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Auditions for “The Bridges of Madison County”

Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack, NY will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of “The Bridges of Madison County”, written by Marsha Norma with Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. It will be directed by Claudia Stefany and music directed by Tony Bellomy. “The Bridges of Madison County” is the musical based on the best selling novel by Robert James Waller.

AUDITIONS: Wednesday, August 23 at 7:30pm and Thursday, August 24 at 7:30pm

CALLBACKS: Monday, August 28 at 7:30pm (by invitation only)

PERFORMANCES: Friday, November 10 thru Saturday, December 9 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with possible Wednesday and Thursdays)

It is the summer of 1965 in Iowa. Robert Kincaid, a ruggedly handsome National Geographic photographer, stops to ask Francesca Johnson directions. She is alone while her family is at the State Fair, and they become caught between duty and desire.

CAST REQUIREMENTS: (4 Females, 4 Males, 7 Ensemble members)
AUDITION DETAILS: Prepare a 32 bar contemporary musical theater song (Pasek & Paul, Adam Guettel, Michael John LaChiusa, William Finn, etc.) in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. If possible, please bring a headshot and resume. Actors who are called back will be asked to read sides from the script and sing excerpts of songs from the show so a familiarity with the ‘Bridges’ score will be helpful.

FRANCESCA JOHNSON: Age 35-45. A beautiful Italian woman. Generous, luminous and funny. Married to an Iowa farmer. Wife and mother of two. Soprano.

MARGE :Age 55-65. Francesca’s neighbor. Sassy, nosy but really the salt of the Earth. Married to Charlie. Alto

CAROLYN JOHNSON- Age 14-16. Daughter of ‘Bud’ and Francesca and sister to Michael. She longs to know more about the world beyond Iowa. Soprano

MARIAN/CHIARA: Age 35-45. Marian-Robert’s former wife, a musician.
Chiara- Francesca’s sister still living in Italy. With a checkered past on her 4th husband. Mezzo Soprano

RICHARD ‘BUD’ JOHNSON: Age 40-50. Francesca’s husband. An Iowan farmer, a good guy, diligent and dependable, always exhausted and irked that life hasn’t gotten easier. Baritone

ROBERT KINCAID: Age 40-50. A ruggedly handsome, worldly, visionary photographer. Baritone

MICHAEL JOHNSON: Age 16-18. Francesca and ‘Bud’s’ son. He doesn’t want to be a farmer like his father which causes friction between them. Tenor

CHARLIE: Age 60-70. Marge’s husband. Good friend to the Johnson family and realizes his wife is who she is and loves her in spite of it. Bass

ENSEMBLE : Various ages. 7 men and women to play the townspeople and neighbors of Winterset, Iowa- a waitress, State Fair Patrons, a State Fair singer, Ginny, Adult Michael Johnson, Adult Carolyn Johnson, et al. The ensemble will be an integral part of the story telling of the show.

You may also wish to read our Twelve Commandants of Auditioning post.

Elmwood Casting Policy

Elmwood Community Playhouse is a Non-Equity theater and cannot cast members of Actors Equity. Casting of actors in roles is done on the basis of acting skill and ability demonstrated during the audition process, as well as on the actor’s appropriateness and suitability (physical, vocal, mental, emotional) for available roles. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all aspects of our organization. Except in plays where race, gender, or age is an issue, casting is decided on the basis of ability. Any member of the community or any invited guest artist regardless of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or special need is invited to participate. Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged. If, in the opinion of the director, a suitable cast cannot be selected from those who have auditioned, auditions may be extended beyond the original schedule, or else specific individuals may be invited to fill the need(s). Elmwood has an open door casting policy, meaning you do not need previous experience with us to be cast. We often cast performers the first time they audition for us. Elmwood maintains a “no pre-casting” policy, meaning all roles are available during the time a show is auditioning. If you have a part that you are interested in, make note of it on your audition form or speak to the director. Anyone cast in a show must become a member of the Elmwood Playhouse. Elmwood Playhouse maintains an “open auditions” policy. All are welcome to “try out” for a show or a particular part in a show. Dates for upcoming auditions are listed on the web site, and announced in the members’ newsletter. Some casting processes may involve two dates for primary auditions, and one date for callbacks. You will be asked to fill out an audition form, and if you have a head shot &/or resume, definitely bring it along, but it is not necessary for our audition process. Come prepared to list all your schedule conflicts from the day of auditions through the closing performance of the show.

Acting Opportunities

Elmwood Playhouse produces: Six “main stage” shows a year. Involvement in these generally requires an average of 2-3 nights a week rehearsal for approx 8 weeks, and 12 to 20 performances over a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Actual schedules will vary by show. A variety of “one performance” workshops for the monthly membership meetings, generally the first Monday of the month and open to the public. Special event performances throughout the year. This gives a broad range of opportunities for actors of varied skills and backgrounds to get on stage, whether you’re looking for a leading role or a small part to “get your feet wet”. Our shows run four to five weekends, occasionally with benefit performances during the week.

If you are cast…

All cast and crew personnel are required to become members of Elmwood Community Playhouse and are required to attend strike, which is held the Sunday after the final performance. By taking part in a production, you also allow that images of yourself captured by Elmwood Community Playhouse during their activities (including but not limited to rehearsals, productions and special events) through video, photo and/or digital camera, to be used solely for the purposes of Elmwood Community Playhouse promotional materials/publications and web site, and waive any right of compensation or ownership thereto. As is true in the professional world of theatre and dance, if the director or choreographer believes that a cast member’s participation in a production is unsatisfactory, it is his/her right to replace the person. A professional attitude and commitment to productions are expected at all times.