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Woodland Opera House

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In The Heights
Director & Choreographer: Jacob Gutiérrez-Montoya
Open auditions will be held on Sunday, May 1. No appointment is necessary.
Dance Audition from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Required for those auditioning for all roles except Abuela Claudia, Kevin Rosario and Camilla Rosario)
Vocal Audition from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Required for all individuals auditioning. You will be released after your vocal audition.)
Auditions will be held at the Theatre And Dance Annex (TADA) at 520 Court Street, Woodland, 95695
Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, May 4 from 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. by invitation. There will be no cold readings on May 1. Callbacks will include reading from sides and singing from the show, and a dance audition.
This show is intensive and requires availability. Conflicts will be a determining factor in casting.
Rehearsals will be held on Sundays through Thursdays from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. starting June 13th and will go through August 4th. Performances are August 5 – 28, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Production Description
Casting “In the Heights” the Tony Award winning musical about life in Washington Heights, a tight-knit community where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.
Roles /Actors & Performers
Usnavi: Lead, Male, 21-35
The narrator of the play’s exposition and a major character throughout; the owner of a small bodega in Washington Heights, was named after one of the first sights his parents saw when they arrived in America: a US Navy ship, dreams of returning to the Dominican Republic, the place he was born but too young to remember. Abuela Claudia, the neighborhood matriarch, “practically raised” him when his parents both died during his early childhood. He is in love with Vanessa.
Ethnicity: Multiracial, Latino / Hispanic
Abuela Claudia: Lead, Female, 25-65
The loving matriarch of the barrio who knows everybody and is like a grandmother to all (“abuela” means “grandmother” in Spanish), looked after Usnavi when his parents died. She and her mother moved from Cuba to New York in 1943 while she was a child. She worked as a maid for several years but never earned the money for her and her mother to travel back home.
Ethnicity: Multiracial, Latino / Hispanic
Vanessa: Lead, Female, 18-35
Usnavi’s love interest who works at Daniela’s salon, stunningly beautiful and catches the eye of every guy in the Heights, dreams of getting out of the barrio and getting an apartment downtown, but cannot yet afford it.
Ethnicity: Multiracial, Latino / Hispanic
Nina Rosario: Lead, Female, 18-30
The first in her family to go to college (Stanford University), and everyone in the barrio admires her as the “one who made it out;” the typical “good girl” and always got along with her parents. However, she returns home from school for the summer to reluctantly tell her parents that she has become overburdened and dropped out. Becomes involved in a relationship with Benny.
Ethnicity: Multiracial, Latino / Hispanic
Benny: Lead, Male, 20-35
Works at the dispatch for Nina’s father, Kevin; perhaps the only character in the play who does not speak Spanish and is not Hispanic, falls in love with Nina, dreams of bigger and better things and one day opening his own business.
Ethnicity: Black / African Descent, Multiracial
Sonny: Supporting, Male, 18-25
Usnavi’s sassy, superficially lazy, yet ambitious younger cousin who works with Usnavi in the bodega, typically the jokester of the barrio, but he also has an intelligent and thoughtful side that yearns for social justice.
Ethnicity: Multiracial, Latino / Hispanic
Daniela: Supporting, Female, 25-45
The outrageously dramatic owner of the salon where the neighborhood girls come to gossip, very bold and loud and loves to banter.
Ethnicity: Multiracial, Latino / Hispanic
Carla: Supporting, Female, 18-40
Works at Daniela’s salon along with Vanessa, and is Daniela’s close friend; young and pretty, but a little slow to get the others’ jokes and innuendos, she is of Chilean, Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican descent.
Ethnicity:Multiracial, Latino / Hispanic
Kevin Rosario: Supporting, Male, 40-55
Nina’s overprotective father, who, coming from a long line of farmers, has worked hard to resist following in his own father’s footsteps. He now owns his own taxi cab service: Rosario’s where Benny works.
Ethnicity: Multiracial, Latino / Hispanic
Camilla Rosario: Supporting, Female, 39-55
Nina’s strong-willed mother, who wants what is best for Nina; typically tolerant of Kevin’s control issues, but in the course of the show, reveals her real feelings.
Ethnicity: Multiracial, Latino / Hispanic
Piragua Guy: Supporting, Male, 18-64
(Piragüero), the owner of a small piragua stand that competes with Mister Softee, scrapes blocks of flavored ice for the people of the neighborhood.
Ethnicity: Multiracial, Latino / Hispanic
Graffiti Pete: Supporting, Male, 18-35
Graffiti artist and friend of Sonny, Usnavi believes he is a trouble-making vandal, until Pete reveals his amazing skills as an artist; strong dancer.
Ethnicity: Black / African Descent, Multiracial, Latino / Hispanic
Ensemble Dancers/Singer: Chorus / Ensemble, All Genders, 18-64
Various men and women who live and work in the barrio of Washington Heights; strong dancers and singers.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

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