Lenoir-Rhyne Playmakers present “Fun Home” November 9-12

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Playmakers will begin their 2023-24 season with “Fun Home,” a musical based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. Evening performances will take place in Belk Centrum on November 9,10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. followed by a matinee on November 12 at 2:30 p.m. 

Fun Home cast

With music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, “Fun Home” is based on Alison Bechdel’s own experiences growing up in her family’s funeral home, discovering her identity as a young adult and coming to terms with her relationship with her father in the wake of his death. The original Broadway production was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and won five, including Best Musical in 2015.

“I think audiences will enjoy the comedic aspects of the show and the music, which includes a mix of catchy tunes and emotional numbers,” said cast member and psychology and theatre major Emma Seibert ’24. “Plus, it’s an important story everyone can relate to on some level. Almost everyone has issues with their families or struggles with their identity at some point. Sharing stories like this helps people feel less alone.”

Painting sets for Fun Home

The cast includes Lenoir-Rhyne students and Hickory community members portraying Alison at different ages alongside her family. The production is directed by theatre professor and program coordinator Lindsay Weitkamp, Ph.D., and is accompanied by a musical ensemble directed by Christopher Nigrelli, DMA, professor and coordinator of the music program at LR. The production team also welcomes Bill West-Davis, visiting assistant professor of theatre with a specialty in technical direction and scenic and lighting design.

The Playmakers season will continue with “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn in February and “We Are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom in April. Weitkamp encourages anyone with an interest in theatre to join future productions. 

“Something special about theatre at Lenoir-Rhyne is that anyone is welcome to audition — students, faculty, staff and community members. We invite anyone with an interest in theatre to follow our social media pages, @lr_theatre on Instagram and LR Theatre on Facebook, for announcements and audition information,” Weitkamp said. “We’re excited about the range of material we’ll be offering in the 2023-24 season and are eager to share our passion for theatre with the campus and community.”

Production preparation for Fun Home

Tickets are $12 for general admission and free with any LR or student ID. Tickets can be purchased through the Lenoir Rhyne Box Office in the rear mezzanine level of the Cromer Center, open weekdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Tickets may also be reserved by telephone at 828.328.7206.

This production contains adult themes and language. “Fun Home” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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