When she saw the musical “Fun Home” on Broadway back in 2015, Penobscot Theatre Company production manager Tricia Hobbs was blown away. She was moved by the music, the storytelling and, most of all, the message at the heart of the show, based on Alison Bechdel’s critically acclaimed 2006 graphic memoir of the same name, which won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical.
“It’s a message of representation and inclusivity, and it’s about complicated families and relationships,” said Hobbs, who last fall directed “Wait Until Dark” at PTC. “It’s about important things that everybody struggles with, and that’s something that every sort of audience needs to see. Not just big city audiences.”
“Fun Home,” directed by Hobbs, opens this week at the Bangor Opera House, the first time the show has ever been produced in Maine. Its story, about a woman trying to unlock the mysteries of her memories, her family and of her own sexuality, presents the character of Alison in three parts: at age 10, at age 18 and in her mid-40s.
Playing “Small Alison” at age 10 is Evelyn LaCroix, a Skowhegan native making her Penobscot Theatre mainstage debut. Playing adult Alison is Susannah MacLeod, a Colorado-based actress also making her PTC debut. She previously performed the role of adult Alison at the Miner’s Alley Playhouse in the Denver area.
Playing “Middle Alison” is 18-year-old Lana Sabbagh, a Brewer High School senior who has been seen in several other PTC productions, including “It’s a Wonderful Life” in 2015 and “Annie” in 2012, when she played the title character.
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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