Bright Star

The Hopebox Theatre is excited to announce auditions for Bright Star, the Musical. This production will be directed by Karllen

Johnson, with music direction by Dugan Brunker and choreography by Danica Davies.
Live Auditions will be held on Tuesday, December 13th from 6:00-10:00 PM at the Hopebox Theatre,
located at 1700 Frontage Rd, Kaysville, UT.

Video Auditions will be accepted up to midnight on Friday, December 16th. Upload your video or sign up for a slot (walk-ins also welcome!) at http://castingmanager.com/audition/info/uxZYHCLRdBywoPp

There will be an invitation-only dance callback from 9:30 AM-11:30 AM on Saturday, December 17th
in the Kaysville area. after which some will be kept to sing and read scenes from 12:00 PM-2:00 PM.
**Not all those who are considered/cast will be needed for the dance/voice callback.**

1) Come prepared with 16 – 32 bars from a song in the show or in the style of the show.
*** Accompanist will be provided, no acapella singing. Bring your own sheet music, or our
accompanist will have the score from the show. (You must know where you want to start and stop.)
2) Please be prepared to disclose conflicts from Jan 2nd-April 15th.
If you would like a pdf copy of the calendar, please email operations@hopeboxtheatre.com.

Rehearsals will typically be Tues, Wed, Thurs evenings from 7:15 to 10:15 PM
and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
The production runs March 24th-April 15th.

**All roles are open. All roles will be double-cast. This production is completely inclusive,
actors of all backgrounds, orientations, abilities and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
**Ages 16 and older are welcome to audition. If cast, minors must have a guardian
responsible for bringing them to and from the theatre.

Synopsis

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 ’40s. 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, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tightly in its grasp, BRIGHT STAR is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

Author

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Playing Dates

Mar 24, 2023 – Apr 15, 2023

Company

Hopebox Theatre
1700 Frontage Rd, Kaysville, UT

Audition Roles

  • Role Title: Alice Murphy
    Gender: Female
    Age Range: 25 – 40
    Description: Same actress plays Alice at age 16 and age 38. Adult Alice: an editor of a southern literary magazine; intelligent, attractive, professional–but with an air of melancholy. Young Alice: intelligent, rebellious, high-spirited, sexually forward, adventurous–looking to break out of small-town life and experience the world. Must be a powerful singer, good mover, and comfortable in folk and bluegrass styles. Vocal range: F3-C5
  • Role Title: Billy Cane
    Gender: Male
    Age Range: 18 – 25
    Description: A soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naïve. Must be a strong singer and mover. Needs to bring laughter and light to the stage when he’s present. Vocal range: C3-A4
  • Role Title: Jimmy Ray Dobbs
    Gender: Male
    Age Range: 25 – 45
    Description: Same actor will play Jimmy Ray in his early 20s and early 40’s. Young Jimmy: Mayor Dobbs’ son and young Alice’s love-interest; handsome, boyishly charming 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. Adult Jimmy: Sad, remorseful, hopeful. Still very much cares for Alice. Vocal range: C3-A4
  • Role Title: Mayor Josiah Dobbs
    Gender: Male
    Age Range: 45 – 60
    Description: The Mayor of Zebulon; he’s a political and financial powerbroker – distinguished, even elegant, an imposing and controlling presence; devoted to protecting his son’s future and his family name no matter the cost. Does not care for Alice. Becomes a drunk. Looking for warmth and callousness simultaneously. Vocal range: A2-G4
  • Role Title: Margo Crawford
    Gender: Female
    Age Range: 18 – 25
    Description: 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. Vocal range: B3-F#5
  • Role Title: Daryl Ames
    Gender: Male
    Age Range: 25 – 50
    Description: Precise, exacting, specific and sarcastic. Could be played dry and witty or bold and flamboyant, either with great comic timing. Cares for his friends. Vocal range: C3-E4
  • Role Title: Lucy Grant
    Gender: Female
    Age Range: 20 – 35
    Description: Confident, intelligent, flirtatious, a bit of a tease. She speaks her mind. Must be a strong singer and dancer, leads a production number. Vocal range: A3-D5
  • Role Title: Daddy Murphy
    Gender: Male
    Age Range: 40 – 60
    Description: Alice’s father; Authoritative, strict, devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer. A bit more bark than bite. Also extremely tender. Becomes very remorseful of the way he treats Alice in youth. Vocal range: A2-G4
  • Role Title: Mama Murphy
    Gender: Female
    Age Range: 40 – 60
    Description: Warm and strong, the center of her family. A fierce protector of her daughter, who she knows is deeply gifted, but a handful. A deeply loving and forgiving woman. Vocal range: G3-C5.
  • Role Title: Daddy Cane
    Gender: Male
    Age Range: 40 – 60
    Description: A warm, loving country man. Lives for his son, mourning a recent loss of his wife. Loves to read. Has kept a secret for many years for all the wrong reasons. Vocal range: C3-A4
  • Role Title: Stanford
    Gender: Male
    Age Range: 40 – 80
    Description: Mayor Dobbs’ lawyer. Professional, hovering. Knows what strings to pull for his own success. Says what he knows the Mayor wants to hear. Vocal range open.
  • Role Title: Florence
    Gender: Female
    Age Range: 18 – 35
    Description: Works at Margo’s bookstore. She is a very supportive friend to Margo, always willing to help out. She is a romantic and often gets caught up in dreams.
  • Role Title: Edna
    Gender: Female
    Age Range: 18 – 35
    Description: Works at Margo’s bookstore as well. She is energetic, hard-working, and optimistic. Along with Florence, Edna is an essential part of the strong community surrounding Margo and Billy. Falls in love with Max.
  • Role Title: Max
    Gender: Male
    Age Range: 20 – 30
    Description: A young resident of Zebulon who frequents the bookstore. He’s naive and very earnest. His blossoming relationship with Edna displays a sense of community and continuity in the town beyond the main plot.
  • Role Title: Dr. Norquist
    Gender: Male
    Age Range: 30 – 60
    Description: As Alice’s doctor in Zebulon, Dr. Norquist values the picture of a perfect community and, along with Mayor Dobbs, tries to preserve Zebulon’s image. At times valuing that preservation above Alice’s own well-being, Dr. Norquist’s influence on Alice displays an important conflict in the show.
  • Role Title: ENSEMBLE
    Gender: Any
    Age Range: 16 – 80
    Description: HEAVILY FEATURED. Includes supporting roles. A variety of ages, 16+ who all move very well. Need quite a few strong dancers and people able to lift heavy or bulky pieces with grace. Everyone moves scenery, and is quite active and involved throughout the entire show. Team players, active listeners!
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