Dec 3rd 6:30-9:30
Wednesday Dec 4th 6:30-9:30
Thursday Dec 5th 6:30-9:30
Saturday Dec 7th TBD
SUNDAY Dec 8th TBD


December 9th-12th
Monday December 9th 6:30-9:30
Tuesday December 10th 6:30-9:30
Wednesday December 11th 6:30-9:30
Thursday December 12th 6:30-9:30
Friday December 13th 6:30-9:30
Saturday December 14th 6:30-9:30
Sunday December 15th 6:30-9:30
Monday December 16th 6:30-9:30
Tuesday December 17th 6:30-9:30
Wednesday December 18th 6:30-9:30
Thursday December 19th SHOW
Friday December 20th SHOW
Saturday December 21st SHOW
Sunday December 22nd SHOW

 

PLEASE NOTE: Will not be casting anyone participating in a concurrent production. As we are rehearsing over the Holidays, our time is limited and we will be unable to negotiate rehearsal times around other rehearsal schedules. Thank you for your understanding.

 

*In reference to the characters and casting of the show- most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the descriptions. But however limiting the descriptions may be,  our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite the gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ ethnicity when specific to characters but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns or if there is any accommodation we can provide.

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