Directed by Greg Scalera
Choreographed by Joshua Schnetzer
Musically Directed by Bruce De La Cruz
“Rent” is a rock opera with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Bohème”. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
WHERE – Auditions and performances will take place at Playhouse 22 (721 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816). Rehearsal time may be split between Playhouse 22 and a rented space at a location in Rahway.
WHEN – Auditions will take place Sunday, March 2nd and Monday, March 3rd from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, March 5th from 7:00 – 11:00 PM. Performances will run May 2nd – 18th (three weekends).
WHAT TO PREPARE – Please prepare a 32-bar selection from a song that best showcases your following assets:
* Vocal range and dynamics
* Ability to communicate clearly and effectively through song
* Ability to fully envision a character, inhabit it, and bring it to life by making clear, creative, and confident choices
Please bring piano sheet music in the correct key for the accompanist. Alternatively, you may bring a guitar and accompany yourself. Auditioning acapella for this show is not recommended.
We recommend that you prepare a rock musical theatre song for this audition. You do not need to choose something from “RENT” itself, though you are more than welcome to if you’d like. If invited to callbacks, you will be asked to sing selections from the show, read from the script, and learn and perform pieces of choreography.
* Note – color blind casting will be applied except where a specific ethnicity is called for in the script
Mark Cohen (C#3 – G4) – Male, Baritenor. An aspiring filmmaker who narrates the show as he films the lives of his friends. Spirited, artistic, quirky, and isolated by the guilt of his good health while many of his friends have AIDS.
Roger Davis (B2 – A4) – Male, Rock Tenor. A former junkie and rockstar. Struggling with the guilt of his ex-girlfriend’s suicide, the seeming loss of his creative edge, and his impending death due to the AIDS virus. Haunted, worn, powerful, and edgy. Ability to play the guitar strongly preferred.
Mimi Marquez (F#3 – E5) – Female, Mezzo. A free-spirited nineteen year old girl who has remained optimistic in the face of a difficult life, a heroin addiction, and her contraction of AIDS as a result of it. Sexy, playful, and smart with an undercurrent of suppressed pain, secrets, and a genuine longing for affection.
Benny Coffin III (Eb3 – F4) – Male, Tenor. Mark and Roger’s former roommate before his marriage to the wealthy Alison Grey. Benny is now their landlord and is considered by Mark and Roger to be a “yuppy” corporate sellout. Smooth, charming, and confident.
Maureen Johnson (C4 – F5) – Female, Mezzo. A free-thinking bi-sexual performing artist. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind, take on the establishment, and go to any lengths to fight for what she believes in. Sassy, funny, strong-willed, and flirtatious with a great passion for her art and the rights of all artists.
Joanne Jefferson (Bb3 – E5) – Female, Mezzo. A lesbian Ivy League-educated lawyer and activist. Although raised in an affluent, political family, she is committed to helping the underserved. Empowered, caring, professional, and strong-willed.
Tom Collins (F#2 – A4) – Male, Baritone. A gay computer genius, teacher, and anarchist who was recently fired by MIT for his free thinking. Passionate, intelligent, loyal. Despite a life of AIDs and poverty, he carries himself with a great deal of optimism, due in no small part to his boundless love for Angel.
Angel Schunard (C3 – A4) – Male, Tenor. A young drag queen and street drummer with AIDs. Collins’ lover. Generous, selfless, and personable with a captivating energy and a passionate will to embrace life and live it to the fullest.
We will also be looking to cast an ensemble of strong singers, actors, and movers to play a variety of cameo characters and group roles.
Auditions are held on first come, first serve basis and appointments are not needed.
Questions can be sent to email@example.com.
Arsenic and Old Lace
Auditions: March 30 & 31; Callbacks: April 1
Show Dates: June 13 – June 29
Directed by Deborah Pedretti
Additional information, including character descriptions will be distributed closer to the audition dates.
All dates and times subject to change.