Open Casting Calls
In The Heights
June 23rd 2016, 7pm-10pm
June 24th 2016, 6pm-8pm
Collier High School
160 Conover Rd, Wickatunk, NJ 07765
High School and College students
August 19th 2016, 7pm
August 20th 2016, 2pm & 7pm
Please download the audition pack provided in the link below for all audition information.
AUDITION PACK CONTENTS
Audition Information - Page 2
Character Breakdowns - Page 3 and 4
Audition Form - Page 5-9
Male Vocal Audition Cut - Page 9 and 10
Male Rap Audition Cut Page 11 and 12
Female Vocal Audition Cut Pages 13-15
SUGGESTED MALE AND FEMALE VOCAL CUTS
The following pages have suggested audition cuts for those who do not have an audition book, or have anything prepared for the audition. You may use these cuts to audition with if you would like.
Usnavi is the narrator of the play's exposition and a major character throughout; he is the owner of a small bodega in Washington Heights. He was named after one of the first sights his parents saw when they arrived in America, a ship with the sign "US Navy" on it. Abuela Claudia, the neighborhood matriarch, "practically raised" him when his parents both died during his early childhood. He dreams of returning to the Dominican Republic, the place he was born, but left too young for him to remember. He is in love with Vanessa.
"Abuela" Claudia is the loving matriarch of the barrio who knows everybody and is like a grandmother to all ("abuela" means "grandmother" in Spanish). 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.
Vanessa is 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.
Nina Rosario is the first in her family (and from the Barrio) to go to college (Stanford University), and everyone in the barrio admires her as the "one who made it out." However, she returns home from school for the summer to reluctantly tell her parents that she has become overburdened and dropped out. She is the typical "good girl" and always got along with her parents. Now, though, she loses patience constantly over her father's over protectiveness and his refusal to accept Benny, with whom she gets into a romantic relationship.
Benny works at the dispatch of Nina's father, Kevin. The only character in the play who does not speak Spanish and is not Hispanic, Benny falls in love with Nina. He dreams of opening his own business.
Sonny is Usnavi's sassy, superficially lazy, yet ambitious younger cousin who works with Usnavi in the bodega. He is typically the jokester of the Barrio, but he also has an intelligent and thoughtful side that yearns for social justice.
Daniela is the outrageously dramatic owner of the salon where the neighborhood girls come to gossip. She is very bold and loud and loves to banter.
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, she is of Chilean, Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican descent.
Kevin Rosario is 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.
Camila Rosario is 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.
The Piragua Guy (Piragüero) is the owner of a small piragua stand that competes with Mister Softee.
Graffiti Pete is a graffiti artist and friend of Sonny. Usnavi believes he is a trouble-making vandal, until Pete reveals his amazing skills as an artist.
Additional ensemble characters will also be cast.