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"Bright Star" Auditions-Philadelphia, PA - Casting ID # 1610075
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location Philadelphia, PA Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 02-10-20
Audition Date 02-19-20 Submission deadline 02-17-20
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
Inspired by a real event, Bright Star is an original bluegrass-style musical that tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 1940s. The story follows Alice Murphy, a literary editor in Asheville, North Carolina, whose relationship with a young soldier, just home from World War II, awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand some turning points in her childhood in the Blue Ridge Mountains. What she finds has the power to transform both of their lives.

-Please prepare 16 – 32 bars (approximately one minute) of a song in the style of the show, but NOT from the show. An accompanist will be provided. A sound system will be provided if you wish to sing to a backing track.
-Please also be prepared for some dance/movement as needed.
some dance/movement

Role # 1 Alice Murphy
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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, 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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 16 to 37
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 Billy Cane
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A young soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naïve.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 Daddy Cane
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Billy's father. A widower. Spry, good looking. Kind hearted, if a bit lonely.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 Margo Crawford
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A small-town bookstore owner; a childhood friend of Billy's who now harbors romantic feelings towards him; a natural beauty with a keen intellect.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 Daryl Ames
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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 likeable.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 Lucy Grant
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A junior editor at a literary magazine. An ambitious, professional young "modern" career woman of the 1940's. Strong, forthright and provocative with a sharp sense of humor.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 Mama Murphy
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Alice's mother. A caretaker to her family and her rural community. A warm, loving, sensible woman. Hardworking, with great inner strength and compassion.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 8 Daddy Murphy
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Alice's father; an authoritative and a stern disciplinarian; devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 Mayor Josiah Dobbs
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A political and financial powerbroker – distinguished, 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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 10 Jimmy Ray Dobbs
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 40
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 11 Stanford
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Loyal assistant to Mayor Josiah Dobbs.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 12 Dr. Norquist
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

The local family doctor in Zebulon.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 13 Government Clerk
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A clerk at the Office of Records in Raleigh.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 14 Well-Dressed Woman
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A woman living in Raleigh.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 38 to 40
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 15 Max
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A customer at Margo's bookstore, at first, he has a crush on Margo, but later becomes Edna's beau.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 16 Florence
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

An employee at Margo's bookstore and a childhood.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 17 Edna
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

An employee at Margo's bookstore.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -