Fort Salem Theater announces auditions for Bright Star on Monday, July 11 and Tuesday, July 12, with callbacks by invitation only on Wednesday, July 13. All roles are currently available and are open to actors of all ethnicities and gender identities. To schedule an audition appointment, visit

Performers are asked to prepare approximately 1 minute of any Broadway or bluegrass style song whichever shows you off best. An accompanist will be provided. Singing from the show is welcome, but not required. Cold readings from the script and a dance call will be offered at callbacks. Those unable to attend in-person auditions should submit a video to no later than Thursday, June 7th. 

This is approximately a 7-week commitment only. Rehearsals will typically be Sundays from 6PM-10PM, Monday-Thursday from 7PM-10PM and occasional Saturday mornings, pending the availability of the cast and the needs of the show. However, the actual schedule will be determined by the cast and directors availability. A full calendar will be provided by the first rehearsal. Each actor will receive a minimum of two complimentary tickets. In celebration of Fort Salem Theater’s 50th Anniversary Season, actors who participate in 2022 productions will also receive a free 12-month invitation to opening weekends for all MainStage productions. At this time, housing, travel & performance stipends are not available. 

Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s BRIGHT STAR tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s 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.

Bright Star is directed and choreographed by Dennis J. Clark, a New York native, born and raised in the center of the state in New Hartford, NY.  He received a BA from the State University of New York at Geneseo in Music – Vocal Performance, Musical Theatre and Communications.  After college, Dennis relocated to New York City and pursued acting full time.  He has worked as an artist from New York to Florida to California and everywhere in between.  As a performer, Dennis has been involved with the creation of world-premiere musicals and original cast productions. 

He has performed, directed and choreographed all over the United States for regional theaters, touring productions, outdoor amphitheaters and various other venues.  Dennis is an accomplished teacher, as well as a singer, dancer, actor, director, and choreographer.  He has privately taught and directed for Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA and Stagedoor Manor in the Catskills.  Dennis is a proud member of Actors Equity, the professional union of stage actors, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.  Most recently he finished his term as Artistic Director of the Ritz Theatre in Sheffield, AL.

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