OFF-BROADWAY SPRING MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
La Vie Boheme! Jonathan Larson's iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that shaped a generation of audiences and taught us all to measure our life in love.
Set in the East Village, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon, with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.
Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.
*PLEASE NOTE*: RENT contains mature themes and material. If cast, actors under the age of 18 will need parental consent to participate.
Ages 15 - 22*
*Performers outside the age range
will be considered on a case-by-case basis
Auditions will be held on the following dates. Sign up for an audition slot, and see the character breakdowns below:
Tuesday April 12th 6pm-8:30pm (Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave)
Wednesday April 13th 6pm-8:30pm (Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave)
Callbacks will be held on Thursday, April 14th, from 5:00pm. You will be notified shortly after your audition if you are requested back for the callbacks. For this, you will need clothes & shoes that you can move in. Callbacks will be done by 9:30pm at the latest.
Prepare 32 bars (or a short cut) of a musical theater song appropriate for the style of the show. Accompanist provided (bring sheet music). Please bring a second contrasting song in case we want to hear more. Bring a headshot/resume if available.
PLEASE NOTE: To keep our students safe, we are requesting proof of vaccinations at the auditions. All staff members involved with the production will be fully vaccinated. For any questions or concerns, please reach out at email@example.com
If you are unable to make it to the in-person auditions, click here for instructions on how to submit a video audition. Note that the video audition deadline is Thursday, April 14th.
REHEARSALS AND TECH
Rehearsals are Fridays from 5pm-9pm, Saturdays from 2pm-6pm, and Sundays from 12pm-5pm in Midtown Manhattan (Ripley-Grier Studios, or other Midtown West rehearsal studios). There will be additional rehearsals and tech in the theater June 27th-30th (Theatre Row).
July 1st - July 3rd
Theatre Row (410 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036)
TUITION IF CAST
$825.00 (Payment plans and needs based partial scholarships available)
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FEATURED ENSEMBLE / ENSEMBLE – The various bohemians, parents, and inhabitants of New York's Lower East Side that help create the world of the story. These include, but are not limited to, Alexi Darling, Squeegee Man, Mrs. Cohen, Life Support Group (Steve, Gordon), and the Seasons of Love soloists.
ROGER DAVIS – A once successful, now struggling musician, who discovered he was HIV positive in a note left by his previous girlfriend. His main goal in life is to write one great song before he dies, but he fears he has lost his creative energy. Falls in love with Mimi, but is too afraid to commit. He is also roommates and best friends with Mark. He can be very expressive and passionate, but at times also sullen and broody. Guitar skills a plus, but not required.
MARK COHEN – An aspiring filmmaker and video artist, he films the lives of all his friends. He believes he can survive the bleakness of his environment through his art, but soon discovers he is more comfortable observing the world through his lens, than actively engaging in it. Roommates and best friends with Roger, he carries some guilt that unlike his friend, he is not HIV positive. He is also a bit of a nerd, and never leaves home without his camera. The narrator of the show, and Maureen's ex-boyfriend (she left him for Joanne).
TOM COLLINS – A gay computer genius and liberal professor, he is a nurturer with a smooth and relaxed disposition. A former roommate of Mark and Roger's, he has a joyful spirit, and dreams of opening a restaurant in Santa Fe with his friends. He falls in love with Angel, and their relationship brings hope and inspiration to the entire group. He is also HIV positive.
BENJAMIN COFFIN III – The landlord of Mark and Roger's apartment building, and their former roommate. Having married into a wealthy family with ties to the real estate industry, he traded in his personal morals for power and wealth. Roger and Mark consider him a yuppie sell out. Slick, charming, and aspirational, he is happy to blend in with the rich and successful. However, some of his former bohemian lifestyle is still there underneath.
JOANNE JEFFERSON – An Ivy-league educated lawyer and activist, she's dedicated her life to public interest work. She is brilliant, purposeful, thoughtful, headstrong, and a bit of a control freak in all of her tasks and decisions. Loves Maureen, but struggles with jealousy due to Maureen's flirtatious nature. Though she is more conservative than her bohemian friends, she still believes in the revolution they are fighting for.
ANGEL DUMOTT SCHUNARD – A young, HIV positive street percussionist and drag queen, with an incredible gift of dance and a magnetic personality! His positive energy shines, and warms the hearts of whomever he meets. Funny, confident, loving, and generous, he embraces life and always lives it to its fullest. Falls in love with Collins, and their relationship brings hope and inspiration to the entire group. Percussion skills a plus, but not required.
MIMI MARQUEZ – An employee of the Cat Scratch Club, she struggles with a drug addiction that has led to her contraction of HIV. Though she has seen and experienced a lot of life, she still maintains her optimism, and means to make the most out of every day. Bold, free-spirited, and not afraid to put herself out there and take risks. She lives in the same building as Mark and Roger, and falls in love with Roger.
MAUREEN JOHNSON – An unpredictable and zany performance artist, her art isn't for the masses, and she wouldn't have it any other way. She has a revolutionary spirit that can't be tamed, and is never afraid to take on the establishment, speak her mind, and fight for what she believes in. Confident, funny, flirtatious, and bold, she can be a bit self-centered, and loves attention. Broke up with Mark to date her now girlfriend, Joanne.