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, 21-22 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.

Click to buy tickets for BRIGHT STAR online!

Tickets will also be on sale at Books & Brews (222 West Washington Street) beginning Wednesday, June 12 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Also, The Guild Box Office will be open Wednesday through Friday during the show (or buy your tickets online).



Sara Golden

Jimmy Ray

Scott Jarrell

Billy Cane

Dakota Burdette

Margo Crawford

Elaina Smith


Heather Allen

Daddy Cane

Chris Terpening

Mayor Dobbs

Eric B. Hudnall

Daddy Murphy

Mark Felton

Mama Murphy

Dawn Mills

Daryl Ames

Dominick Gray


Dewey Fletcher


Samantha Hight

Station Master

Trey Harris

Edna / Spirit

Taylor Shaw


Michael Edens


Stevie Jenkins


Julie Miller


Brittany Westfall

Well-dressed Lady

Sherri Hudnall


Nina Surbaugh



Nina Denton Pasinetti

Musical Director/Conductor

David Patrick

Technical Director

Tom Pasinetti