IN THE HEIGHTS/WHITE CHRISTMAS - Musical Theatre West Auditions

Posted: August 7, 2017

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In the Heights/White Christmas - Long Beach EPA/ECC Singers
Musical Theatre West

Mon, Aug 28, 2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm (PDT)
Lunch: 1:00PM - 2:00PM

EPA rules in effect. In-person sign-ups begin at 9:00AM on 8/28/17

COST Minimum - $746/wk

See breakdown.

Please bring a song in the style of the show you are auditioning for.You may perform two brief contrasting pieces if you would like to be considered for both shows.

Musical Theatre West Rehearsal Hall
4350 East 7th Street
Long Beach, CA 90804

Paul Garman: Executive Director /Producer
Dennis Castellano: Musical Director
Hector Guerrero: Choreographer - In the Heights, Keenon Hooks: Choreographer - White Christmas
Benny Perez: Director - In the Heights, Todd Neilsen: Director - White Christmas

IN THE HEIGHTS: First AEA rehearsal: October 2, 2017, Preview: October: October 20, 2017, Opening: October 21, 2017
Closing: November 5, 2017

WHITE CHRISTMAS: First AEA Rehearsal: November 20, 2017, Opening: December 1, 2017, Closing: December 10, 2017

EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.
An Equity monitor will be provided.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.
Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

Note: All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
All roles are open.
Most of the principals are of LATIN descent. If you are interested in a particular role, we encourage you to sing that character's material from the score at the audition.
USNAVI DE LA VEGA (20-30, Latino) Youthful, awkward, sincere Dominican owner of a convenience store. Urban,articulate, funny, harbors a crush on the local salon beauty. Not a “cool stud”. Narrator. SINGS, RAPS VERY WELL, DANCES, High Baritone/Tenor (to G4)
SONNY (20-30, Latino) Young, smart?alecky, wise and dry cousin to Usnavi. Tough and smart Dominican, has bigplans for himself and his neighborhood. Great comedy chops. SINGS UPPER RANGE, RAPS VERY WELL, DANCES, Tenor (to Bb4)
NINA ROSARIO (20-30, Latina) Fresh, smart college student. Brave and strong Puerto Rican girl, but has to tell herparents that she quit school months ago. Emotional and conflicted, but still the “star” of the neighborhood. Demanding role, lots of singing. VERY STRONG SINGER, DANCES, STRONG ACTRESS, Soprano High Belter (to F5)
VANESSA (20-30, Latina) Sexy, hardened, stylist at the local salon. Has a troubled home life, wishes to get out and into something better. Tired of all the whistles and catcalls, looking for a true love. Ethnic, but definitely American. STRONG BELT SINGER, STRONG DANCER, Mezzo Soprano High Belter (to E5)
BENNY (20-30, Black, White, Asian or any other non?Latino) Strong, smart, masculine worker at the Rosario Taxi dispatch. Very ambitious, urban, and full of big dreams. Handsome, bright, and harbors a crush on the “boss’ daughter”. VERY STRONG SINGER, GOOD DANCER, STRONG ACTOR/RAPPER, Tenor (to Ab4)
ABUELA CLAUDIA (50-60 LATINA) Sweet, caring, and supportive Cuban matriarch of the neighborhood. Takes care of all the young people, and regularly plays the lottery. A wise character with strength, passion, and a long memory. A powerful actress, singer and storyteller. STRONG SINGER, STRONG ACTRESS, Alto Belter (F#3 to C5)
KEVIN ROSARIO (40-50, Latino) (This role has been cast) Puerto Rican born father to Nina. Owns and runs a taxidispatch with his wife, Camila. Traditional, hard-working Latin father, over?protective, loving, but also has at emper. STRONG SINGER, STRONG ACTOR. Baritone (to E)
CAMILA ROSARIO (40-50, Latina) The smart, caring “business” half of the Rosarios. She takes care of the bills andbusiness, but usually holds her tongue in the presence of her husband. Dynamic Puerto Rican woman, with a powerful voice and presence that gets unleashed when she’s had “ENOUGH”!!! STRONG SINGER, STRONG ACTRESS, Mezzo Soprano Belter (G3 to B4)
DANIELA (35-50, Latina) Sassy Puerto Rican owner of the local hair and nail salon. Loves to gossip, has a toughexterior, but enjoys being “The Boss”. Her salon rent keeps going up, so, sadly she is moving to the Bronx.. Great comedy chops and timing. Think Miranda Priestly meets Sofia Vergara. VERY STRONG SINGER, STRONG COMIC ACTRESS, Alto Belter (G3 to C5)
CARLA (20-30, Latina) Bubbly, funny, side?kick to Daniela. Very sweet and religious. Supportive friend to the salontrio. Good at playing “dizzy or bird-brained”. STRONG SINGER, GOOD AT COMEDY,Soprano
GRAFFITI PETE (20-30, Any ethnicity) Young, urban, slick graffiti artist of the neighborhood. Slightly shady, but with a good heart. He doesn’t see his “art” as a bad thing, wants to make a difference while making a living. Need an excellent hip-hop or break dancer. VERY STRONG DANCER, RAPS WELL
PIRAGUA GUY (30-50, Latino) The town crier. Sells shaved ice from a cart, has a soaring tenor voice, reflects on how the people in the neighborhood “keep scraping by”. Charismatic and important role. SINGS VERY WELL, DANCES SOME, Tenor (Substainable A4)
MEN AND WOMEN OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS (20-50, Latino, Latina, Black, Asian, White) Interesting, diverse and well-rounded people of the community. All shapes and sizes. As important as any of the principals, these people havestories of their own. We would like to see more than just great singers and dancers. Bring your strength, your vulnerability, your history, your sass, your humor and your love and pride from your ancestors. Challenging part singing and modern dance moves. VERY STRONG SINGERS/READERS, HIP-HOP and LATIN MOVES/ACRO TRICKS


