Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bluegrass Sensation


Our Annual Spring Musical

Monday and Tuesday, December 5 and 6 from 5:45 – 9:00 p.m.

Merely Players is excited to offer the opportunity for community members aged high school and older to work together once again as we produce this incredible musical. Our cast approximation is 25 -30, and there are wonderful roles of all sizes available. We are delighted that we will be featuring a live bluegrass band.

Rehearsals begin in March 2023, and performances are in May 2023.

There are no particular roles set aside for youth. High School youth will be competing for roles alongside adults.

All Roles are open except that of Alice Murphy.


Billy Cane                              Tenor                         a young soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naïve.

Jimmy Ray Dobbs               Tenor                         plays both age 18-20 and 38-40. Charming and intelligent; from a family of wealth and power. Falls in love with Alice.


Margo Crawford                   Soprano                    a young small-town bookstore owner; a childhood friend of Billy’s who now harbors romantic feelings towards him.

Mama Murphy                      Mezzo-Soprano       Alice’s mother. A warm, loving, sensible woman. Hardworking, with great inner strength and compassion.

Lucy Grant                            Soprano                    An ambitious, professional “modern” career woman of the 1940’s. Strong, forthright and provocative with a sharp sense of humor.


Mayor Josiah Dobbs                       Baritone                     Jimmy’s father; a political and financial powerbroker, an imposing and controlling presence; his desire to protect his family name leads him to the point of extreme and irrevocable cruelty.

Daddy Murphy                                  Baritone                     Alice’s father; an authoritative and a stern disciplinarian; devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer.

Daddy Cane                                     Tenor                         Billy’s father. A widower. Spry, kind hearted, lonely.

Darryl Ames                                      Baritone                     Young professional with a dry and officious sense of humor. Insecure, and perhaps a bit socially awkward, but endearing and innately likeable.


Must sing and act well. Many characters with solos and lines are scattered throughout. The Ensemble is a strong force in this production.


Showcased throughout show; can also be Ensemble members


We are also looking for fun and capable backstage technicians. No experience is necessary – we train.  Those interested in tech are welcome to come on either December for a tech interview.



This musical will have a fun and lively 9-week rehearsal period, beginning on February 27, 2023. There is no rehearsal from March 17 – 26 (9R spring break)

Rehearsals will typically be Mondays – Thursdays from 6:00-9:30. Rehearsals will last until 10:00 during the last week.

There will be a rehearsal on Saturday, April 8, from 9:30- 7:00. The entire cast and crew must be present at this rehearsal.

A rehearsal schedule will be provided to let everyone know specific times once the show has been cast.

Show Runs:

MAY 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 7:00 pm

MAY 7, 14, and 21 at 2:00 pm

You must be able to attend all performances.

For youth, this show is a production class. The tuition fee is $300 and includes all rehearsals and shows. For adults, this is a volunteer experience.

Please be sure to write down or discuss any known conflicts with the director – sometimes, it’s possible we can work around a conflict or 2 if we know in advance. You will not be considered if you cannot make it to ALL rehearsals in the last two weeks and all performances.

The show will be directed by Mona Wood-Patterson and Mary-Catherine McAlvany, choreographed by Mary-Catherine McAlvany, musically directed by Paula Millar, designed and tech directed by Charles Ford, and stage managed by Katy Schneider.


Monday and Tuesday, December 5 and 6 from 5:45 – 9:00 p.m. Everyone auditioning can appear at 5:45 on either date.


Callbacks by invitation only are on Thursday, Dec. 8

If you are unable to attend either audition, you may submit your audition via video to no later than Tuesday, December 6, 2023. Naturally, it is to your advantage to appear in person.


MERELY UNDERGROUND – 789 Tech Center Drive



At your audition, you should come prepared with 16- 32 bars of any song from the show. We are reaching for a high level of acting and singing. Choose a selection that shows us what you can do! We will have a live accompanist. You can bring your own sheet music or tell our accompanist what song and section you will be singing.

You may choose your own song or use one of these:


Additionally, you will have an acting audition:

Choose 2 of the following monologue sides for your audition. Memorization is required.

EVERYONE, even those who want to be in the singing or dancing ensemble, must complete an acting audition.


There will also be a movement/dance audition, but you do not need to prepare specifically for that. Just brush up on your dance skills between now and then.

29 August 2022


Masking in our audiences is optional at this time.

Recognizing that everyone has their own comfort level with audiences and Covid, which – let’s face it- can vary from day to day, we are offering our audiences the option to let us know if you will be wearing a facemask and prefer to sit next to others who are doing the same.

When you order your season subscriber package or show tickets, simply add a comment that you prefer to be seated near other masked people. Of course, we have no way of knowing how many other people will make this same request, but we can seat anyone who does make the request in the same area.

You can also call Greta at 970.749.8585 to make this request or email her at

25 August 2022


We are delighted to receive the news that Merely Players was selected for funding in the first round of Lodger’s Tax: Arts and Culture Funding. The Creative Economy Commission granted the award to help with our expenses for THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE, which is the true tale of two extraordinary women of science.

We are fortunate to live in a community that values the intersection of art and science. Thank you, City of Durango!

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All performances are held at our performance venue:

Merely Underground

789 Tech Center Drive

In Durango, Colorado

We do not receive mail there.

Mailing address:

49 Wedgewood Circle

Durango, CO  81301