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]
Auditions for Silent Sky & The Book of Will
By Lauren Gunderson
Audition for two shows at once! Join us for auditions for Silent Sky and The Book of Will, two incredible new plays by one of the country’s most successful contemporary playwrights; Lauren Gunderson.
Monday, November 5 & Tuesday, November 6 / 6:30PM – 9:30PM
Those who audition should arrive at 6:30 but may not need to stay until 9:30
You should only attend one night of auditions
There are potential callbacks on November 7 & 8
Silent Sky: November 15 – January 24
The Book of Will: November 19 – January 31
Silent Sky: January 25, 26, 27, February 7, 9, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23 (10 Shows Total)
The Book of Will: February 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 10, 14, 16, 20, 22, 24 (11 Shows Total)
All shows are evening performances at 7:30PM except for Sunday matinees at 2:30PM
Grandstreet Studio / 328 Fuller Avenue / Downtown across from Valley Bank
How It Works
Both shows will audition on the same nights. You are welcome to only audition for Silent Sky or only audition for The Book of Will … or you can audition for both shows! You will not be cast in both shows, but auditioning for both will certainly increase your chances of being cast.
What to Prepare
Those who plan to audition should have a Silent Sky & The Book of Will Audition Packet. Packets can be picked up at the Grandstreet Box Office (weekdays between noon and 5) or downloaded here:
Silent Sky and The Book of Will 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 Silent Sky & The Book of Will 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:
Silent Sky and The Book of Will 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
Henrietta Leavitt – (20s – 40s) brilliant, meticulous, excited, driven, confident
Margaret Leavitt – (20s – 40s) homebody, creative, sweet, sister
Peter Shaw – (20s – 40s) the head astronomer’s apprentice, both endearing and awkward
Annie Cannon – (30s – 50s) the leader, strict and sure, grows into a firebrand
Williamina Fleming – (40s – 60s) smart as a whip and fun, Scottish
The Book Of Will
Henry Condell – (40s or older) feisty, hopeful friend and actor in the King’s Men
John Heminges – (40s or older) reasonable friend and financial manager of the King’s Men, owner of the Globe Tap House, a good man, a gentleman, a little serious
Richard Burbage – (40s or older) a seasoned lion of the stage, famous across England, loud and proud
Alice Heminges – (20s – 30s) John’s daughter, confident, knows everyone and hangs with the boys
Ben Jonson – Poet laureate of England, friend and rival of Shakespeare, an amazing drunk, a bear of a man, surprisingly weepy
Elizabeth Condell – (40s or older) – Henry’s wife, savvy, fun and supportive, a great friend
Rebecca Heminges – (40s or older) John’s wife, a good woman, strong, busy with her grocery business, a woman who has weathered much but loves her husband and children
Ed Knight – Stage manager for the King’s Men, self-serious and particular, he likes to be important
Ralph Crane – Humble scribe for the King’s Men, intelligent and quiet, and perhaps a bit awkward
William Jaggard (40s or older) Successful, although shady, publisher of books, plays and playbills, he is confident in his ability to get what he wants, very experienced, very connected, and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, an ass
Isaac Jaggard – (20s – 30s) William’s son, will inherit the business, sensitive, an artist at heart and nothing like his father
Marcus – Printer’s apprentice at the Jaggard print shop, nosy but honest
Emilia Bassano Lanier – (40s or older) Fiery Italian feminist and poet, independent woman, lover of life and a lover of Shakespeare
Anne Hathaway Shakespeare – (40s or older) Shakespeare’s widow, strong willed, a classy lady, a survivor
Susannah Shakespeare – Daughter of Shakespeare, a little sassy but it’s because she misses her dad
Boy Hamlet – A young actor playing the role (poorly)
Compositor – Works for Jaggard
Bernardo, Francisco, Horatio, Marcellus – Actors playing those roles
Sir Edward Dering – a lover of books and theatre
About the Shows
When Henrietta Leavitt trades the comforts of her rural home for a job at the Harvard Observatory, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a new group of female colleagues, known simply as “computers”, and begins to chart the stars for a renowned astronomer who has no time for women’s theories. As Henrietta begins to measure the stars, an astonishing discovery causes her to take measure of her life on Earth. Can she balance her dedication to science with the obligations of her family and the possibility of love? This true story explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were often dismissed until men took credit for them. A powerhouse of a play from the brilliant mind of Lauren Gunderson, Silent Sky is an incredible story of a woman who found her light and changed the way we understand the universe. Silent Sky will be directed by Rosie Seitz Ayers and stage managed by Cayla Clark.
The Book of Will
Lauren Gunderson, one of the country’s most successful playwrights, pens a lively love letter to the theatre in her award winning new play. After the death of their friend and mentor, two of Shakespeare’s actors promise to publish a first edition of his original plays and preserve the words that shaped their lives. In order to honor the legacy of the man they loved, they’ll have to battle an unscrupulous book publisher, a boozy poet laureate, and their own rag-tag company of actors and stage managers. Amidst the noise and color of Elizabethan London, The Book of Will tells a true and unforgettable story of love, loss and laughter, while shedding new light on the characters behind the plays we know so well. The Book of Will will be directed by Jeff Downing and stage managed by Molly Roby.
For questions, more information, or to read a script, please contact Jeff Downing, Artistic Director at 442-4270 or email [email protected]