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Casting Call Details:
“In the Heights: The Broadway Musical”
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda Directed by Rigo Tejeda
Location: Casa101 Theatre 2009 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Prepare: 16-32 bars from a musical, please bring a track, Accompanist will not be provided.
Bring: Please bring a headshot, resume and comfortable clothing for dancing, Bring water.
Rehearsals: Weekday evenings and weekend mornings/afternoons.
Pay Rate: There is some pay.
Performance: November 30- December 22, 2012 Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with the possibility of adding some Sundays and Saturday Matinees.
Open Call For: In The Heights, The musical.
AUDITION DATES: Sunday, September 30 at 10a.m. Monday, October 1 at 7p.m. Tuesday, October 2 at 7p.m.
CALL BACKS: Wednesday, October 3 at 7p.m.
AUDITION APPOINTMENTS: Submit your headshot and resume by September 28th
SYNOPSIS & CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
IN THE HEIGHTS is an 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.
During its acclaimed Off-Broadway run, IN THE HEIGHTS quickly became an audience phenomenon and a critical success. It’s easy to see why: with an amazing cast, a gripping story and incredible dancing, IN THE HEIGHTS is an authentic and exhilarating journey into one of Manhattan’s most vibrant communities. And with its universal themes of family, community and self-discovery, IN THE HEIGHTS can be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds.
Find out what it takes to make a living, what it costs to have a dream and what it means to be home…IN THE HEIGHTS.
USNAVI DE LA VEGA 24 year old owner of De La Vega’s Bodega, his parents emigrated from the Dominican Republic and have since passed away. He lives with Abuela Claudia (Grandmother Claudia), who isn’t actually his grandmother but they are as close as family. Usnavi is in love with Vanessa and remains the eyes and ears of his Washington Heights neighborhood.
NINA ROSARIO 19 year old Nina has just finished her freshmen year at Stanford University. She is the daughter of Kevin and Camilia Rosario. Nina is the only member of her family and friends who made it to college. She is best friends with Vanessa and a beacon of hope and inspiration to all who know her; she represents the opportunity outside of “the heights.”.
KEVIN ROSARIO In his forties and owner of Rosario Car and Limousine, Kevin is a husband to Camilia and father to Nina. While Kevin was born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, he immigrated to New York City with Camilia. Kevin immediately started working to provide a better life for his newly- arrived family. He is stubborn, hot tempered at times and can be quick to act without thoughts of repercussions.
CAMILIA ROSARIO Also in her forties, she is the co-owner of Rosario Car and Limousine with her husband Kevin. Also from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, she fell in love with Kevin at 19 and immigrated with him to New York City. She is cool-headed yet keeps a subtle but strong leash on Kevin. Her daughter Nina has just returned for the summer from her first year at Stanford.
BENNY Now a 24 year old cab driver for Rosario Car and Limousine, he once was a street punk and hoodlum, often finding himself in trouble. Kevin saw promise in Benny and helped shape him into a responsible, hard-working young man. Benny has enormous respect for Kevin and sees him as a father figure. Eventually falling in love with Nina, Benny sees a future for them by becoming a businessman. He and Usnavi are best friends.
VANESSA A 19 year old shampoo girl and Daniela’s Salon, Vanessa is strong, intelligent and grew up with Benny and Usnavi. Though Usnavi would like to be something more than Vanessa’s “friend”, he has never made any attempt. Vanessa dreams of leaving to create her own life away from her alcoholic mother.
SONNY 15 years old and Usnavi’s cousin, Sonny is spending the summer working for Usnavi at the bodega. He usually hangs out on the street with his friend Graffiti Pete but avoids trouble. He is an extremely intelligent young man who strives to emulate Usnavi. Passionate to solve the social and economic problems of the city, he is someone that needs guidance or risks ending up a street punk.
ABUELA CLAUDIA In her late 60’s, she raised Usnavi after his parents passed away and continues to live with him. She emigrated from Cuba when she was very young. Of all the characters, Abuela Claudia has been in “the Heights” the longest. She struggled to learn English, struggled to find work and in turn has helped others who have followed in her path. She is clearly the matriarch of the neighborhood.
DANIELA In her thirties, she is the owner of Daniela’s Salon. Savvy to say the least, she is quick witted, brassy and outspoken. While she retains a motherly relationship with Vanessa, she remains the gossip queen of the neighborhood. Non-nonsense, she has built a successful business but is being forced of the neighborhood because of rent hikes.
CARLA In her mid-twenties, she is a hairdresser at Daniela’s Salon. Born and raised in Queens, she is a pure, sweet, innocent, and loving woman who is devoted to her family and friends though she is easily taken advantage of because of her naivety. She and Daniela are best friends.
GRAFFITI PETE An 18-year old graffiti artist and the nemesis of Usnavi, he is always hanging out on the streets, dancing to his boom box music, spraying any surface he can. Usnavi is unhappy that Sonny and Graffiti Pete are friends because Graffiti Pete epitomizes everything that Usnavi hopes that Sonny will not grow up to be.
PIRAGUA GUY In his-mid thirties, he walks the hot and humid streets of Washington Heights selling piraguas (flavored ice shavings) to earn a living. He represents a rhythm of the islands in the big city.
ENSEMBLE Residents of Washington Heights
Casting Calls Categories: Musical Casting Calls / Theater Casting Calls / Paid Roles Casting Calls
Audition Date: 9/30
Project: Open Call, In the Heights the musical
Casting Call Location: Boyle Heights, CA
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