Auditions: The Bridges of Madison County


WaterTower Theatre invites local AEA and Non-AEA actors to audition for its production of The Bridges of Madison County, which will take place in the 2019-2020 Season.

Based on the best-selling novel, The Bridges of Madison County recalls the unexpected affair of Francesca Johnson, a devoted Italian-born housewife, and Robert Kincaid, a roving National Geographic photographer. Set amidst the cornfields of Iowa in 1965, this sweeping musical romance about the roads we travel and bridges we dare to cross brings to life four sensual, heart-stirring days that will alter Francesca and Robert’s lives forever. With a soaring score by Tony Award-winner, Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison Country is a touching and powerful story that will leave you breathless.

WaterTower Theatre is dedicated to diversity and inclusion as a core value, and as such we strongly encourage actors of all ethnicities, abilities, genders, and ages to audition.

Music By: Jason Robert Brown
Book By: Marsha Norman
Producing Artistic Director: Shane Peterman
Associate Producer: Elizabeth Kensek
Directed by John De Los Santos
Music Directed by Vonda K. Bowling

Monday, November 11 (12pm-9pm; Lunch 4pm-5pm)- director will not be present on this date
Saturday, December 7 (12pm-9pm; Lunch 4pm-5pm) Sunday, December 8 (12pm-9pm; Lunch 4pm-5pm)
Callbacks: Monday, December 9 (6pm-10pm)

WHERE: WaterTower Theatre Rehearsal Room Addison Theatre Centre 15650 Addison Road Addison, TX 75001

*Note: Actors should enter through the doors on either the north side of the building, or through the courtyard on the south side of the building. DO NOT enter through front Lobby doors.


Francesca- 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

Marian- (also plays Chiara) Robert's former wife, a musician. Age: 35 to 45

Chiara- (also plays Marian) Francesca's sister still living in Italy. Age: 35 to 45

Michael- Francesca and Bud's son. Age: 16

Carolyn- Francesca and Bud's daughter. Age: 14

Marge- Francesca's neighbor, sassy and nosy. Age: 45 to 60 (Vocal range G3-C5)

Charlie- Marge's husband. Age: 60 to 70

Ensemble- All ensemble roles (Townspeople, Waitress, State Fair Patrons, Ginny, State Fair Singer & Fiddle Players) are played by the above 8 actors.

Rehearsals begin May 19, 2020. Performances run June 11-June 28, 2020.

OTHER: Actors should come prepared with a 16-32 bar cut of music in the style of the show. Actors will be asked to stop if you go over this time limit. Actors must provide their own sheet music in the correct key. Actors should bring their book in case the creative team would like to hear more. Headshot and resume are required at the audition. AEA and Non-AEA roles are available. All roles are local hire. No housing or travel can be provided.

TO BOOK AN AUDITION: Sign up for an audition slot at:

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS: Video submissions are being accepted from actors unable to attend the audition. Your video should consist of one 16-32 bar cut of a song in the style of the show. When emailing, please include a video link (DO NOT attach to email), headshot, and resume and use the subject line “Submission for BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY.” Submit your video to WTT Associate Producer Elizabeth Kensek at by Friday, December 6, 2019.