BRIGHT STAR - April 22 & 23, 2019


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Arvada Center General Audition Guidelines:

  • Please do not contact the production staff to schedule an appointment
  • A current headshot and résumé are required
  • Audio and video submissions will not be considered
  • Equity members must have a current equity ID card
  • Individuals of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to audition for all roles
  • We are moving to an online audition sign-up this season! Please do not contact the production staff to schedule an audition. 


The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities will hold auditions for the musical, Bright Star on April 22 and 23, 2019 (Chorus dance call is April 19), and in New York City, on May 8, 2019. Denver Callbacks are scheduled for April 25, 2019. The Arvada Center production will be directed by the Arvada Center’s Producing Artistic Director of Musical Theatre, Rod A. Lansberry. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada, Colorado.

Adult Principal and Chorus:

Colorado Principal/Chorus auditions are on April 22 and 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., by appointment only. The Women’s Chorus dance call is 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and Men’s Chorus dance call is 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 19.  All dance calls are by appointment only and dancers may be asked to sing.

General Audition Requirements:

Experienced performers with strong acting and singing abilities are needed. Strong dancing abilities are required. See the character breakdown (below) for specifics on available roles. Actors should prepare 16-32 bars from a song appropriate to the style of the show. Please bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Recorded music or a cappella audition will eliminate casting consideration. Audio and video submissions will not be considered . A current headshot and résumé are required. Equity members must have a current equity ID card. This is an Equity LORT B production, non-equity actors will be considered. Individuals of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds are needed and encouraged to audition for all roles. Unless specifically noted, roles are not limited to any specific ethnicity, size or age. Please do not contact the production staff to schedule an appointment .

New York Auditions:

Wojcik/Seay Casting will coordinate the New York City auditions, to be held on May 8, 2018. To be considered for a New York audition, mail a hard copy of your headshot and résumé and indicate the role you are interested in (if known) to the following address:

Wojcik/Seay Casting

Attn. Bright Star , Arvada CO production

247 West 38 th Street 10 th Floor

New York, NY 10018

NO CALLS PLEASE – qualified actors will be contacted to schedule an audition

Rehearsal and Performance Dates:

Rehearsals for Bright Star begin on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. The production opens Friday, September 6 and runs through September 29, 2019. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings with matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays for a total of eight shows per week.

Character Breakdown of available roles

Alice Murphy  Female, early 30s – 40, to play Alice at age 38: an editor of a southern literary magazine; intelligent, attractive, professional–but with an air of melancholy. The same actress will also play Young Alice at age 16: rebellious, high-spirited, sexually forward, adventurous–looking to break out of small-town life and experience the world. Must be very strong singer and comfortable in folk and bluegrass styles. Vocal range: Very strong singer with a wide vocal range.

Billy Cane  Male, early 20s, a soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naïve. Seeking strong actor who is also a strong, athletic dancer, able to partner and lead a production number. Vocal range: Bright, natural Bari-Tenor.

Jimmy Ray Dobb  Male, 30 – 35. The same actor will play Jimmy Ray in his early 20s in flashbacks: 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 40. Vocal range: Very strong singer in a pop-folk style. Bari-Tenor.

Mayor Josiah Dobbs  Male, mid 50s – mid 60s. 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. Vocal range: Bass-Baritone.

Margo Crawford  Female, early 20s. 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. Vocal range: A sweet, warm folk voice.

Daryl Ames  Male, mid 20s – 40. Precise, exacting, specific and effete. Dry and witty, with great comic timing. Vocal range: Open.

Lucy Grant  Female, early 20s – 30. Strong actress with great comedic timing, who is a dynamic and sexy dancer. She has to have complete ease with dancing and partnering. Leads a production number. 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, 50 – mid 60s. Warm and strong, the center of her family. A fierce protector of her daughter, who she knows is deeply gifted, but a handful. Vocal range: Open.

Daddy Cane  Male, 60 – 65. A warm, loving country man. Loves to read. Has kept a secret for many years for all the wrong reasons. Vocal range: Open.




Male Ensemble
Male, a variety of ages 20 – 60, who all move very well. Everyone moves scenery, is quite active throughout the entire show, and needs to be game to “move.” Everyone either “moves” or dances. 3 of the men need to dance well, as they have tracks where expressive and athletic movement is needed. 2 of them do extensive partnering. Vocal range: Open.

Female Ensemble
Female, a variety of ages 20 – 60, who all move very well. Everyone moves scenery, is quite active throughout the entire show, and needs to be game to “move.” Everyone either “moves” or dances. 2 of the women dance quite a bit, and need to be extremely graceful. 1 does beautiful turns. 2 of them do extensive partnering. Dance technique needed. Vocal range: Open




BLACK BOX REPERTORY SEASON - April 28 & 29, 2019

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities will hold auditions for its 2019-2020 Black Box repertory season on April 28 and 29. Callbacks are scheduled for May 13 and 14.

