Bright Star Audition Notice
Book by: Steve Martin
Lyrics by: Steve Martin, Edie Brickell
Music by: Edie Brickell
Directed by: Darryl S Thompson, Jr
Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 7 PM
Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 7 PM
CALLBACKS (by request only):
Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 7 PM
May 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18
Please prepare 32 measures of music in the style of the show. An accompanist and CD/MP3/IPod compatibility will be provided. NO A CAPELLA AUDITIONS PERMITTED. *Please be prepared to dance.*
This is a non-Equity, non-paying production. Strong performers of all ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition. All rehearsal conflicts must be presented at the time of auditions.
Billy Cane (M – 22) Tenor – a soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naïve.
Jimmy Ray Dobbs (M 30 – 35) Tenor – Mayor Dobbs’ son and young Alice’s beau; handsome, boyishly charming, well-built, and intelligent; from a family of wealth and power and is being groomed by his father for a similar future in the family business; an independent thinker who is not afraid to stand up to his father for what he believes in; he has a sense of personal responsibility and morality as well as a deep reserve of passion and emotion. The same actor will also play an adult Jimmy Ray at age 40.
Alice Murphy (F 34 – 39) Mezzo-Soprano – an editor of a southern literary magazine; intelligent, attractive, professional–but with an air of melancholy. The same actress will also play Young Alice at age 16–rebellious, high-spirited, sexually forward, adventurous–looking to break out of small-town life and experience the world. Must be very strong singer and comfortable in folk and bluegrass styles.
Mayor Josiah Dobbs (M 56 – 67) Baritone – the Mayor of Zebulon; a political and financial powerbroker –distinguished, even elegant, an imposing and controlling presence; has a genuine interest in protecting his son’s future and his family name, but in doing so, is ultimately pushed to a point of extreme and irrevocable cruelty.
Margo Crawford (F – 22) Soprano – a small-town bookstore owner; a childhood friend of Billy’s who now harbors romantic feelings towards him; a natural beauty with a keen intellect.
Mama Murphy (F 50-64) Mezzo-Soprano – Alice’s mother; a caretaker to her family and her rural community; a warm, loving, sensible woman; hardworking, with great inner strength and compassion.
Daddy Murphy (M 56 – 67) Baritone – Alice’s father; an authoritative and a stern disciplinarian; devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer.
Daddy Cane (M 60-65) Tenor – Billy’s father; a widower; spry, good-looking; kind-hearted, if a bit lonely.
Lucy Grant (F 20-30) Soprano – a junior editor at a literary magazine; an ambitious, professional young “modern” career woman of the 1940s; sexy, forthright, and provocative with a sharp sense of humor; must be able to vocally carry a big uptempo “foot stopping” drinking song and dance/move very well.
Darryl Ames (M 26 – 39) Tenor, Baritone – an assistant at a literary magazine; funny, with a dry and officious sense of humor; insecure, and perhaps a bit socially awkward, but endearing and innately likable; some character singing required but not a major singing role; should be able to move well.