AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT


THE GREAT BEYOND
by Steven Dietz

REHEARSALS BEGIN: February 13
PERFORMANCES: March 14-April 6

 A unique collaboration with Children's Theatre of Charlotte

FUN HOME
Book by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori

REHEARSALS BEGIN: May 12
PERFORMANCES: June 6-29

Winner of 5 2015 Tony Awards,
including Best Musical
ADDRESS
All auditions will be help at Queens University's Hadley Theatre, located in Myers Park Traditional School.
2132 Radcliffe Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28207
GREAT BEYOND Audition Details

Auditions will be held Saturday, December 8th from 2pm to 6pm. Casting non-Equity only. All roles compensated. Auditions are by appointment only. Auditions will consist of reading from the script. Those sides will be provided to you after scheduling an appointment. To schedule an audition, please click the button below and fill out the audition form.

After submitting the form, we will contact you via email within 24 hours to schedule an appointment time and provide audition material and details.

Callbacks have not been scheduled at this time.
SYNOPSIS
Despite their differences, sisters, Monica and Emily, reunite to tie up loose ends after their father’s death. With the help of a medium, the siblings attempt to summon their father’s spirit to gain forgiveness and discover the truth. Commissioned by ATC, and part of the two play collaboration with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, this original work by acclaimed playwright Steven Dietz explores the questions around a family tragedy and how it impacts the survivors.  The work stands alone, but is completed by CTC’s production THE GHOST OF SPLINTER COVE, which will be performed at ImaginOn during the same time frame. On select dates audiences will be able to binge on both shows. While the kids are downstairs telling stories of THE GHOST OF SPLINTER COVER, the adult are upstairs attempting to contact THE GREAT BEYOND.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
MONICA: Woman, 40s. Center of the play. Must cover her anger/grief with loads of humor and charm. We must seek grace for her
 
EMILY: Woman, 30s. Monica's sister. Effervescent, emotional, funny and tough as nails. Great storyteller. Not a victim.
 
RENE: Woman, 30s. Emily's partner. Powerful, even when quiet. Old soul. Sense of humor and candor.
 
REX: Man, 40s. Monica's ex-husband. Friendly, unselfish, a peacemaker, but with big emotional chops when things get real.
 
COACH MAYES: Man, 40s. – clear, simple, standard guy, not mawkish, straightforward.

FUN HOME Audition Details

Auditions will be held Saturday December 8th from 9am to 2pm. Casting non-Equity only. All roles compensated. Auditions are by appointment only. Auditions will consist of singing 16-32 bars (approximately) of a musical theatre song. Piano accompanist provided. Please bring sheet music in correct key. No acapella. Those auditioning for Young Allison will be provided with sheet music to a specific audition song upon scheduling audition. To schedule an audition, please click the button below and fill out the audition form.

After submitting the form, we will contact you via email within 24 hours to schedule an appointment time and provide audition material and details.

Callbacks have not been scheduled at this time.
SYNOPSIS
When her father dies unexpectedly, lesbian 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, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. A refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grownup eyes. A dark musical comedy.

*RATED PG-13 for intense adult themes including sexuality and suicide, language.*
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

ALISON: Woman, 35-50. Narrator; A lesbian cartoonist. 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 can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song. (Vocal Range: low E to light belt C sharp, Alto, Belter)

MEDIUM ALISON: Woman, 18-22. A freshman at Oberlin College, discovering her sexuality; incredibly well-read, hyper-intelligent; 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. (Vocal Range: strong mix-belt to C and effortless mix to E, Alto)

SMALL ALISON: Girl, 8-13. Alison Bechdel as a 9 year old 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; strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song, natural sound.

BRUCE BECHDEL: Man, 40-52. Alison’s father, high-school English teacher, funeral home director, spends his spare time on the historic restoration of his home; complex man with a hot temper as a result of years of repression; 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. (Vocal Range: B to G, Tenor)

HELEN: Woman, 35-50. Alison’s mother; frustrated, exhausted by her tumultuous marriage; has spent her life trying to be a good mother and wife while 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. (Vocal Range: A flat to strong mixed E, Mezzo)

CHRISTIAN BECHDEL: Boy, 10-15 (pre-pubescent vocals). Alison’s brother; oldest of the three children; strives to be the leader, but is sometimes overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality; seeking a singer with a natural sound, good sense of harmony and pitch.

JOHN BECHDEL: Young Boy, 8-11. Alison’s younger brother; like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination; looks up to his siblings; seeking a singer with a natural sound, good sense of harmony and pitch.

JOAN: Woman, 18-22. A student at Oberlin; 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; must be comfortable with harmony singing. (Vocal Range: Alto)

ROY/PETE/MARK/ BOBBY/JEREMY: Man, 20-30. Roy, a young man Bruce hires to do yard work; Pete, a mourner who visits the funeral home; Mark, a high school junior; Bobby Jeremy, the lead singer of a band in Alison’s imagination; singer with a strong clean 70s pop sound. (Vocal Range: to a B, high Tenor)

Questions? Contact Production Manager
Carrie Cranford at carriec@atcharlotte.org

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While we recognize that there can be no interference with the artistic integrity or contractual rights of the author where casting is concerned, we commit ourselves to equality. It is the policy of Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte to provide opportunity to all persons regardless of age, race, disability, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. ATC endorses the goals of diversity, inclusion, and the principles of equal opportunity in all of its practices.

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