Bright Star

In light of recent events, we have made some changes to our audition process. Please read carefully:



Auditions for Bright Star will be held, BY VIDEO SUBMISSION ONLY. Specific details about video submission are below.

Bright Star will be directed by Mark Fossen, choreographed by Ashley Gardner Carlson, with music direction by Justin Bills.

In-person callbacks will be by invitation only on November 20, 2021.

Details will be included if invited to callbacks. This page will be updated when callback invitations and casting have been sent.

At Hale Center Theater Orem we seek to honor the intentions of the works we produce. If nothing specific is given by the original playwright regarding the characteristics of any given role, and/or if those characteristics do not affect the intended story in any significant way, we will not consider any certain person or type over others when casting. 
We invite anyone and everyone to audition for any and all of our productions, regardless of any physical attribute, gender, race, age, ability, ethnicity, or experience. All are welcome at HCTO.

Video Audition Details:
Please film yourself performing either 16 bars of a song in the style of the show or one of the audition cuts provided HERE. In addition to your vocal selection, please also include a recording of one of the monologues that can be found HERE.

YouTube links and non-secured Google Drive links are the easiest. Many people will be watching your audition video and open links make it the most simple for everyone to access.

Please send your video along with a headshot and resume to no later than November 9, 2021 at midnight to be considered for callbacks. 
You must also fill out the digital audition form at the link below. Please also include the link to your audition video where indicated on the audition form.

The audition form is available here.

Character Descriptions

All roles are available and will be double cast.

Alice Murphy (Female, mid 30s-early 40s)

Plays both 16-17 and 36-37. Alice at age 36-37 is an editor of a southern literary magazine; intelligent, professional – but with an air of melancholy. Young Alice at age 16-17 is rebellious, high-spirited, adventurous – looking to experience the world. Vocal Range: Strong singer, comfortable in folk and bluegrass styles.

Billy Cane (Male, early 20s)

A young soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming. Vocal range: Bright, natural Bari-Tenor.

Jimmy Ray Dobbs (Male, mid 30s-early 40s)

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; 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 for what he believes in; he has a sense of personal responsibility and morality. Vocal range: Very strong singer in a pop-folk style. Bari-Tenor.

Mayor Josiah Dobbs (Male, 50s-60s)

The Mayor of Zebulon; a political and financial powerbroker – distinguished, an imposing and controlling presence; seeks to protect his son’s future and his family name. Vocal range: Bass-Baritone.

Margo Crawford (Female, early 20s)

A small-town bookstore owner; a childhood friend of Billy’s with a keen intellect. Vocal range: A sweet, warm folk voice.

Daryl Ames (Male, mid 20s–40s)

An assistant at a literary magazine. Funny, with a dry and officious sense of humor. Insecure, and perhaps a bit socially awkward, but endearing. Vocal range: Open.

Lucy Grant (Female, early 20s–early 30s)

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. Vocal range: Strong belt.

Daddy Murphy (Male, mid 50s–mid 60s)

Alice’s father; an authoritative and a stern disciplinarian; devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer. Vocal range: Open.

Mama Murphy (Female, early 50s–mid 60s)

Alice’s mother. A caretaker to her family and her rural community. A warm, sensible woman. Hardworking, with great inner strength and compassion. Vocal range: Open.

Daddy Cane (Male, 50s-60s)

Billy’s father. A widower. Kind hearted, if a bit lonely. Vocal range: Open.

Ensemble (Male & Female, a variety of ages 20–60)

All will need to move very well. Everyone moves scenery and is quite active throughout the entire show. Everyone either “moves” or dances. Vocal range: Open.


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