Bright Star Auditions
Musical Theatre West generally holds auditions for its productions six to eight weeks before a show’s opening date. All roles are open to both Equity and non-Equity performers, and all ethnicities are always encouraged to audition.
BRIGHT STAR AUDITION INFO
Director/Choreographer: Richard Gatta
Musical Director: Dennis Castellano
AUDITIONS ARE HELD AT:
The Musical Theatre West Reiner Rehearsal Hall
4350 East 7th Street
Long Beach, CA 90804
Wednesday, July 25
9:00 am-5pm EPA (Lunch 12:30-1:30pm)
Saturday, July 28
10:00 am Female Dance call – sign ups start at 9:00am (must sign in by 9:45am)
12:00 noon Male Dance call – sign ups start at 11:00am (must sign in by 11:45am)
Sunday, July 29
BRIGHT STAR CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
Alice Murphy Female, early 30s – 40
Female, early 30s – 40, to play Alice at age 38: 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. Vocal range: Very strong singer with a wide vocal range.
Billy Cane Lead Male 21-24
Male, early 20s, a soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naïve. Seeking strong actor who is also a strong, athletic dancer, able to partner and lead a production number. Vocal range: Bright, natural Bari-Tenor.
Jimmy Ray Dobb Male 30-35
Male, 30 – 35. The same actor will play Jimmy Ray in his early 20s in flashbacks: 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. Vocal range: Very strong singer in a pop-folk style. Bari-Tenor.
Mayor Josiah Dobbs Male 54-56
Male, mid 50s – mid 60s. The Mayor of Zebulon; he’s 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. Vocal range: Bass-Baritone.
Margo Crawford Female 21-24
Female, early 20s. 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. Vocal range: A sweet, warm folk voice.
Daryl Ames Male 24-46
Male, mid 20s – 40. Precise, exacting, specific and effete. Dry and witty, with great comic timing. Vocal range: Open.
Lucy Grant Female 21-24
Female, early 20s – 30. Strong actress with great comedic timing, who is a dynamic and sexy dancer. She has to have complete ease with dancing and partnering. Leads a production number. Vocal range: Strong belt.
Daddy Murphy Male 54-56
Male, mid 50s – mid 60s. Alice’s father; an authoritative and a stern disciplinarian; devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer. Vocal range: Open.
Mama Murphy Female 50-50
Female, 50 – mid 60s. Warm and strong, the center of her family. A fierce protector of her daughter, who she knows is deeply gifted, but a handful. Vocal range: Open.
Daddy Cane Male 60-60
Male, 60 – 65. A warm, loving country man. Loves to read. Has kept a secret for many years for all the wrong reasons. Vocal range: Open.
Male, a variety of ages 20 – 60, who all move very well. Everyone moves scenery, is quite active throughout the entire show, and needs to be game to “move.” Everyone either “moves” or dances. 3 of the men need to dance well, as they have tracks where expressive and athletic movement is needed. 2 of them do extensive partnering. Vocal range: Open.
Female, a variety of ages 20 – 60, who all move very well. Everyone moves scenery, is quite active throughout the entire show, and needs to be game to “move.” Everyone either “moves” or dances. 2 of the women dance quite a bit, and need to be extremely graceful. 1 does beautiful turns. 2 of them do extensive partnering. Dance technique needed. Vocal range: Open.
In a Bluegrass, Folk-Pop Style. Note: the Singing Style is Natural Cast