American Theater Group Holding Auditions for ‘Bridges of Madison County’ at SOPAC

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)

From American Theater Group/SOPAC:

American Theater Group, SOPAC’s professional Equity theatre company in-residence, announces auditions for non-Equity actors for the musicalThe Bridges of Madison County by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman, based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller. The performances will take place at the South Orange Performing Arts Center June 20-30, 2019. The musical will be directed and choreographed by Merete Muenter with musical direction by Brent Sawyer and conducted by Keith Levenson.

The auditions will be held at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on SUN, MAR 24, 9AM-12PM. Auditioners will be seen on a first-come first-served basis and should prepare 32 bars of a contemporary musical theatre song that shows their range and personality. A cappella singing will not be permitted and candidates must bring sheet music in the appropriate key, hole-punched, double-sided and in a binder for the accompanist. They may be asked to read sides from the show.  Auditioners should dress in comfortable shoes and clothing, as they will be given a dance combination to learn. Roles available for non-Equity actors are 2 high school characters (1 male, 1 female) and 6 adult characters (3 male and 3 female.)

 The character breakdown, sides for auditions and more details can be found at

 Following is a synopsis of the musical;

The Bridges of Madison County is a theatrical piece adapted from Robert James Waller’s novel, by the Tony and Pulitzer Award-winning team of Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman.  As the winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this musical asks the age-old question of “what if…” in a love affair that takes place in a small town. InThe Bridges of Madison County, a chance encounter forever changes the lives of a traveling photographer and an Iowan farm wife. The production features a soaring score and portrays a passionate and moving love story.

Please do not call or e-mail American Theater Group or SOPAC prior to the auditions. No video submissions will be accepted.

Tickets are $35-$39 and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at (973) 382-1031.

SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3)charitable organization.

About American Theater Group

American Theater Group, a professional member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, is SOPAC’s theatre company in-residence. Headed by Producing Artistic Director James Vagias, the theatre company presents staged readings of new work in the SOPAC Loft and fully-staged productions on the SOPAC mainstage.

American Theater Group was launched in 2012 with co-founders Joe Mancuso, Rick Sordelet and then Mayor of Rahway Jim Kennedy that offers musicals and plays, a new musical reading series and arts-in education programming. Its focus is on producing new and classical works, primarily by American playwrights, with an emphasis on the development of new works and the rediscovery of undeservedly neglected older ones. American Theater Group’s Board of Trustees chairperson is South Orange resident and Tony Award-winning actress Michelle Pawk.


Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The premier arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages.  To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory.  SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theatre productions.  SOPAC also presents performances by its theater company in-residence, American Theater Group. For more information, visit