Bright Star Auditions

Show Dates: April 5, 6, 7, 12 & 13, 2024

Director: Jennifer Corsanico Berger
Musical Direction
: Ed Conrad
: Samantha Kuhl

Please reserve your 1-hour audition slot at the Sign-Up button below. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled slot.

During the first half hour we will hear vocals and readings. The second half hour will be a dance audition. All roles are open and non-paid.

  • Music and sides: After you have signed up for your audition slot, you will be emailed the link to the character folders that include the music and sides to prepare for your audition. In the folders, you will also find materials to prepare if you are invited to callbacks.
  • Dance: Please make sure to wear appropriate footwear and proper clothing. All auditionees will be asked to participate in the dance portion of audition. We encourage all levels of ability to audition.
  • Audition Form: The audition form will be provided at the audition and is also provided in the audition materials link. Please review your calendars ahead of time so that you can provide any potential conflict dates on the audition form.
  • Seeking: We are looking for a diverse, talented, and energetic cast. The Ensemble will play multiple characters throughout the show and is an integral part of the story telling. Must be able to sing and move well, ages 18+.


  • Begin on January 7, 2024
  • Sunday afternoons, Tuesday and Thursday evenings

Attendance is mandatory at the following rehearsals:

  • Sitzprobe & Move-in – Sunday, March 24, 10am – 5pm
  • Tech Week – April 1 – 4, starting at 6:00pm
  • Strike – Sunday, April 14th, 10am

Questions? Please email

JMT is a volunteer organization that has been bringing community theater to Jenkintown and the surrounding area for over 70 years. As a community theater, we require the cast to contribute their time and talents to other aspects of production as well. These contributions may include, but are not limited to, building and painting sets, soliciting for ads and donations, and assisting with sourcing costumes and props. We are proud of the culture that we have built at JMT and look forward to welcoming faces old and new to our community. 

Character Breakdown

Alice Murphy: Lead, 34-42, Mezzo-soprano; portrays 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 as a teenager — rebellious, high-spirited, sexually forward, adventurous–looking to break out of small-town life and experience the world; must be a very strong actress and singer and comfortable in folk and bluegrass styles. Ethnicity: Any

Jimmy Ray: Lead, 34-42, Tenor; 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; 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; must be very strong actor and singer; the same actor will also play an adult Jimmy Ray at age 40. Ethnicity: Any

Billy Cane: Lead, 22-25, Tenor; a soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naive. Ethnicity: Any

Margo Crawford: Supporting, 22-25, Soprano; 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. Ethnicity: Any

Mayor Joshua Dobbs: Supporting, 56-67 Baritone; Mayor of Zebulon; 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. Ethnicity: Any

Daddy Murphy: Supporting, 56-67 Baritone; Alice’s father; an authoritative and a stern disciplinarian; devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer. Ethnicity: Any

Mama Murphy: Supporting, 50-64, Mezzo-soprano; Alice’s mother; a caretaker to her family and her rural community; a warm, loving, sensible woman; hardworking, with great inner strength and compassion. Ethnicity: Any

Daddy Cane: Supporting, 55-65 baritone; Billy’s father; a widower; spry, good-looking; kind-hearted, if a bit lonely. Ethnicity: Any

Daryl Ames: Supporting, 30-45 Baritone/Tenor; works for Alice in Asheville. 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 likable; some character singing required but not a major singing role; should be able to move well. Ethnicity: Any

Lucy Grant: Supporting, 25-35 Soprano; a junior editor at a literary magazine; an ambitious, professional young “modern” career woman of the 1940’s; sexy, forthright, and provocative with a sharp sense of humor; must be able to vocally carry a big up-tempo foot stopping drinking song and dance/move very well. Ethnicity: Any

Max: 20– 30; a customer at Margo’s bookstore, at first, he has a crush on Margo, but later becomes Edna’s beau. Will also double in the ensemble. Ethnicity: Any

Florence: An employee at Margo’s bookstore and a childhood friend of both Billy and Margo. Will also double in the ensemble. Ethnicity: Any

Edna: An employee at Margo’s bookstore. Will also double in the ensemble. Ethnicity: Any

Stanford Adams: Loyal assistant to Mayor Josiah Dobbs. Will also double in the ensemble. Ethnicity: Any 

Dr. Norquist: The local family doctor in Zebulon. Will also double in the ensemble. Ethnicity: Any

Ensemble: Chorus / Ensemble will play multiple characters throughout the show; the ensemble is integral to the show and rarely leaves the stage. Must be able to sing and move well. Ethnicity: Any

production team

Director: Jennifer Corsanico Berger
: Jennifer Abrevaya & Kelly Severns Curtis
Musical Direction
: Ed Conrad
: Samantha Kuhl
Stage Manager:
Riley Williams
Assistant Stage Manager: Devany Diamond
Set Design:  Mia Curtis
Costume Design: Austin Ginsberg
Lighting Design
: Bill Pross
Sound Design
: John Rudolf
Makeup Design: Sue Bloom
: Allison Bruen

Bright Star Show details

Music, Book & Story: Steve Martin | Music, Lyrics & Story: Edie Brickell

Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony®-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s BRIGHT STAR tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. With beautiful melodies and powerfully moving characters, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tightly in its grasp, BRIGHT STAR is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

BRIGHT STAR is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036.

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