Bright Star

Charleston Light Opera Guild will present the Appalachian style story, Bright Star, at the Light Opera Guild Theatre before and during FestivALL Charleston on June 14-16, 21-23 and 28-30, 2019.

From Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award winning actor Steve Martin and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Edie Brickell, Bright Star is the five-time Tony-nominated Broadway musical that "The New York Times" called a "shining achievement." Inspired by a true story, Bright Star is a romantic tale set in North Carolina in the 1920s and 1940s with beautiful melodies, bluegrass music and compelling characters. The production is also powered by an ensemble cast of characters, onstage musicians and dancers.

Bright Star is the story of one woman at two different points in her life: the first, when she is a young girl growing up barefoot and carefree in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina; the second, when she is a well-to-do magazine editor in Asheville, 22 years later. Her story is woven with that of an idealistic young man named Billy, with whom she shares a mysterious connection. As a young teen in Zebulon, NC, Alice is hopelessly in love with small town heartthrob Jimmy Ray, the mayor's son. Although their love was pure, it falls victim to the interference of ambitious parents.

More than two decades later, Alice is the successful editor of The Asheville Southern Journal, and meets a promising young writer named Billy. Eventually they realize they share a hometown. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past.


Singing: Thursday, April 4 @ 7:30 p.m. - prepare vocal selection and bring sheet music for Guild accompanist

Dancing: Sunday, April 7 @ 7:30 p.m. - dress to dance, musical theater combinations will be taught. Be prompt!

Reading: Tuesday, April 9 @ 7:30 p.m. - scripts will be provided

*All auditions held at the Guild Theatre*



Nina Denton Pasinetti

Musical Director/Conductor

David Patrick

Technical Director

Tom Pasinetti


Alice Murphy - lead; mezzo-soprano; strong singer; 30s-40s; plays Alice at age 16 and age 38; editor of the southern literary magazine; attractive and adventurous

Billy Cane - lead; baritone/tenor; 20s; a soldier returning home from WWII; dance ability a plus

Jimmy Ray Dobbs - lead; baritone/tenor; 30-35; also plays Jimmy in his 20s; handsome; charming

Mayor Josiah Dobbs - supporing lead; baritone/bass; mid 50s-60s; political powerhouse

Margo Crawford - supporting lead; soprano; folk voice; early 20s; small town bookstore owner

Daryl Ames - supporting role; comedic timing actor/singer; baritone; mid 20s-40s

Mama Murphy - featured role; mezzo-soprano; 50s-60s; center of her family; protector of her daughter

Daddy Murphy - featured role; baritone; 50s-60s; authoritative & stern disciplinarian; farmer; religious

Daddy Cane - featured role; baritone/tenor; 50s-60s; a warm, loving country man

Lucy Grant - featured role; strong belt; 20s-30s; dance ability a plus; dynamic and sexy; leads a production number

Additional characters of Max, Florence, Edna, Stanford, Dr. Norquist, Government Clerk and young Daddy Cane from ensemble

Ensemble of singers and dancers of various ages for folk-pop and bluegrass styles