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Bright Star at SMCT Audition Information

SYNOPSIS: Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920’s and ‘40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. With beautiful melodies and powerfully moving characters, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tightly in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.'

Auditions will be held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church - 4101 Washington St NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421:

Sunday, Jan. 9th, 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Wednesday, Jan. 12th, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Sunday, Jan. 16th, 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Auditions are on a first come, first serve basis. You will sign up for your time slot upon arrival - no slots will be reserved ahead of time. Vaccination status will be checked at the door - please bring your vaccine card and a photo ID. In addition, we love when folks provide a headshot and resume, but if you don't have those things, no problem! There is a place on your audition form to input previous roles and shows, and we'll take a cell phone pic when you check in!

Callbacks will be held Tuesday, Jan. 18th, 6 -10pm

Rehearsals will begin Friday, Jan. 28th.

Performance Dates
Thursdays through Sundays, April 28th – May 1st, and May 5th – May 8th

Rehearsals are Fridays and Sundays, with the exception of Tech week. Leads will coordinate with the Director to schedule supplementary blocking rehearsals. These will not exceed one per week.

Director: Vanessa M. H. Powers
Music Director: Carol Blase
Choreographer: Renee Chizek
Technical Director: James Erickson
Assistant Director: Kate Callen

SMCT is grateful to be heading into a new year, especially one where live theater is again possible! We want to make sure we are able to continue to perform, while keeping everyone involved as safe as possible.

As such, here are our Promises and Expectations regarding COVID.

+ Vaccines are required for all cast, crew, and band members.
+ Documentation of vaccination status will be required at auditions.
+ Masks are required whenever we are inside, including while singing and dancing. We do not plan to wear masks for performances.
+ We will have a slightly smaller cast size.
+ All rehearsals will be held in larger areas for distancing options.
+ Temperatures will be checked upon arrival whenever possible.
+ We will be sanitizing common areas before and after rehearsals.

Things will remain flexible, adjusting with state / federal guidelines and the needs of specific situations.

Character Descriptions, Audition Forms, and Song Selections are attached to this posting as PDFs.

Sides can be viewed here:

Please take a look at the Character Descriptions, Song Selections, Sides, and Audition Forms ahead of time. Let us know if you have any questions via email:

Contact information

St. Matthew Community Theater
Vanessa Powers
Web site

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Posted December 17