In the Heights
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe
IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’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. IN THE HEIGHTS is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.
The British Theatre Academy is looking for performers aged 25 and under for the UK Youth Premier of In the Heights! You will have the opportunity to work with out professional creative team and perform in this Tony Award winning musical!
In the Heights is part of the BTA’s Free Theatre Initiative.
Auditions: Saturday 9th September in The West End – Details will be sent over the next week
Rehearsals Begin: 21st October All Week (Half Term)
Performances: 28th & 29th October
We are looking for the following:
[USNAVI] Male, Dominican. Owner of De La Vega Bodega, his parents emigrated from the Dominican Republic and have since passed away. The play’s narrator and the eyes and ears of his Washington Heights neighbourhood. Loving, charming, charismatic, witty, hard-working, and loyal. Strong actor, excellent rapper and singer, high baritone/tenor to G4. Must move well.
[NINA] Female, , first generation Puerto Rican-American. Freshman at Stanford. Intelligent, hard-working, and driven. Trying to make her family proud while navigating adulthood. A beacon of hope and inspiration to all who know her; she represents the opportunity outside of “the heights.”. Strong belt/mix to an E. Must be a good mover.
[KEVIN] Male, , Puerto Rican, immigrated to NY. Nina’s father. Owner of Rosario Car Service. Upstanding, proud, and devoted patriarch who is hard-working and verging on worn down. He is stubborn, hot tempered at times and can be quick to act without thoughts of repercussions. Stands firm in his beliefs and traditions. Spanish speaker. Strong baritone to E4.
[CAMILA] Female, Puerto Rican. Nina’s mother. Co-owner of Rosario’s. A smart, sharp tongued, fierce, and loving mother. Spanish speaking, strong singer-belter (G3-B4) Must move well.
[BENNY] Male, African-American singer/rapper. Rosario Car Service employee. Attractive and masculine with an air of lingering boyish energy. He once was a street punk and hoodlum. Kevin saw promise and helped shape him into a responsible, hard-working young man. Driven, aspiring businessman. Excellent rapper and pop tenor voice to Ab4.
[VANESSA] Female, A shampoo girl at Daniela’s Salon. Beautiful, vivacious, sexy, driven and intelligent with a strong sense of humor. She wants to get out of the barrio, worldly and urban. Strong dancer with an excellent high belt to E5.
[SONNY] Male, Dominican. Usnavi’s cousin. Streetwise yet a goofball. Charming and adorable, he feigns a persona of perceived cool masculinity. He is someone that needs guidance or risks ending up a street punk. Strong comedic timing. Excellent rapper and tenor to Bb4.
[ABEULA CLAUDIA] Female, Cuban. Raised Usnavi though not his blood grandmother. Loving matriarch for the entire community. Deeply loving and unwaveringly optimistic with a surprising sense of humor. Full of wisdom, life experience, memories and years of hard work. Excellent singer. Spanish speaking a plus; belter (f#3 to C5).
[DANIELA] Female, Owner of Daniela’s Salon. Brash, funny, and outspoken. Meticulous about her physical appearance. the gossip queen of the neighborhood. Spanish speaker. Excellent singer with strong comedic timing. Belter (G3 to C5).
[CARLA] Female, Works at the salon. Daniela’s sidekick. Sweet and likeable. Strong in her faith, 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. Strong dancer and singer with comedic timing. Spanish speaking a plus.
[GRAFFITI PETE] Male, Local graffiti artist. Sonny’s best friend. Always hanging out on the streets, dancing to his boom box music, spraying any surface he can. Must have “swag”. Fantastic Hip Hop dancer, rapper/singer; Spanish speaking a plus. Break dancing skills and acro are a plus.
[PIRAGUA GUY] Male, He walks the hot and humid streets of Washington Heights selling piraguas (flavored ice shavings) to earn a living. Strong sense of humor and great sense of pride. A local institution. Spanish speaker. Excellent high tenor with sustained A4.
[FEMALE ENSEMBLE] To play various ages, ethnicities, and members of the local community. Residents of Washington Heights. Strong hip-hop and Latin dance skills are a plus. Excellent singers/dancers (dance in multiple styles – Latin to hip hop).
[MALE ENSEMBLE] To play various ages, ethnicities, and members of the local community. Residents of Washington Heights. Strong hip-hop and Latin dance skills are a plus. Excellent singers/dancers (dance in multiple styles – Latin to hip hop).
Register now to receive more information and to schedule your audition.
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