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May 1, 2019

Auditions for Bright Star – The Opera House Players

http://www.operahouseplayers.org/bright-star-auditions

Open auditions May 12 & 13 from 6:00-9:30pm at our new theater space, 100 High St, Enfield, CT 06082
(Callbacks, if necessary, will be scheduled after auditions have completed)

Performance & Rehearsal Dates:
Performances: September 6-22, 2019
Friday and Saturday performances at 8pm
Sunday performances at 2pm
Rehearsals will begin end of July (around the 22nd).

Audition Requirements:

  • Be prepared to sing the following:
    16 – 32 bars of a strong musical theater song in the proper key
    (no pop songs please). A ballad is best. Country and folk music are strongly encouraged.
  • An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music.
    No singing a cappella or to a track.
  • Please wear loose, comfortable clothing
    and bring a headshot, if you have one.

Questions? Please contact director John Pike, johnpike1@gmail.com

ROLES TO BE CAST:

8 female, 8 male
Age ranges listed are approximate.
All but Alice sing as ensemble members in addition to their named role.

Female Roles

  • Alice Murphy (30 / strong, rich alto with some upper register)
    Plays Alice at age 38–an editor of a southern literary magazine; intelligent, attractive, professional–but with an air of melancholy. The same actress plays Young Alice at age 16–rebellious, high-spirited, sexually forward, adventurous–looking to break out of small-town life and experience the world. Strong singer comfortable in folk / bluegrass.
  • Margo Crawford (early 20s / 2 nd soprano)
    A small-town bookstore owner; a childhood friend of Billy who now harbors romantic feelings towards him; a natural beauty with a keen intellect.
  • Mama Murphy (40s-50s / Alto) 
    Alice’s mother. A caretaker to her family and her rural community. A warm, loving, sensible woman. Hardworking, with great inner strength and compassion.
  • Lucy Grant (early 20s / Alto) 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.
  • Florence – (20s / variable voice range) 
    an employee at Margo’s bookstore and a childhood friend of both Billy and Margo.
  • Edna – (variable age/alto) an employee at Margo’s bookstore.
  • Government Clerk – (variable age and voice range)
    A clerk at the Office of Records in Raleigh
  • Well-Dressed Woman – (mid 30s – mid 40s)
    A woman living in Raleigh.

Male Roles

  • Billy Cane (Early 20s / High Baritone)
    A soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naïve.
  • Jimmy Ray Dobbs (30s / Tenor)
    Plays Jimmy Ray in his early 20s in flashbacks–Mayor Dobbs’ son and young Alice 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 40.
  • Mayor Josiah Dobbs (50’s / Baritone)
    A political and financial powerbroker– distinguished, even elegant, 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.
  • Daddy Murphy (50 – 60s / Baritone)
    Alice’s father; an authoritative and a stern disciplinarian; devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer.
  • Daddy Cane – (late 40s – 50s / Baritone)
    Billy’s father. A widower. Spry, good looking. Kind hearted, if a bit lonely.
  • Daryl Ames – (30s / Tenor)
    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.
  • Stanford (variable age and voice range)
    Loyal assistant to Mayor Josiah Dobbs
  • Dr. Norquist (variable age and voice range) 
    The local family doctor in Zebulon
  • Max – (20s / variable voice range)
    a customer at Margo’s bookstore, at first, he has a crush on Margo, but later becomes Edna’s beau.

Not paid work

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