In The Heights Auditions
Musical Theatre West generally holds auditions for its productions six to eight weeks before a show’s opening date. All roles are open to both Equity and non-Equity performers, and all ethnicities are always encouraged to audition.
In The Heights
Director: Benjamin Perez
Choreographer: Hector Guerrero
Musical Director: Dennis Castellano
AUDITIONS ARE HELD AT:
The Musical Theatre West Reiner Rehearsal Hall
4350 East 7th Street
Long Beach, CA 90804
Monday, August 28
10:00 am – 6:00 pm EPA — In the Heights and White Christmas
1:00 pm-2:00 pm — Lunch
7:00 pm — Non union singers and Principals
Tuesday, August 29
5:00 pm – In the Heights Female Dancers (Union and non union)
8:00 pm – In the Heights Male Dancers
Wednesday, August 30
First Non Union Rehearsal: 9/25/17
First AEA Rehearsal: 10/2/17
Rehearsal times are Mon-Thu 3p-11p, Sat 10a-6p and Sun 12p-8p.
Please bring a song in the style of the show you are auditioning for.
Please bring a song in the style of the show you are auditioning for. Female Dancers, please also bring character shoes and dance sneakers.
Male Dancers, please come in street clothes.
All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
All roles are open.
Most of the principals are of LATIN descent. If you are interested in a particular role, we encourage you to sing that character’s material from the score at the audition.
IN THE HEIGHTS CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
USNAVI DE LA VEGA (20‐30, Latino) Youthful, awkward, sincere Dominican owner of a convenience store. Urban, articulate, funny, harbors a crush on the local salon beauty. Not a “cool stud”. Narrator. SINGS, RAPS VERY WELL, DANCES, High Baritone/Tenor (to G4)
SONNY (20‐30, Latino) Young, smart‐alecky, wise and dry cousin to Usnavi. Tough and smart Dominican, has big plans for himself and his neighborhood. Great comedy chops. SINGS UPPER RANGE, RAPS VERY WELL, DANCES, Tenor (to Bb4)
NINA ROSARIO (20‐30, Latina) Fresh, smart college student. Brave and strong Puerto Rican girl, but has to tell her parents that she quit school months ago. Emotional and conflicted, but still the “star” of the neighborhood. Demanding role, lots of singing. VERY STRONG SINGER, DANCES, STRONG ACTRESS, Soprano High Belter (to F5)
VANESSA (20‐30, Latina) Sexy, hardened, stylist at the local salon. Has a troubled home life, wishes to get out and into something better. Tired of all the whistles and catcalls, looking for a true love. Ethnic, but definitely American. STRONG BELT SINGER, STRONG DANCER,Mezzo Soprano High Belter (to E5)
BENNY (20‐30, Black, White, Asian or any other non‐Latino) Strong, smart, masculine worker at the Rosario Taxi dispatch. Very ambitious, urban, and full of big dreams. Handsome, bright, and harbors a crush on the “boss’ daughter”. VERY STRONG SINGER, GOOD DANCER, STRONG ACTOR/RAPPER, Tenor (to Ab4)
ABUELA CLAUDIA (50-60 LATINA) Sweet, caring, and supportive Cuban matriarch of the neighborhood. Takes care of all the young people, and regularly plays the lottery. A wise character with strength, passion, and a long memory. A powerful actress, singer and story‐teller. STRONG SINGER, STRONG ACTRESS, Alto Belter (F#3 to C5)
KEVIN ROSARIO (40‐50, Latino) Puerto Rican born father to Nina. Owns and runs a taxi dispatch with his wife, Camila. Traditional, hard‐working Latin father, over‐protective, loving, but also has a temper. STRONG SINGER, STRONG ACTOR. Baritone (to E)
CAMILA ROSARIO (40‐50, Latina) The smart, caring “business” half of the Rosarios. She takes care of the bills and business, but usually holds her tongue in the presence of her husband. Dynamic Puerto Rican woman, with a powerful voice and presence that gets unleashed when she’s had “ENOUGH”!!! STRONG SINGER, STRONG ACTRESS, Mezzo Soprano Belter (G3 to B4)
DANIELA (35‐50, Latina) Sassy Puerto Rican owner of the local hair and nail salon. Loves to gossip, has a tough exterior, but enjoys being “The Boss”. Her salon rent keeps going up, so, sadly she is moving to the Bronx.. Great comedy chops and timing. Think Miranda Priestly meets Sofia Vergara. VERY STRONG SINGER, STRONG COMIC ACTRESS, Alto Belter (G3 to C5)
CARLA (20‐30, Latina) Bubbly, funny, side‐kick to Daniela. Very sweet and religious. Supportive friend to the salon trio. Good at playing “dizzy or bird‐brained”. STRONG SINGER, GOOD AT COMEDY,Soprano
GRAFFITI PETE (20‐30, Any ethnicity) Young, urban, slick graffiti artist of the neighborhood. Slightly shady, but with a good heart. He doesn’t see his “art” as a bad thing, wants to make a difference while making a living. Need an excellent hip‐hop or break dancer. VERY STRONG DANCER, RAPS WELL
PIRAGUA GUY (30‐50, Latino) The town‐crier. Sells shaved ice from a cart, has a soaring tenor voice, reflects on how the people in the neighborhood “keep scraping by”. Charismatic and important role. SINGS VERY WELL, DANCES SOME, Tenor (Substainable A4)
MEN AND WOMEN OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS (20‐50, Latino, Latina, Black, Asian, White) Interesting, diverse and well‐rounded people of the community. All shapes and sizes. As important as any of the principals, these people have stories of their own.
We would like to see more than just great singers and dancers. Bring your strength, your vulnerability, your history, your sass, your humor and your love and pride from your ancestors. Challenging part singing and modern dance moves. VERY STRONG SINGERS/READERS, HIP‐HOP and LATIN MOVES/ACRO TRICKS