Auditions

The Paramount Acting Company

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY--Audition Notice

The Paramount Acting Company, the City of Burlington/Recreation and Parks Department’s community theater, announces auditions for the Marsha Norman/Jason Robert Brown musical, The Bridges of Madison County.

They will be held April 23 & 24, 2018, at The Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St. in downtown Burlington, NC.

Sign in each night begins at 6:00PM. Candidates must have a complete list of all known and/or anticipated conflicts between the May 1 and June 24, 2018, including Saturdays and Sunday.  Resumes and head shots are gladly accepted. However, identifying photos will be taken each night. Auditions begin promptly at 7:00PM.

Candidates are asked to prepare 16-32 bars of a song from the show or in the style of the show of no more than one minute in duration. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key - the accompanist will not transpose. Singing with sheet music is strongly preferred, but if you do not have sheet music you may sing with a recorded track as long as there are no vocals on the track. Please no a capella singing. There are several different musical styles in the show- legit music theatre, country, folk, and some pop. Please sing what is appropriate for the character(s) you are interested in. Most importantly, sing what you do best! Candidates will also be asked to participate in light movement exercises.

Call backs will be held at 7:00PM on Wednesday, April 25 at The Paramount.

SEEKING: Strong singers and dramatic actors, capable of portraying the following characters listed below.  (Audition for any role you feel you can play. Remember, much can be done with makeup, hair and costumes.)

FRANCESCA:  Female; 35, ages to 50; Extremely strong singer- classic legit soprano- vocal range G3-Gb5; a beautiful, luminous, and funny Italian woman, now married to a farmer and living in Iowa. Note: Consistent, believable Italian accent required.

ROBERT: Male; 40-50; Extremely strong singer- Classic folk balladeer/ legit high baritone- vocal range B2-A4; a rugged, handsome, worldly, visionary National Geographic photographer

RICHARD “BUD” JOHNSON: 40-50; Country style baritone- vocal range C3-F#4; Francesca’s husband; a diligent, dependable Iowa farmer; exhausted and irritated that things haven’t gotten easier over the years

MICHAEL:  Male; 16-18; ages to young adult; Country/ rock tenor- vocal range E3-A4; Francesca and Bud’s son; excitable and wanting to move on in the world

CAROLYN: Female; 14-16; ages to young adult; Country/ rock belter with soprano- vocal range A3-C5; Francesca and Bud’s daughter; wants more than a life in Iowa

MARGE: Female; 45-60; vocal range G3-C5; Francesca’s sassy, nosy neighbor

CHARLIE: Male; 45-60; vocal range E3-C4; Marge’s husband

MARIAN/CHIARA; females; 35-45; vocal range A3-D5; Marian is Robert’s ex-wife and a musician; Chiara is Francesca’s sister, still living in Italy. (May be split into two roles. TBD)

ENSEMBLE: An as-yet undetermined number of townspeople with a variety of vocal ranges to play specialty parts

NOTE ABOUT CONTENT: THERE ARE TWO “BEDROOM SCENES” INVOLVING FRANCESCA AND ROBERT. THE STAGE DIRECTIONS REFER TO HER BEING NAKED. IN THIS PRODUCTION, WE WILL FOREGO NUDITY IN FAVOR OF STRONG, ROMANTIC PERFORMANCES. HOWEVER, THEIR KISSING AND PHYSICAL RELATIONSHIP MUST BE CONVINCING OR THE SHOW DOESN’T WORK.

Rehearsals May 1 through June 10 will be held at the Great Hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter, corner of E. Davis and Broad Streets in Burlington. From June 11 through end of show, rehearsals will be at The Paramount. A Tentative Rehearsal Schedule will be available.

If a candidate is currently in a show, we will work with you on conflicts. However, if you audition for, and are cast, in another show after being cast in our production, you must attend ALL of our activities first. No exceptions.

ALL CAST MEMBERS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN SITZPROBE, LOAD-IN AND STRIKE.

All cast, crew, and orchestra members receive four (4) comp tickets, which can be used in any combination during the run of the show. 

Show dates are June 21, 22, and 23 at 8PM and June 24 at 3PM at The Paramount Theater.  


For more information, call the Director at 336.222.5001 or email at dwright@ci.burlington.nc.us