Auditioning at Footlite

Join the fun by auditioning for a show at Footlite Musicals. Our auditions are open to all members of the community, and Encore Association-eligible shows are never pre-cast. Footlite is an 100% volunteer community theatre. Our actors, designers, crew and orchestra are not paid. The audition process is different for each show, so please look for the contact listed if you have questions about a particular production.

Upcoming Auditions


The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas

Directed by Jim Thorp


Footlite Musicals Announces open auditions for “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.” The happy-go-lucky Tony award winning musical is based on a real story of a bordello in LaGrange, Texas that operated for decades until a Houston TV newsman mounted a campaign to close it down in the 1970’s.

Director Jim Thorp is looking to cast about twenty six performers of varying race, age and body types to complete the production.

Date and Time

Sunday, September 24, 2017: 7 p.m.
Monday, September 25, 2017: 7pm
Callbacks: Tuesday, September 26, 2017: 7pm


Hedback Theatre, 1847 North Alabama Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Production Dates

Nov. 24-26, Nov. 30-Dec. 3, Dec 7-10, 2017
Curtain times – 7:30 Thursday-Sat.,  2:30 on Sunday


  • You may audition with a song from the show. An audition pianist will be provided. If not, please bring sheet music of a song of your choice. Songs that reflect energy and personality are strongly encouraged.
  • Please bring all known and potential conflicts to auditions.
  • Auditions will consist of vocals, dance or movement, and a brief acting scene. Additional acting scenes will conducted at the Call backs.
  • If auditioning for Miss Mona please be prepared to audition with the opening of “It’s just a little ole Pissant Country Place’ or a country western song in the style of Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, etc.
  • Males who are auditioning for Aggies must wear hard sole shoes to audition.
  • Males auditioning for non-Aggie roles (Sheriff, Melvin, Governor, etc.) will participate in a basic movement audition.
  • All ages and physical body types are strongly encouraged to attend. However, there are no children’s roles in this show.
  • Rehearsals will be conducted Monday thru Thursday. With a Sunday technical rehearsal on Sunday, November 19.

Vision for the Show

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a memory play – a reminiscence.  As the show opens, the Narrator introduces us to the Chicken Ranch and the various ‘sales’ girls who reside there, and their ‘callers’ who visit there. The show is set, and will be played, in 1975.  A much different time than today.  The Chicken Ranch is ‘down home’ and ‘friendly’.  No neon, or disco ball, and just a smidge of suggestivity. The girls become a family with Miss Mona as the mother.  Even if you’ve been in productions of the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas before, I encourage you to audition for our memory trip to the Chicken Ranch.