Note: All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
All roles are open

Bob Wallace - (mid 30’s to early 40’s) - A major singing star, Bob is the guiding force behind the song and dance team of Wallace and Davis. He wears his fame easily, but has some trouble with social and romantic interactions. Despite occasional gruffness, he is a deeply kind and principled man who is searching for true love. Excellent singer with a crooning style who moves very well. Tap and Jazz. Baritone.

Phil Davis - (mid 30’s to early 40‘s) - The fun-loving song-and-dance partner of the team Wallace and Davis. An irrepressible clown, operator, and incorrigible ladies’ man who is determined to see his friend happy, even if it requires scheming and outright deception. He has a boyish charm and sex appeal. Strong ballroom, jazz and tap-dancing needed. Baritone-tenor.

Betty Haynes – (mid-20’s to late 30’s) – Sensible, responsible half of the Haynes sisters act. Classic elegance. Destined to be a star, but hesitant to take the spotlight. Devoted to her sister. Hides a yearning for true love under a protective shell. Female singer of quiet beauty and charm with a rich chest mix and soprano extension. Must move well.

Judy Haynes – (mid-20’s to mid 30’s) – Younger, more ambitious and slightly scheming other sister. Wholesome and adorable, sexy and flirty. Strong jazz and tap dancer. Strong singer with a chest mix.

General Henry Waverly – (late 50’s to mid 60’s) – Retired Army general with a curmudgeonly military exterior, adjusting to retired life in post WW II America. Precise and orderly, struggling to run the Inn in Vermont. A man of integrity. Underneath a warm compassionate man in need of family and love. With the exception of one line, can be a non-singing role.

Martha Watson – (late 40’s to mid-60’s) – Once a Broadway star, now the General’s housekeeper. The true force behind running the Inn. Very dry wit and frank with a wisecracking sense of humor. Big hearted, but unsentimental. Irrepressible meddler, believing she acts on everyone’s best behalf. Strong singer and mover, Broadway belter.

Susan Waverly – (young girl 9 to 12 to play 9 years old) – The General’s granddaughter. Lovable and outgoing. A bit precocious, but wise beyond her years. Gets bitten by the stage bug and is great at it. Excellent belt voice, must move very well.

Ralph Sheldrake – (mid 30’s to early 40’s) – Jokester Army buddy of Bob and Phil’s, now a major television executive. Fast talking, loud, brash New York professional with a good head on his shoulders.

Rita and Rhoda – (mid 20’s to early 30’s) – Bob and Phil’s two star chorus showgirls. Brash, sexy and fun. Perhaps not the brightest.

Ezekiel Foster – (mid 40’s to late 50’s) - Practical, the ultimate laid back New Englander. A man of few words. Caretaker at the Inn. Takes life at a very very leisurely pace.

Mike –(mid 20’s to late 30’s) – Bob and Phil’s Stage Manager. Can be overly dramatic and often hysterical, but gets the job done. Works to attempt a sense of control and order for the company. Doubles as Mr. Snoring Man, Winter Tourist

Tessie - (late 20’s to 30’s) Young Character woman to play Bob and Phil’s secretary, also plays Head Seamstress and Mrs. Snoring Man, winter tourist. Mezzo-soprano, belter.

Male and Female Ensemble of Dancers – (early 20’s to mid 30’s) to play assorted speaking roles as well as being a strong singing ensemble. Strong in Ballroom, Jazz and Tap. Dance style is 1950’s Hollywood movie musical style.

Four Band Singers, Backup vocalists seated onstage - 2 men, 2 women. Excellent singers who move well and can handle tight harmonies of the period.

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to audition.

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