BRIGHT STAR is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and takes us between 1945 and 1922, as a young man returns from war and uncovers hidden yearnings and dark secrets about his past. Features a bluegrass score including songs from Edie Brickell and Steve Martin’s new album “Love Has Come for You.”
Seeking male and female singing actors
MALE; Caucasian-22; a soldier returning home from WWII. An aspiring young writer. Fresh, open, optimistic and charming and a little naïve.
JIMMY RAY DOBBS:
MALE; Caucasian. Seeking an actor 30’s. Will play JIMMY RAY in his early 20’s-Mayor Dobbs’ son and young Alice’s beau; Handsome, boyishly charming, well built; is being positioned by his father into a position of wealth and power. Unlike his father, he has a sense of personal responsibility and morality. (The same actor will also play an adult JIMMY RAY at age 40)
FEMALE; Caucasian-23; Alice’s older married sister, Sensitive and good hearted, if irresponsible. Endeavors to do the right thing for the well being of her family.
MAYOR JOSIAH DOBBS:
MALE; Caucasian-late 40’s-60. the Mayor of Zebulon. A corrupt and powerful man looking to protect his family and their name by any means necessary-controlling, greedy and capable of great cruelty
FEMALE; Caucasian-22; a small town grade school teacher. Sweet natured, genuine, wholesome, pretty-a childhood friend of Billy’s who now harbors romantic feelings.
FEMALE; Caucasian-20’s An assistant at a literary magazine, attractive, quirky, eager with an off beat sense of humor
BOY-5-8 years old; Caucasian or African American (actor could be slightly older if small and/or reads younger): A small town boy from rural North Carolina. Smart, natural and unaffected with a bright personality, good sense of humor and a solid clear singing voice. Should be able to play (or learn to play) basic xylophone. ability to play other instruments a plus.
FEMALE; Caucasian. Seeking an actress mid-late 30’s. Will 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) [THIS ROLE IS CAST]
MALE; Caucasian-late 40’s-late 50’s; Alice’s father. Authoritative and a stern disciplinarian. Devoutly religious, hard working, a poor but proud farmer [THIS ROLE IS CAST]
FEMALE; Caucasian-late 40’s-50’s; Alice’s mother. A caretaker to her family and her rural community. A warm, loving, sensible woman with great inner strength. [THIS ROLE IS CAST]
DADDY CANE: MALE;
Caucasian-60-65; Billy’s father. A widower. Spry, good looking. Kind hearted, if a bit lonely. [THIS ROLE IS CAST]
MALE; Caucasian-20’s to early 30’s. An assistant at a literary magazine. officious with a sardonic and dry manner. Idiosyncratic. Some singing required but not a major singing role. [THIS ROLE IS CAST]