Character Breakdown

  • SHERIFF ED EARL DODD – Sheriff of La Grange, Texas.  He’s a down-home, cowboy type, lovingly curmudgeonly more than a little rough around the edges.  He’s a ‘live and let live” type though, surprisingly liberal in his thinking and his language. Character Age – 43-50 (Could be older). Baritone.  Song “Good Ole Girl.”
  • MELVIN P. THORPE – Television personality and part time revivalist preacher-more huckster than holy.  If Rush Limbaugh and Marcus Bachmann created a child, it would be Melvin.  He’s brash, bigger than life and a complete blowhard.  Obsessed by sanctity and morality in over compensation for a rather effeminate manner. Character Age – Age 50-55. Baritone.  Songs “Watch Dog Theme”, “Texas Has A Whorehouse In It”, “The Sidestep”.
  • GOVERNOR BRISCOE  A former rancher and businessman from Uvadle, Tx; now a first-term Governor in his first year of office.  He’s the quintessential politician:  Saying a lot of nothing.  Amiable and full of charm, he’s dumb about everything but politics.  Character Age 50-55.  Baritone/Bass.  Song  “The Side Step.”
  • SENATOR J.T. WINGWOAH – Young, short, Napoleonic good ole boy with the personality of Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones.  Character Age 40-50. Baritone. Song “The Side Step.”
  • EDSEL MACKEY – A big city Houston boy who landed his first newspaper job out of high school with the town paper: The Gilbert Gospel.  He’s now the Editor in Chief and is, without question, the smartest man in town. Witty, dry and shrewd.  Think a young MSNBC talking head.  Character Age 28-36.
  • MAYOR RUFUS POINDEXTER – Local car dealer and youngest son of the town’s richest and most well-known family.  Like George W. Bush, he was the son least expected to succeed – but now he’s the only one in town, running the dealership and the town.  He doesn’t like, and is overwhelmed by, his job and he’s not shy about everyone knowing it.  Character Age 45-50.
  • C.J. SCRUGGS – A good, deeply religious insurance salesman.  In contrast to his personality, he’s the loudest, worst dresser in town.  Character Age 40-45.
  • AGGIE 1 (aka SHANE MILLER) – Quarterback of the Texas A&M Aggies.  An Alpha-male, full of bravado and teeming with star power.  Knows how to pour on the charm and used to getting what he wants.  Character Age 19-21. Songs “The Aggie Song,” “Good Old Girl.”
  • AGGIE 2 (aka LONNIE JOHNSON) – Star running-back of the Texas A&M Aggies.  Sensitive to having a ‘girl’s name’ and always trying to prove his masculinity as a result.  Character Age 19-21. Songs “The Aggie Song,” “Good Old Girl.”
  • AGGIE 3 (aka EUGENE WILLIAMS) – Freshman benchwarmer for the Texas A&M Aggies.  Scrawny and small, but full of enthusiasm and energy.  Character Age 18-20.  Songs “The Aggie Song,” “Good Old Girl.”
  • AGGIE 4 (aka CLIFFORD BECKER) – Third-year senior at Texas A&M Aggies and defensive end.  Dumb as a box of rocks.  Loud and big.  Character Age:  21-25. Songs “The Aggie Song,” “Good Old Girl.”
  • SCANDINAVIAN PLACE KICKER (aka ALVAR ASKELSON) – International recruit and place kicker for the Texas A&M Aggies.  Has male-model looks and sweet, confused disposition.  Speaks with a very thick Scandinavian accent.  Character Age: 21-25. Songs “The Aggie Song,” “Good Old Girl.”
  • Miss Mona Stangley – Owner and operator of “The Chicken Ranch”.  No-nonsense, but also very warm, motherly, energetic and personable. Character Age:  36-50.  Alto. Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place”, “Girl You’re a Woman” “No Lies”, & “Bus From Amarillo.”
  • JEWEL MOSLEY –  African-American maid and cook at the Chicken Ranch for more than twenty-five years.  She is a true golden girl – sassy, sexy & self-assured. Character Age 50-55. Mezzo-Soprano. Songs: “Girl You’re a Woman”, “Twenty four Hours of Lovin’”, “No Lies.”
  • DOATSEY MAE GRIMES – Waitress at the Texas Twinkle Café.  She’s trusting, reliable ear, treated by the men of the town more like a man than a woman. Character Age:  Age 40-45. Alto. Song: “Doatsey Mae.”
  • IMOGENE CHARLENE GREENE – Texas A&M university student, double-majoring in Home Economics and Religion.  She’s a big-haired pageant girl and cheerleader.  Energetic, but not very bright. Age 20-25. Mezzo-soprano. Song: “Doatsey Mae.”
  • “ANGEL” (aka NANCY JEAN DRURY) – Former teen mom who left home after giving birth to her son Billy, now six years old, when her father beat her up.  She’s tough, scrappy and street-smart. Age 21-27. Mezzo-Soprano. Songs: “Girl You’re A Woman”, “Twenty Four Hours of Lovin’” “No Lies”, “Hard Candy Christmas.”
  • “SHY” (aka ANNAMERLE SELTZER) – Country, farm girl; young, fresh-faced, sheltered and gawky. Naïve and shy, but headstrong & capable. Age 17-18.  Mezzo-Soprano. Songs: “Girl You’re A Woman”, “Twenty-four Hours of Lovin’”, “No Lies”, “Hard Candy Christmas.”
  • LINDA LOU – Has a ‘been there, done that’ attitude, sarcastic & mouthy. The inappropriate clown of the group. Age 29-35.  Mezzo-Soprano. Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place”, “Girl You’re A Woman”, “Twenty-four Hours of Lovin’”, “No Lies”, “Hard Candy Christmas.”
  • GINGER – Divorcee, nice, welcoming and the well-adjusted of the ‘girls’.  Redhead. Age 26-30. Mezzo-Soprano.  Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place”, “Girl You’re A Woman”, “Twenty-four Hours of Lovin’”, “No Lies”, “Hard Candy Christmas.”
  • DAWN – A ‘Rose Nylund’ type:  innocent, positive, peppy down-home girl-next-door. Age 22-26.  Mezzo-Soprano.  Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place”, “Girl You’re A Woman”, “Twenty-four Hours of Lovin’”, “No Lies”, “Hard Candy Christmas.”
  • RUBY RAE –  Homely and dim-witted.  Tries everything she can think of to improve her stock at the ranch, but always seems to be the last chosen.  Not at all negative about it.  Age 25-30.  Mezzo-Soprano.  Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place”, “Girl You’re A Woman”, “Twenty-four Hours of Lovin’”, “No Lies”, “Hard Candy Christmas.”
  • ELOISE – A native New Yorker, named by Mona after the precocious and dramatic six-year old character in some of her favorite children’s books.  Age 25-29.  Mezzo-Soprano.  Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place”, “Girl You’re A Woman”, “Twenty-four Hours of Lovin’”, “No Lies”, “Hard Candy Christmas.”
  • BEATRICE – The tallest and leanest of the ‘girls’; royal, regal, prim and proper. Age 30-35. Mezzo-Soprano.  Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place”, “Girl You’re A Woman”, “Twenty-four Hours of Lovin’”, “No Lies”, “Hard Candy Christmas.”
  • TADDY JO – Athletic and bird-like, she’s the tomboy of the group.  Speaks softly and quickly.  Age 22-27.  Mezzo-Soprano.  Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place”, “Girl You’re A Woman”, “Twenty-four Hours of Lovin’”, “No Lies”, “Hard Candy Christmas.”
  • DURLA – Economical, chameleon-like and not prone to socializing. Known for turning around clients the quickest.  Age 19-21.  Mezzo-Soprano.  Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place”, “Girl You’re A Woman”, “Twenty-four Hours of Lovin’”, “No Lies”, “Hard Candy Christmas.”


