Audition Opportunities

All roles at Live Arts are open; everyone is welcome to audition.  Click on the links below for details and/or email volunteer@livearts.org for more information.


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IN THE HEIGHTS (Ages 14-20)

Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Music and Lyrics by Lin Manuel Miranda. 

Directed by Rebecca Aparicio.

Musical Direction by Michael Salvatierra.

Choreography by Mariko Schaper Doktor.

AUDITIONS: Video submissions due by May 31, 2020
CALLBACKS: June 3-5, 2020 via ZOOM!

REHEARSAL DATES:
June 7-June 29: Virtual Rehearsals, we will be learning online!
June 29-August 5: Combo of Virtual and Socially Distant Rehearsals
August 6- August 9: Performances at an outdoor location, TBD!

At Live Arts we want ALL OF YOU to audition! If you don’t have a way to record your audition or submit it online, please email us at volunteer@livearts.org and we will work with you to get your audition in! We are here for you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

The safety of Live Arts volunteers and patrons is our top priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Live Arts will be constantly monitoring CDC and data-driven guidelines regarding social distancing and best practices. We will be proceeding with online rehearsals until it is safe for us to gather in person. We plan on performing the show at an outdoor location, large enough for us to maintain physical distance. As this is an ever-changing situation, we ask for your understanding as we navigate this together.

If at any point during the production process it is determined that we cannot safely continue rehearsals or performances, we will suspend production to do our part in maintaining the health and safety of everyone involved. 

ALL ROLES ARE OPEN. IN THE HEIGHTS is a Live Arts Teen Theater Ensemble production. Casting will be prioritized for actors aged 14-20. Please email volunteer@livearts.org for more information. 

PLOT DESCRIPTION:

Over the course of the Tony award-winning musical IN THE HEIGHTS, we encounter the many colorful residents of Washington Heights — a New York City neighborhood on the brink of change. Usnavi, a first-generation Dominican-American corner bodega owner, and his friends and family, are dealing with the pressures of rising rents and closing neighborhood businesses. In Washington Heights, community is everything, and we see how each of these individuals struggles to survive and how these same individuals come together as a community to mourn their losses and rejoice in their triumphs. We see the hard-working residents of Washington Heights grapple with love and lust, identity and racism, all while the prospect of a winning lottery ticket hangs in the air, potentially changing the livelihoods of the people and the community forever. This revolutionary new musical combines Latin rhythms and dance with hip-hop lyrics to tell a captivating story about what it means to chase your dreams as you cling to your roots, and to celebrate the community from which you grew.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

Washington Heights is a vibrant neighborhood, therefore we are seeking folks from all communities, especially the Latinx community!

USNAVI DE LA VEGA: Owner of De La Vega Bodega (Tenor-Bari, High Note: G4)
NINA ROSARIO: A freshman at Stanford University (Mezzo-Soprano, High Note: F5)
KEVIN ROSARIO: Nina’s father, owner of Rosario’s Car Service (Bari-Tenor, High Note: E4)
CAMILA ROSARIO: Nina’s mother, co-owner of Rosario’s (Alto, G3-B4)
BENNY: Employee of Rosario’s (Tenor, High Note: Ab4)
VANESSA: Works at the salon (Mezzo-Soprano, Hight Note: E5)
SONNY: Usnavi’s cousin (Tenor, High Note: Bb4)
ABUELA CLAUDIA: Raised Usnavi, though not his blood grandmother (Alto, F#3-C5)
DANIELA: Owner of Daniela’s Salon (Alto, G3-C5)
CARLA: Works at the salon, (Alto, G3-C5)
GRAFFITI PETE: An artist
PIRAGÜERO (PIRAGUA GUY): Scrapes piraguas from his block of ice (Tenor, High Note: A4)
ENSEMBLE: (6) Women, (6) Men


STEP BY STEP AUDITION INFORMATION

MUSIC AUDITION

  1. HAVE FUN! We can’t wait to see what you share with us! 
  2. Watch this video by our amazing Musical Director Michael Salvatierra breaking down the Music Audition!
  3. Choose your favorite song. 
  4. Find an accompaniment track on YouTube or use one of our songs listed below!
  5. Set yourself up with two devices; one to play the accompaniment and one to video record your audition
  6. Say your name and what you will be singing (or rapping!) and then record ONE MINUTE OF YOUR FAVORITE SONG. 

SONG SUGGESTIONS (With links to karaoke tracks)

In the Heights (In the Heights)

Breathe (In the Heights)

Lean on Me

Happy Birthday

CHOREOGRAPHY AUDITIONS

  1. Watch this video by our Choreographer Mariko Schaper Doktor! 
  2. Record a full body video (including feet) of yourself dancing along to her choreography and upload your video! 

The final step is to submit via this form!