Bright Star Auditions

Bright Star auditions will be held at Anne Arundel Community College (101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD 21012) on February 22nd and 25th. This show, created by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, offers beautiful music, a heartwarming story, and many great roles for both women and men. Hope to see you there!

  • Saturday, February 22nd, 1-4 pm (CADE 124 – West Campus)
  • Tuesday, February 25th, 7-10 pm (CADE 122 – West Campus)
  • Callbacks – Thursday, February 27th from 7-10 pm (CADE 122 – West Campus)

Please note: These are open auditions.  No need to sign up for an audition spot.

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Audition Requirements:

Come prepared to sing 16-32 bars of two contrasting songs, at least one song must be from the musical theatre canon. The other may be folk song/Americana/bluegrass or a second musical theatre song No recorded tracks or songs from the show.

  • Bring a résumé and headshot.
  • All ethnicities and genders are welcome.
  • Be prepared to dance and move. Please bring dance shoes.

If you desire to bring additional resources to the audition, please reach out to the director at phillipvannoorbeeck@gmail.com.

Casting Men 7/Female 9

  • Alice Murphy (Lead) – 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 a very strong singer and comfortable in folk and bluegrass styles.
  • Jimmy Ray Dobbs (Lead) – plays both ages 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.
  • Billy Cane (Lead) – a young soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naïve.
  • Margo Crawford (Supporting) – 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.
  • Mayor Josiah Dobbs (Supporting) – the Mayor of Zebulon; 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.
  • Daddy Cane (Featured) – Billy’s father. A widower. Spry, good looking. Kind-hearted, if a bit lonely.
  • Mama Murphy (Featured) – Alice’s mother. A caretaker to her family and her rural community. A warm, loving, sensible woman. Hardworking, with great inner strength and compassion.
  • Daddy Murphy (Featured) – Alice’s father; an authoritative and a stern disciplinarian; devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer.
  • Daryl Ames/Ensemble (Featured) – 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 likable.
  • Lucy Grant/Ensemble (Featured) – A junior editor at a literary magazine. An ambitious, professional young “modern” career woman of the 1940s. Strong, forthright and provocative with a sharp sense of humor.
  • 3 Male Ensemble Members
  • 3 Female Ensemble members

Additional character information: https://stageagent.com/shows/musical/6785/bright-star/characters

Show Synopsis:

Inspired by a true event and featuring the Tony-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, 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.


Directed by Phil Vannoorbeeck
Paige Austin, Music Director
Kristin Rigsby, Choreographer

The show’s creators, famed entertainer Steve Martin and veteran singer-songwriter Edie Brickell discussed Bright Star when it opened at the Kennedy Center a few years ago. Check out this illuminating interview to learn more about this great show.