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Not Just a New Musical. A New Kind of Musical.


Welcome to a musical that's about a family that is nothing like yours...and exactly like yours.
FUN HOME, based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways.

Welcome to a musical about looking back and moving forward.
This intimate and emotional theatrical experience allows us to look through Alison’s eyes as she reflects on the moments that made her who she is. As we witness her journey to self-acceptance, FUN HOME  vividly “demonstrates how much our world has changed and reflects just how far we’ve come” (The Wall Street Journal).

Welcome to a musical about making sense of our parents and ourselves.
FUN HOME  is a gripping portrayal of a daughter’s determination to understand and connect with her volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.


Opened: June 14, 2018

Closed: June 17, 2018

Location: The Engine Room at ARTSTATION

Music |
Book & Lyrics |



Based on the graphic novel by ALISON BECHDEL

Direction & Musical Staging |

Musical Direction & Scenic Design |

Choreography |

Lighting Design |

Costume Design |

Sound Design |







Fun Home received its world premiere at The Public Theater in New York City on October 22nd, 2013,
under the direction of Sam Gold.
Mary Kate McLaurine | Alison Bechdel
Ms. McLaurine is our 2018 Artist-in-Residence. For Stage Center: The Lyons (Lisa Lyons), Curtains (Niki Harris); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Levi's Wife). Ms. McLaurine is also Co-Director of Education at our School of Performing Arts where she has served as the producer and co-director of Junie B. Jones The Musical, and musical director for both Shrek The Musical, and Elf The Musical Jr. Ms. McLaurine is a native of Tuscaloosa, AL with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Montevallo. She studied piano at the Birmingham Southern College Conservatory of Music, and voice at the Amy Murphy Studio in Birmingham, AL. Before moving to Shreveport, she spent three years working for the Missoula Children's Theatre, where she directed and taught students in over 30 US states, Canada, Japan, and South Korea. Now at home in Shreveport, she teaches the Talented Theatre Program for Desoto Parish Schools, and works with Stage Center as a voice, piano, and acting instructor. She is so grateful to be a part of the Stage Center family!
Ryan Williams | Bruce Bechdel
For Stage Center: Dan Goodman in Next to Normal (Audience Choice Award for Favorite Leading Actor in a Musical) Ryan Williams just completed his 13th year as Director of the C.E. Byrd High School Drama Department. He is from Shreveport and attended Byrd High School.  He received his BA in Theatre/Speech from Centenary College of Louisiana in 1999.  Upon graduating from Centenary, he moved to New York City for an internship in Theatre Administration at The Juilliard School on the campus of Lincoln Center. In addition to teaching drama and film classes at Byrd, he also directs the majority of the plays and musicals for the Byrd Drama Department. These productions include: Dracula; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella; The Wizard of Oz; Funny Girl; Eleemosynary; The Crucible; Gaslight; Little Women: The Musical; Footloose; Hairspray; Little Shop of Horrors; The Haunting of Hill House; And Then There Were None; Singin’ in the Rain, Sister Act, and Carrie. Mr. Williams has also directed many plays and musicals in the Shreveport area, including You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Clue: The Musical; Schoolhouse Rock Live!; Singin' in the Rain; Guys and Dolls; Kiss Me, Kate; The Secret Garden; and Pangaea. He was nominated for SB Magazine’s Memory Award as Best Director for his productions of Singin’ in the Rain and Guys and Dolls. He won the Memory Award for Best Costume Design for his costuming of Singin’ in the Rain. As an actor Mr. Williams has appeared in many local productions over the past three decades.  Some roles include: Alex More in Buyer & Cellar (RCRT), Mike in As Bees in Honey Drown (MLP), Jafar in Aladdin (PPP) *Times Drama Award Nomination-Best Actor in a Musical, Mordred in Camelot (PAC), Sparky in Forever Plaid (EBT), Ernst Ludwig in Cabaret (MLP), Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (PPP), Sebastian in The Tempest (MLP), Laurie in Little Women (MLP), Prince Charming in Snow White (PPP), Teen Angel in Grease (BPCC), Albert Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (MLP), Erik in Grand Hotel (MLP), The Duke/Dr. Carrasco in Man of La Mancha (BPCC), and Eddie Lyons in Blood Brothers (MLP) a performance which garnered him the Times Drama Award as Best Actor in a Musical. Ryan is also the production director for the annual cotillion, and he creates Mardi Gras costumes and one-of-a-kind gowns in his free time.
