AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT – GRANDSTREET THEATRE
Bright Star, by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, is a Broadway musical with an incredible score inspired by folk and bluegrass music. Everyone at Grandstreet has been looking forward to this musical for several years, and we are happy to finally announce our upcoming auditions! Bright Star has wonderful opportunities for adult singers of all ages, including young adults. You must be at least 16 years old by January 9th, 2023 in order to audition.
Monday, January 9, 2023 or Tuesday, January 10, 2023
You only need to attend one night of auditions in order to be considered for casting
Grandstreet Studio / 328 Fuller Ave. / Downtown across from Valley Bank
Sign Up Required!
You will have the opportunity to reserve an audition date and time slot between 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM
There are potential callbacks on Wednesday, January 11th and Thursday, January 12th. You will be notified via email by noon on January 11th if we would like to see you for a callback.
Some rehearsals may begin the week of February 13th, but the main rehearsal process will begin the week of February 20th. Rehearsals are flexible and are generally held Monday through Thursday evenings between the hours of 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM.
April 21, 2023 – May 7, 2023 / Wednesdays through Sundays (13 shows total)
What To Prepare
The Bright Star Audition Packet includes all the information you need.
Please prepare ONE vocal selection from the list of songs included in this packet. The sheet music indicates where each song should start and stop. You will be accompanied by a pianist at your audition, and you will have a brief moment with the accompanist to review what you will hear as an introduction.
Seeking the Following Roles
Alice Murphy (20s, 30s, 40s) The actress in this role will play Alice as an adult, but also needs a youthful spark to play Alice in her late teenage years. Young Alice is a firecracker; strong willed, independent and destined for something greater than her town has to offer. Adult Alice is the editor of the Asheville Southern Journal; an intelligent and no-nonsense businesswoman, but with a kindness that makes her inherently likable. This role requires moments of intimacy. The actress in this role must have a strong singing voice, comfortable in folk and bluegrass styles. Featured in many songs.
Billy Cane (20s) A young solider returning home from World War II. An aspiring young writer with an innocent charm. He is talented but unpolished and naive. Featured songs; “Bright Star”, “Always Will” and multiple songs.
Daddy Cane (50s, 60s, 70s) Billy’s father, a kind man who lives by himself in the woods following the death of his wife. He is a great father. Featured song; “She’s Gone” and others.
Margo (20s) A small town bookstore owner, she is bright, kind, and has been best friends with Billy for many years. She has feelings for Billy but he is too naive to see it. Featured songs; “Asheville”, “Always Will” and others.
Max (20s, 30s) A regular customer at Margo’s bookstore. He has a crush on her, but it is not reciprocated. Max is not the sharpest tool in the shed. Featured in multiple ensemble songs.
Florence (20s, 30s, 40s) A friend of Margo’s and co-worker at the bookshop. Fun and playful, she knows that Margo and Billy are meant to be together. Featured in multiple ensemble songs.
Edna (20s, 30s, 40s) A friend of Margo’s and co-worker at the bookshop. Fun and playful, she knows that Margo and Billy are meant to be together. Featured in multiple ensemble songs.
Daryl (20s – 60s) An assistant to Alice at the Asheville Southern Journal. Funny, with a dry and sarcastic sense of humor. Great comedic timing. Can be harsh in his directness, but is innately likable. He works as a fun pair with Lucy. Featured in multiple ensemble songs.
Lucy (20s, 30s, 40s) A junior editor at the Asheville Southern Journal. Forthright and provocative with a sharp sense of humor. She is a strong modern working woman who is also a bit of a flirt. She works as a fun pair with Daryl. Featured song; “Another Round” and multiple ensemble songs.
Mama Murphy (50s, 60s, 70s) Alice’s mother. A warm, loving, sensible and hard working woman. Featured songs; “Please Don’t Take Him”, “The Sun Is Gonna Shine Again” and multiple ensemble songs.
Daddy Murphy (50s, 60s, 70s) Alice’s father. A proud man with old world views on family and children. A strict, hard working man. He is a poor farmer, but respected in the community. Featured songs; “Firmer Hand / Do Right” and multiple ensemble songs.
Jimmy Ray Dobbs (20s, 30s, 40s) This actor will play Jimmy as an adult, but will also play Jimmy in his late teen years. Jimmy is Alice’s first love. He is the Mayor’s son, from a family of wealth and power, and is being groomed by his father for a similar future in the family business. Jimmy is an independent thinker who is not afraid to stand up to his father for what he believes in. He has a strong sense of personal responsibility and morality as well as a deep reserve of passion and emotion. This role requires moments of intimacy. Featured in many songs.
Mayor Dobbs (50s, 60s, 70s) A political and financial powerbroker – an imposing and controlling presence, interested in protecting his son’s future and his family name, but in reality is really only advancing his own self interest and identity. He is ultimately pushed to a point of extreme and irrevocable cruelty. Featured song; “A Man’s Gotta Do” and others.
Stanford (40s, 50s, 60s, 70s) Mayor Dobbs’ lawyer and pseudo personal assistant. He is willing to do whatever Mayor Dobbs asks of him in order to maintain his position of power within the community.
Dr. Norquist (40s, 50s, 60s, 70s) The community doctor, who has been established in the community for many years. He knows everyone and everyone knows him. He is a kind man. Will also feature in several ensemble tracks and multiple ensemble songs.
Ensemble (Adults and Young Adults of all ages) A group of strong and dynamic musical theatre performers that will be featured throughout the show in multiple songs and scenes. Strong singers who are comfortable harmonizing. Basic dance skills are a plus.
About the Show
Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony nominated score by Steve 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 1940s. 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. With beautiful melodies and powerfully moving characters, Bright Star is an uplifting theatrical journey that will hold you tightly in its grasp.
More Audition Info
The Rehearsal Process
April 16, 2023 through April 20, 2023 / Tech week is the final week of the process where all of the technical elements of the show are put in place. No actor may miss a rehearsal during tech week.
The Bright Star Team
Director / Designer – Jeff Downing
Music Director – Fred Cobb
Stage Manager – Paige O’Neill
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