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Auditions (Edmonton): Bridges of Madison County – ELOPE Musical Theatre

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Auditions (Edmonton): Bridges of Madison County – ELOPE Musical Theatre

Please come prepared with a one to two minute monologue (memorized) and your vocal track from the Musical Theatre song book on your smart phone or other bluetooth capable device..
Please be prepared to attend call backs at 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 6, 2024.
Tech week and run September 14 to 21. Rehearsal dates TBD and respecting conflicts of those cast.

Based on the best-selling novel, and developed by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman, The Bridges of Madison County captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question, “What if…?” Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless.

Francesca Johnson, an Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When rugged, National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid, pulls into her driveway seeking directions, though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca’s life.

With a soaring score and a heartbreaking story, The Bridges of Madison County is moving and powerful. The tour de force roles of Francesca and Robert are a dream come true for any actor, while the ensemble is rich with characters who tell their own individual stories and receive plenty of focus on stage.

Director: Cory Christensen Music Director: Joy van de Ligt

Cast Size: 8

Character Breakdown:

Francesca Johnson (Female, Lead, Soprano)
An Italian woman, generous, luminous, and funny, now married to a farmer and living in Iowa.
Age: 35 to 50
VOCAL TECHNIQUE: Belting, Operatic
VOCAL RANGE TOP: G#5/Ab5
VOCAL RANGE BOTTOM: G3

Richard “Bud” Johnson (Male, Supporting Role, Baritone)
Francesca’s husband. An Iowa farmer, a good guy, diligent and dependable, but always exhausted and irritated that things haven’t gotten easier.
Age: 40 to 50
VOCAL TECHNIQUE: Belting
VOCAL RANGE TOP: F4
VOCAL RANGE BOTTOM: C3

Robert Kincaid (Male, Lead, Baritone)
A rugged, worldly, visionary photographer.
Age: 40 to 50
VOCAL TECHNIQUE: Belting
VOCAL RANGE TOP: A4
VOCAL RANGE BOTTOM: B2

Marian* (Female, Featured Role, Mezzo)
Robert’s former wife, a musician.
Age: 35 to 45
VOCAL TECHNIQUE: Belting
VOCAL RANGE TOP: D5
VOCAL RANGE BOTTOM: A3

Chiara* (Female, Featured Role, Mezzo)
Francesca’s sister still living in Italy.
VOCAL TECHNIQUE: Belting
VOCAL RANGE TOP: D5
VOCAL RANGE BOTTOM: A3

Michael (Male, Supporting Role, Tenor)
Francesca and Bud’s son.
Age: 16-18
VOCAL TECHNIQUE: Rock
VOCAL RANGE TOP: G#4/Ab4
VOCAL RANGE BOTTOM: E3

Carolyn (Female, Supporting Role, Soprano)
Francesca and Bud’s daughter.
Age: 14-16
VOCAL TECHNIQUE: Belting, Rock
VOCAL RANGE TOP: C5
VOCAL RANGE BOTTOM: A3

Marge (Female, Supporting Role, Alto)
Francesca’s neighbor, sassy and nosy.
Age: 45-60
VOCAL TECHNIQUE: Rich, Sultry
VOCAL RANGE TOP: C5
VOCAL RANGE BOTTOM: G3

Charlie (Male, Supporting Role, Bass)
Marge’s husband.
Age: 45-60
VOCAL TECHNIQUE: Mature
VOCAL RANGE TOP: C4
VOCAL RANGE BOTTOM: E3

ENSEMBLE: covered by all cast except Francesca & Robert

*The roles of Marian and Chiara are double-cast and will be played by the same person.
** The roles of Michael and Carolyn must be a minimum of 16 years of age.

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