Liesl Cruz | Helen Bechdel
For Stage Center: Curtains (Bambi Bernet) – 2017 Audience Choice Award: Favorite Actress in a Featured Role; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (Asher’s Wife). She has also been seen in SLT’s summer musical Thoroughly Modern Mille (Miss Dorothy) and Shreveport Opera’s La Boheme, Dead Man Walking, and H.M.S. Pinafore. Equally at home in the operatic and theater worlds Ms. Cruz has had the pleasure of working with a number of theaters throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Arkansas. Favorite past credits include: For Cardinal Stage: The Birthday Feast (Mutt/Mother) – world premiere, Bill W. and Dr. Bob (Woman), and Annie (Connie Boylan). For Bloomington Playwrights Project: The Capables (Jenny Bragg Marcus, M.S.W.). For Monroe County Civic Theater: Hamlet (Marcellus), Urinetown (Penelope Pennywise), and Off to Work We Go (Applicant/Hostess). For Community Players: Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Big River (Mary Jane Watson), and Beauty and the Beast (Babette). Ms. Cruz also spent two summers as a young artist with Opera in the Ozarks where she had the opportunity to appear as Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, as well as being featured in several scene and school outreach programs. Additionally Ms. Cruz passes on her love of music and theater to the students in her private studio as well as those in the SLT Academy where she has had the pleasure of offering a group vocal class in addition to Music Directing the Junior Academy production of Alice in Wonderland Jr. Ms. Cruz holds a BM in Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Masters in Early Childhood Education with a focus in music and visual arts from Indiana University, and has participated in multiple masterclasses throughout her career. Ms. Cruz is exceptionally grateful for the opportunity to dive into this beautiful work and hopes it touches your soul as deeply as it has hers.
Aubrey Buckner | Middle Alison
For Stage Center: Green Day’s American Idiot (Extraordinary Girl), Next to Normal (Natalie - ACA Winner), Cabaret (Lulu), and has been a part of ensemble in Bonnie and Clyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She has also been seen in SLT’s The Addams Family (Wednesday Addams), Into the Woods (Lucinda), Shrek the Musical (Peter Pan), and A Little Princess (Queen Victoria). She also participated in Caddo Magnet High School’s theatre program as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker. Aubrey has participated in Level One of the Gately Poole Conservatory Intensive in Chicago, IL and plans on returning to complete the rest of her studies there. She can’t wait to take the next steps in her career in Chicago and would like to thank everyone who helped her achieve all that she has here in Shreveport
Lauren Mathews | Small Alison
For Stage Center: Disney's The Little Mermaid (Ensemble); For Stage Center's School of Performing Arts: Junie B. Jones, James and the Giant Peach Jr., Into the Woods Jr., 13. Miss Mathews is a rising junior at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches, LA, and is thrilled to join StageCenter’s Mainstage production of Fun Home!  Past credits include the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Sketch Comedy Show (LSMSA), The Mikado (NSU Opera Theatre). She has been a winner at the state and regional level in the High School Musical Theatre category of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  She would like to thank her family and friends for their on-going support and love!
Finnegan Collins | John Bechdel (at certain perf's)
Stage Center: Debut. For Stage Center's School of Performing Arts: Godspell, Jr. (Light of the World soloist), and Elf, Jr. (Michael). His past performances include Oliver! at Emmet Hook Center and Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Cape Fear Regional Theater in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Finnegan is a rising fifth grader at South Highland Elementary Magnet.

Jayden Norwood | John Bechdel (at certain perf's)
Stage Center: Debut. For Stage Center's School of Performing Art: Godspell Jr. (King/Dad), Elf Jr. (Security Guard), Junie B. Jones (Jose). Mr. Norwood will next be seen as John in SC's SOPA production of Peter Pan Jr. later this summer. He is a student at South Highlands Elementary Magnet where he has performed in On the Shoulders of Giants (Benjamin Franklin), Disney's The Aristocats Kids (Napoleon), and How Does Your Garden Grow (French Potato). He is very excited to make his Mainstage debut with this production.

