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Music, Book, and Story by Steve Martin
Music, Book, and Story by Edie Brickell
Directed by Resident Director Scott Ford
Music Direction by Jean Orbison Van Heel
Choreography by Heidi Spesard-Noble

Performance & Rehearsal Information

Production run: September 6-29, 2019 (15 total performances)

First rehearsal tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, July 16.

The full tentative rehearsal/performance schedule can be found here.

Note on Diversity and Inclusive Casting

Actors of all races and ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition. Lyric Arts is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the casting of its productions and, therefore, urges actors of diverse backgrounds and those from underrepresented groups to audition.

Open Call Auditions

Monday, May 6, and Tuesday, May 7
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Doors open for registration 15 minutes prior to audition start time
Final registration accepted 15 minutes before the end of auditions

Callback Auditions

Wednesday, May 15
6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Exact times to be determined by artistic staff after the completion of open call auditions.

Show Description

Inspired by a real event and featuring the Grammy-nominated score by Steven Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tight in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

Audition Preparation

Please prepare a one-minute monologue and 32 bars of a folk or country song. (Please provide printed sheet music for the accompanist.)

Lyric Arts’ standard audition form can be downloaded or filled out here.

Character Descriptions

ALICE MURPHY: Female, 30 to 40, to play Alice at 38. An editor of a southern literary magazine; intelligent, attractive, professional, but with an air of melancholy. The same actress will 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 a very strong singer and comfortable in folk and bluegrass styles.

Vocal Range: Very strong mezzo-soprano, F3 to C5

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

BILLY CANE: Male, 19 to 25, to play early 20s. A soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naïve. Seeking a strong actor who is also a strong dancer.

Vocal Range: Bright, natural Tenor, A4 to C3

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Male, 30 to 35, to play Jimmy Ray in his early 20’s 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 it 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 emotions. The same actor will play an adult Jimmy Ray at 40.

Vocal Range: Very strong singer in a pop-folk style, Tenor, A4 to C3

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

MAYOR JOSIAH DOBBS: Male, 55 to 65, to play mid-50s to mid-60s. The mayor of Zubulon; 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: Baritone, A2 to G4

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

MARGO CRAWFORD: Female, 19 to 25, to play early 20s. Small-town bookstore owner; a childhood friend of Billy’s who now harbors romantic feelings toward him; a natural beauty with a keen intellect.

Vocal Range: A sweet, warm folk voice, Soprano, B3 to Gb5

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

DARYL AMES: Male, 24 to 46, to mid-20s to 40. Precise, exacting, specific and effete; dry and witty with great comic timing.

Vocal Range: Tenor/Baritone, C3 to E4

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

LUCY GRANT: Female, 21 to 30, to play early 20s to 30. Strong actress with great comedic timing who is a dynamic dancer. She has to have complete ease with dancing and partnering; leads a production number.

Vocal Range: Strong belt, Soprano, D3 to A5

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

DADDY MURPHY: Male, mid 50s to mid-60s. Alice’s father; an authoritative and stem disciplinarian; devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer.

Vocal Range: Baritone, A2 to G4

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

MAMA MURPHY: Female, 50 to 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: Mezzo, G3 to C5

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Male, early to mid-60s. A warm, loving county man; loves to read; has kept a secret for many years for all the wrong reasons.

Vocal Range: Tenor, C3 to A4

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

ENSEMBLE: Male and female, a variety of ages, 20 to 60, who all move well. The ensemble sings quite a bit and is onstage for a significant portion of the show, acting as a sort of Greek chorus. Everyone is quite active throughout the show.

Vocal Range: Open, in a natural bluegrass, folk-pop style

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Various ensemble members will be selected to play:

  • MAX: Male, early 20s. A young bookstore customer with a crush on Margo in 1945.

  • FLORENCE and EDNA: Female, early 20s. Friends of Margo Crawford in 1945.

  • STANFORD ADAMS: Male, 35 to 60. Mayor Dobbs’ lawyer in 1923.

  • DR. NORDQIST: Male, 30 to 60. Town Doctor in 1923.

  • GOVERNEMENT CLERK: Female, 40 to 60. Works in government office in Raleigh in 1946.

  • WELL-DRESSED WOMAN: Female, 40s. Mother in 1946.

Additional Information

  • $255 stipend paid.

  • All auditions are held at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, 420 E Main St, Anoka 55303.

  • Auditioners will be seen in the order they arrive. No appointments are necessary.

  • Please come prepared with headshot (or other non-returnable current photo) and résumé, if available.

  • Please arrive with a calendar outlining all possible conflict dates between the first read-through and the final performance. (No conflicts for tech week or performance dates will be accepted.)

  • Age ranges listed in character descriptions signify the age of the character to be played.

  • All other questions about auditions—including those regarding audition conflicts—should be sent to our auditions e-mail.