Upcoming Auditions

****Further information will be posted online at least 6 weeks before event****


 Bright Star-January 18th Auditions 

Scruff Turbo and the Children of the Future- Conservatory Show February 1st

February 29th Tarzan Auditions

Season Preview Auditions March 14th 

March 21st Tarzan Call backs

God of Carnage April 4th

PLEASE CALL OUR BOX OFFICE AT: 209-725-8587 between 12-6 Tuesday through Saturday to schedule an audition slot. 


Auditions January 18th 10 am - 3pm-----Invited Movement/Dance Callback 3-5

Potential Invited Call Backs January 19th  Backs 5:00-7:00PM

Please prepare the following:

1. 16-32 bars (measures) of memorized music, along with the piano accompanist music cut and labeled for the audition. We suggest you chose something that showcases your abilities and the style of the musical.


2. A clear list of conflicts during the rehearsal process. You must be available for all performances of the run. You will only be called to rehearsals that you are directly involved in until we get closer to tech week. You will likely not be called to every rehearsal date listed below As much as possible we will honor conflicts, but after  casting you may not add more except in case of emergency. Please list all your conflicts. 


TENTATIVE REHEARSAL SCHEDULE ( Please note this is the Maximum amount of rehearsals allotted. Not all will be used but should be planned for. Not all cast members will be needed at every rehearsal. However Tech week is non negotiable:

January 18th Auditions

January 19th Callbacks

Week 1 - March 9th- March 13th 

Week 2 - March 16th- 21st

OFFSITE Week 3 - March 23rd - 25th (26th Cast invited to FUN HOME Preview) March 28th 

Week 4 - March 30th - April 3rd

Week 5 - April 6th - April 11th ( Easter Weekend)

Week 6 - April 13th- April 18th 

 Week 7 - April 20th - April 25th ( Tech Week for Scruff Turbo)

Week 8 April 28th - May 1st

Week 9 May 4th - May 6th PREVIEW WEEK… We should consider not having rehearsal….

Week 10 - May 12- 16th ( 16th being a long Sat Rehearsal for Tech)



Week 11 - May 18th-21st



May 22, 23, 24

May 29, 30, 31

June 5, 6, 7


ABOUT THE SHOW: Bright Star is the story of one woman at two different points in her life: the first, when she is a wild young thing growing up barefoot and carefree in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina; the second, when she is a well-to-do magazine editor in Asheville, 22 years later. Her story is inevitably woven with that of an idealistic young man named Billy, with whom she shares a mysterious connection. Bright Star opened to generally positive reviews and closed after 139 performances. The cast recording has been nominated for the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.


Character Breakdown: 4 female and 6 male featured roles- Opportunities for featured casting in the ensemble. Please note this is an ensemble based and driven show. The ensemble moves the story forward and the production team intends to use the ensemble as much as possible to create the world of this piece. 


*In reference to the characters and casting of the show- most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the descriptions. But however limiting the descriptions may be,  our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite the gender non-conforming, gender-queer, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ ethnicity when specific to characters but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicity. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns or if there is any accommodation we can provide. 


Alice Murphy – plays both 16-17 and 36-37. The same actor will play Alice at both ages. 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.

Jimmy Ray Dobbs – 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.

Billy Cane – 18- 25 a young soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naïve.

Daddy Cane – Billy’s father. A widower. Spry, good looking. Kind hearted, if a bit lonely.

Margo Crawford – 18-25- 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.

Max – a customer at Margo’s bookstore, at first, he has a crush on Margo, but later becomes Edna’s beau.

Florence – an employee at Margo’s bookstore and a childhood friend of both Billy and Margo.

Edna – an employee at Margo’s bookstore.

Daryl Ames – 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.

Lucy Grant – 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.

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

Mayor Josiah Dobbs – the Mayor of Zebulon; a political and financial power broker – 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.

Stanford – Loyal assistant to Mayor Josiah Dobbs

Dr. Norquist – The local family doctor in Zebulon

Government Clerk – A clerk at the Office of Records in Raleigh

Well-Dressed Woman – A woman living in Raleigh.

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