Cade Ostermeyer | Christian Bechdel
Stage Center: Godspell (Jesus), 2018; Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat (Benjamin), 2017; A Christmas Story, 2016 (Ralphie); Disney's The Little Mermaid, 2016 (Flounder); A Christmas Story, 2015 (Ralphie); Curtains (Ensemble), 2017. For Stage Center School of Performing Arts: A Chorus Line High School Edition (Mark), 2017; Shrek the Musical (Pinocchio, Thelonius, Delocian, Knight, Rat), 2017; James and the Giant Peach, 2016 (James); Into the Woods Jr., 2016 (Jack); 13 (Richie), 2015; Broadway Bound: Magic (Jack in Magic Tree House). Mr. Ostermeyer is a student at Stage Center School of Performing Arts where he is a 4th year member of the performance troupe. Other credits: Award for Excellence Individual Performance by a Male - National Invitational Junior Theatre Festival 2018; iTheatrics Choreography DVD Shoot, New York City, NY – 2017, 2018; Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble), Shreveport Opera, 2018; Mary Poppins
(Ensemble), Emmett Hook, 2015. Cade is a Sophomore at Haughton High School. He is also a member of the Bossier Parish Talented Arts Program for both Music and Theatre since 2014. He enjoys singing and acting as well as playing sports. Cade would like to thank his family and friends for all their support. He would also like to thank Jared Watson, Seth Taylor and the Stage Center Staff for teaching him, guiding him and encouraging him to fulfill his dream.
Camille Schmoutz | Joan
Stage Center: Debut. Mrs. Schmoutz is pleased to make her Stage Center debut as “Joan” in Fun Home. A graduate of Goddard College’s MFA Creative Writing program, Camille enjoys the storytelling process from every angle and her work can be found on the page, stage, and screen. Her most recent credits include writing and directing the short film GLORIA for the LA Film Prize 2018 competition, and acting as The Other Woman and “Mrs. Meers” in Shreveport Little Theatre’s respective 2017 productions of Dead Man’s Cell Phone and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Camille is passionate about uplifting LGBT narratives and is proud to be part of this talented cast as they bring heartfelt family drama to the Shreveport region.
Daniel Salazar | Mark/Roy/Pete
Mr. Salazar recently completed his Artist-in-Residency for 2017 with us. For Stage Center as an actor: The Lyons (Curtis Lyons), Curtains (Lt. Frank Cioffi); Green Day's American Idiot (Will); Peter and the Starcatcher (Prentiss); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Pharaoh); Red (Ken); Cabaret (Emcee); A Christmas Story the Musical (Waiter); A Chorus Line (Greg); Ragtime (Mother's Younger Brother); as director: Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps; Bonnie & Clyde. Mr. Salazar recently completed his 2017 artist-in-residency with SC. Mr. Salazar has been working in the Shreveport-Bossier Theatre community for about 10 years now.  He has studied at Bossier Parish Community College , Trinity Valley Community College, and Texas State University for Performance and Production of Theatre. Daniel has studied with Kathryn Gatley and Richard Poole at the Gatley Poole Conservatory in Chicago, IL where he went under a month long intensive of the Meisner Technique. The intensive included the Williamson Physical Technique for Actors and basic Meisner Technique training along with other voice and projection techniques, which he will continue this year. Mr. Salazar will be moving to Chicago this summer to pursue a career in film, television, and theatre. He would like to thank his fellow actors in the SBC theatrical community for all the love and support that has been given to him over the past few years! “I am extremely grateful and thankful for the amount of knowledge I have gained from the actors, technicians, and professors/teachers in this town who have taught me so much. I will forever be thankful for the town that brought me up in theatre!”
" instant classic of the American musical theater, and a monumental piece of art."
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Alison – a cartoonist


Medium Alison


Small Alison 


Bruce Bechdel - her father


Helen Bechdel - her mother


Christian Bechdel - her brother


John Bechdel - her brother

Joan - a college student

Pete - a mourner
- a young man Bruce hires
Mark - a high school junior