Auditions-The Bridges of Madison County

Calling all Singers, Dancers, and Actors!
Men, Women, and Teens!
Orchestra Members!


for the Spencer Community Theatre
production of
The Bridges Of Madison County

 will be held Monday, February 19 and Tuesday, February 20


About Auditions (Where do I go? What do I do?)

When are auditions?  Where do I go?
Auditions are February 19 & 20 at 7 PM at the SCT Playhouse: located at 518- 1st Ave. E. in Spencer.  Doors open half an hour prior to stated audition time.  Please note that it is not necessary to attend both audition times; one or the other will suffice.

Who can audition? What kinds of roles are available?
Roles are available for Women, Men, two teenagers. Roles and character descriptions are listed at the end of this announcement! We also need orchestra members. Please contact SCT if you are interested in playing in our pit!

What do I need to bring with me?  Should I prepare anything in advance?
Please be prepared to sing, dance and act! If you would like to prepare a song, please use a song from the show or in the style of the show. Please bring your backing music on a cd, ipod, or your phone. We’ll teach a song for everyone to sing, a short dance, and read from the script. You’re welcome to read the script beforehand- they are available for checkout at the SCT Business Offices on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can stop in anytime during business hours (T-F 11-5:30) and check out a copy to look over. Please be aware of any potential conflicts-there will be room on the audition form for you to list your availability.    

Closed Auditions
Auditions for The Bridges of Madison County are closed, meaning that only the individuals auditioning and the Directing/ Management team of the production are allowed in the audition space. 

Dropping off & Picking up
Auditions will last approximately 2 hours, but this is just an estimation. If you have a child auditioning for the show, you are welcome to wait in the lobby or have them contact you when auditions are over. There are only two roles available for teenagers. Please see descriptions.

About the Show (What is The Bridges of Madison County?)

What’s this show all about?
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown 
Book by Marsha Norman

Based on the best-selling novel, and developed by the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and 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, a beautiful 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 ruggedly handsome, 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.

When are rehearsals?
Rehearsals are from 6:30-9:30 PM Sunday through Thursday, although they will run later the week the show opens.  Rehearsals begin Monday, February 25 and run until the show opens on April 20.  Not every person is called to every rehearsal; the time commitment usually depends on the size of the role!

When are performances?
Performances are: April 20, 21, 27, 28, at 7:30 PM, April 22 and 29 at 2:00 PM.

Where are performances?
Performances will take place at the SCT Playhouse at 518- 1st Ave. East, Spencer, IA.

What if I still have more questions or want to talk to someone about auditioning?
No problem!  Feel free to contact SCT Executive Artistic Director Rusty Ruth at 712-262-7336.

Roles Available
8 Roles Available + Ensemble

Ages listed are for characters, not necessarily actors.

A beautiful Italian woman, generous, luminous, and funny, now married to a farmer and living in Iowa. Age: 35 to 45

Richard "Bud" Johnson
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

Robert Kincaid
A ruggedly handsome, worldly, visionary photographer. Age: 40 to 50

Robert's former wife, a musician. Age: 35 to 45

Francesca's sister still living in Italy. Age: 35 to 45

Francesca and Bud's son Age: 16 to 16

Francesca and Bud's daughter Age: 14 to 14

Francesca's neighbor, sassy and nosy Age: 45 to 60
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Marge's husband.Age: 60 to 70


Our Address:
  PO Box 1225
518 1st Ave E
Spencer, IA
Hours of Operation:
Business Offices Tue. to Fri. 10 am to 5 pm
Box Office Hours (when open) Tue. to Fri. 11 am to 5:30 pm
       Saturdays of Performances 11 am to 2 pm
       One Hour Prior to Curtain Times
Costume Shop: Tues and Thurs 11 am to 6 pm

SCT Mission Statement

Vision Statement
Spencer Community Theatre is a magical place where performers, patrons, and volunteers are transformed by the creative experience. SCT encourages multi-generational and diverse participation in the artistic process. We are inspired by your past, proud of our present, and anticipate our future as a vibrant pillar of the cultural life of our community.

Mission Statement
Spencer Community Theatre serves as an instrument for community enrichment and education by offering the public the most fulfilling live theatre experience possible.

Spencer Community Theatre's programs are made possible in part by grants from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Leadership Partners, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the National Endowment for the Arts, Renaissance Initiative Grant, Clay County Community Foundation, the Basil and Mildred Deegan Children's Theatre Endowment, and the Dvergsten Family Foundation. 



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