NOTE: If you are auditioning for the 2019-2020 DCPA season on Friday, April 12, you do NOT need to sign up for Arvada Center Black Box auditions; Artistic Director Lynne Collins will be in attendance at DCPA on April 12.

Some casting will be for ensemble positions; these actors will be cast in two or three repertory productions. There are also some roles that will be for a single production. Actors must be 18 years & older to audition. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada, CO.

The season includes:

Plaza Suite: Directed by Lynne Collins

*Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express: Directed by Geoffrey Kent

*A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Directed by Emily Van Fleet

*Small Mouth Sounds: Directed by Lynne Collins

*Performed in Repertory

General audition requirements:

Experienced performers with strong acting abilities are needed. Actors should prepare 2 two-minute contrasting monologues. A current headshot and résumé are required. Equity members must have a current equity ID card. These are Equity LORT D productions; non-Equity actors will be considered.

The Arvada Center is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Qualified performers are encouraged to submit without regard to age, disability, ethno-cultural identity or gender.

Rehearsal and performance dates: 

Rehearsals for Plaza Suite begin on August 30, 2019. The production opens on October 4, 2019 and runs through November 10, 2019.

Rehearsals for Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express begin on December 3, 2019.  The production opens on January 31, 2020 and runs through May 17, 2020.

Rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream begin on December 10, 2019. The production opens on February 21, 2020 and runs through May 16, 2020.

Rehearsals for Small Mouth Sounds begin on January 2, 2020. The production opens March 13, 2020 and runs through May 14, 2020.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday evenings with matinees on Wednesdays, Sundays and some Saturdays for five - seven shows per week. Some weekday student matinees may be added.


Character breakdown of available roles

Plaza Suite — Neil Simon


Sam Nash/Jesse Kiplinger/Roy Hubley : Cast.

Karen Nash/Muriel Tate/Norma Hubley : Cast.

Jean McCormack/Mimsey Hubley : Female, 25-30.  Jean McCormack: (Act I) Sam’s secretary and highly efficient. Well groomed, attractive, bright and cheerful. Mimsey Hubley: Nervous bride. All Ethnicities.

Bellhop/Borden Eisler : Male, 25-35. Bellhop: (Act I) Eager to please and will visit as long as he needs to get his tip. Borden Eisler: (Act II) Young confident groom, a man of few words (literally). All Ethnicities.

Waiter : Male, 30-45. Trained to be friendly and please customers. All Ethnicities.


*Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express —Adapted by Ken Ludwig (regional premiere)                                                                              


Poirot : Male, 60’s – Agatha Christie’s famous detective. All Ethnicities.

MacQueen : Male, 30’s. A nervous American. All Ethnicities.

Bouc : Male, 30’s—50’s. A Belgian man of good humor. Playful, proud, generous. A predilection for grandeur. A whirlwind of energy. All Ethnicities.

Ratchett/Col. Arbuthnot : Male, mid 30’s-40’s. 1 actor will play 2 roles. Samuel Ratchett: Middle-aged American businessman, evil at heart and frightening, brusque, unforgiving, stern demeanor. Pushy, domineering.  Colonel Arbuthnot: Scotsman, also middle aged, handsome, very matter of fact, occasionally tender. All Ethnicities.

Michel/Head Waiter : Male, mid 30’s to early 60’s. 1 actor will play 2 roles . Michel: A good-looking Frenchman, about 40, a quiet, almost grave sense of humor. Unfailingly polite. Head Waiter: A Turkish waiter, snooty, smooth. All Ethnicities.

Mary Debenham : Female, 30’s. An English beauty. A governess, capable yet romantic. A sadness around her eyes and a hardness about her person. All Ethnicities.

Greta Ohlsson : Female, 30’s. Inherently odd, and very devout Swedish woman. A frightened, sheeplike quality. All Ethnicities.

Countess Andrenyi : Female, 20’s to 30’s. Brilliantly beautiful, like something out of a fairytale. Impeccably put together, with a warmth that wins over everyone she meets. Her delicacy belies a steely edge – she is no wilting flower. All Ethnicities.

Mrs. Hubbard : Female, late 40’s to 60’s. An outspoken and flamboyant American from the Midwest. Jovial, obnoxious, domineering, deliciously nosy and brash. Unapologetic. All Ethnicities.

Princess Dragomiroff : Female, 60’s to 70’s. A Russian dowager. Very formal, a sweeping, impressive presence. Imperial, impatient. All Ethnicities.


