Book by Marsha Norman Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert
BrownBased on the novel by Robert James Waller
Performances: September 16 – October 28, 2017 on the
AUDITIONS:Tuesday, July 11, at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 19, at 7:00 p.m.
Auditioning strong singer-actors. ALL roles open except
Francesca. Prepare 32 bars from the song of your choice; bring sheet
music in the proper key; accompanist provided. You may sing from the
score. Readings will be from the script [Download sides here]. Callbacks
to be determined. Please bring picture/resume. Stipend of
$25/performance (for those 18 and older/post high school). Rehearsals to
begin in August.
Synopsis. Italian-born Francesca is a dedicated, Iowan
housewife, living a simple, yet dispassionate, life. Everything changes
when her family goes on a trip to the State Fair in Indianapolis,
leaving Francesca behind to take care of the house. Francesca is taken
aback by a handsome National Geographic photographer named Robert, who
asks for directions to the covered bridges of Madison County. The two
connect, starting an emotional four-day love affair that has
repercussions long after it’s over. Based on the bestselling novel by
Robert James Waller and featuring a lush, Tony award-winning score by
Jason Robert Brown that ranges from operatic strains to Americana folk,
Bridges of Madison County tells the tale of two people caught between
duty and desire.
ROBERT KINCAID. Male, 30’s – 40’s. Ruggedly, handsome,
worldly visionary photographer finally getting his own life in focus.
Classic folk balladeer. Tenor with a low B (Low B to A above middle C).
RICHARD "BUD" JOHNSON. Male, late 30’s to 40’s.
Francesca’s husband, an Iowa farmer, a nice guy, diligent, dependable.
Lyric baritone (C below middle C to F# above middle C).
CHARLIE. Male, 40’s – 60’s. Marge’s husband, Francesca’s
neighbor. Wry sense of humor and good-natured. Baritone (E below middle
C to middle C).
MICHAEL JOHNSON. Male, should appear 15 to 17. Francesca
and Bud's son, a strong farm boy that doesn’t want to be a farmer when
he grows up. Ten (E below middle c to G# above middle C). [Auditioning
MARGE. Female, 40’s – 60’s. Francesca’s neighbor, sassy
and nosy but good-hearted. Alto (G below middle C to 8va).
CAROLYN JOHNSON. Female, should appear 15 to 17.
Francesca and Bud's son. Alto (A below middle C to 8va). [Auditioning
MARIAN/CHIARA/STATE FAIR SINGER. Female, 20’s – 30’s.
Robert's former wife, a musician. Very attractive, perhaps a bit
bohemian. Also plays Chiara, Francesca's sister still living in Italy,
and the state fair singer. Alto (A below middle C to D 8va). If
possible, audition song could be in a folk vein (but not essential; so
don’t stress it).
Director: Jeffrey Sanzel
Musical Director: Jeffrey HoffmanStage Manager: Peter Casdia
The principals will also compose the ensemble and all
must be very strong singers. The role of Francesca has been cast.