Auditions for Bright Star
STORY, MUSIC AND LYRICS BY STEVE MARTIN; MUSIC & LYRICS BY EDIE BRICKELL
SUNDAY MAY 12TH: 6PM – 9:30PM
MONDAY MAY 13TH: 6PM – 9:30 PM
100 HIGH ST, ENFIELD CT 06082
(Callbacks, if necessary, will be scheduled after auditions have completed)
Be prepared to sing the following:
16 – 32 bars of a strong musical theater song in the proper key
(no pop songs please). A ballad is best.
Country and folk music are strongly encouraged.
An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music.
No singing a cappella or to a track.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing
and bring a headshot, if you have one.
QUESTIONS? PLEASE CONTACT DIRECTOR JOHN PIKE, JOHNPIKE1@GMAIL.COM
Performance & Rehearsal Dates:
Performances: September 6-22, 2019
Friday and Saturday performances at 8pm
Sunday performances at 2pm
Rehearsals will begin end of July (around the 22nd).
Roles to be cast:
8 female, 8 male
Age ranges listed are approximate.
All but Alice sing as ensemble members in addition to their named role.
Alice Murphy (30 / strong, rich alto with some upper register)
Plays Alice at age 38--an editor of a southern literary magazine; intelligent, attractive,
professional--but with an air of melancholy. The same actress plays Young Alice at age 16--rebellious, high-spirited, sexually forward, adventurous--looking to break out of small-town life and experience the world. Strong singer comfortable in folk / bluegrass.
Margo Crawford (early 20s / 2 nd soprano)
A small-town bookstore owner; a childhood friend of Billy who now harbors romantic feelings towards him; a natural beauty with a keen intellect.
Mama Murphy (40s-50s / Alto)
Alice’s mother. A caretaker to her family and her rural community. A warm, loving, sensible woman. Hardworking, with great inner strength and compassion.
Lucy Grant (early 20s / Alto)
A junior editor at a literary magazine. An ambitious, professional young “modern” career woman of the 1940’s. Strong, forthright and provocative with a sharp sense of humor.
Florence – (20s / variable voice range)
an employee at Margo’s bookstore and a childhood friend of both Billy and Margo.
Edna – (variable age/alto)
an employee at Margo’s bookstore.
Government Clerk – (variable age and voice range)
A clerk at the Office of Records in Raleigh
Well-Dressed Woman – (mid 30s – mid 40s)
A woman living in Raleigh.
Billy Cane (Early 20s / High Baritone)
A soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naïve.
Jimmy Ray Dobbs (30s / Tenor)
Plays Jimmy Ray in his early 20s in flashbacks--Mayor Dobbs’ son and young Alice 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.
Mayor Josiah Dobbs (50’s / Baritone)
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.
Daddy Murphy (50 – 60s / Baritone)
Alice’s father; an authoritative and a stern disciplinarian; devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer.
Daddy Cane - (late 40s – 50s / Baritone)
Billy’s father. A widower. Spry, good looking. Kind hearted, if a bit lonely.
Daryl Ames – (30s / Tenor)
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 likeable.
Stanford (variable age and voice range)
Loyal assistant to Mayor Josiah Dobbs
Dr. Norquist (variable age and voice range)
The local family doctor in Zebulon
Max – (20s / variable voice range)
a customer at Margo’s bookstore, at first, he has a crush on Margo, but later becomes Edna’s beau.
Alice Murphy is at two different points in her life: the first, when she is a wild young thing growing up barefoot and carefree in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina; the second, when she is a well-to-do magazine editor in Asheville, 22 years later. Her story is inevitably woven with that of an idealistic young man named Billy, with whom she shares a mysterious connection. As a young teen in Zebulon, NC, Alice is hopelessly in love with small town heartthrob Jimmy Ray, the mayor’s son. Although their love was pure, it falls victim to the interference of ambitious parents, and their infant son is whisked away before their happy ending could ever begin. More than two decades later, Alice, now a successful editor of The Asheville Southern Journal, tries to discover the broken strands of her earlier life with Billy’s help.