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 Audition Notices

All auditions take place at Spotlight Theatre, 129 Park Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081 (PAC Center). 

Presented through special arrangement with Broadway Licensing.

All authorized performance materials supplied by Dramatist Play Service Inc.

Saturday, January 7, 2023, 2 – 4 Pm.

Sunday, January 8, 2023, 2 – 4 Pm.

Callbacks, If Necessary, Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 7 – 9 Pm

Performance Dates:

April 28, 29, 30 (Matinee), May 5, 6, 7 (Matinee), 2023


Begin on January 22nd, every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7 – 9 PM. Not all actors will be called for every rehearsalTech week and dress rehearsals: April 23rd – 27th, 7 – 10 PM.

Director Jane Jennings is seeking 8 committed actors to tell this story of a small-town romance, filled with drama, and some comedy, by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, William Inge.

Auditions will consist of warm readings from the script. Sides will be posted two weeks prior to auditions. They do NOT need to be memorized.

Click here to read and download the Bus Stop sides.

Below please find character descriptions for your review. Please contact the director at with any questions.


ELMA DUCKWORTH: A part time waitress in a street corner diner in a small Kansas town. A big eyed girl still in high school [late teens – early 20’s]. Intelligent and a good student, though she is a bit naive. Elma loves literature, romanticizes life, but is an easy mark, for the lecherous, Dr. Lyman.

GRACE HOYLARD: A middle-aged [30’s – 50’s], seasoned waitress and owner of the diner. Grace works long hours, is good hearted, and unattached, which she prefers. She lives in an apartment in the same building and takes advantage of its proximity to her patrons.

WILL MASTERS: The town sheriff [age 40’s – 50’s], he is intimidating, andis ready to start, and or finish a fight. At the same time, he is respected, a deacon in his church, and acts as a mediator and counselor for Bo and Cherie.

CHERIE: A young, twentyish, nightclub singer from the Ozarks. She is very attractive, in a fragile way. “Cherry” has been dating since she was fourteen, yet she has a romantic, idealistic view of love and marriage. [PLEASE BRING 16 BARS OF A SIMPLE TORCH SONG TO SING AT AUDITION].

DR GERALD LYMAN: A former college professor [age 40’s – 50’s], he is now a full time alcoholic and is actively drinking throughout the play. Articulate and charming, he has been married and divorced three times. Unfortunately, Dr. Lyman also has an attraction to under age girls, which has led to some problems with the law.

CARL: The bus driver, Carl [age 30’s – 50’s,] is a loud and hearty man. He and Grace have “friends with benefits” relationship when Carl’s bus route stops in town.

VIRGIL BLESSING: A ranch hand/cowboy from Montana, Virgil [age 40’s – 60’s], is a tough guy, but neat in appearance. Virgil is a musician and plays the guitar in the diner and entertains his fellow passengers. [GUITARIST PREFERRED, BUT NOT REQUIRED. IF ABLE, PLEASE BRING A GUITAR TO PLAY AND SING A SIMPLE SONG].

BO DECKER: In his early twenties, Bo is a cowboy and ranch owner from Montana. He is trim and good looking in an outdoor way. He is brash and aggressive with boorish manners. Bo is a bully towards “Cherry”, physically accosts her, and demands that she marry him.

Thank you for your interest!

Covid-19 Policy:  We require all performers to be fully vaccinated. Mask policies will follow current CDC guidelines.

TO SAVE TIME: Please print a copy of the audition form from the link below, complete it (please add name of show) and bring it with you to the audition. (Copies will be available at auditions for those who are unable to print it from the website.)

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For more information call 484-326-5172 or email

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