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Silhouette Stages Holds Auditions for RENT, Now thru 7/16


SILHOUETTE STAGES has announced auditions and a call to artists and production team for its Oct/Nov production of RENT, with book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, directed by Susan G. Kramer and with musical direction to be announced. Auditions will take place tonight, July 12, and Monday, July 16 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Rehearsals will begin early September. Show dates are October 25, 26, 27, 28 and November 1, 2, 3, 4, 2012 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm)? (Performances will take place at Slayton House, Columbia, MD).

Auditions will be held in Columbia, Md., at Howard Community College's Horowitz Center, in HVPA 115. Auditionees will be scheduled by groups in half-hour increments. Email your full name, contact information and top 3 date/time choices (per half-hour) to Confirmation will follow within 48 hours.

The Cast:Rent includes a diverse cast of 5 Men, 3 Women, Ensemble 6+ - Ages 18 and up. All roles are non-paid.

Audition Details:

- Auditions include singing only (callbacks will include acting, dancing and singing)
- 24 bars of music (memorized) - 90's Rock, Pop or a song from a contemporary musical, including RENT. (Music styles include rock, blues, gospel, disco and Latin.)
- Bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Accompanying yourself on guitar or other instrument is welcome. (Singing a cappella is also acceptable.)
- Headshots/Resumes: Please share vocal range, instruments played, and musical training/background.
- Conflicts: Be prepared to list all conflicts from Sept 1 until closing, Nov 4.
- No scripts or score materials will be available before auditions.

Rehearsal & Performance Commitment:

- Rehearsals will begin early September
- The rehearsal schedule will be determined after the casting process as it will be based on cast/director/choreographer availability.
- Rehearsals will only take place during weekday evenings and/or weekend mornings or afternoons.
- Tech Week: The entire cast must be available during Tech Week, which begins the weekend before the show [October 19, 20, 21] and continues each evening [October 22, 23, 24] until opening night - THURSDAY, OCT 25.
- Show Dates/ Times: October 25, 26, 27, 28 and November 1, 2, 3, 4, 2012 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm)

Call To Artists & Designers – Production Team Needed for RENT:

Do you have a passion to create art for art’s sake? You would love and never forget working on this production, this fabulous journey that is RENT… a production you’ll be proud to add to your resume.

Silhouette Stages seeks the following – Deadline: June 15:

- Musical Director (paid position)
- Stage Manager (stipend possible)
- Designers (Set, Props, Set Dressers, Costumes – possible stipend)

Those interested are urged to email by June 15. Include your full name, contact information and resume. We’ll get back to you by June 20.

About The Show & Character Breakdown:

Set in the East Village of New York City, 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 Bohème, RENT follows a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city. They include Mark, a filmmaker and the narrator of the story; his former girlfriend, Maureen, a performance artist; Maureen's lover, Joanne, a public interest lawyer; Mark's roommate Roger, a musician; Mimi, an exotic dancer, with whom Roger falls in love; Tom Collins, a computer genius; Collins' lover, Angel, a street musician and drag queen; and Benny, a former member of the group who, after marrying into a wealthy family, has become their landlord. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

Character Breakdown

ANGEL DUMOTT SCHUNARD: A transvestite street drummer infected with HIV.
Incredible dancer with a magnetic personality. C3 - A4, Tenor

BENJAMIN COFFIN III: Wealthy landlord of Mark and Roger's building. Benny wants to
start a multimedia studio. Eb3 - F4, Tenor

JOANNE JEFFERSON: A headstrong public interest lawyer, and Maureen's lover. Bb3 - E5, Alto

Mark Cohen: A filmmaker and video artist, determined to capture "real" life on film.
Roger's roommate. C#3 - G4, Tenor

MAUREEN JOHNSON: A performance artist and Mark's ex-girlfriend. C4 - F5, Soprano Belt

MIMI MARQUEZ: A dancer with AIDS and a drug problem. Desperate for a place to feel safe and protected. F#3 - E5, Alto

Roger Davis: An edgy, struggling musician who's HIV+. He hopes to write one last meaningful song before he dies. B2 - A4, Tenor

TOM COLLINS An HIV+ computer genius who has recently returned to New York after an
absence. Has a deep capacity for love and understanding. F#2 - A4, Baritenor (There is only one high A (A4) for this character. It is of short duration.)

Audition Inquires & Appointments ( Other information: No phone calls, please.

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