BrooklynBrooklyn The Musical logo

Directed by Kathleen Clarke Horrigan


Date and Time

Saturday, September 16, 2017: 1pm to 4pm
Sunday, September 17, 2017: 6:30pm to 10pm
Callbacks: Thursday, September 21,  2017: 7pm


Footlite Annex, 1835 North New Jersey Avenue, Indianapolis, IN  46202 (across the parking lot, behind the theatre building)

Production Dates

January 5-7, 11-14, 18-21, 2018.
Curtain times – 7:30 Thursday-Sat.,  2:30 on Sunday


  • If you have a conflict with the audition time, please contact the producer or director ASAP to arrange an audition (see below for contact information). The staff is seeking an ethnically diverse cast, which will consist of two men and three women.
  • Please prepare a verse and a chorus from a Broadway musical other than Brooklyn. An accompanist will be provided; please bring sheet music in the correct key. Be prepared to read from the script.
  • The Brooklyn staff will be holding a table read of the script at Footlite Musicals on Monday, August 21st at 7pm in an effort to give a better understanding of this powerful and beautiful musical. Plans for the production – including the use of re-purposed/recycled materials for the set and costumes and raising money and awareness to end homelessness – will also be discussed at the table read.
  • Rehearsals will begin in mid to late October and will be in the evening during the week, with some rehearsals on Saturdays and Sundays. No rehearsals on Fridays.  There is no participation fee to be involved.
  • Questions? Contact director Kathleen Clarke Horrigan at or producer Amy Douglas at

About the Show

“Brooklyn” is a musical that wears its heart on its sleeve. The proud borough has a band of soulful homeless street corner singers living under the bridge. They tell a wondrous fairy tale about a young girl searching for fame and the father she never knew. She comes to the city that bears her name with only one clue. This whimsical show with a big heart is told by five performers playing all the characters in the story about fame, family, faith and fate. Brooklyn is a story that finds the lost child in all of us.

The Bridges of Madison County

Directed by Tim Spradlin

Footlite Musicals Announces open auditions for “The Bridges of Madison County.” The Bridges of Madison County is based on the best-selling novel, and developed by the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden).  The musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question “What if…?”  Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave you breathless.


Sunday, December 3, 2017: 7 p.m.
Monday, December 4, 2017: 7pm
(Callbacks to be announced)


Hedback Theatre, 1847 North Alabama Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Production Dates

Mar. 2-4, 8-11, 15-18, 2017
Curtain times – 7:30 Thursday-Sat.,  2:30 on Sunday


  • Actors should bring sheet music in the correct key that best displays their vocal talents.  An accompanist will be supplied.
  • You are welcome to sing a song from the show, however, but they must in the same key as the show.
  • There will be no dance audition.


  • Francesca (age 35-45) – A beautiful Italian woman.  Generous, luminous and funny.  Now married to a farmer and living in Iowa.  Voice: Lyric soprano with belt.
  • Richard ‘Bud’ Johnson (age 40-50) – Francesca’s husband.  An Iowa farmer.  A good, diligent and dependable guy.  Always exhausted and irritated that things haven’t gotten easier.  Voice: Baritone with belt.
  • Robert Kincaid (age 40-50) – A ruggedly handsome, worldly, visionary photographer.  Voice: High baritone with belt.
  • Marian (age 35-45) – Robert’s former wife. A musician.  Voice: Mezzo.
  • Michael (age 16) – Francesca and Bud’s son.  Voice: Rock tenor.
  • Carolyn (age 14) – Francesca and Bud’s daughter.  Voice: Soprano with rock belt.
  • Marge (age 45-60) – Francesca’s nosy and sassy neighbor.  Voice: Alto.
  • Charlie (age 60-70) – Marge’s husband.  Voice:  Bass.
  • Chiara (age 35-35) – Francesca’s sister still living in Italy.
  • Ensemble of fairgoers, townspeople, waitress, etc.


Priscilla Queen Of The Desert

Co-directed by Rich Baker & Bob Harbin


(Auditions to be announced soon)