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In The Heights
Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Directed by Nick Hill
Music Directed by Jason Solis
Choreographed by Jamie Perrin
IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place 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. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
Rehearsals will begin August 24th and a general rehearsal schedule will be available at callbacks. Please come prepared to list any conflicts from August 24 – October 17. No tech week or performance conflicts will be accepted.
The production will take place at The Sound at Cypress Waters. The production dates are October 7-17, 2021, Thursdays – Sunday at 7:30 PM. No Equity contracts are available at this time, but, as always, the Stage Manager will follow guidelines so all artists are treated with care.
Auditions will take place at The Firehouse Theatre (2535 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234) on the evenings of Monday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 3. You may sign up for an audition group at this link. We will see 3 groups each night beginning at 6 PM, 7:30 PM, and 9 PM. Actors should come ready to move and be prepared to stay up to 90 minutes. The audition will begin with a brief dance/movement call followed by individual singing auditions. Actors should prepare their best 16-32 bars in the style of, or from, the show. Additionally, a rap selection is highly encouraged. Please bring a headshot and resume with you. You may also email your headshot and resume in advance, but please still bring hard copies. Any additional questions may be sent to this email as well.
Note: Actors who wish only to be considered for the roles of Aubela Claudia, Kevin Rosario, or Camille Rosario are not required to attend the dance portion. If interested in these roles only, please indicate this in the comment section when signing up.
Callbacks will take place the evening of August 4, and will include singing, reading, and dance.
All Principal characters are Latinx, Afro-Latino, or Black.
Usnavi de la Vega – The narrator of the musical’s exposition and a major character throughout; he is the owner of a small bodega in Washington Heights called De La Vega Bodega. Abuela Claudia, the neighborhood matriarch, “practically raised” him when his parents both died during his early childhood. He dreams of moving to the Dominican Republic. He is in love with Vanessa. Extremely strong singer/rapper.
Nina Rosario – An intelligent girl, and the first in her family to go to college (Stanford University). Everyone in the barrio admires her as the “one who made it out.” She is the typical “good girl” and always got along with her parents. Upon arriving back home, though, she loses patience constantly over her father’s overprotectiveness and his refusal to accept Benny, with whom she gets into a romantic relationship. Very strong singer with a soprano belt range.
Benny – Works at the dispatch of Nina’s father, Kevin. The only character in the play who does not speak Spanish, Benny falls in love with Nina. He dreams of opening his own business. Baritenor, strong mover.
Vanessa – Usnavi’s love interest who works at Daniela’s salon. She is stunningly beautiful and catches the eye of every guy in the Heights; however, she takes interest in Usnavi. She lives with an alcoholic mother and dreams of getting out of the barrio and getting an apartment downtown, but cannot yet afford it. Strong dancer, mezzo with a strong belt.
“Abuela” Claudia – The loving matriarch of the barrio who is like a grandmother to all. She is the one who 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 home.
Sonny de la Vega – Usnavi’s witty, sassy, superficially lazy, yet ambitious younger cousin who works with Usnavi in the bodega. He is a jokester with an intelligent and thoughtful side which yearns for social justice.
Daniela – The outrageously dramatic owner of the salon where the neighborhood girls come to gossip. She is very bold and loud and loves to banter. Strong belter, funny, demands respect from the community.
Carla – 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. Strong comedic timing.
Kevin Rosario – 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. Commanding presence, strong baritone.
Camila Rosario – Nina’s strong-willed mother, who wants what is best for Nina. She is typically tolerant of Kevin’s control issues, but in the course of the show, reveals her real feelings. Mezzo-soprano.
Piragua Guy – The owner of a small piragua stand that competes with Mister Softee.
Graffiti Pete – A graffiti artist. He is good friends with Sonny and is one of the few characters who acknowledge Sonny’s dreams. Usnavi believes Pete is a trouble-making vandal (constantly referring to him as a ‘punk’), until Pete reveals his amazing skills as an artist. Skilled hip hop dancer.
Ensemble (All ethnicities, all genders) – Seeking 5 male and 5 female ensemble members. Must be strong dancers skilled in hip hop and contemporary jazz.