Auditions for The Bridges of Madison County
A New Musical by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman
This is your chance to sing “one of the best Broadway scores in a decade!” A sweeping, romantic musical that beautifully captures the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross.
Monday, February 11, 2019 and Tuesday, February 12, 2019 / 6:30PM – 9:30PM
You should only attend one night of auditions. You should arrive by 6:30 and you may not need to stay until 9:30. There are potential callbacks on Wednesday, February 13th.
February 25, 2019 – April 25, 2019 / Rehearsals are flexible and are generally held Monday through Thursday evenings.
April 26, 2019 – May 12, 2019 / Wednesdays through Sundays (13 shows total)
Grandstreet Theatre is located at 325 N. Park Avenue. Auditions will begin in the main auditorium at Grandstreet, please enter through the main entrance on N. Park.
What to Prepare
Those who plan to audition should have a The Bridges of Madison County Audition Packet. Packets can be picked up at the Grandstreet Box Office (weekdays between noon and 5) or downloaded here: The Bridges of Madison County Audition Packet. The audition packet will have more instructions about what to prepare for the audition.
What to Bring
Those who audition must submit a The Bridges of Madison County Audition Form on the night you audition. Forms can be picked up at the Grandstreet Box Office (weekdays between noon and 5) or downloaded here: The Bridges of Madison County Audition Form Please come with your Audition Form already filled out. This form has important calendar and schedule information that is necessary for the casting process.
Seeking the Following Roles
Francesca Johnson (30s, 40s, 50s) – a beautiful Italian woman, generous, luminous, and funny, now married to a farmer and living in Iowa.
Richard “Bud” Johnson (30s, 40s, 50s) – Francesca’s husband, an Iowa farmer, a good guy, diligent and dependable, but always exhausted and irritated that things haven’t gotten easier.
Robert Kincaid (30s, 40s, 50s) – a rugged, worldly, visionary photographer, a vagabond and artist.
Michael (teens, 20s) – Francesca and Bud’s son, rebellious, doesn’t like the idea that his Dad wants him to be a farmer. He yearns for adventure and feels trapped on the farm.
Carolyn (teens, 20s) – Francesca and Bud’s daughter, intelligent and hard-working, she wants more than her simple life on the farm, but hasn’t yet figured out what that is.
Marge (40s, 50s, 60s) – Francesca’s neighbor, nosy and sassy, but always there for a friend in need.
Charlie (40s, 50s, 60s) – Marge’s husband, a stable and steady farmer, he tends to tell Marge to stay out of other people’s business, although he’s probably just as curious as she is.
Marian (30s, 40s, 50s) – Robert’s former wife, with the soul and spirit of a folk musician.
Chiara (30s, 40s, 50s) – Francesca’s sister, still living in Italy, flirtatious and bold.
Plus a flexible Ensemble of singers and actors who play a variety or roles.
About The Show
Based on the best selling novel and the popular Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood film, one of the most romantic stories ever written is now an irresistible, Tony Award winning musical by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman. Francesca is looking forward to a few days alone on the farm as her husband and children head off to the 1965 Iowa State Fair. When traveling photographer Robert Kincaid stops to ask for directions to the local covered bridges, both of their lives are changed forever. Set among the expanse of America’s heartland, this soaring musical tells an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more. It’s no surprise that Jason Robert Brown’s The Bridges of Madison County won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Original Score. This music is a dream come true for singers and actors of all levels of experience.
For questions or more information, please contact Jeff Downing, Artistic Director at 442-4270 or email [email protected]
These auditions are open to anyone 13 years old and older who would like to work in a professional summer stock company. We are looking for an ensemble of actor/singer/dancers who will also intern or teach in our summer camp or be involved in our teen conservatory program.
January 26, 2019 / 1:00 p.m. in the studio. You will sign up for an audition time upon arrival. Dance call will be at 3:00 p.m. Fred Cobb will be playing for auditions on January 26. You may drop your music off at Piccolo’s Music if you want him to have it ahead of time.
January 26, 2019 – 1 p.m. in the studio
Midwest Theatre Auditions in St. Louis Feb. 22-24, 2019.
Electronic submissions are due Feb. 15, 2019. Please submit all materials to [email protected] and include a link to the audition.
Show #1 –Footloose
June 21 -July 10th 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Show #2 – Sister Act
July 12-August 1, 2019 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.
July 11th-20th, 2019 (13 performances)
August 2- 17, 2019 (14 performances)
Grandstreet Theatre Studio, 328 North Fuller Ave
or email an electronic audition to [email protected]
A headshot and resume (attached)
16-32 measures of a contemporary musical theatre or rock song and one comedic monologue (1 minute or less).
A dance combination will be taught at the audition on January 26th.
Electronic submissions (due Feb. 15, 2019)
Please prepare the above plus a short dance combination.
4 women ages 35-70
5 women ages 13-19
3 men ages 35-50
3 women ages 18-20
7 men ages 13-20
6 men ages 35-70
An ensemble of singer/dancers to play townspeople and high school students
4 women ages 35-70
5 women ages 16-35
1 man age 45-70
6 men ages 16-35
An ensemble to play nuns, bar denizens, homeless people, dancers
Grandstreet Theatre Seeks Additional Actor for Montana State-Wide Tour
by Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe
The tour begins rehearsals May 27th and performs June 5th – August 2nd.
Two actors will be cast to perform the solo show, and serve as crew and run the show for each other on alternate nights of the tour. We are planning 50 performances across Montana and the actors will be responsible for performance, setup, take down and driving to each location. Vehicle, lodging, per-diem and $300 per week salary provided. Additional responsibilities include talkback leadership, logistical planning and community outreach. The performance is part of a suicide prevention program developed by Grandstreet Theatre and made possible by a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana. Performers should be comfortable with the topic of suicide and will undergo “Signs Of Suicide” and “Mental Health First Aid” training as part of the rehearsal process.
We are seeking a male actor to play a character aged 30 – 55 with strong comic chops and an ability to form a quick rapport with a wide range of audiences throughout rural Montana. The character makes quick shifts from broad stand up comedy to intensely vulnerable moments. Sense of humor required, sense of compassion a must. Diverse actors, particularly Native American (Assiniboine, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Crow, Gros Ventre, Salish/Kootenai and Sioux tribes) are encouraged. Non Equity or AEA Special Contract.
Auditions will be accepted via video submission through January 15th. Please record two of the four attached monologues (if you select monologue #2 please have a friend read the role of Sam off camera) on video along with a brief introduction (2 minutes or less) and why you are drawn to the material and the tour.
Please email video along with a headshot, resume and your favorite road-trip playlist to [email protected]
Direct any questions to Kal Poole (406) 442-4270, [email protected]
Here is a sample resume for those of you wondering about a good format.
Beware of some common mistakes:
1. Grandstreet is one word (not Grand Street)
2. List your shows with the most recent at the top
3. Don’t list a category if you have no experience (i.e commercials, film)
4. Remember to list your special abilities and make sure you can actually do those things.