*A Midsummer Night’s Dream —William Shakespeare

This is a highly theatrical and physical production with doubling of multiple roles. It requires performers who have excellent knowledge/control of their bodies and voices, can play multiple characters, and who are capable of switching from one to the other on a dime.


Actor 1 : Female identifying or non-binary, 20s-40s (to play ROBIN GOODFELLOW/PETER QUINCE/PHILOSTRATE)

Robin Goodfellow – or Puck, a shrewd and knavish sprite, mischievous and roguish

Quince – a carpenter; producer and Prologue of the play-within-the-play

Philostrate – a courtier, in charge of court entertainments. All Ethnicities.

Actor 2 : Male identifying, 30s-50s (to play FIRST FAIRY/NICK BOTTOM/EGEUS)

First Fairy – Fairy in Titania’s train

Bottom – a weaver; Pyramus in the play-within-the-play

Egeus – a courtier, Hermia’s father. All Ethnicities.

Actor 3 : Female identifying, 30s-60s (to play TITANIA/HIPPOLYTA)

Titania – Queen of the Fairies

Hippolyta – Queen of the Amazons, now the bride of Theseus. All Ethnicities.

Actor 4 : Male identifying, 30s-60s (to play OBERON/THESEUS)

Oberon – King of the Fairies

Theseus – Duke of Athens. All Ethnicities.

Actor 5 : Female identifying, 20s-30s (to play COBWEB/SNUG/HERMIA)

Cobweb – Fairy in Titania’s train

Snug – a joiner; the Lion in the play-within-the-play

Hermia – Egeus’ daughter, in love with Lysander. All Ethnicities.

Actor 6 : Female identifying, 20s-30s (to play MOTH/TOM SNOUT/HELENA)

Moth – Fairy in Titania’s train

Snout – a tinker; Wall in the play-within-the-play

Helena – in love with Demetrius. All Ethnicities.

Actor 7 : Female identifying or non-binary. 30s-40s (to play PEASEBLOSSOM/ROBIN STARVELING/LYSANDER)

Peaseblossom – Fairy in Titania’s train

Starveling – a tailor; Moonshine in the play-within-the-play

Lysander – in love at different times with Hermia and Helena. All Ethnicities.

Actor 8 : Male identifying, 20s-40s (to play MUSTARDSEED/FRANCIS FLUTE/DEMETRIUS)

Mustardseed – Fairy in Titania’s train

Flute – a bellows-mender; Thisbe in the play-within-the-play

Demetrius – in love at different times with Helena and Hermia. All Ethnicities.


*Small Mouth Sounds —by Bess Wohl (regional premiere)                                                                              

Six refugees from city life embark on a five-day silent retreat deep in the woods with a renowned guru. As they begin to confront what ails them, from heartbreak to illness to overactive libidos, their vows of silence bump up against their need to connect -- and the ever-present threat of bears. Funny, strange and provocative, SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS is a new play that asks how we solve life’s biggest questions when words aren’t enough.


Alicia : Female. 30’s, from Southern California. She is the kind of person who manages to make a lot of noise even when she’s “in silence.” She recently went through a very bad breakup and is looking for something-- or somebody--to make her feel okay again. Cries easily. All Ethnicities.

Judy : Female. 40-50. Joan’s partner. Works at an “O Magazine” like publication as a top editor in the art department. She’s the kind of person who only needs four hours of sleep per night—she’s direct, competent and capable. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and, as the doctor said, she “will not have a good outcome.” All Ethnicities.

Jan : Male. 40-50. From a small town in Finland. He does not speak much English. He is pale and sweet, with a wide-eyed, continually curious air about him, like a sprite or a woodland creature. He is a pastor at a small Lutheran church back in Finland. He came to spirituality after a great loss to try and find answers and peace. All Ethnicities.

Joan : Female. 40’s. A therapist and sex educator. Warm, open and compassionate, she is also incredibly, mind-bendingly angry underneath. All Ethnicities.

Ned : Male. 30-40’s. Jewish guy from Great Neck who works for a non-profit called Earthwatch and has had a severe run of bad luck worse than the worst country western song. Anxious, insecure, and angry. All Ethnicities.

Rodney : Male. 30’s, ageless, fit, gorgeous, grew up in the Pacific Northwest, teaches yoga in New York and the Hamptons. Though he is married, his extensive man jewelry does not include a wedding ring. All Ethnicities.

Teacher : Any age. A disembodied, androgynous voice with a strange, slightly accented way of talking. The androgynous tone might be the result of some kind of sickness, or might be just the way the teacher sounds. There is a humor and dryness to this voice that comes from a sense of age and a life lived. It has a sense of authority. Teacher is never seen, only heard.

*Performed in repertory