Audition Information for Bridges of Madison County: Concert Version

  • Auditions closed on April 12th, 2021.
  • Callbacks will be held in person during the weekend of April 17-18. Callbacks will be held in small groups with strict distancing and masking protocols in place.
  • If you have trouble uploading your audition materials, please reach out to


  • To film your audition, use a smartphone, tablet, or computer to film your audition (horizontal orientation is always best)
  • State your name and what you will be singing at stage volume and clarity at the beginning of your video
  • Please film in a tight to medium frame from the chest up. Choose a quiet room with a neutral background and good lighting that doesn’t cast shadows in your video.
  • If using accompaniment or karaoke track, take the time to do a test video to check the balance of your singing voice and the accompaniment or track. Be sure your voice can be heard clearly above your accompaniment or karaoke track.
  • Remember to have fun!


  • Rehearsals will begin May 1 or sooner, depending on cast availability. 
  • Initial cast meetings may take place over Zoom. 
  • Music rehearsals will be held in person with strict masking and distancing protocols in place.
  • Rehearsals may be held during evenings or weekends in May and June. Please provide your full conflict information on your audition form, including weekend availability. 


  • Performances: Friday, June 25 @ 7:30pm and Saturday, June 26 @ 1:00pm at the Jamie Hurd Amphitheater in West Des Moines
  • Conflicts will not be accommodated during tech week (June 19-26)
  • We are currently exploring a rain date with the venue; in the event that this is a possibility, please list any conflicts during the last week of June on the audition form.


  • Francesca: a beautiful Italian woman, generous, luminous, and funny, now married to a farmer and living in Iowa.
    • Gender: Female
    • Age: 35 to 45
    • Vocal Range: A3 to E5
  • 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.
    • Gender: Male
    • Age: 40 to 50
    • Vocal Range: E4 top note
  • Robert Kincaid: a ruggedly handsome, worldly, visionary photographer (this role has been pre-cast)
    • Gender: Male
    • Age: 40 to 50
  • Marian: Robert’s former wife, a musician
    • Gender: Female
    • Age: 35 to 45
    • Vocal Range: A3 to D5
  • Chiara: Francesca’s sister still living in Italy
    • Gender: Female
    • Age: 35 to 45
  • Michael: Francesca and Bud’s son
    • Gender: Male
    • Age: 16
  • Carolyn: Francesca and Bud’s daughter
    • Gender: Female
    • Age: 14
  • Marge: Francesca’s neighbor, sassy and nosy
    • Gender: Female
    • Age 45 to 60
    • Vocal range top: C5
    • Vocal range bottom: G3
  • Charlie: Marge’s husband
    • Gender: Male
    • Age: 60 to 70
    • Vocal Range; D4 top Note
  • Ensemble: Townspeople

The Bridges of Madison County is presented with special arrangement by Musical Theater International (MTI).


The Bridges of Madison County tells the story of photographer Robert Kincaid and his life-changing, four-day love affair with Iowa farm wife Francesca Johnson.The Bridges of Madison County is a musical, based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 novel, with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown.

Directed by Megan Helmers
Music Direction by Francine Griffith

Performances: Friday, June 25 @ 7:30pm and Saturday, June 26 @ 1:00pm


Tallgrass Theatre Company and The Bridges of Madison County directors and production team will work with the cast to establish COVID-safe boundaries for actors, masking practices, and will make determinations about actor interaction and intimacy as health guidelines evolve. This may include masked performances as dictated by CDC and IDPH regarding public health guidelines. Our top priority is the safety of our entire cast and crew.