Palo Alto Players announces auditions for its fall musical, BRIGHT STAR, Music, Book & Story by Steve Martin and Music, Lyrics & Story by Edie Brickell.

Our production will be Directed by PAP Artistic Director Patrick Klein, Choreographed by Meredith Charlson, and will be Musically Directed by Daniel Hughes.   

BRIGHT STAR performs September 13 - 29, 2019.  Thursday curtains are at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8pm, and Sunday curtains are at 2pm.  Rehearsals are currently scheduled to begin late-July.

Auditions are by appointment only and are scheduled for Saturday, May 18 from 10am - 4:30pm, with callbacks scheduled for Sunday, May 19 from 10:00am - 2:00pm.  Auditions and callbacks will be at the Lucie Stern Theater Rehearsal Room, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.  All roles except Alice Murphy are currently available.  This is a non-AEA performance.  Stipend available for all roles.


Video auditions will be accepted for those unable to attend but should NOT be substituted for an in-person audition if that is an option.  Video submissions must include a PDF resume and headshot and should be sent via a YouTube or Vimeo link to  All video submissions must be received by 1pm on Friday, May 17th.  


-Please prepare a one-minute selection of a musical that shows off your vocal and acting range and is in the style of the show (the music is bluegrass, so something bluegrass, country, folk, or similar would be ideal.)  An accompanist will be provided, no tapes or recordings please, bring sheet music in your key.

-Bring a headshot/resume stapled together back to back.

-All those auditioning should be prepared to move. Wear flats and, if you need them, knee pads.

-Your calendar of conflicts/potential conflicts from July-September.  Sorry, we cannot accept conflicts on performance dates.


PLEASE NOTE: If you sign up for a vocal audition between 10am - 12pm you are required to attend the dance/movement call at 12:15pm.  If you sign up for a vocal audition between 1:15pm - 3:15pm you are required to attend the dance/movement call at 3:30pm.

About the show:

From Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Award-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award-winning Edie Brickell comes BRIGHT STAR, the five-time Tony-nominated, new Broadway musical that The New York Times called “a shining achievement.”  Featuring an energetic and unique bluegrass score and inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 20’s and '40s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. BRIGHT STAR—as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful—is “Broadway's most beautiful show” (WABC).


We are looking for the following characters to bring this beautiful show to life


  • Billy Cane (Male, 20-25)
    Tenor, C3-A4
    A soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naïve.

  • Jimmy Ray Dobbs (Male, 30-40)
    Tenor, C3-A4
    Mayor Dobbs’ son and young Alice’s beau. 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. Plays young 20’s Jimmy Ray in flashbacks.

  • Mayor Josiah Dobbs (Male, 55-65)
    Baritone, A2-G4
    The mayor of Zebulon, he’s 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.

  • Margo Crawford (Female, 20-25)
    Soprano/Belt, B3-F#5
    Small-town bookstore owner, a childhood friend of Billy’s who now harbors romantic feelings towards him. Sweet, quirky, with a keen intellect.

  • Daryl Ames (Male, 24-46)
    Baritone, C3-E4
    Precise, exacting, dry, and witty with great comic timing.

  • Lucy Grant (Female, 21-24)
    Mezzo/Belt, A3-D5
    Sultry, southern, good-time gal. Lucy is a smart working woman who dreams of one day being a literary censor. She is also a shameless flirt who could drink any man under the table.

  • Daddy Murphy (Male, 50-65)
    Baritone, A2-G4
    Alice’s father. An authoritative and a stern disciplinarian, devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer.

  • Mama Murphy (Female, 50-65)
    Mezzo, G3-C5
    Warm and strong, the center of her family. A fierce protector of her daughter, who she knows is deeply gifted, but a handful.

  • Daddy Cane (Male, 60-65)
    Tenor, C3-A4
    A warm, loving country man. Loves to read. Has kept a secret for many years for all the wrong reasons.

  • Male And Female Ensemble (3m, 3f)
    A true ensemble show with various characters roles and solos throughout. Entire cast & musicians will be onstage for the majority of the show. The ensemble is highly involved in the telling of the story. Everyone either “moves” or dances. Any bluegrass instrument experience a plus.