SLOC Auditions for the Regional Premiere of “Bright Star”

“Bright Star”

Music, Book and Story by Steve Martin
Music, Lyrics and Story by Edie Brickell

Choreographer EMILY FULLER
Producer AMY CLARK

Bright Star is inspired by a true story and is an uplifting theatrical journey taking place in the American South in the 1920s and 1940s. Featuring a Grammy-nominated bluegrass score by Steven Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star tells a powerful tale of love, redemption, and human connection.

Bright Star is presented by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW).

Audition Dates and Times:
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 and Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm
(Sign-in begins at 6:30pm)
Call Backs (by invitation): Friday February 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Schenectady Light Opera Company‘s Education Building
418 Liberty Street, Schenectady, NY 12305  (Free parking available in the city-owned parking lots on both sides of Liberty Street)

Performance Dates:
May 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16, 2020 at 8 pm
May 10, 16 & 17, 2020 at 2 pm
Mandatory Double Tech on Sunday May 3, 2020 and Tech Week Rehearsals May 4-7, 2020

Read Through (Tentatively) February 23, 2020 at 2 pm
Rehearsals will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 to 10pm and Sundays from 2 to 5 pm.

Audition Requirements:
Prepare 32 measures of a song in the style of the show. Consider the range of the role you wish to be considered for.
Bring your own marked sheet music in the appropriate key for the accompanist. Accompanist will be provided, please no acapella singing.
Actors and Actresses of ALL ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
Please bring an updated resume and headshot if you have one (not required)
Please be prepared to provide all potential conflicts from the read through date until closing.
Actors should be prepared to read from the script, these readings will be provided at auditions.
Please bring appropriate clothing/shoes for a dance call during auditions, everyone will participate to the best of their ability at the dance audition.
ALL roles are available, we ask that all people who are auditioning be 16 years or older.

Any questions Please contact Producer Amy Clark at or Director Michael Camelo at

Opportunities for featured casting in the ensemble, the ensemble may be asked to play instruments during the production (not required) Ages listed below are suggested/looking to play  not required.

Available Roles:

Alice Murphy  plays both 16-17 and 36-37. Alice at age 36-37 is an editor of a southern literary magazine; intelligent, attractive,
professional  but with an air of melancholy. Young Alice at age 16-17 is rebellious, high-spirited, and adventurous  looking to break out of small-town life and experience the world. She must be very strong singer and comfortable in folk and bluegrass styles.

Billy Cane  a young (17-25) soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little

Daddy Cane  (45-65) Billys father. A widower. Spry, good looking. Kind hearted, if a bit lonely.

Margo Crawford  (17-25) a small-town bookstore owner; a childhood friend of Billys who now harbors romantic feelings towards him; a natural beauty with a keen intellect.

Max  (17-25) a customer at Margos bookstore, at first, he has a crush on Margo, but later becomes Ednas beau.

Florence  (17-25) an employee at Margos bookstore and a childhood friend of both Billy and Margo.

Edna  (25-35) an employee at Margos bookstore.

Daryl Ames  (30-65) 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.

Lucy Grant  (25-35) A junior editor at a literary magazine. An ambitious, professional young modern career woman of the 1940s. Strong, forthright and provocative with a sharp sense of humor.

Mama Murphy  (45-65) 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  (45-65) Alice’s father; an authoritative and a stern disciplinarian; devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer.

Mayor Josiah Dobbs  (45-65) the Mayor of Zebulon; a political and financial powerbroker  distinguished, an imposing and controlling
presence; has a genuine interest in protecting his sons future and his family name, but in doing so, is ultimately pushed to a point of extreme and irrevocable cruelty.

Jimmy Ray Dobbs  plays both age 18-20 and 38-40. Jimmy Ray in his early 20s in flashbacks is 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 38-40.

Stanford  (45-65) Loyal assistant to Mayor Josiah Dobbs

Dr. Norquist  (30-65) The local family doctor in Zebulon

Government Clerk  (35-45) A clerk at the Office of Records in Raleigh

Well-Dressed Woman  (35-45) A woman living in Raleigh.


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