Summerset Theatre announces auditions for Season 56

Published 5:50 pm Friday, March 29, 2024

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Summerset Theatre has announced its 56th Season line-up and open audition dates for both shows: “Annie” and “Bright Star.”

Auditions for the two shows will take place on Friday, April 12, starting at 6 p.m. for kids ages 8-16 and adults from 7:30-9 a.m. Auditions will continue on Saturday, April 13, starting at 9 a.m. for kids ages 8-16 and adults from 9 a.m. to noon at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre.

For the musical “Annie,” the creative team is looking to cast 12-15 orphans. Roles for high school students through adults are available in both shows. No experience is required and participants can attend auditions on either date.

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Summerset Theatre is open to all community members who wish to participate. For specific character descriptions, song lists, vocal ranges, and additional audition materials for both shows, please visit the Summerset Theatre website for more details. Summerset productions typically have rehearsals in the evenings and on weekends.

Performance dates for “Annie” are June 13-16 and June 21-23. Bright Star will perform July 31-Aug. 4. Individual tickets for each show will go on sale May 15. For show times and pricing, visit for more details.

Season Sponsors for 2024 include: The Hormel Foundation, The Austin Area Foundation, IBI Data, and funds from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC).

Summerset Season 56 is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The mission of Summerset Theatre is to provide the community with engaging entertainment and artistic opportunities in the positive, collaborative environment. Summerset Theatre is a non-profit community theater founded in 1968.

Productions take place each summer in the Frank W. Bridges Theatre, located on the Austin campus of Riverland Community College. Summerset encourages community members with an interest in theater to get involved through auditioning, volunteering, donating, or attending a production. Summerset Theatre operates in collaboration with the Riverland Community College Foundation.

Summerset Season 56


Directed by Randal J. Forster

June 13, 14, 15, 21, 22 at 7 p.m.

June 16, 23 at 2 p.m.

Frank W. Bridges Theatre

$20 Adults | $12 Children & Students

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her on the doorstep of the orphanage that is run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other orphans, Annie escapes to a world of adventure. Along the way she befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Bright Star

Directed by Jake Gustine

July 31, Aug. 1, 2, 3 at 7 p.m.

Aug. 4 at 2 p.m.

Frank W. Bridges Theatre

$20 Adults | $12 Children & Students

Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 40s.