Audition Announcement


The Bridges of Madison County

Book by Marsha Norman • Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

Based on the book by Robert James Waller

Directed by Joshua Chard (joshuachard@gmail.com)

Musical Direction by Bob Gauthier

Choreography by Jamie Lupien Swenson

Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Wayne Russell

Producer: Cindy Kerr

When: Saturday, January 5 at 1:30pm and Sunday, January 6 at 6:30pm.

Where: Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer Street, South Portland 

Callbacks: Wednesday, January 9 at 6:30 PM. You must be available for callbacks to be considered for a named role.

If you are unavailable on the audition dates, please contact Joshua to set up a different audition time. We want everyone to have the opportunity to audition.

Based on the best-selling novel, a forbidden love affair between a photographer and a housewife changes them forever. The Bridges of Madison County captures the lyrical expanse of America's heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question" "What if...?" This sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless.

Featuring a lyrical book by Marsha Norman (’night Mother, The Secret Garden) and soaring music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World), all of the roles are strongly featured. This is an ensemble piece, taking inspiration from the small town feel of Our Town. The music ranges in style from operatic to bluegrass, from Broadway to rock and roll.

We are seeking a cast of 10-12 fearless, risk-taking performers to tackle this challenging contemporary piece. Auditions will include singing and readings from the script. There will be no dance audition. The production team is committed to diverse casting.

Francesca, Robert, and Bud will begin musical rehearsals in late January. All others will begin rehearsals on February 4. Rehearsals will be Monday-Thursday, 6:30-9:30 PM. Sunday rehearsals will only be scheduled in the event of snowed-out weeknight rehearsals. There will be no Friday or Saturday rehearsals. Dress rehearsals will be scheduled March 23-26. Preview Night is March 28. The show runs March 29-April 14, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, and Sundays at 2:30 PM. Cast members must be available for all dress rehearsals and performances, no exceptions.

If auditioning for Francesca or Robert please prepare the song indicated in the character descriptions. If you are auditioning for another role, please prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show or if you’d like to sing from the show, we have suggested a song, but the song is not required. Sheet music is available by contacting the director. An accompanist will be available at auditions. We will have the score for The Bridges of Madison County. If you are not singing from the score, please bring sheet music with clearly marked cuts. No one will sing a cappella. To listen to this amazing music, check out:



All ages are the characters’ ages. Performers of varying ages will be considered.

Francesca: Female (35 - 50). A beautiful, luminous and funny Italian woman now married to a farmer and living in Iowa.A war bride, Francesca struggles to find her place in her rural Iowa home. Italian accent. Francesca rarely leaves the stage. Availability will be a consideration in casting. Actresses auditioning for Francesca should prepare "Always Better” Vocal Range - G3 - Gb5

Robert Kinkaid: Male (35 - 50). A ruggedly handsome, worldly visionary photographer.The majority of the play revolves around Francesca and Robert. Availability will be a consideration in casting. Actors auditioning for the role of Robert should prepare "Wondering”Vocal Range - B2 - A4

Richard "Bud" Johnson: Male (35 - 50). Francesca's husband. An Iowa farmer, a good guy, diligent and dependable, but always exhausted and irritated that things haven't gotten easier.Midwestern accent.
Actors auditioning for Bud may prepare "We’ll Be Home” Vocal Range - C3 - F#4

Marian / Chiara: Female (30 - 40). As Marian, Robert's former wife, a musician (Jonie Mitchell style). As Chiara, Francesca's Sister, still living in Italy.As State Fair Singer, an enthusiastic booster of the Iowa State Fair. Both roles are strongly featured roles. Actresses auditioning for Marian may prepare "Another Life” Vocal Range - A3 - D5

Michael: Male (actors 16 and over). Francesca and Bud's son. To play Age 16 to adulthood. Midwestern accent. Actors auditioning for Michael may prepare his part in "State Road 21” Vocal Range - E3 - G#4

Carolyn: Female (actresses 16 and over). Francesca and Bud's daughter. To play Age 14 to adulthood. Midwestern accent. Actresses auditioning for the role of Carolyn may prepare her part of "State Road 21” Vocal Range - A3 - C5

Marge: Female (50 - 65) Francesca's neighbor, sassy and nosy. Funny but with a decidedly large heart. Actresses auditioning for Marge may prepare "Get Closer” Vocal range - G3 - C5

Charlie: Male (55 - 70) Marge's ever-tolerant husband. Actors auditioning for Charlie may prepare "When I’m Gone” Baritone. 
State Fair Singer (18+) Booster of the Iowa State Fair. Sings lead in Act 2 opener. Will also play other ensemble roles. May be doubled with Marian/Chiara. Auditioners may sing her part of "State Road 21”

Ensemble: to play all of the different townspeople

1-2 Men (ages 18 - 60) strong singers

1-2 Women (ages 18 - 60) strong singers



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